Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.7.10

Blame Villaraigosa and the DWP, the Times says, while the Daily News runs a front page call for the mayor to resign. Plus politics, media and more after the jump.

  • Blame Mayor Villaraigosa and the DWP for the city budget crisis, says a Times editorial: "Villaraigosa and the Department of Water and Power are trying to see just how far over it the city can hang without falling. It's an arrogant and irresponsible approach that leaves the city short of cash to pay its bills and compelled to imprudently empty its reserve fund, shut down city services or lay off more people." LAT
  • Doug McIntyre uses his front-page column in the Daily News to call on Villaraigosa to resign: "We can't afford three more years of Villaraigosa....[he] has given us a dishonest effort." DN
  • Media day for Mayor Villaraigosa: he talks about his latest city budget moves at 9 a.m. on Bloomberg News, at 10 a.m. with Ali Velshi on CNN, at 10:50 with Larry Mantle on KPCC "AirTalk," at 3:30 p.m. with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News and at 7 p.m. he talks census with Art Laboe on 92.3 FM.
  • Tim Rutten columnizes that the changes expected to be brought by conservative new archbishop Jose Gomez could be "wrenching" for local Catholics, and that his deep ties to the "creepy" Opus Dei are not minor: "Politically, Opus Dei's sympathies generally extend to the authoritarian. It provided Franco with Cabinet ministers and supported Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Gomez's connections to the movement couldn't be deeper." LAT Op-Ed
  • The California Chamber of Commerce launched a TV ad Monday targeting Jerry Brown. Sacto Bee
    Plus: Cynical and disingenuous, say Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine. Calbuzz
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent out an email supporting Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor, while Janice Hahn's people say "Hahn provides better balance for the Democratic ticket because Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown are both white men from San Francisco." SF Chronicle
  • LAUSD Supt. Ramon Cortines rescinded for now his decision to stop students from transferring via permits to other nearby school districts. LAT, DN, KPCC
  • LA Unified halted a plan to purge computer files in the district's facilities department Tuesday, after a union complained that the move seemed questionable with the district facing a criminal investigation and a city audit of that unit. DN
  • The DA dropped that silly investigation of whether the Board of Supervisors have the authority to spend county money on what they choose to spend it on: "Within their legislative function, it is their right to determine how the budget should be divided up." LAT
  • The FAA still wants additional space between the north runways at LAX, despite a study that found it's not necessary for safety. LAT, Breeze
  • Lisa Ling's report "The Young & Uninsured" for KCET's "SoCal Connected" won an Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news in the western region. The report was produced by Angela Shelley.
  • Alex Ben Block posts his "confessions of a reborn and unrepentant journalist" on John Rabe's blog at KPCC.
  • The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts turns 25 this year and plans to celebrate April 17 with appearances by Natalie Cole, Marilyn Horne, Bob Newhart and Barry Manilow, and video tributes from Placido Domingo, Quincy Jones, Janet Jackson and Cher. ZevWeb
  • A Los Angeles County health inspector faces charges for a videotaped sexual assault of a woman in a Pomona doughnut shop. KPCC, SGV Tribune

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