Morning Buzz: Friday 11.19.10

LA's beach curfew, Ronni Chasen murder, redistricting panel, McCourts back before a judge, Villaraigosa to Mexico and a media person death. Plus more.

  • The California Coastal Commission says that Los Angeles' midnight to 5 a.m. beach curfew is illegal without state approval and that people have a right to be on the sand whenever they want. LAT
  • The chief of the Beverly Hills PD knocks down The Hollywood Reporter's story about a working theory in the Ronni Chasen murder investigation. Daily Beast
  • The first eight people were selected for the new Citizens Redistricting Commission that will redraw political lines based on numbers from the 2010 census. LAT, LA Weekly, Sacto Bee
  • AG Jerry Brown Brown's office is both representing and suing the same state office over the same legal issue – government agencies that over-interpret the law. California Watch
  • A new Los Angeles Times/USC poll founds that Republicans really face an uphill battle to win over California voters. "I don't know how any Republican thinks they can win in California after looking at this," said GOP pollster Linda DiVall. LAT
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heads to Mexico City today for a three-day trip that include meetings with mayors from other world cities to discuss environmental issues. DN
  • At 10 a.m. the City Council will receive Bako Sahakian, President of the Republic of Artsakh, a landlocked country at the eastern end of the Armenian Plateau, says a release from Councilman Paul Krekorian.
  • Celeste Fremon objects to the Times' response to criticism from her and others over its reporting on child deaths. Witness LA
  • The UC Regents renamed student fees to what they are — tuition — and raised them eight percent, or by $822 next year. LAT, AP, SF Chronicle
  • Frank and Jamie McCourt were due back in court to meet with a judge over a possible settlement in their divorce case. CBS
  • Mayor Villaraigosa appointed a 26-member panel to examine security measures at Los Angeles International Airport. CBS, DN
  • With Nancy Reagan on his arm, former President George W. Bush on Thursday brought his bestseller campaign and an unexpected sense of humorous storytelling to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. DN
  • Pedro Ramirez, the Fresno State University student body president outed as an illegal immigrant, called the disclosure a "relief." LA Forward
  • Deborah Vankin, a feature writer at the L.A. Times, has a graphic novel titled "Poseurs" coming soon.
  • Dennis Wilen, the former web director at the Jewish Journal, will be local editor of Brentwood Patch when it launches.
  • Randy Riddle, the former business editor at KNX raadio, has died, according to L.A. Radio

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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