Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.14.10

LAPD funeral traffic, saving teachers at LAUSD, Gatto gets to runoff in AD 43 and Villaraigosa's gift report for the year. Plus more.

  • Traffic congestion caused by the funeral procession for LAPD officer Robert Cottle left behind some unhappy commuters. LAT (it's the scheduled topic at 10:40 a.m. on KPCC's "Airtalk.")
  • The City Council voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Villaraigosa's appointment of Richard Drooyan to the police commission. DN wires
  • The L.A. Unified school board rescinded layoff notices for more than 1,400 teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians after approving a deal to reduce the length of the school year. DN
  • Villaraigosa's annual gift disclosure form includes $23,319 in “travel payments, advances and reimbursements,’’ a $75 bottle of Tequila from Mexico and a $65 pair of cuff links from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. LAT
  • Mike Gatto of Silver Lake beat two other Democrats and will face Republican businessman Sunder Ramani of Burbank in a runoff in the 43rd assembly district. LAT, DN
  • Incumbents in favor of a nearby NFL stadium won reelection to the Walnut City Council. SGV Tribune
  • In case you care, the state still does not have a lieutenant governor. SF Chronicle
  • Wherever you come down on the let L.A. go bankrupt question, "it's clear that anything approaching a genuine resolution of the civic financial troubles will have to involve a thorough overhaul of the pension system," says Tim Rutten. LAT Op-Ed
  • Supervisor Don Knabe will hold a live Q&A chat on his website and Facebook on Friday at 2 p.m. Site
  • S. David Freeman's farewell letter to employees of DWP. Our LA
  • Some victims of DWP water main breaks are not happy. DN
  • The National Enquirer's Pulitzer entry for its exposes on John Edwards' affair was taken seriously but jurors didn't consider it in the top 10 of stories in the investigative reporting category. LAT
  • Brand X, the L.A. Times' entertainment section, celebrates its first anniversary this week with a letter from editor Deborah Vankin.
  • Villaraigosa and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will meet with local business and entertainment leaders at a luncheon at the Getty Center.
  • Director Garry Marshall will write his memoir, "My Happy Days," with his daughter Lori Marshall for Harmony. Publishers Lunch

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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