Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.2.11

Sheriff Baca's freebies, Orlov's Tipoffs, city salaries and bonuses, DA drops "lynching" prosecution and more for a Monday.

Politics and politicos

Since becoming sheriff in 1998, Lee Baca has accepted more than $120,000 worth of gifts and free travel, including from "executives seeking his agency's business, individuals who later received special treatment from him, and even a pair of felons implicated in a massive money-laundering and fraud scheme." LAT

Gov. Jerry Brown underwent a medical procedure to remove a cancerous growth from his nose. Bee, Chronicle

Brown named his political adviser Steve Glazer to the California State University Board of Trustees. Bee

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoffs: City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to raise profile, Eric Garcetti will run again for Council president. DN

A look at the pay scales and bonuses for city of Los Angeles employees. DN plus editorial

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky now says he regrets voting years ago to take on debt for the city to build the Convention Center expansion. Ron Kaye blog

Antonia Jimenez quit as interim director of the county's child services department in a dispute with the Board of Supervisors. LAT

Jim Newton has lunch with Kevin James to talk about the 2013 mayor's race. LAT op-ed

This is the last day to register to vote in the May 17 city runoff election, such as it is, and the 36th congressional district special.

Media and media people

The LA Weekly revisits its original story saying Lara Logan was "raped" now that the CBS correspondent has self-described her Cairo attack as rape by hands. LA Weekly

Ann Curry will replace Meredith Vieira as co-host of NBC's "Today" show. NYT


Frank McCourt suddenly began talking to lots of media last week about the Dodgers situation. Here's his Q&A with the Times' Bill Shaikin. LAT

When Frank and Jamie McCourt finally settle their post-divorce split of assets, "they'll both be worse off than they would have been had they been cooperative and not made such a spectacle of themselves." LAT

Only a few thousand people showed up for the May Day labor march in Downtown. LAT, DN

The DA's office has dropped its "lynching" prosecution of high school student Jeremy Marks for allegedly inciting a crowd during another student's scuffle with a school police officer. LA Weekly

The Weekly and an LAPD division fell for an Internet hoax about terrorists posing as UPS drivers. LA Weekly

The original center court jump circle from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion has netted $325,085 at auction, the auctioneer says. CBS LA

Pacific Serenades "has been building an imposing catalog over its 25 seasons –- presenting a newly commissioned work at each of its concerts. LAT

A two-day symposium at USC put on by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice starts today and will examine California's three strikes law. DA Steve Cooley and LAPD chief Charlie Beck take part. Witness LA

Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Scott Martelle's new book "The Fear Within" reviewed: "Martelle's scrupulous, lucid history resonates with contemporary relevance because it reminds us that freedom of speech and thought are most essential, not when we are feeling most confident, but when we are most afraid." LAT

Planning ahead

Tickets go on sale to the public today for the Tim Burton exhibition opening at LACMA May 29. General admission is $20, Museum members get in for free.

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