Morning Buzz: Monday 2.14.11

No knives at the Grammys, Patsaouras writing memoir, Saenz on short list for state Supreme Court and city election endorsements.

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Tweet from the Grammys by Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter: "fun fact: no knives served with dinner at the afterparty. They don't trust us!"

"The King's Speech" won the best picture BAFTA award.

Politics

Former city commissioner Nick Patsaouras is writing a memoir about his time in Los Angeles and in local politics. "I want it to be the narrative thread that connects the people, places and events in Los Angeles," he tells Rick Orlov. DN/Tipoffs

Thomas A. Saenz, the MALDEF official who was Mayor Villaraigosa's counsel in City Hall, is believed to be on Gov. Jerry Brown's short list for appointment to the state Supreme Court opening. LAT

Add Speaker John A. PĂ©rez to the list of Democratic officials supporting City Councilwoman Janice Hahn for the Jane Harman congressional seat. Capitol Alert

The Daily News endorsed Mitchell Englander in CD 12 and challenger Stephen Box over Tom LaBnge in CD 4. Plus: Ron Kaye walks precincts for Box.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas threw his support behind CD 8 candidate Forescee Hogan-Rowles, continuing the feud with Councilman Bernard Parks. LAT

Vote no on Measure L, the library-funding issue on the March ballot, the Times urges in an editorial. LAT, Daily Breeze news story

Media and media people

The Permanent Press has acquired former L.A. Times staff writer David Freed's novel, "Flat Spin," said to center on a sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist who uses his small, aging airplane and the skills he honed as a government assassin to hunt the killer of his ex-wife's husband. Look for publication in April 2012.

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Turns out now that Todd DeStefano, the Coliseum events manager who also worked for the Electric Daisy Carnival rave promoter, aos hired a City Hall lobbyist on behalf of the rave company. LAT

Actor Stephen Baldwin sued Kevin Costner over a plan to market an oil-spill fighting technology as the Deepwater Horizon crisis started to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico last year. LAT

The Detroit Pistons appear to be moving closer to a sale to Los Angeles private equity financier Tom Gores. NYT

A superb example of a "Bob Pool story:" A goose named Maria at Echo Park Lake has become attached to local resident Dominic Ehrle and flies behind his motor scooter. But there's trouble ahead. LAT

Gino Cimoli, the first hitter to bat for the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Saturday in Roseville, Calif. at age 81. LAT


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