Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.25.10

You won't believe what a paramedic call costs in Los Angeles — and they want to raise it 37%. Plus Meg Whitman's polling, advice from David Nahai, some blog and media notes, a job opening at the ACLU and bad reviews for "Sex and the City."

  • A City Council committee wants to raise the standard LAFD ambulance fee to $974 from $712, a jump of 37% — and way beyond what many insurance plans will pay. It could also cost you $1373 for more advanced services, and if you go for a ride in a city ambulance they charge $15.75 per mile. LAT
  • Meg Whitman's chief strategist Mike Murphy says his internal polling shows a big lad again for his candidate over Steve Poizner, and a Survey USA robo-poll shows the same. Political Blotter, California Watch
  • The next DWP general manager should be offered certain contract guarantees and come from outside the agency, says ex-GM David Nahai: "There is no one in the top rank of the DWP with sufficient respect or credibility to be considered for the job." LAT Op-Ed
  • Questions have been raised about how an LAFD paramedic came to be stabbed in Downtown's Hotel Cecil. LA Daily
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up attorney Richard Fine's petition to be freed from 14 months of solitary confinement in the Los Angeles County Jail for contempt of court. LAT, DN
  • LAX debuted its new cross-field taxiway for the Airbus A-380, which has too large of wingspan for the old taxiway. LAT
  • The sisters of Monica Beresford-Redman, who was killed in Cancun, got the OK from a judge to operate her Zabumba Bar & Restaurant in Palms for 90 days. DN wires
  • Forbes Media is acquiring True/Slant and bringing the network of blogs and bloggers in house. Lewis Dvorkin
  • Victoria Recano has not been anchoring the KTLA news for at least a week and her bio has become harder to find on the station's website. SoCal Media Scoop
  • Variety has added a music news blog called SoundCheck with contributors Chris Morris, Don Davis, Steve Chagollan and maybe others.
  • Lionel Rolfe has posted an excerpt from his "Literary L.A." in which he recalls the era when he and Charles Bukowski were staff writers at the Los Angeles Free Press. Random Lengths
  • The Dodgers have sued comedian Jon Lovitz and filmmaker Steve Marlton over unpaid season ticket contracts totaling more than $399,000. Breeze wires
  • Former journalist Gordon Smith is resigning as director of communications at the ACLU of Southern Caifornia to move to Ohio, and the job is posted.
  • New York critics really, really, really didn't like the new Sex and the City movie. Gawker
  • The schedule of movies to be shown outdoors in the L.A. area this summer, displayed on a Google map, by Max Lance.
  • With museum directors in town for the American Association of Museums convention, KCRW's "Politics of Culture" hosts a discussion with Julian Zugazagoitia (incoming director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City); Maxwell Anderson (Director of the Indianapolis Art Museum, former director of the Whitney Museum) and Selma Holo, director of The Fisher Museum of Art and International Museum Institute at USC. 2:30 p.m. on KCRW.
  • Author and critic Tom Nolan joins Larry Mantle on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 11:40 a.m. to discuss his new book, “Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw."

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
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LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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