Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.13.10

Daily News warns the mayor again, schools open at the old Ambassador Hotel site, bikers count on Arnold, Natalie Portman dances, Frosty, Heidi & Frank lose their gig and much more. Go to LA Biz Observed for Mark Lacter's headlines.

  • Daily News editor Carolina Garcia says that, in the eight weeks since the paper called on Mayor Villaraigosa to focus on the city, "like all things related to this mayor, the hot, rapid response has fizzled. His interest has flagged and again we see a rudderless City Hall." DN + editorial
  • Most L.A. Unified schools start classes today, with 35 news schools at 17 locations including six at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex on the Koreatown site of the former Ambassador Hotel. LAT
    Plus: A lot has changed at the Downtown arts high school. Downtown News
  • Rick Orlov's tipoffs: the conflicts of interest in the LAX concessions fight, and opposition to Robin Kramer's appointment to the harbor commission. DN
  • Motorcyclists are counting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be one of them and veto a bill that would outlaw loud bikes. AP
  • This week's fundraiser for the new Valley Industry and Commerce Association PAC is led by lobbyists Afriat Consulting Group and Fiona Hutton & Associates, former VICA Chairman Greg Lippe and the Vons supermarket chain. LABJ
  • Los Angeles County today launches a pilot program that establishes a special court for veterans who have committed nonviolent felonies. DN
  • Things were calm over the weekend in the MacArthur Park neighborhood where day laborer Manuel Jamines was shot and killed by a police officer last weekend. LAT
  • The Twitter spoof account @BPGlobalPR is largely written by Josh Simpson, an L.A. comedian who has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and was on the "Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien." The Awl
  • is gearing up to compete with Craigslist. LABJ
  • Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," starring Natalie Portman as a ballet dancer with issues and a lot of sex, premieres for the public tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival. LAT
  • Radio hosts Frosty, Heidi & Frank were dropped by KABC as of October 1, when their contracts expire. Register, LA Radio
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced grant winners for the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund, naming "fourteen historic and culturally significant sites and programs across Los Angeles County" that will get money. Curbed LA
  • The Los Angeles Police Protective League renamed its annual golf tournament, which starts today, the Chief Daryl F. Gates Memorial. DN
  • Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo honored after 25 years. Downtown News

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