Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.26.10

Whitman's people claim big lead, debuts for the new Tom Bradley Terminal and Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez, an LAPD cop gets $2 million from a jury and the Times gives itself its awards. Plus more after the jump.

  • Meg Whitman’s top campaign strategists convened a conference call with California political writers Tuesday to claim that new polls showed they were on the cusp of victory. Calbuzz, San Jose Mercury
  • President Obama spoke at two San Francisco fundraisers in the Fairmont Hotel for Sen. Barbara Boxer. SF Chronicle
  • At 9:15 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council members Bill Rosendahl, Janice Hahn and Tom LaBonge and business leaders will mark completion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal renovation at LAX, "on time and within budget." LAT, Breeze
  • Tea Party activists go into court today arguing to take control of the Los Angeles County Republican Party. DN
  • A mass for new Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at the cathedral, followed by a meeting with invited guests in the Cathedral Plaza. Six other cardinals, 59 bishops and 411 priests are expected. Breeze wires
    Plus:Once largely white, St. Catherine of Siena parish in Reseda is now mostly Latino and thriving. LAT
  • The L.A. Times posted the winners of its annual internal editorial awards, which offer an inside look at which work the editors considered important during the past year. The top publisher's prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for their stories on Toyota's safety troubles. Readers' Rep
  • Harold Meyerson argues that the attendance and seating at last week's state dinner at the White House "signaled not only that Los Angeles continues to be the de facto capital of the Latino United States, but also that the city's labor-Latino alliance remains a dominant force (if not the dominant force) in L.A. and California politics." LAT Op-Ed
  • An LAPD motorcycle officer whose ongoing dispute with his superior snowballed after he was punished for clocking out five minutes early one day has been awarded $2 million from a jury who believed his subsequent firing was unfair. DN
  • Local news startup The Bay Citizen debuted today in San Francisco. Bay Citizen, Bay Guardian
    Also: Demand Media will provide content to the San Francisco Chronicle, according to a confidential memo. Bnet
  • Heal the Bay releases its annual Beach Report Card at 10:30 a.m.
  • Three legal settlements would preserve the postwar-era Lincoln Place apartments in Venice, return 93 evicted residents to their homes and add nearly 700 rent-controlled units to the market, plus let the owner build 99 more units. LAT
  • The Los Angeles Unified school board Tuesday unanimously approved rescinding 522 layoff notices for elementary school teachers. DN
  • The Board of Supervisors backed a plan to turn the 1927 Spanish Baroque Golden Gate Theatre in East Los Angeles into a drugstore. LAT
  • Co-stars Robert Morse and Michelle Lee are expected to attend tonight's screening of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" for the opening of Last Remaining Seats, at the Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway. LAT
  • James Rainey suggests that criticism of Gustavo Dudamel on the L.A. Phil's national tour was due partly to backlash at the accolades he has received, and partly"provincialism, just another L.A. beat-down, stoked by a bit of jealousy." LAT

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