Morning Buzz: Monday 7.11.11

Villaraigosa and Prop. 13, Hahn v. Huey coming to a close, HuffPost expands again, William and Kate's last day in L.A. and Robert Hilburn will spin the discs.

Politics and politicos

Mayor Villaraigosa is pondering a full-on assault on the inequities in Proposition 13, the property tax measure that has ruled California tax politics since 1978. LAT

George Skelton argues that the yearly car tax should be higher. LAT

President Bill Clinton's voice is making robocalls to voters on behalf of Janice Hahn in Tuesday's 36th congressional district election. Michael Blood's AP's lede talks about how Republicans are looking for an upset in the race. AP, LAT, Calbuzz, Daily Breeze

Those lined up to succeed Hahn on the City Council should she win include the former councilman Rudy Svorinich, Assemblyman Warren Furutani and fire union chief Pat McOsker. Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Any City Council debate over the AEG football stadium for Downtown is all over now "except for the shotuing," says D.J. Waldie. SoCal Focus


Media and media people

Former L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn will have a one-hour show called "Rock 'n' Roll Times" at 6 p.m. Sundays on the new schedule for KCSN-FM. It's hist first radio gig. Another former Times staffer, Kevin Bronson, will bring his "Buzz Bands" brand to midnight Sundays. LAT

The Huffington Post launches HuffPost Celebrity today and HuffPost Culture on Wednesday. Both sites are overseen by John Montorio, the former L.A. Times and New York Times culture editor who is Editorial Director, Entertainment, Culture & Lifestyle of AOL Huffington Post Media Group.

In coverage of the BAFTA event at the Belasco Theater with British royals William and Catherine, a remark about Downtown by Zooey Deschanel set off Patt Morrison. Opinion L.A.

Salon.com founder David Talbot is returning for a third stint as CEO, this time on an interim basis. The Wrap

Retired L.A. Times photographer Cal Montney died at age 91. LAT


More news

William and Catherine visited Inner-City Arts on Skid Row and a benefit for veterans at the Sony studios then went back to England. LAT, CBS LA, ABC 7

It wasn't only the 11 players on the field that Brazil was up against in Sunday's women's world cup soccer match, "it was every player who has ever pulled on a U.S. jersey," Grahame Jones writes. LAT

Preparing for Carmageddon, Gregory Rodriguez notes: "You can romanticize bicycles, subways or light rail all you want, but freeways are what make us who we are." LAT op-ed

Writer Rob Long notes that "Los Angeles' freeways empty out for only two occasions: for the first couple of days after a steep increase in the price of gas, and for all Jewish holidays." LAT op-ed

Former Dodger infielder Juan Castro retired from baseball after 17 seasons in the major leagues and accepted a job with the team as Special Assistant, Baseball Operations and Player Development.


Planning ahead

Ex-Dodgers star Maury Wills and Ted Giannoulas, who became famous as the San Diego Chicken, will be inducted into the Baseball Reliquary on Sunday, July 17 at the Pasadena Central Library.


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