Morning Buzz: Monday 6.7.10

Yahoo's desire to buy Huffington Post, five myths about California politics, would Reagan be conservative enough for today's California GOP, yet another story on Mickey Kaus, fear of Carmen Trutanich, plus Alycia Lane, the Entryway Project and more.

  • Yahoo wants to buy the Huffington Post and would have to pay at least $360 million, but for now the companies are talking only about a "deep partnership." TechCrunch
  • Berkeley political scientist Bruce Cain offers five myths about California politics, including that "California is a high-taxing, big-spending state" and "California is a majority- minority, solidly blue state." The truth on the latter, he says, is that "a majority of California's population may be nonwhite, but the reverse is true for its electorate." Wash Post OpEd
    Plus: Whites are now 40.8% of the California population, says a new state Department of Finance report. HealthyCal.org
  • Today, Ronald Reagan would be branded "just another liberal politician" by the likes of Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, writes Sacramento old hand George Skelton. LAT column
  • Domain name squatters betting on Meg Whitman are willing to sell you the domains governormegwhitman.com or megwhitmangovernor.com for the low, low price of $95,000. California Watch
  • Gadfly candidate Mickey Kaus got ink as a curiosity for his challenge to Sen. Barbara Boxer, but he'll be happy to get 5% of the vote. LAT
  • Since Karen Bass announced her bid for Congress in February, the former speaker of the state Assembly has been missing from the chamber she once led more than she has been there. LAT
  • Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoffs: City Council members oppose unprecedented grand jury power for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, mayor hopefuls line up for VICA, and Villaraigosa off to Oklahoma City. DN
  • The bicyclist tackled by LAPD officers as he videotaped a Hollywood incident with bike riders filed a claim against the city of Los Angeles. LAist, Neon Tommy
  • The trial in KTTV Fox 11 News camera operator Patricia “Patti” Ballaz’ lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and for her injuries in the LAPD rampage at the 2007 May Day rally in MacArthur Park will begin June 15. Business Wire
  • More of KNBC newscaster Alycia Lane's flirtatious emails with married NFL Network reporter Rich Eisen came out in her Philadelphia wrongful termination suit against CBS. New York Daily News
  • DASH fares are set to rise from 25 cents currently to 35 cents starting Aug. 1 and 50 cents in July 1, 2011. LAT
  • Who's who among L.A. celebrity attorneys. The Wrap
  • The Urban League and its partners "have made some gains and suffered some setbacks" in their $25 million, five-year plan to turn around low-performing Crenshaw High School and address the social and economic ills that dominate life in the surrounding neighborhood. Neon Tommy
  • Devin Browne, co-creator of The Entryway project around MacArthur Park, talks about whether it's journalism and other issues. Reporting on Health.org
  • Lorenzen Mortuary in Reseda will be relocating soon from the building it occupied for nearly 60 years, making way for the planned expansion of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. DN
  • Now that Tom Selleck is playing the NYPD chief in "Blue Bloods," he looks even more like he was separated at birth from LAPD chief Charlie Beck. Variety/Cynthia Littleton
  • Patrick Goldstein offers an appreciation of the late Beverly Center Cineplex. The Big Picture
  • Three Millard Sheets frescoes are hidden under paint at South Pasadena Middle School. LAT

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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