Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.17.11

Villaraigosa and Prop. 13, Jerry Brown scales back, those Latino supervisor districts, city fires Standard and Poor's, designs for Farmers Field and a new CicLAvia date.

Politics and politicos

Coverage of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's call yesterday for reform of Proposition 13. AP, Bee, LAT, OC Register, Steve Lopez, Dan Walters, Calbuzz, Daily News, Ron Kaye

Villaraigosa said he opposes waiving state environmental rules for AEG's downtown stadium. PoltiCal

Gov. Jerry Brown, bruised by budget battles, is scaling back his ambitions. LAT

The state Department of Finance said Tuesday that California was $541 million shy of its July revenue forecast. Capitol Alert

Noted: Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky would not have to run for reelection in the new heavily Latino district proposed by Supervisor Gloria Molina because he is in his final term. Don Knabe's South Bay district would extend up to the Westside. LAT, DN

The Sunset Junction street fair owes the city $267,000 from last year so this year's fair may not happen as scheduled on Aug. 26-27. LAT

The city dropped its contract with Standard and Poor's after learning that the rating service would downgrade the city's investment portfolio. DN

Media and media people

The L.A. Times website published box office analysis from The Wrap through Reuters. Fishbowl LA

Andy Cohen, Bravo EVP of original programming and development and host of "Watch What Happens: Live," sold his memoir "about his life-long love of popular culture and of television" to Holt for publication next summer. Publishers Lunch


Small glimpses on the designs for AEG's Farmers Field suggest the stadium "would give downtown another push toward true centrality in Los Angeles, or at least help make it first among equals when it comes to the city's many centers. But the impact on its immediate neighborhood, the South Park section of downtown, promises to be a whole lot less positive. Or, to be precise, a whole lot more of the same." Christopher Hawthorne/LAT

CicLAvia returns to L.A. streets on Sunday, Oct. with a 10-mile course. The Source

The family of the late Frank Sinatra is among a small group of season-ticket holders seeking a say in the Dodgers' bankruptcy case. Dodgers blog

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talks Mexican actress Susana Alexander about being a Mexican- Jewish mother, grandmother, and mother in law and performer. SoCal Focus.

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