Morning Buzz: Monday 7.19.10

Radar Online's Mel Gibson bump, an ethics commissioner wants to know more about the mayor's tickets, Border Patrol numbers, an un-Christian pastor in Temecula and much more for a Monday.

  • Mel Gibson has been very, very good to Radar Online. LAT
  • Ethics commissioner Marlene Canter wants more information from the staff about the probe into Mayor Villaraigosa's tickets. Rick Orlov's Tipoffs
  • Border Patrol apprehensions fell to their lowest level in 35 years and border-area crime is down, says a story that argues "the problem of illegal immigration isn’t a matter of violent criminals storming the walls of our peaceful towns and cities. It’s a matter of what to do about the estimated eleven million unauthorized residents who are already here." The New Yorker
    Related: Rodolfo F. Acuña, an academic was active in the creation of Chicano Studies programs, reacts to the Arizona immigration law. LatinoLA
  • Nice piece by L.A. Times writer Scott Kraft on the 1992 death of Sinatra pal Jilly Rizzo in a desert car crash and the parole request of the drunk driver who left him to burn to death. LAT
  • A Baptist pastor in Temecula does the Christian thing and says an Islamic center is unwelcome near his church: ""The Islamic foothold is not strong here, and we really don't want to see their influence spread," says pastor Bill Rench. LAT
  • Some people are upset that one route option for the California high-speed train that's under discussion would bury tracks under the State Historic Park near Chinatown. Downtown News
  • About 200 people showed up at Ron Kaye's L.A. Clean Sweep launch in the Valley. LA Weekly, Kaye
  • Online journalists, the pressure for page views and burnout. NYT
  • Alan Mruvka, the co-founder of E!, is launching a celebrity-focused online network called Look. THR
  • The architecture of the new LAUSD schools on the Ambassador Hotel site is "tone-deaf," argues Christopher Hawthorne. LAT
  • KPCC Washington reporter Kitty Felde has launched her personal website for her work as a playwright.
  • Descanso Gardens plans to cut back on its water use, become more sustainable and move the famous camelia bushes. LAT
  • She attended the new L.A. swap meet at Dodger Stadium. Huffington Post
  • If five months from now you have a mysterious urge to go see the annual Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park, don't. It's been cancelled this year. KTLA
  • AP photographer shoots paparazzi shooting a duplex on Pickford Street that is the sober living residence of Lindsey Lohan for a day or so. LAist
  • Longtime show business reporter Rona Barrett will be on "The Business" on KCRW at 2:30 p.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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