Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.26.11

Villaraigosa in Sacramento, charter schools, campaign endorsements, Channel 22 sold, an award for Vin Scully and Dudamel turns 30. Plus more.

Politics

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and eight other leaders of California's largest cities will meet today with Gov. Jerry Brown to try to persuade him to back away from his call to end redevelopment agencies. DN, Capitol Alert

Tuesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting was canceled after people were in the pews in City Hall because not enough elected members showed up. LA Weekly

Los Angeles Unified officials unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to offer an unprecedented 25,000 classroom seats to 81 charter schools on district campuses, although charter advocates argued the proposal does not comply with state law. DN

The L.A. Times editorial board made its school board race endorsements: Rev. Eric P. Lee, Tamar Galatzan, Luis Sanchez and Richard Vladovic. LAT

The L.A. Clean Sweep campaign started by Ron Kaye and his allies endorsed one incumbent — City Councilman Bernard Parks — plus CD 14 challenger Rudy Martinez. The rest are relative unknowns: Stephen Box, Rich Goodman, James Cordaro, David Barron, Austin Dragon and Kelly Lord. LACS

SEIU local 721 has made a video about popular city refuse truck driver Kenny Fox, whose route is in Northeast L.A. SEIU721.org

Media and media people

L.A. Times environmental editor Geoff Mohan defended his paper against the New York Times and took a swipe at his paper's managers — as well as at "middle-aged west-siders" — in a rant sent to Romenesko.

Inside sources tell Veronica Villafane that a deal was reached to sell NBCU-owned KWHY-22 in Los Angeles to Alex Meruelo, CEO and President of Meruelo Enterprises Inc., Cantamar Property Management Inc., and La Pizza Loca Inc. Media Moves

Dodgers broadcasters Vin Scully, Rick Monday and Fernando Valenzuela, and Kings' broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox, were honored at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Awards Luncheon at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake. Via release

How about another NBC drama set in Los Angeles: "Special Investigations L.A." Variety

New blogger: Steve Whitmore, the media spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Blog

More

UCLA alums Meyer and Renee Luskin donated $100 million to the campus, the second-largest gift ever, and will get their names on the School of Public Affairs. LAT, UCLA Newsroom

Hundreds of volunteers are fanning out this week to count the homeless throughout Los Angeles County. LAT

Gustavo Dudamel marked his 30th birthday in Germany with the L.A. Philharmonic. Culture Monster

Jason Bailey, a former player in the Anaheim Ducks' minor league system, sued the team alleging a pattern of discrimination and slurs because he's Jewish. Wires

The late ex-Dodger Glenn Burke, ex-Angel Curtis Pride and Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon's character in "Bull Durham") are among this year's nominees for the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals.

An interview with the Silver Lake street hustler known as Five Dollar Man. Neon Tommy

Around LA Observed

LAO author David Rensin and Brandy Dunn's "The Men on My Couch" — "in which a young psychotherapist explores what she learns about men and sexuality (and herself) through personal stories of treating her male patients" — was sold to Berkley. Publishers Lunch


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