Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 2.9.11

Possible MPAA chief, new Ruben Salazar info coming, Huizar and Martinez actually talk issues, plus controversy over a photo of Nikki Finke.

Top of the news

Politico's Mike Allen reports this morning that former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd is in negotiations to be the next CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Wilshire & Washington

A review of L.A. County Sheriff's Department records in the 1970 slaying of former Times columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar will be made public as early as this week and is expected to include “interesting new information,” an official said. LAT


Jose Huizar and Rudy Martinez actually talked about district issues at a CD 14 campaign forum. LAT

Pitching a streetcar idea for downtown. DN

Councilman Paul Krekorian has introduced a motion that would oppose any efforts by the developer of a downtown NFL stadium to seek relief from the state's environmental review process. AP

Is right-wing talk radio dying? "If we ever want to grow, if we want to expand, we've got to be doing more than 18 hours a day of ‘Obama is a socialist.’” Daily Beast

Raphael Sonenshein joins Madeleine Brand on KPCC at 9:10 a.m. to discuss the Mayor's blue-ribbon stadium panel.

The city of Vernon intends to hire former state Atty. Gen. (and DA in Los Angeles) John Van de Kamp and Robert M. Stern, former general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, to conduct its own ethics investigation. LAT, DN

Media and media people

Magic Johnson will become chairman of Vibe under a major investment deal that also includes Ron Burkle. Bloomberg, WSJ

The Politics Daily reporter who broke the story that Sarah and Bristol Palin tried to trademark their names is confronting media outlets that didn't credit her story. Politics Daily

Nikki Finke is trying to prevent The Daily and News Corp. from publishing a current photograph of her, says The Wrap.

Most of Huffington Post's millions of readers today know not a whit about Arianna and her well-heeled friends. But they have a sense that the woman with the honeyed Greek accent provides them one of the quickest portals to gossip, sports, fashion, books, religion and more, says James Rainey. LAT


An official who works for the Coliseum was also paid by the promoter of the controversial rave at which a girl died. LAT

Insider Daryl Osby was picked to run the county fire department. LAT, ZevWeb

Columnist Mariel Garza suggests that if AEG is tearing down part of the Convention Center, maybe they could tear down L.A. Live too "and build a more perfect entertainment zone." DN

Columnist Al Martinez appreciates the variety of Ventura Boulevard. DN

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