Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.14.11

Redistricting doubts, BH versus the subway, animal shelter probe in Lincoln Heights, plus is the city's campaign matching funds law now unconstitutional?

Politics and politicos

As California's bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it's clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy, says John Myers. Capitol Notes, California Watch

Beverly Hills versus the Westside subway, cover story by Patrick Range McDonald. LA Weekly

Assemblyman Mike Eng, apparently not realizing it's a commentary on white student Alexandra's Wallace's anti-Asian video, took issue with an Asian-run student delivery business called Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Take-out. SGV Tribune, The Informer

An investigation into possible dog theft at the city's Lincoln Heights animal shelter has expanded into a probe of whether ten employees were paid for work they did not perform. LAT

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to be in San Francisco today to speak to a group of lawyers supporting gun control and meet with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board and former Mayor Willie Brown. DN wires

Termed-out former City Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., now a lobbyist, says he'll run for his old seat now that the term limit rules have eased and Janice Hahn is heading to Congress. LAT, Breeze

Hahn will be tentatively sworn in Tuesday on the floor of the House of Representatives, according to campaign manager Dave Jacobson. Breeze

In a letter to the city's Ethics Commission, a deputy city attorney said some provisions of L.A.'s matching funds law "clearly appear unconstitutional" in light of a Supreme Court ruling and should be repealed before any special election to replace Hahn. LAT

The Los Angeles Film School dropped for now its objections to a permit for the Hollywood Farmers Market. LAT

The California secession boomlet in the media turns out to be one man's opinion, and nothing more. OC Register

Media and media people

Tax journalist David Cay Johnston is receiving praise for a total skinback he wrote after his first column for Reuters contained a huge error about Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. "The premise of my debut column for Reuters, on News Corp's taxes, was wrong, 100 percent dead wrong," he writes in the lede. Reuters

KTLA's Lu Parker did another story about animals last night, an investigation into lab testing on beagles.

Book critic David Kipen reviews "Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director" by Patrick McGilligan, at 9:42 on "The Madeleine Brand Show." KPCC

More news

Robert Ross, the former gang member who claimed Shaquille O'Neal was behind an alleged gang kidnapping, had previously been classified by the LAPD as an undesirable informant. LAT

Fights and unruliness spilled out of the Home Depot Center parking lot onto the streets of Carson after a soccer game between Mexico's Club America and Atlas on Wednesday night. Breeze

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Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
LA Observed Notes: Clippers hire big-time writer, unfunny Emmys, editor memo at the Times and more
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