Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.13.10

Big Downtown funeral for officer Robert Cottle, crackdown on tailgaters at Dodger Stadium, a possible LAPD hiring freeze and more.

  • Street traffic and bus lines in Downtown are being disrupted this morning due to the large crowds attending the funeral of former LAPD SWAT officer Robert Cottle, who was killed March 24 in Afghanistan while on Marine Reserve duty The funeral procession starts at 8:45 at LAPD headquarters and ends at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. LAT, Blogdowntown, DN
  • The LAPD is planning a crackdown on tailgate parties in the parking lot before today's Dodgers home opener. The Eastsider LA, LAist
  • Meg Whitman's campaign is sending out about half a million copies of her 48-page policy booklet to households across California. Sacto Bee
  • Haim Saban has loaned $2 million to a campaign to repeal the Citizens Redistricting Commission established under Proposition 11. Bee, LAT
  • Three unions and Ron Burkle have given $1 million each to seed a Jerry Brown independent expenditure committee. LAT, SF Chronicle
  • The LAT muses in an editorial on how DA Steve Cooley will react if the paper endorses him for attorney general. LAT editorial
  • Special election trivia from Secretary of State Debra Bowen. DN
  • The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee voted to propose an immediate LAPD hiring freeze to help deal with the city's budget deficit. LAT
  • Caltech officials spent a lot of Monday knocking down Twitter reports of an earthquake prediction, a spokesman noting that "we cannot predict earthquakes." LAT
  • Celeste Fremon has a word for the county's new gang reduction plan: pathetic. WitnessLA
  • A slate opposed to an overnight parking district won posts on the Venice Neighborhood Council. VenicePaper
  • Thieves stole the irrigation water piping that allows watering of the Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar.
  • Scary surfing injury story about David Newhan, the former major league baseball player who's the son of sportswriter Ross Newhan. LAT
  • Eric Lax talks about his memoir, "Faith Interrupted: A Spiritual Journey," on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 11:30 a.m.

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