Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 3.5.10

Sheriff Baca releases inmates early, Joel Grover goes after bogus disabled parking, Arnold and Maria get paid to promote California, editor hospitalized after meeting with New Times' Mike Lacey, and more...after the jump.

Plus: Our post last night on the LAT's "Alice in Wonderland" ads.

  • Coverage of student and union protests at campuses around California. LAT, NYT, DN, OC Register, Neon Tommy
  • Sheriff Lee Baca said budget cuts forced him to release 200 non-violent inmates from county jails. LAT
    But: Former taxpayer advocate attorney Richard I. Fine has spent a year in Men's Central Jail for what he claims is retaliation for exposing judicial corruption. DN
  • Joel Grover's team at Channel 4 turned their hidden cameras on abuse of disabled parking placards by able-bodied drivers, finding among other things that "in some neighborhoods almost every parked car is displaying a disabled placard, leaving no place for the rest of us to park our cars. We found this sections of downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Westwood." KNBC
    Gratuitous follow-up: DMV cracks down after report
  • The Republican side of the U.S. Senate race was shaken up by Tom Campbell's entrance and is heating up over support of Israel. LAT, Sacto Bee
  • An analysis that Jerry Brown's long record in California politics may work for and against him after the Schwarzenegger experiment. LAT
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver received more than $235,000 for appearing in spots for the state's tourism commission, but aides say the couple didn't know about the income and have paid it back. LAT
  • Karen Bass quietly promoted 20 members of her staff and gave them 10 percent salary increases in her final days as Assembly Speaker. Bee
  • The City Council approved a $147 million transfer of power revenue from the Department of Water and Power and discussed ways to collect more money from residents and property owners. DN
  • City Attorney Carmen Trutanich argues in an Op-Ed for enforcement of pot laws. DN
  • Eddie Izzard hosts tonight's Independent Spirit Awards, moved downtown to L.A. Live and without the song parodies of past years. LAT
  • What the census bureau is doing to reach hard-to-count residents in Topanga Canyon. ZevWeb
  • LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes was taken to the hospital by paramedics for heart arrhythmia shortly after meeting with Village Voice Media honcho Mike Lacey. Heikes is in good condition. Fishbowl LA
  • Tribune Co. creditors sued several banks, saying they knew Sam Zell's leveraged buyout of the company would "render Tribune insolvent and, ultimately, drive it into bankruptcy." Romenesko
  • MediaNews Group's bankruptcy plan was approved. Denver Post
  • A new anonyblog about Los Angeles: The Smogger.
  • Lineup changes at sports talk radio stations KSPN and KLAA. Sports by Brooks
  • Richard Rushfield, the former L.A. Times blogger on "American Idol," sold a book on the phenomenon to Hyperion for publication in January 2011. Publishers Lunch
  • Kenneth Brecher, former executive director of the Sundance Institute, was named president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the non-profit organization that supports the Los Angeles Public Library.
  • Nan Martin, an actress on TV, in movies and on the Southern California stage for decades, died at home in Malibu at age 82. LAT

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