Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.19.10

Sheriff Baca's "un-American" revenge, Whitman cashes another check, L.A.'s budget hawks, Villaraigosa heads back to D.C., Steve Lopez campaigns, a lesbian in West Hollywood, a shout-out to Axles of Evil — and so much more.

  • Rep. Mark Souder, the Indiana Republican who said he will resign from Congress over having an affair with a staffer, is the congressman who earned the ire of Sheriff Lee Baca in March by accusing him of being "un-American" over his relations with Arab Americans. LA Observed
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman gave her campaign another $4 million with three weeks until the June 8 primary election. LAT, Bee
  • The City Council's budget hawk faction may be targeted in the next election by the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. LAT
  • The DWP board voted to change the citywide watering rules to odd-numbered addresses on Monday and Thursday, even number addresses Tuesday and Friday — pending City Council approval. Now we'll see if the current M-Th rule really had any effect on water main breaks. LAT, DN, CBS 2
  • DWP general manager Austin Beutner has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. media briefing on the allegations of misconduct by employees in that recent Channel 2 report. that showed some drinking on the job and visiting strip clubs.
  • Mayor Villaraigosa is attending tonight's White House state dinner for Mexican president Felipe Calderon. DN
  • Steve Lopez uses his column today to push voters to support Measure E, the LAUSD's parcel tax which the Times editorial board warned against: "I have something no member of our editorial board has:A child who attends an L.A. Unified school." LAT
  • The L.A. City Council asked the staff of Los Angeles World Airports to study the feasibility of returning control of Ontario Airport to the city of Ontario. Daily Bulletin, Daily Breeze
  • Superior Courts and their offices are closed today as a budget saving measure. DN wires
  • Mayor Villaraigosa reappointed Genethia Hudley-Hayes to a second term on the Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners, where she is currently president.
  • County election officials acknowledged they sent misprinted voter guides to to about 1,100 Democratic voters in the San Fernando Valley. LAT
  • New West Hollywood sheriff's captain Kelley Fraser is the first lesbian or gay station commander in the LASD. WeHo News
  • Don Burns, the long-time afternoon drive personality and signature voice of The Wave, has left the KTWV/94.7 FM. Gary Lycan/OC Register
  • "Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," a book by Tom Folsom about actor Dennis Hopper, was bought by Dutton at auction. Also, Roger Ebert sold his memoir to Grand Central, for publication in 2011. Publishers Lunch
  • A student at Marlborough School writes that "the administrators at Marlborough work hard to create a racially diverse school because they want a variety of experiences so students can learn from each other. But other than race, it doesn’t feel that diverse." LA Youth
  • NPR commentator Frank Deford gave a shout-out this morning to Alex Cohen, the KPCC host who is known as Axles of Evil in the roller derby world.
  • Journalists Laura and Lisa Ling talk about their new book tonight on "Fresh Air."
  • Bill Boyarsky of LA Observed moderates a panel discussion with journalists David Zahniser, Jill Stewart and Howard Fine at the Westside Urban Forum on Friday at 7 a.m.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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