Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.27.11

School board race decided, saga of Streisand's Malibu compound, McCourts talk settlement, the Brattons send off Elaine's, and a new baby in L.A. media land. Plus more.

Top of the news

An "enormous increase" in drug abuse among older people is driving a puzzling trend in which older adults are being arrested for felonies in droves, while felony arrests of juveniles are dropping. DN

Politics and politicos

Bennett Kayser, the UTLA candidate, was declared the winner of the open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education on Thursday. Luis Sanchez, who lost, was supported by the mayor. LAT, KPCC

A state Senate committee quietly killed a bill that would have stopped the flow of thousands of dollars' worth of gifts to state lawmakers and other elected officials. Bee, LAT

The political saga of Barbara Streisand's donated 20-acre compound in Malibu's Ramirez Canyon isn't pretty. Ventura Star

Reversing an earlier vote, AFSCME local 3090, representing 4,100 city clerical workers, agreed Thursday to forgo pay hikes and to contribute more to pension and health care costs. In exchange, the mayor dropped furlough plans. DN, City Maven

The citizen's committee on redistricting met at Cal State Northridge and of course heard plenty of opinions but no agreement. DN

Media and media people

Lawrence O'Donnell has held on to Kerith Olbermann's MSNBC audience, while Bill O'Reilly continues to dominate at Fox. Wash Post

Talking Points Memo got a cease-and-desist letter from the New York Stock Exchange claiming that photos of the exchange floor are trademarked. So editor Josh Marshall ran the photo again and told the NYSE to stick it. TPM

Daily News columnist Kerry Cavanaugh and her husband Jason Kandel welcomed a son early yesterday morning. City Maven


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday publicly reaffirmed his comments that Giovanni Ramirez is the primary suspect and principal assailant in the Dodger Stadium attack on Bryan Stow. Ramirez's side says he wasn't even at the game and can prove it. LAT

Frank and Jamie McCourt were in court yesterday to resume settlement talks in their post-divorce splitting of assets. They were scheduled to return for talks June 8. AP

The LAPD gave its Medal of Valor to ten officers. LAT

Lindsay Lohan turned herself in at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Century Regional Detention Facility at about 5 a.m. yesterday, was fitted with an electronic ankle monitor and sent home for 35 days of detention in her Venice condo. LAT, AP

Ex-LAPD chief William Bratton and his wife, TV broadcaster Rikki Klieman, spoke as longtime patrons of Elaine's in New York held a wake for the hangout and its late proprietor, Elaine Kaufman. "Half the people in this room are never going to see one another again," said Gay Talese. AP

Beverly Center fights back against time and changing trends as it approaches 30 years old. WSJ

Planning ahead

On the Memorial Day weekend edition of "Off-Ramp," reporter Kevin Ferguson’s grandmother tells how, on V-J Day, she learned that her husband died at sea on the USS Indianapolis … then found out later he survived. Plus Louis Zamperini tells how he survived a Japanese POW camp. Saturday at noon, KPCC

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