Morning Buzz: Tuesday 3.9.10

Another anti-gay Republican admits he's gay, trespassers at the Oscars, Caruso gets political, the City Council's voting machines and more.

  • State Sen. Roy Ashburn, a Republican from the Bakersfield area who has consistently voted against laws favorable to gays, came out as gay on a radio broadcast after his recent DUI arrest. Sacto Bee, AP, LAT
  • The driver of a 2008 Prius eastbound on Interstate 8 in San Diego County called 911, said his gas pedal was stuck, and was helped to a stop by the CHP after reaching 90 miles an hour. LAT
  • Nine men from Germany wearing fake MTV credentials were among 19 arrests for trespassing at the Oscars. DN wires
  • Developer Rick Caruso is expanding into one of the most politically charged arenas in Los Angeles: food and service concessions at LAX and other airports. LAT
  • In political terms Jerry Brown "has a dual personality, split between two very different Catholic figures from the 15th century: Machiavelli and Tomas de Torquemada," says author Joel Kotkin. New Geography
  • The Times discovers and seems bothered by the City Council's long-standing practice of recording electronic yes votes on mostly routine items from members who are in meetings just outside the chambers. LAT
  • Video has been posted of Councilman Jose Huizar's forum last week on campaign finance reform. Vimeo
  • Mayor Villaraigosa vetoed a move by Councilman Tony Cardenas to transfer funds from his office discretionary account to pay for salaries. LAT
  • The New York Times will introduce a separate version of its Book Review for three e-reader platforms, beginning with the Sony e-reader. Poynter
  • More than 343 inmates have received early releases from the L.A. County jail system in the last six days. LAT
  • Los Angeles Superior Court is making plans to lay off 329 workers on April 1 as part of a restructuring to become "a smaller court." Met News-Enterprise
  • One division in the LAPD's South bureau will have videocameras operating in patrol cars as soon as April. DN
  • The MTA will begin interring at Evergreen Cemetery the 174 remains of Chinese uncovered during construction of the Metro Gold Line extension across the Eastside. LAT, ZevWeb feature

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