Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.28.10

Escape from Pitchess, Arizona backlash, Whitman regrets, Ridley-Thomas puts on a show for Steve Lopez and more.

  • Two men arrested for robbery escaped this morning from the Peter Pitchess Detention Center, triggering alerts to residents in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Sheriff's website
  • Political backlash in California continues over an Arizona law that makes illegal immigration a state crime. AP, Bee, LAT, Capitol Alert, DN
  • Meg Whitman says she regrets taking part in a now-banned stock sale practice at Goldman Sachs and says she left the firm's board after 15 months because she "wasn't a good fit." AP
  • Chris Kelly, Facebook's former chief privacy officer, pumped $4 million more of his own money into his race to be the Democratic nominee for attorney general, bringing his personal investment in the campaign to $8 million. LAT, Bee
  • A Republican debate in the U.S. Senate race is set to air in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno at 11 a.m. on Mother's Day. SF Chronicle
  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas put on a show for Steve Lopez that failed to spin the columnist regarding the $25,000 to "Who's Who in Black Los Angeles," published by a past crony. LAT
  • The City Council let stand the DWP electricity rate hike that it recently approved. LAT, DN
  • The City Council's budget committee symbolically rejected the mayor's budget and said it needs better revenue projections in order to begin hearings, but expects to begin them today. DN
  • Arts groups push back at the mayor's proposed budget that calls for new rent payments and politicizes grants in favor of four organizations. LAT
  • Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl ordered a formal contempt hearing to determine whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority retaliated against a 74-year-old administrator who was expected to testify against the MTA in the upcoming civil trial with Tutor-Saliba-Perini. LA Daily Journal (no link)
  • Fifty surface faults discovered in California in the last two decades have been compiled on a map hoping to educate the public. LAT, SF Chronicle
  • In “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee,” Sarah Silverman is "sly, smart, wry and ironic....always willing and even eager to disclose the darkest secrets about herself," writes Jonathan Kirsch. Jewish Journal
  • Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism selected 10 McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship recipients to participate in an innovative 11-week reporting program in Washington led by former L.A. Times reporter Josh Meyer. Release
  • Terry McDermott, the former Los Angeles Times reporter, discusses his book “101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory” with Larry Mantle at 10:30 p.m. on KPCC's "Airtalk."
  • The Times catches up on the death of former water official Floyd Dominy. LAT

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