Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.28.11

Fire chief to retire, new harbor commissioner, Villaraigosa to Aspen, reviews of Jim O'Shea's book and New York Times teams with USC.

Politics and politicos

Gov. Brown and the Democrats agree on a budget without a tax election or Republican support, but with a rosy revenue prediction that might not occur. Bee, LAT, Chronicle, Capitol Notes

When numbers are assigned to the new state Senate districts, millions of Californians could find themselves in a rare - but not unheard of - situation where they go two years without a voting senator in the state capitol. DN op-ed

Jordan Tappis, who wrote a puffy profile on Austin Beutner for Malibu Magazine, is now co-hosting (with Jay Carson) a fundraiser for Beutner's mayoral campaign on Wednesday in Venice. Invitation

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Millage Peaks, a 35-year veteran of the department, announced his retirement Monday effective July 10. LAT, DN wires

Former Los Angeles World Airports executive Michael Molina apparently deleted all but two text messages from his city-issued cellular phone after he resigned for allegedly sending sexually explicit comments, according to records obtained by the Daily Breeze. DB

Sung Won Sohn was nominated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a spot on the harbor commission. Breeze

Villaraigosa will be in Aspen later this week for the Aspen Ideas Festival. City Maven

Media and media people

AOL plans to consolidate 53 different content brands into 20 "power brands," many under the Huffington Post label. TechCrunch

Reviews of James O'Shea's "The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers" in the Los Angreles Times (Geneva Overholser) and Slate (Jack Shafer.) She likes it more than he did, though both find flaws.

The New York Times Company is teaming with USC to offer continuing education programs, some taught by Times journalists. Inside Higher Ed, DN wires

Twitter has released a guide to help journalists use the service called Twitter for Newsrooms.


More than 1,000 people who lined up to register for summer school classes in Hawthorne on Monday morning were turned away when police arrived to control the large and unruly crowd. Daily Breeze

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