Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.28.11

Villaraigosa doings, Feinstein on Trump, Capitol Weekly's top 100, Michael Kinsley, Moby — and are William and Kate coming to L.A.?

Top of the news

Prince William and Kate Middleton are coming to Los Angeles in July as part of their trip to Canada, one of the royal reporters said on ABC. (They all blend together, sorry.)

Politics and politicos

Mayor Villaraigosa ordered 42 furlough days for city employees in bargaining units that rejected a deal with other unions to trade some benefits in order to stop furloughs. LAT, DN, City Maven

Villaraigosa's budget proposal to cut 18 fire companies and four ambulances is generating an outcry from some members of the City Council and leaders of the LAFD union. LAT

Villaraigosa has formed three legal defense funds to raise money to pay for his ethics fines. CityWatch

Capitol Weekly runs the second half of its Top 100 list, with Anne Gust Brown on top. CW

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said that Donald Trump's efforts to fuel questions about the president’s birthplace were “reaching the point of ridiculousness.” LAT

A 10-member independent review panel was appointed Wednesday to recommend an overhaul of ethics rules and construction oversight for the Los Angeles Community College District's troubled rebuilding program. LAT

Leaders of LAUSD's administrators and police unions tentatively agreed this week to taking 12 furlough days to help the district close a $408 million budget deficit and sources close to negotiations said Wednesday that more unions are expected to join them. DN

Media and media people

Michael Kinsley's "inability to hold a job—I mean, Kinsley's restlessness—speaks to no character flaw," writes Jack Shafer. "He does what every man and woman would do if it were in their power: He works at a place as long as he likes it....All publishers long to hire him, and most have." Slate


A federal judge has invalidated a state law that makes Boeing Co. responsible for decontaminating its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory to standards that are stricter than national cleanup guidelines. DN

At home in his Hollywood Hills garden with Moby. NYT

Daniel A. Olivas lists five books he relied upon to write his new novel, "The Book of Want," and among them are "Los Angeles A to Z" and "Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles." Madam Mayo

David Figueroa-Ortega, Mexico's consul in San Jose, has been moved to Los Angeles to replace Acting Consul Juan Carlos Mendoza, who held the post since October. LAT

Planning ahead

Saturday on "Off-Ramp," they pay tribute to the late Googie architect Eldon Davis and talk about new Dodgers monitor Tom Schieffer as the brother of longtime newsman Bob Schieffer. KPCC noon to 1 p.m.

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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