Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.15.10

Charlie Sheen's car does it again, Meg Whitman buys $20 million more chips, Austin Beutner plans our future, Pierce O'Donnell back on the hook, a $105,000 cell phone and more.

  • Charlie Sheen's car went over the side of Mulholland Drive about 3 a.m. without him in the car — for the second time in four months. Mulholland traffic blocked.TMZ
  • Meg Whitman invested another $20 million in her campaign, bringing her personal stake in the race for governor to at least $91 million. San Jose Mercury News
  • DWP chief Austin Beutner presents his "strategic plan" for the agency at 12:30 p.m., including rate hikes and sale of assets, possibly including the DWP headquarters. LAT, DN
    Plus: Beutner and City Council President Eric Garcetti guest on "Patt Morrison" at 1 p.m. on KPCC.
  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors backed a proposal by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to condemn Arizona's new immigrant law, while Councilman Greig Smith wants four LAPD officers exempted from the City Council's ban on official travel to Arizona. LA Daily, LAist
  • Campaign contribution charges against lawyer Pierce O'Donnell that had been dismissed were restored by an appeals court. LAT
  • What the judge wants to hear from the lawyers preparing Wednesday's closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial. LAT
  • Thanks to furlough Fridays, lines overflow at many DMV offices on Monday. DN
  • The Huffington Post's blogger on the Rod Blagojevich case finally discloses her ties to Rev. Jesse Jackson, but only after the Chicago Tribune asked. Romenesko
  • The Los Angeles Film Festival opens Thursday in its new location at L.A. Live, with a screening of "The Kids Are All Right." LAT
  • The new Vertu store in Beverly Hills sells a Signature S cell phone for $105,000, featuring a diamond keypad with ruby bearings and an 18-carat gold casing encrusted with diamonds and sapphire crystals. Beverly Hills Patch
  • Today's "DnA: Design and Architecture" with Frances Anderton on KCRW looks at Eli Broad's projects with LAT critic Christopher Hawthorne and journalist Coralie Garandeau.
  • Last week's sudden death of Getty Trust CEO James Wood in his home sauna leaves the museum's top two jobs open. LAT
  • Remembering the impact of the late L.A. Philharmonic managing director Ernest Fleischmann, who died Sunday. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez at KPCC, Mark Swed at LAT

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