Morning Buzz: Thursday 2.11.10

The Century Plaza hotel won't be torn down after all thanks to a negotiated deal, the L.A. Times puts a large house ad on its front page, and disclosure of campaign donations sours Janice Hahn's plans to serve as an "impartial arbiter" at the port. Plus more, all inside.

  • You don't see this every day: the Los Angeles Times put a big in-house ad on the newspaper's front page.
  • A deal between the owner, the Los Angeles Conservancy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will spare the Century Plaza Hotel from demolition, while allowing other buildings on the site and reducing the hotel to 400 rooms (from 726.) Release, LAT
  • Councilwoman Janice Hahn dropped plans to serve as an impartial mediator between the Port of Los Angeles and shipbuilder Gambol Industries after it was disclosed the firm and its lawyers contributed $11,000 to her lieutenant governor campaign. Daily Breeze
  • The Westside is said to be abuzz about plans for a big medical and senior citizen housing development called Bundy Village at Olympic and Bundy, adding 21,000 daily vehicle trips but also near the approved Expo Line route. LAT
  • Controller Wendy Greuel asked City Council members to give up their $25 million slice of the proceeds from city property sales in their districts. LAT, DN
  • The 100 layoffs proposed for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office stands out when compared to the none proposed for Mayor Villaraigoa or the Controller's office. LA Weekly
    Plus: Neighborhood council funding on the table.
  • Republican Tom Campbell says there was no coordiation or deal with Meg Whitman on his leaving the governor's race to run for U.S. Senate. SF Chronicle, Sacto Bee
  • Councilman Dennis Zine introduced a motion to study taking the processing of the city's red-light infractions, and possibly other traffic tickets, out of the hands of the county court system. LAT
  • The nation's 25 top conservative journalists include locals Caitlin Flanagan and Andrew Breitbart, according to the Daily Beast.
  • Ana Marie Cox, the original Wonkette blogger, was named Washington correspondent for GQ magazine. Politico
  • Brad Holcman and his @FoodTruckLA Twitter feed get a little ink in today's New York Times. NYT

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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