Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.18.10

Political consultants rolling in the dough, Brown finally campaigns, Kaus tapes radio spots, Conan chooses Burbank and Drew Street may ask for a new name. More after the jump.

  • California's political consultants working in this year's Senate race have been paid nearly $3 million, led by Hollywood-based Fred Davis and Strategic Perception Inc., which did the demon sheep ad for Carly Fiorina. California Watch
  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell says he would have supported Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, but not Elena Kagan. SD Union-Tribune
  • Attorney General Jerry Brown held the first official public event of his campaign for governor, slamming Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner as "the apostles of darkness and ignorance" and calling their expensive barrage of mudslinging "intellectually embarrassing" to California voters. SF Chronicle, Calbuzz
  • Mickey Kaus doesn't think his Senate campaign radio spots should have to include the notice "Paid for by Kaus for Senate." Kausfiles
  • 14% of the Los Angeles city workers make more than $100,000 a year. La Opinion, LA Daily
  • Conan O'Brien will tape his new TBS show at Warner Bros. in Burbank, which might be of some local economic value. News-Press
  • Juan-Carlos Cruz, the Food Network's Calorie Commando, pleaded not guilty to soliciting the murder of his wife and authorities are investigating whether the wife; infertility was a factor and that Cruz intended to kill himself too. LAT
  • LAPD detective Leonard Avalos pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 in witness protection and relocation funds. LAT
  • Drew Street in Glassell Park might get a name change to Rainbow Place, Marshmallow Place, Cotton Road or another choice in order to escape its gang past. Eastern Group Papers, The Eastsider LA
  • Travel writer Bruce Schoenfeld talks up Pasadena to his readers in the U.K. Telegraph.
  • Chuck Palahniuk, author of "Tell All," is on with Patt Morison on KPCC at 2:40 p.m.

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