- Once again we're reminded that on a regional basis, commutes in Los Angeles and Orange County are shorter in time than in many parts of the country.
- In several South Bay cities, the Census Bureau survey found carpooling and transit use are down and solo driving is up.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger will write another memoir, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," in collaboration with Peter Petre, former executive editor of Fortune and the co-author of autobiographies by Alan Greenspan and Norman Schwarzkopf. Simon and Schuster will publish.
- State banking regulators are gathering data on how First California Bank handled numerous accounts controlled by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee.
- Valley secession leader David Fleming, in a Daily News op-ed arguing for redistricting that keeps the Valley together, includes this whopper that helps explain why the secession folks never got the East Valley on board: "The Valley has no ghettos nor racial, religious or ethnic strife."
- The Los Angeles we see through the windshield of the cars in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film "Drive" is "largely the drab, closed-off and forgettable cityscape of the Southern California commercial strip," says Christopher Hawthorne.
- The family of Kings scout Mark Bavis became the last to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against the airlines over the Sept. 11 attacks.
- KCET announced that for Hispanic Heritage Month it will air three October documentaries on what it calls Latino culture, art and politics: "Paraiso for Sale," "Visions of Aztlan" and "Twenty-Five Hundred & One."
- The new issue of Vogue profiles Arianna Huffington with her college daughters.
Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.22.11
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