Morning Buzz: Friday 3.19.10

More DWP activity, Cooley investigating Board of Supes, political writers feud, who's missing from "The Runaways" and a Cesar Chavez movie in the works. Plus more after the jump.

  • The DWP board voted 4-0 vote to increase the cost of electricity by 0.8 of a cent per kilowatt hour, the first of four increases planned over the next year under Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to move away from the use of coal. LAT, LA Daily
  • "SoCal Connected" breaks out the Brian D'Arcy interview from the show's piece on the DWP last night (airing again at 8:30 p.m. tonight.) KCET
  • The district attorney's public integrity division has begun an investigation into discretionary spending by the elected county supervisors, saying it was triggered by a citizen complaint after the recent Times story on the practice. LAT
  • Christiane Amanpour has been named the new anchor of "This Week," ABC's Sunday show, replacing George Stephanopoulos. ABC
  • Political writer Joe Mathews gets strangely personal in an attack on the longtime journalists behind politics site CalBuzz, and they respond.
  • Eduardo Ramirez, a prolific tagger known as "FIGO" and "FIGOE," was arrested after a two-month LAPD investigation. KTLA
  • A walkway project along the banks of a Ballona Wetlands lagoon may be halted because of a surprisingly robust bloom of Orcutt's yellow pincushions, a dandelion-like wildflower that is thought to be close to extinction. LAT
  • Behind the scenes of the legal fight that led to "The Runaways" moving forward without bass player Jackie Fox or guitarist Lita Ford. THR
  • Nice, personal appreciation of Alex Chilton by Ann Powers in Austin: "Chilton was supposed to play here Saturday with his band Big Star; it was the one show on my schedule that I was unequivocally excited to see. Instead, he's gone, leaving South by Southwest -- and rock 'n' roll -- punched through like a cheap paper bag." LAT
  • Rudy Moreno remembers Bobby Espinosa & El Chicano. LatinoLA
  • Screenwriter Keir Pearson and Larry Meli have optioned life rights to make a biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, for Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Mexico-based Canana Films. THR
  • Universal Music Group could rewrite U.S. music pricing when it tests a new frontline pricing structure for CDs of $10 or below. Billboard
  • Brooks Brothers is closing its Downtown store on March 22, something of the end of an era if the brand doesn't reopen in another Downtown location. DT News
    Plus: Opening of the new Ritz-Carlton hotel at L.A. Live has been delayed to April 2 from March 15. DT News

More by Kevin Roderick:
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LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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