Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.20.10

Southers pulls out of consideration to run TSA, what the Massachusetts vote could mean in the Boxer Senate race, Fiorina in the Valley and the geniuses at NBC stumble toward the post-Conan future. Plus more, of course.

  • LAX police chief Erroll Southers withdrew his nomination to be head of the federal Transportation Security Administration, citing Republican politics in Washington. LAT
  • The geniuses who run NBC are facing $40 million to $50 million in "Tonight Show" severance payments, including about $30 million to Conan O'Brien, with negotiations continuing about the show's 190 employees. LAT
  • The Supreme Court rejected an early appeal of the court order requiring California to reduce the prison inmate population due to poor health care, setting the stage to rule later on the larger issue. SF Chronicle, DN
  • The Massachusetts victory of Republican Scott Brown "carries huge potential implications for California," especially the Senate race involving Barbara Boxer. "Carly Fiorina and Caveman Chuck DeVore would have a harder time against the Democrat Boxer because as pro-life conservatives they’d have more trouble connecting to California independents. But Tom Campbell is a horse of a different color." CalBuzz
  • Senate candidate Carly Fiorina pitched herself Tuesday to the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. DN
  • Even the Wall Street Journal is covering the incremental moves by Los Angeles to retroactively regulate pot clinics. WSJ
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom tells Maureen Dowd his political career has peaked: "This is it. God bless. It was fun while it lasted...Guys like me don’t necessarily progress very far, which is fine.” NYT Op-Ed
  • LAPD chief Beck and the activist bicycling community are bonding. CityWatch
  • USC and the Keck School of Medicine have sent a nine-member team of physician specialists to Haiti. Blog
  • Three armed and masked robbers cleaned out the Tiffany store in the Westfield Century City shopping mall at 6:30 last night. LAT
  • John Heilemann, co-author with Mark Halperin of the tell-all book about the 2008 presidential campaign "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," guests with Larry Mantle on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 11:30 a.m.

More by Kevin Roderick:
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Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
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LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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