Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.26.11

Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to state high court, Democratic gains under new districts, red-light cameras likely ending, websites of ex-TV reporters and more.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu was President Obama's pick for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but lack of Republican support doomed his nomination. LAT


Politics and politicos

Some projections have Democrats gaining up to four seats in the congressional delegation and two, perhaps three, in the state Senate under the new maps likely to be approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. "If I were a Republican in the state Senate, I'd be looking at this as a disaster," said Tony Quinn, a former legislative staffer involved in redistricting issues. Bee

Rep. Laura Richardson plans to run in a proposed new congressional district that includes Carson, Compton, North Long Beach, San Pedro and Wilmington. Breeze

Legislative lawyers believe that if a referendum on the new law requiring sales tax collection by online retailers qualifies for the ballot, the law will have to be put on hold until the voters have their say. Capitol Notes

L.A.'s red-light camera program is likely to be phased out and motorists who don't pay tickets in the meantime face collections calls but no penalties. LAT, LANG

Councilmen Bernard Parks and Paul Koretz are scheduled to guest on "Airtalk" at 10:20 a.m. on KPCC to talk about the poor state of L.A.'s sidewalks and streets.

Seven candidates so far have filed paperwork with the City Ethics Commission to raise campaign funds for the 15th Council District seat. Breeze


Media and media people

Part 2 of "Inside the Cartel:" Channeling the Mexican cartel's nonstop river of cocaine onto trucks bound for cities in the U.S. requires a vast labyrinth of smugglers working in L.A. And women like Lupita, a no-nonsense psychic with a short fuse. LAT

Nice remembrance of her late colleague George Ramos by Patt Morrison. Opinion L.A.

Mark Thompson, the weather reporter let go by Fox 11 in June, has a new website: Mark Thompson Online.

Former KNBC and KCBS reporter Donna Tetreault has started a website for parents, Super Mommy Not


More

Los Angeles residents are getting fed up with all the helicopters hovering and flying low, says Adam Nagourney. "This is, for all intents and purposes, an unregulated industry." NYT

The sister of one of the Bryan Stow assault suspects reportedly has implicated the men and has testified before a grand jury. LAT

Overnight closures are scheduled this week on parts of the 10 and 110 freeways. DN wires

The 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver is doing better after a boogie-board accident at the beach, the ex-governor said on Twitter: "Thanks for all your support for Christopher. It means a lot to me & to him. He's doing much better & we'll have him back at full speed soon.''


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