Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.13.10

More budget pain on the way, Nazi victims don't like all this name calling, Greig Smith explains, Villaraigosa heads to D.C., an LAPD officer pleads guilty and the Hotel Figueroa comes clean — plus geese drop in at the Norton Simon.

  • Gov. Schwarzenegger's revised budget plan is expected to eliminate home healthcare for the elderly and disabled and the Healthy Families program for low-income children. LAT
  • Los Angeles County could lose another $1.5 billion under Schwarzenegger's revised budget and should prepare for even more drastic budget cuts, county CEO Bill Fujioka said Wednesday. DN
  • Steve Poizner on Wednesday morning donated $2.5 million to his governor campaign, then Meg Whitman doubled the ante by writing a check for $5 million. San Jose Mercury, Calbuzz
  • Rabbi Abraham Cooper of The Wiesenthal Center, without naming names, criticized politicians and others who have made Nazi Germany allusions in the Arizona immigration law dispute, a group that includes Cardinal Roger Mahony. LAT
  • The port and airport commissions will look at whether their contracts can be part of the City Council's limited boycott of Arizona, but this is where it gets complicated and less likely to happen. Press-Telegram
  • Councilman Greig Smith's statement on his vote againmst the Arizona boycott. LA Weekly
  • Mayor Villaraigosa is lobbying for transit funds in Washington and will speak tonight at the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce dinner. DN
  • County health officials launched an investigation into allegations that the emergency room at County-USC Medical Center is so crowded, patients wait an average of 35 hours to be seen — sometimes without any vital signs being taken. LAT
  • Sean Penn was given 36 months probation, community service and anger management classes after pleading no contest in the assault on a photographer. Monsters & Critics
  • L.A. billionaire Haim Saban says he'll look at buying Newsweek, but so say 70 others WSJ, PaidContent
  • Los Angeles Times Foreign Editor Bruce Wallace will chat with readers online at 11 a.m. Friday "about the new British government and other news stories from around the world." Readers' Rep
  • Grist is seeking donations to "Help save the endangered journalists.... Each day, we ply them with organic tea, warm computers, and soothing music to encourage them to do what they do best: produce the crucial environmental news, analysis, and advice you count on." Grist
  • LAPD officer Silvio Sam Filipovich pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the attempted sexual assault of a Texas motel worker and will be leaving police work. Statesman.com
  • UCLA student Nancy Salas is missing under suspicious circumstances in Glendale. LAT
  • Los Angeles magazine is inviting readers to be in a group cover shot at Ocean Park Beach on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. LA Mag
  • Downtown's Hotel Figueroa is free of supergraphic advertising for the first time in a long while. Ban Billboard Blight
  • Ed Fuentes' preview of tonight's Downtown Art Walk. Blogdowntown
  • A gaggle of Canada geese dropped in at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Culture Monster
  • David Mamet talks to Patt Morrison at 1:40 p.m. on KPCC.

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