Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.29.10

DWP workers caught going to strip clubs and drinking on the job, who paid for the Gates funeral?, the Times endorses Newsom over Hahn, and what could the Broad museum mean for downtown? Plus it's the 18th anniversary of the riots. Those and more after the jump.

  • Channel 2 will air a story tonight by reporter David Goldstein showing DWP workers drinking while driving city vehicles and going to a strip club. Mayor Villaraigosa is interviewed. CBS 2
  • Journalist Marc Cooper asks how much LAPD money was spent on the Daryl Gates funeral and says, "You all might remember there was a big stink raised here a year ago around how much the city had to fork out to handle logistics for the grotesque Michael Jackson pageant funeral." Blog
  • The Los Angeles Times endorses San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom over L.A. City council member Janice Hahn on the Democratic side for lieutenant governor, saying "whoever fills the job must be ready to become governor at a moment's notice. Newsom, for all his cockiness, is a dynamic leader — one who is more suited than Hahn to guide the state." LAT editorial
    Plus: Hahn discussed her call for an Arizona boycott over the immigrant law on Wednesday's "Which Way, L.A.?" KCRW
  • Meg Whitman is coming off an extraordinary successful quarter – at least when it comes to adding money for her campaign. California Watch
    Plus: Her tax return for 2008 shows Carly Fiorina and her husband had income of more than $2.75 million. LAT
  • Independent expenditure committees have spent more than $371,000 to oppose Democrat Betsy Butler, development manager for the Consumer Attorneys of California, in the crowded field in the 53rd assembly district in L.A. County. California Watch
  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department agency that investigates misconduct claims against deputies revealed the identity of a confidential informant in a jailhouse beating to sheriff's deputies, the Daily Journal says this morning.
  • Now comes the impact of city budget cuts in the additional thousands of animals that will be euthanized in city shelters. DN
  • Child homicides in Los Angeles County rose by 31 percent and suicides jumped 70 percent from 2007 to 2008, says a group. DN
  • The state law banning texting behind the wheel has not kept drivers from doing it, according to a new survey by the Automobile Club of Southern California. LAT
  • Critic Christoper Hawthorne asks what would the arrival of Eli Broad's art museum mean for Bunker Hill and downtown? LAT
    Also: Seeing a big civic conspiracy over Broad, Grand Avenue and the Ring Festival. Carol Jean Delmar
  • On the 18th anniversary of the first day of the 1992 riots, "Front Page" hosted by Dominique DiPrima on FM station 102.3 KJLH was scheduled to host an open forum from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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