Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.24.11

What the SCOTUS ruling on prisons means, searching for more Dodger Stadium suspects, Antonio and Zev face to face, a new NYT columnist and more.

Top of the news

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld 5-4 a lower court order that California slash its prison inmate population by 33,000 over two years because the state has failed to act on overcrowding. Justice Kennedy's opinion cited an expert who called conditions "appalling," "inhumane" and unlike any he had seen "in more than 35 years of prison work." The state can achieve the goal by adding prisons, moving prisoners or releasing them. Justice Scalia said the majority affirmed "what is perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation's history...terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order." LAT, Chronicle, AP, KPCC, Witness LA

LAPD detectives pressed ahead with the search for two other suspects in the Bryan Stow beating, as senior department officials scrambled to mitigate the potential damage done to the investigation by a leaked photo. LAT

Politics and politicos

It was a rare face-to-face meeting on Monday between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky with the topic being transportation issues. DN

Villaraigosa got an earful at his Town Hall meeting at Reseda High School. DN

The City Council is scheduled today to consider creating an inspector general's position in an attempt to help fix the city's poorly performing billing and collections processes, which cause the city to lose tens of millions of dollars per year in badly needed revenue. DN wires

The problem with the city's Gold Card desk for special handling of parking tickets was mainly marketing, Kerry Cavanaugh argues. DN
Plus: The Craig Huey for Congress campaign wants Councilwoman Janice Hahn to release complete records of her office's use of the program. Release

Lawyer Gloria Allred predicts there's more disclosures to come about Arnold Schwarzenegger: "He's probably now just a sad little man waiting for the next bombshell to going to go off.'' Chronicle

The DA is looking into whether housing authority board President Beatriz Stotzer's work for a firm that manages apartments for affordable housing developers violates conflict-of-interest rules. LAT

Hugo Joel Gonzalez, the second of two ex-Los Angeles building inspectors caught taking bribes in a government sting, pleaded guilty Monday to accepting thousands of dollars for signing off on construction work he never inspected, Breeze wires

Media and media people

La Opinión announced the launch of a series on the proliferation of guns in the United States with a multimedia website. "A Country in Arms" was produced by Claudia Núñez and Aurelia Ventura. Un País en Armas

Frank Bruni is moving to op-ed columnist of the New York Times and will write a column in the paper's soon-to-launch new Sunday Review section. Romenesko


Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, made a $1 million challenge grant to Center Theatre Group to be combined with their earlier $1 million seed grant for new work. Via release

Los Angeles has overtaken Miami as the U.S. city with the second-highest number of overseas visitors, behind only New York. The estimates come from here. LAT

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*
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