Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.14.10

Arnold's job performance rating hits new low, Nikki Finke finally talks about "Tilda," ethics commissioners on the free tickets and more after the jump.

  • A federal appeals court bleeped the FCC's indecency rules for broadcasters, ruling that regulations barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could inhibit free speech. NYT
  • How low is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's job approval rating? So low it matches that of Gray Davis the year he was recalled in 2003, the Field Poll says. Bee
  • Nikki Finke breaks her silence on HBO's "Tilda" series, claims it will be her last word. The Wrap, Deadline Hollywood, Village Voice, Hollywood Temp Diaries
  • Heal the Bay's Mark Gold has attended dozens of water board meetings in his life, but none were as disappointing as a recent meeting of the L.A. region's water quality control board. Spouting Off
  • The schools at the former Ambassador Hotel site in Koreatown now have a price tag of $578 million, making them the LAUSD's most expensive campus. LAT, DN
  • Chevron's demand for 600 hours of raw video footage from documentary maker Joe Berlinger was argued in appeals court in New York. LAT
  • A majority of Los Angeles Ethics Commission members said Tuesday that elected officials should be required to report the value of free tickets they receive to concerts, sports events and other cultural activities — even when they are attending as part of their official duties. LAT, DN
  • Brenda Barnette was confirmed 15-0 by the City Council to be the new general manager of the Animal Services department. LAT, DN
  • City Council President Eric Garcetti introduced a motion for a City Charter amendment on the March 2011 ballot to establish an independent DWP customer advocate’s office. DN, release
  • The joint political action committee of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Steve Cooley for attorney general.
  • The LAPD moves ahead with video cameras on patrol cars. DN, ABC 7
  • The LAPD released a video of a man who allegedly attempted to burn down the Mormon temple on Santa Monica Boulevard near Century City. WeHo News
  • Don Barrett at L.A. Radio urges KABC to make changes and go after KFI's ratings supremacy: KABC is a currently a mish-mash of various formats –syndication, local, baseball, infomercials, and network news. And Right-wing radio is dead....The constant drone of far right politics from Hannity is causing even the most loyal conservatives to get glassy-eyed and fall into a stupor." L.A. Radio
    Also: John and Ken dropped by San Francisco station. L.A. Radio
  • Marc Cooper picks up on LAO's post about the Times hiring Republican blogger Jimmy Orr and says, "There is some really, really strange stuff going on over at the suffering Los Angeles Times." Cooper
  • As all good columnists would, Steve Lopez found a way to get a column out of his European vacation. LAT
  • Praise for Christine Pelisek's Grim Sleeper work from media columnist James Rainey. LAT
  • Freelancer Matthew Fleischer says he's been stiffed of $175 by The Advocate for an article he wrote last July. Fishbowl LA
  • Both the Times' Christopher Knight and KCRW's Edward Goldman were less than impressed by MOCA's show of Dennis Hopper's work mounted by Julian Schnabel. LAT, KCRW
  • A reader emailed that the amount the Los Angeles Times charges for a three-month subscription on his credit card has risen to $56.25 from $48.
  • KCRW's Diana Nyad swam for 24 hours off Key West to prepare for her marathon swim from Cuba to Florida. CNN video
  • Free agent hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk left Los Angeles without a deal with the Kings. LAT/Helene Elliott

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