Morning Buzz: Thursday 3.10.11

Colleges, fish, a ton of politics notes and an update on La Villa Basque, all inside.

Top of the news

The L.A. Community College District fired building program chief Larry Eisenberg in the wake of the Times' series on gaffes and abuses. LAT

Cleanup of the tons of dead fish in King Harbor has "taken on an urgent air" as officials worried about the fish rotting and poisoning remaining sea life. Daily Breeze


Politics

Gov. Jerry Brown has been pitching his budget plan on Republican turf. LAT

Democrats are learning that a power they have long sought — to pass a budget with a majority vote — might not be the lever they thought it was going to be, says Daniel Weintraub. HealthyCal

The Los Angeles City Council has gone into recess until Friday, March 18, so a number of its members can attend the National League of Cities meeting in Washington, D.C. DN

Mayor Villaraigosa is also in Washington again and will give the luncheon keynote speech at the Campaign for America’s Future Summit on Jobs. DN wires

Forescee Hogan-Rowles said in a statement "my quest to represent the 8th District in the Los Angeles City Council is not over yet."

The Times suggests in a day-after story that the CD 8 results call into question labor's clout in L.A. could be waning, but most of the experts quoted — and the most obvious conclusion from Bernard Parks facing any danger of a runoff — is that labor's money and slate cards put him there. LAT

Villaraigosa and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will tweet each other to help promote The People's Games, but the release makes it sound as if they will write their own Twitter posts. Release

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office notified operators of 140 pot shops, and their landlords, that they must close immediately. LAT, LA Weekly

Bell's newly elected City Council of novices faces some difficult choices. LAT

Bell's Robert Rizzo may have stolen more than $5 million, prosecutors said during closing arguments in his preliminary hearing. LAT

A Times editorial says it "can't see a compelling reason for L.A. to keep running" Ontario Airport. LAT


Media and media people

Mel Gibson has agreed to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge Friday involving violence against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. LAT

Close to 900 layoffs expected today at AOL as the merger with Huffington Post takes effect. Writers, editors and others on the content side will get the worst of it, and there also will be less work for freelancers. Romenesko

Samantha Geimer, the victim of Roman Polanski's sexual abuse who surfaces every now and then to say he should not be punished any further, was interviewed today by George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.” GMA

The Daily News is reviving its eliminated Monday opinion page as an entirely reader-written page. Opinion editor Mariel Garza explains. DN


More

Banksy's 'Elephant' tank on PCH was home to a man named Tachowa Covington. LA Weekly

The future of Vernon's La Villa Basque is tied to its past. Eastern Group Papers

Eddie Brandt, the owner of Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee Hollywood memorabilia store in North Hollywood, died at age 90. LAT


LA Observed authors

Veronique de Turenne has a piece on Altadena's urban homesteaders on the cover of today's LAT Food section.


More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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