Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.21.11

DiFi approval sags, stadium questions remain, right turn cameras in Council today, harbor commissioner quits, plus media notes and more.

Politics and politicos

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's public approval rating remains positive, but enthusiasm for re-electing her is far less than in previous years, according to a Field Poll released today. Bee

Mayor Villaraigosa spoke to reporters outside the White House after being sworn in as head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. City Maven

City Administratjve Officer Miguel Santana answered Councilman Bill Rosendahl's questions about AEG's downtown NFL stadium by saying most facts won't be known until after negotiations conclude -- even how long it would take to build the stadium and the possible impact on the Convention Center. LAT, DN, City Maven

D.J. Waldie parses point-by-point the Times editorial endorsing the AEG stadium and says "the editorial reaches a predicable conclusion: that AEG should get what it wants and get it quick." KCET

Note to the City Council: don’t forget the transportation plan for the stadium. Streetsblog

The City Council is expected to discuss today whether to retain the city's red-light camera program, killed by the police commission. LAT, DN wires

The DWP should promptly fill the vacant position of ratepayer advocate, says a DN editorial.

Attorney Kaylynn Kim says she will step down at the end of this month from the Board of Harbor Commissioners to plan her upcoming wedding and spend more time with her future husband. Daily Breeze

Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, and the tab is about $184 million each year, a new analysis says. LAT

California's new redistricting maps are being billed as a blow to the state's clout in Congress, because some longtime incumbents could lose their jobs. Wash Post, PPIC

Media and media people

Former Tribune chief executive Randy Michaels has partnered with a Chicago-based private equity firm to buy controlling interest in three Emmis radio stations -- two in Chicago and one in New York. Romenesko

Meet Engine28, the pop-up newsroom of USC Annenberg's visiting arts journalism fellows. Nieman Journalism Lab

Technology writer Miguel Helft is leaving the New York Times to join Fortune as a Senior Writer based in San Francisco covering Silicon Valley. Romenesko


Ben Mankiewicz writes that Clarence Clemons' impact on how he "and others, I'm sure, view race in America will last a lifetime." HuffPost

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