Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 2.15.11

Salaries in Bell, DiFi backs Hahn, Colorado researchers still upset at the Times and a Valley beagle wins at Westminster. Plus more inside.

Top of the news

Email excerpts talked about in court yesterday give an inside look at how Bell officials regarded their exorbitant salaries and benefits in the small city. LAT, LAT


Just for grins, let's assume that Jerry Brown beats the long political odds and persuades the Legislature and voters to enact his tough-love plan to close the state budget gap. Then his next big issue is water. Dan Walters/Bee

Ted Lieu is the frontrunner in the 28th Senate district special election being held today. LAT, DN wires

Senator Dianne Feinstein jumped on the Janice Hahn for Congress bandwagon.

Former Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for obstructing justice by lying about a letter sent to Latino voters during his campaign. Political Blotter

Media and media people

The National Education Policy Center in Colorado, responding to the L.A. Times response to its criticism of the paper's analysis of teacher rankings, says "we continue to be taken aback by the Times' misrepresentations and factual errors."

Author Ed Humes looked into the case against gang intervention expert Alex Sanchez for California Lawyer magazine and concludes that "I have a lot of questions about the government’s case. And they need to be answered.” Witness LA

University Link, a magazine "for college students by college students, scored an interview with Kobe Bryant.

Journalist Lisa Napoli talks about her book, "Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth," at 11:40 a.m. on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle.


UCLA announced a $200 million gift from Kirk Kerkorian and the Lincy Foundation. UCLA Newsroom, LAT

Health officials investigating an disease outbreak possibly traced to the Playboy Mansion are also looking into events at the Fairmont Hotel and at SkyBar on the Sunset Strip. LAT

A video take on the NFL labor situation from the folks at Reason TV.

Casa del Mexicano in Boyle Heights went into foreclosure in October and on Friday the building is set to be sold at a lender auction. LAT

A 13-inch beagle owned by a couple from Valley Glen was named Best of Variety on Monday at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show in New York. DN

The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced its 2011-12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte talk with host/producer Frances Anderton about their ballet costumes for Oscar-nominated “Black Swan” at 2:30 p.m. on "DnA" on KCRW.

Planning ahead

Slake is helping launch Daniel Hernandez’s new book, "Down and Delirious in Mexico City," Thursday night at The Echo. Slake

More by Kevin Roderick:
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Power out Monday across Malibu
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
LA Observed Notes: Clippers hire big-time writer, unfunny Emmys, editor memo at the Times and more
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