Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 2.18.11

Stadium progress, Board of Ed campaign spending, more politics and media notes, a Scientology book and a fight over the term urban homestead.

Top of the news

AEG submitted its first formal stadium proposal to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's NFL Blue Ribbon Commission on Thursday, repeating their promise not to spend any tax dollars on the $1 billion project. DN, Blogdowntown


With Gov. Jerry Brown considering the elimination of redevelopment agencies to save money, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought Thursday to make his case on why they are still needed. DN

Independent expenditures in the Board of Education races are about to top $1 million, says an analysis of spending in the campaigns by USC's News21 and SoCalConnected. Neon Tommy

Bell's City Council election is March 8, but state law requires the current council to ratify the results — which it can't do since the members are banned from City Hall. LAT

The Venice Stakeholders Association filed a suit under the California Public Records Act to obtain records it believes support claims on the website Yo!Venice! that Mayor Villaraigosa's associate director of transportation, Jim Bickhart, "repeatedly posted hostile and hateful comments on the website under a pseudonym in an effort to discredit" supporters of overnight restricted parking in Venice. Yo Venice

Author and former librarian Susan Patron urges a vote for Measure L. LAT Op-Ed

Media and media people

Al Jazeera English and Fox News appear to be the winners in terms of audience expansion during the recent crisis in Egypt. The Big Picture

CNN blurred out the faces of men seen behind CBS reporter Lara Logan in the photo taken just before she was attacked in Cairo. LAT

Part 3 in the LA Times/U of Colorado Teacher Ranking Wars. Witness LA

The L.A. Times won awards from the American Society of News Editors and the AP sports editors.

Tom Hoffarth digests the Lakers throwing in with Time Warmer Cable on new channels (while leaving KCAL and Fox Sports West) and sees trouble ahead for fans. DN

Erin Broadley resigned after two-plus years as web editor at the LA Weekly. Fishbowl LA

Rolling Stone journalist Janet Reitman has sold Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, based on confidential documents, over 100 interviews with current and former Scientologists, and five years of research, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Publishers Lunch


Participants in the urban homesteading movement are reacting strongly to a move by the Dervaes family in Pasadena to trademark the term "urban homestead" and related terms and require Facebook to take down pages on the topic. LA Weekly, Star-News, Chilling

The city will open its first bike corral outside Cafe de Leche on York Boulevard in Highland Park. LADOT

A protest filed against the county’s selection of Clark Construction and architecture firm AC Martin Partners has stopped rehab work on the old Hall of Justice. Downtown News

Planning ahead

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Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
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