Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.27.10

Lawmakers hang on to their free tickets and meals, the new City Hall job czar chats with Steve Lopez, the L.A. connection behind an anti-Obama website and more news and notes.

  • Legislation to crack down on concert tickets, meal tabs, greens fees, Sacramento Kings tickets and other gifts to California lawmakers has been killed before reaching the Assembly floor. Sacto Bee
  • Jerry Brown named senior adviser Steven Glazer, former spokesman for David Roberti, to be the manager of his gubernatorial campaign. Sacto Bee, CalBuzz
  • Steve Lopez sits down for some light chit-chat with Austin Beutner, Mayor Villaraigosa's new "jobs czar" who claims he will be shaking up City Hall. LAT
  • Tim Rutten columnizes against the threatened layoff of 1,000 City Hall workers, saying "layoffs may be the easiest way to close a budget gap, but in this instance, they also may be the most destructive." LAT Op-Ed
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed state budget is very bad news for the LAUSD;s own deficit. DN
  • WorldNetDaily, the "must-read website for anyone who hates Barack Obama," is run by former Herald Examiner editor Joseph Farah and brings in almost $10 million in annual revenue. LAT
  • Boisterous crowds on both sides attended a meeting where Santa Clarita City Councilman and anti-illegal immigration activist Bob Kellar appeared after defending his remark that he is "a proud racist." DN
  • Superior Court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp was briefly detained and handcuffed by a bailiff and later sought medical treatment. The Sheriff's Department says it is investigating. LAT
  • James Rainey columnizes that Air America failed because it was "Bad radio. Boring radio. Preachy radio." LAT
  • David Lehrer and Joe Hicks are bothered by the county Human Relations Commission staging a program that attempts to explore how media free speech leads to hate speech and hate crimes. Jewish Journal
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced it has acquired an extraordinary group of 35 letters written by Charles Dickens. Release

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