Morning Buzz: Monday 4.26.10

Long lines again for free health care in South L.A., LAT's Sunday circulation drops under a million, the spring ritual at City Hall, street closures for the Daryl Gates funeral and more.

  • Nearly 5,600 people lined up outside the Sports Arena on Sunday to get the wristbands that will let them get free medical and dental care at a week-long clinic that begins Tuesday. LAT
  • Average weekday circulation at top U.S. newspapers fell 8.7 percent in the six months that ended March 31, led by the San Francisco Chronicle (not San Diego Union-Tribune), which saw its circulation plunge 23%. The Los Angeles Times lost 14.7% to reach 616,606 daily (down 7.6% Sunday to 941,914.) Nationally, Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent. AP, Editor & Publisher
  • California companies spent $66 million on lobbying in the first quarter of the year, led by Pacific Gas & Electric's $25.8 million, most of that spent to support Proposition 16. California Watch
  • The fight over DWP electricity rates puts in jeopardy Mayor Villaraigosa's clean energy goals, David Zahniser says in a story that explores the history of the ever-rising Energy Cost Adjustment Factor. LAT
  • Rick Orlov covers City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's complaints about his office having budget cuts as what it is: just another rite of spring in L.A. DN
  • Eli Broad's museum looks like it's coming to Downtown's Grand Avenue and Tim Rutten is all for that. LAT Op-Ed
  • Budget cuts might imperil the future of neighborhood councils, and might not. DN
  • Want to run for a neighborhood council seat? Ginny Case of the Downtown council offers tips. Ginny hear and there
  • Street closures in Downtown for Tuesday's Daryl Gates funeral: Temple Street between Broadway and Grand Avenue, Hill Street between Temple and Ord streets and all of Hill Place: 6:30 a.m. to noon. 1st Street between Main and Hill streets, Broadway between 2nd and Judge John Aiso streets will be briefly closed between 8 and 9 a.m. for the procession from the police building to the cathedral. LAT
  • Mayor Villaraigosa reappointed John Mack to the police commission. KPCC
  • Olvera Street merchants say rent hikes to bring them up close to market rates will put many out of business. LAT, Downtown News
  • Current TV will air a May 19 special "Captive in North Korea" on the ordeal of network staffers Laura Ling and Euna Lee; producer Mitch Koss also will be interviewed. LAT
  • Billionaire Ron Burkle is in the bidding to buy the Philadephia Inquirer and Daily News after being contacted by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Romenesko
  • By stopping all that air travel for a few days, at least the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull helped to slow global warming, Greg Goldin argues. LAT Op-Ed
  • The Times revisits the Kristina Ripatti story. LAT
  • Cal State Northridge economics professor Kenneth Ng has voluntarily shut down his website devoted to obtaining sex in Thailand. DN
  • The Times catches up with an Alan Rich obituary. LAT

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