Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.25.11

Lakers close in on Mike Brown, LA's vanishing children, housing commissioners living the good life, CNBC anchor Mark Haines dies and a local TV anchor tweets her lunch with political analysts. Plus much more.

Top of the news

The Lakers are reported to be "very close" to naming Mike Brown as their coach. He coached LeBron James in Cleveland. SI.com, LAT, ESPN LA

For a lot of reasons, the number of children in Los Angeles County between the ages of 5 and 9 decreased by 21% from 2000 to 2010, dropping from 802,047 to 633,690. The study is from Dowell Myers' group at USC. LAT, USC data


Politics and politicos

Some LA housing commissioners are "living the good life on taxpayer money," David Goldstein reported last night in a special report. CBS 2

The city Department of Transportation has been instructed to provide a full report within 30 days on the roughly 1,000 parking tickets dismissed over a period of two years by the Gold Card Desk. LAT, City Maven

The City Council on Tuesday voted to create an inspector general of collections, to help the city bring in more money it is owed. LAT, DN

Whoever wins in the 36th congressional district will have 11 months in office before they must run for reelection, and the district lines may be substantially different. Daily Breeze

The Citizens Redistricting Commission is scheduled to release its draft proposals for new legislative and congressional districts on Friday, June 11. Ventura Star

Who's behind the anti-circumcision move in the city of Santa Monica. LAT


Media and media people

Mark Haines, founding anchor of CNBC's morning show "Squawk Box" and co-anchor of the network's "Squawk on the Street" program, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday night. He was 65. "With his searing wit, profound insight and piercing interview style, he was a constant and trusted presence in business news for more than 20 years," CNBC president Mark Hoffman said in a statement to employees. The New York Stock Exchanged observed a moment of silence. CNBC, WSJ, James Poniewozik

CBS 2 anchor Pat Harvey tweets: "Had lunch at Ago today with personal political thinktank..Dave Bryan, Sherry Bebitch_Jeffe and Allan Hoffenblum! Always awesome conversation."

The L.A. Times explains why it didn't publish the photo of the Bryan Stow assault suspect. Readers' Rep

Kim Barker, a reporter for ProPublica, writes about the reporters left behind in war zones. LAT op-ed

Attorney Tom Girardi is scheduled to be on "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" at 10:05 talking about the Bryan Stow family's lawsuit against the Dodgers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on at 10:40 a.m.


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An air traffic controller in Los Angeles was caught sleeping on the job in January and was suspended. Bloomberg

Crime is down in the sheriff's territory as well. Over 100 pages of details have been posted showing preliminary reported crime statistics for the unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. LASD

The family of a toddler who died after plunging from a luxury box at Staples Center filed suit alleging that a poorly designed barrier led to the death. LAT

Looking in on the Vincent Price Museum of Art on the East L.A. College campus. Movie Miento


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