Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.22.11

  • 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.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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