Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.5.11

Jerry Brown's staggering blow to Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger's exit stench, a first look at KCET's new news offerings and more.

Top of the news

Gov. Jerry Brown's first budget on Monday will inflict a staggering burden of cuts on the city and county of Los Angeles, says Tim Rutten. LAT op-ed

Politics

In his first full day on the job, Brown walked right up to the third rail of California politics: Proposition 13. Rough & Tumble

As Arnold Schwarzenegger exited the governorship, he left behind a foul stench – and not from one his stogies, says Dan Walters. Sacto Bee

Judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Imperial County's request to defend Proposition 8 in federal court, and sent the case back to the California Supreme Court for a key ruling that could potentially resolve the legal issue. Bee, LAT

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced he is resigning to become an outside political adviser. LAT

City Councilwoman Janice Hahn asked for a report on how an NFL stadium in Downtown would affect the Los Angeles Convention Center, despite her ties to AEG. LAT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein will undergo a knee-replacement operation today in San Francisco and be unable to travel for about three weeks. AP, Bee

Despite objections from Los Angeles' golfing community, the city took over golf-cart rentals at municipal courses over the New Year's weekend in a move to boost revenue and keep city employees working. DN

Media & Hollywood

James Rainey on the new KCET: "KCET's daring and possibly foolish flight away from the PBS network has been in force only since New Year's Day, but it doesn't seem too early to guess that one program in the station's new lineup will not win a lot of fans." He means the Japanese news show that replaced "News Hour." LAT

On-location filming in the L.A. area rose 37% in December compared with a year earlier, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc. Company Town

Zocalo Public Square is looking to hire a managing editor "to assign, edit and write smart non-fiction book reviews, essays, roundtable discussions, and other features, and conduct telephone and video-recorded author interviews for publication." Journalism Jobs
Plus: It's a hirer's market in journalism right now. NY Observer

ProPublica will start running ads "for the usual reason: to help raise revenue that can fuel our operations, promoting what people in the non-profit world call 'sustainability." ProPublica

Pamela McClintock has joined The Hollywood Reporter as Senior Film Reporter. She most recently served as a Los Angeles Reporter for Variety. Gorkana Alerts

L.A. Neighbors United’s Cary Brazeman and Majestic Realty’s John Semcken guest on Off the Presses at 10 a.m. on LA Talk Radio.

Dr. Mitchell Katz, new director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, guests with Larry Mantle on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 11 a.m.

Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall will get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, and mark his 80th birthday.

More

Once again, the question of why the CHP closes the Grapevine for 24 hours when there is snow and ice. LAT

A judge invalidated a proposed ballot measure that would have mandated two hours of free parking in most parking lots run by the city of Beverly Hills. BH Courier

In seven California counties 30 percent or more of the residents are foreign-born. California Watch

Ron Artest is back, writes Bill Plaschke: "Not the Artest of cute and funny, but the Artest of anger and confrontation." LAT

Planning ahead

"SoCal Connected" on KCET and "Marketplace" from American Public Media will team up for a special look at the housing market crisis through one Los Angeles home. “Lot 354: A Tale of America’s Housing Meltdown” will premiere on Thursday, January 13.


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