Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.23.10

Whitman and Brown tied in Field Poll, how Robert Rizzo may have hid the high salaries in Bell, LADOT chief resigns, Larry Elder returns to KABC and more media notes inside.

  • Whitman and Brown are tied in latest Field Poll, with Whitman closing the Democrats' usual gender gap with women. Bee, Chronicle, Calbuzz
  • In this weird political year, Meg Whitman, the candidate who has trashed public employee unions, is cozying up to one of the most influential labor leaders this state has ever seen. Dan Morain/Bee
  • Court documents filed by prosecutors detail how Robert Rizzo and other Bell officials allegedly conspired to hide their high salaries from public view. Great Al Seib photo with the story. LAT
  • Will Bell's Robert Rizzo try the Seabiscuit defense and claim he's a gambling addict? Editor Frank Girardot speculates. Star-News
  • City Department of Transportation chief Rita Robinson, citing indecision and budget cuts at City Hall, said she hyas accepted an offer to become one of five deputy chief executive officers at Los Angeles County. LAT, Streetsblog
  • The city of Los Angeles will not be bankrupt, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNBC, dismissing former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan's gloomy prediction that the city will be bankrupt by 2014. CNBC
  • Subway to the sea opponents are jumping on data in the official EIR that shows basically no reduction should be expected from today's traffic levels by a subway out to Westwood. LA Weekly
  • Libertarian talk show host Larry Elder will return to KABC/790 AM on Monday after almost a two-year absence, in the 9 a.m. to noon weekday slot. OC Register
  • Gabriel Lerner, metro editor of La Opinion and co-moderator of an upcoming KPCC Boxer-Fiorina debate, will be on with Patt Morrison at 2:40 p.m. to gather listener questions for the Sept. 29 debate.
  • The killers of sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante thought he was a gang member when they spotted him and shot him, says the driver of the getaway car. LAT
  • It's official: Southern California had one of the coolest summers on record, forecasters said Wednesday as the season ended and fall arrived. But it could be over 100 this weekend. SGV Tribune
  • A second wanted suspect in the murder of Matthew Butcher, the son of labor leader Julie Butcher, was arrested in Van Nuys on Sept. 17.
  • Senior editor Jod Kaftan and assistant editor Allison Kornberg were laid off by the Los Angeles Times Magazine, according to Fishbowl LA. Also: Jonathon Aubry was named publisher of "The Advocate." FBLA
  • Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, was named the first president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, "established by the Annenberg Foundation primarily to hold high level retreats that "address serious issues facing the nation and the world community." Release
  • Author and former L.A. Times reporter Judy Pasternak guests on "Airtalk" on KPCC at 11:40 to talk about her new book on the Navajo lands, "Yellow Dust: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed."

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