Morning Buzz: Friday 2.25.11

Brown to get support of L.A. Chamber for taxes, Tom Campbell to run Chapman Law, Villaraigosa wants higher wall around Getty House, plus Charlie Sheen, Cardinal Mahony, Frank McCourt, Chris Erskine, "Glee" and more.

Top of the news

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce will support Gov. Jerry Brown's tax plan. LAT

CBS' top-rated "Two and a Half Men" shut down production for the season over the behavior of star Charlie Sheen, idling at least 200 show staffers. But Sheen says he will show up anyway. LAT, Good Morning America. The Wrap


Politics and politicos

Former Republican congressman and candidate Tom Campbell is the new dean of Chapman School of Law. Register, Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Valley realtor Mel Wilson to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Via release

Villaraigosa's request for a higher wall around Getty House in Windsor Square has run into some possible opposition. Curbed LA

Tina Y Choi has joined Englander Knabe & Allen as partner to manage the firm’s land-use/development consulting division. Via release


Media and media people

Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program obtained New York Times reporter James Risen's private credit reports, examined his personal bank records and obtained information about his phone calls and travel, according to a new court filing. Risen is an ex-LAT reporter. Politico

Google said Thursday that it had made a major change to its algorithm in an effort to improve the rankings of high-quality Web sites in its search results — and to reduce the visibility of low-quality sites. NYT blog, Google blog

Sports columnist Chris Erskine does a PR stunt with the Harlem Globetrotters. LAT

"Glee" has been filming this week at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Franklin Avenue


More

Cardinal Roger Mahony's time in Los Angeles "will be remembered for many things but I think two things will stand out - his building of the cathedral and his handling of the sexual abuse crisis in our Church," says a Woodland Hills pastor. DN

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig rejected a plan under which Fox would have loaned Frank McCourt $200 million to operate the Dodgers and pay debts, says Bill Shaikin. LAT

The MTA approved an agreement Thursday to buy historic Union Station and 38 surrounding acres in downtown L.A. for $75 million, a purchase that will clear the way for the expansion of transit operations and new development on the property. LAT, ZevWeb, The Source

Insomniac Inc. said it will hold its large rave this summer in Las Vegas rather than at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. LAT, AP

36 Hours in Mammoth: hot springs, skiing and eating. NYT Travel

The Space Shuttle Discovery mission that took off Thursday is commanded by a Temple City High School graduate and carries a UCLA science experiment. SGV Tribune, UCLA Newsroom

Len Lesser, the actor who died last week at age 88, was a hero to the students at Canterbury Avenue Elementary School in Arleta. LAT

Harold Legaux, the longtime co-owner and operator of Harold & Belle's Creole Restaurant on West Jefferson, died in Palm Springs at age 61. LAT


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