Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.23.10

California Republicans feeling pretty good, Whitman says she would defend Prop. 8 in court, Willie Brown on Schwarzenegger, Metro's bungled turnstiles program, plus audio of Vin Scully's press conference and more.

  • For the first time in memory, California Republicans have a diverse statewide slate of candidates to field this fall, a lineup their state party chairman calls "an inspirational ticket." Coupled with national momentum for conservatives, the California GOP is hoping this might be their breakthrough year. AP, LAT, Union-Tribune
  • L.A. Democrats claim, they have a way to beat Meg Whitman. SF Chronicle
  • Whitman says she would defend Prop. 8 in court. LA Weekly
  • Willie Brown on Gov. Schwarzenegger: "We have been friends for more than 20 years. I am a fan [since] long before he entered the world of politics. On occasion I will give him more than hallway advice." LAT/Patt Morrison
  • Sunday's Sacramento Bee picked up "Whitmanopoly" from Not the Los Angeles Times.
  • Dueling DWP plans, and Jack Kyser moves to SCAG. DN/Orlov
  • The city is trying to shut off scrutiny and discussion of Citywide Urban Design Guidelines by making a so-called "negative declaration." CityWatch
  • After spending more than $154 million for a system of locking turnstiles and electronic payment cards, Metro's stations are still on the honor system. DN
  • Vin Scully press conference audio. Dodger Thoughts
  • West Hollywood Patch admits plagiarizing its John Chase obituary from another website. WeHo Patch
  • When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Evans issued an instructional memo setting out a fictional encounter between a deputy and a Christian college student with an “illegal folding pocket knife” (let’s call it a switchblade) he didn’t expect that the document would ricochet around the country at the speed of the Internet. But it did. Police Issues
  • Hollywood's production slowdown has created a glut of unused movie vehicles. LABJ
  • An appellate court unanimously upheld lower court ruling that found the SF Weekly guilty of anti-competitive conduct for selling advertising below cost in an effort to drive the Bay Guardian out of business. The Weekly now owes the Guardian some $22 million. NYT/Bay Citizen
  • Times' Dodgers blogger Steve Dilbeck isn't sure which is funnier, that Matt Kemp or Frank McCourt were honored with community good-guy awards. Dodgers Blog
  • ESPN commentator was arrested by the LAPD on suspicion of domestic assault involving a girlfriend and released on bail. LAT
  • Alexia Tsotsis, formerly of the LA Weekly and SF Weekly, has joined TechCrunch as a writer covering emerging technologies. Via Gorkana
  • Feature on Hillsman Wright, executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Downtown News

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