Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.23.11

Bad week for Feinstein, MTA will hire locally, more famers markets, porn and the fire truck, vandalism at an Obama office, Patrick Goldstein on being Jewish and more.

Politics and politicos

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has had "one of the worst weeks imaginable," with her campaign funds cleaned out and a new poll showing her approval at an all-time low for her. Politico

President Obama’s visit to the Solyndra solar panel factory in California last year was choreographed down to the last detail. NYT

Before he became Solyndra's chief financial officer, Wilbur G. Stover was at the center of one of the largest price-fixing scandals in U.S. history. Bay Citizen

The MTA board approved a new policy for big projects requiring that at least 30% of workers live locally and at least 10% come from communities hit especially hard by the recession or other setbacks. LAT

The city planning commission voted Thursday to loosen the rules on where farmers markets can operate, opening the door for vegetable vendors to set up shop between apartment complexes or frontyard flower stands in residential neighborhoods. DN

Grocery workers meet at the Pickwick Center in Burbank at 10:30 a.m. to vote on the tentative contract of with Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons.

Controversy is ensuing because a porn actress posed on a city fire truck at Venice Beach a few years ago and firefighters nearby didn't do anything to stop her. DN, LAT

The final list of 11 candidates was certified for the 15th council district election on Nov. 8. LAT, Breeze, City Maven

Someone fired pellets and broke the window at the Obama re-election headquarters on Centinela Avenue in Westchester. LAT

State auditors are questioning $31 million in spending by city of Montebello officials on fancy dinners and other frivolous expenses. LAT

The city of Los Angeles' recent move to enforce a ban on apron parking will be the target of protests at several locations this weekend. Stop LADOT

Media and media people

Times columnist Patrick Goldstein on being Jewish. Jewish Journal

Tammy Abbott, newspaper photographer was 54. Burbank Leader, Darleeneisms

More news and observations

Human cases of West Nile virus are soaring in the county, and especially in the Valley. DN

A convention of AARP members has taken over the Convention Center area for the weekend. DN

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