Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.7.10

Brown-Whitman in a tie, Lohan's likely actual time to be served, Fox 11 camera operator gets $1.7 million, a new coach for the Clippers and more.

  • The Field Poll has Jerry Brown sagging in popularity and Meg Whitman's negatives soaring, but the race is in a dead heat for now. Bee, Chronicle, CalBuzz
  • Lindsey Lohan would likely serve about 25 percent of her 90-day jail sentence if she is treated like other non-violent offenders. LA Weekly, LAT
  • Fox 11 News camera operator Patricia Ballaz was awarded $1.7 million by a jury for her injuries at the hands of the LAPD in the May Day Melee. KPCC's Patricia Nazario was awarded $39,000 and no damages were given to Fox 11's Christina Gonzalez. LA Weekly
  • The City Council has bought in to the Greig Smith model of lawn watering, recommending that DWP modify the restrictions to allow three days of watering periods instead of the current two. LAT, DN
    Plus: Tension between the City Council and the DWP erupted after utility officials skipped a hearing scheduled to discuss an audit that accused the agency of lying in order to push through a rate hike. DN
  • The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries in county territory, and to create a multi-agency task force to look into raves. LAT, KPCC News, LA Weekly, Neon Tommy, ZevWeb
  • Mayor Villaraigosa and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson have scheduled "a significant announcement" affecting the Los Angeles River at 1 p.m. at Compton Creek in Compton.
  • Recall attempts in L.A. are almost always fringe efforts that are DOA from day one, and the one aimed at Villaraigosa is deader than most. LAist
  • The DA's office won't talk about how it decides whether to seek the death penalty for murder defendants, but the decision is made by the chairman of the office's Special Circumstances Committee. Star-News
  • Leslie Van Houten's latest bid for parole was denied. LAT
  • Dave Lopez is the new Civic Center reporter for KCBS/KCAL, replacing the retired Mark Coogan.
  • Now you'll never see Time magazine's content: the magazine's website wils top posting full text of articles. Media Memo
  • James Rainey weighs in on the debut issue of Slake. LAT
  • Today's L.A. Times liked the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday so much it ran the photo twice, in the front section and in LATExtra.
  • Downtown bar The Must was cleaned out overnight during the holiday weekend in a lease dispute and a very murky situation is awaiting resolution. Blogdowntown
  • Meet the two editors and six reporters at Yahoo's new Upshot news operation. The Upshot
  • The Wrap will hold its first conference at the Broad Theatre in Santa Monica September 20 - 21.
  • July 19 is the deadline for applying to be a fellow of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program.
  • The Clippers have hired Vinny Del Negro as their next coach.

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