Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.7.11

U.S.S. Iowa win for San Pedro, Sacramento's scary week, shark fin ban, a new LAFD chief and media notes galore.

Top of the news

The U.S.S. Iowa battleship, one of the largest warships ever built, will be permanently berthed as a tourist attraction on the San Pedro waterfront. LAT, Daily Breeze

Politics and politicos

The final week of the legislative session is always "the scariest week in California politics." Joe Mathews/Prop Zero

The state Senate approved and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to ban the possession and sale of shark fins, the chief ingredient in shark fin soup prized as a cornerstone of Chinese cuisine. Capitol Alert

The Senate in Sacramento defeated a Democratic effort to avoid a ballot box battle with Amazon over the online sales tax passed in June. Capitol Alert, LAT

There was lots of racial and ethnic politics on display but no action Tuesday over the Board of Supervisors remapping and creation of a new Latino district. LAT, DN, Daily Breeze

So what does it really mean when AEG and surrogates like state Sen. Alex Padilla say the proposed Downtown stadium will be "carbon neutral?" DN

The Times editorialized for a house cleaning at the Coliseum Commission, writing that "in a region rife with embarrassing governmental mismanagement, the chief embarrassment has become the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission." LAT editorial

Mayor Villaraigosa will announce the appointment of Brian Cummings as LAFD chief. LAT, City Maven

Media and media people

Jack Shafer, who recently was laid off as Slate's media critic, is headed to Reuters to cover media and politics for its opinion section. Romenesko

Katy Kay is the new anchor for "BBC World News America," which airs locally on KCET at 5 p.m. daily.

WeHo News celebrated its sixth anniversary as "the first locally-focused, online-only newspaper startup in the state (and perhaps the nation.)"

The literary journal Slake sent an email to readers explaining that "to our dismay, we've found several printing errors in some copies of Slake's third issue. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are determined to replace every subpar copy that has reached our readers." Slake.

George Pelecanos, a producer and writer from the HBO series "The Wire," discusses his new novel "The Cut" with Madeleine Brand at 9:40 a.m. on KPCC.

Skylight Books in Los Feliz launched a new membership benefits discount program. Skylight

Food writer Barbara Hansen has launched a new blog devoted to Mexican food,, designed by former L.A. Times copy editor Greg Sokolowski.

The Los Angeles Press Club is accepting entries for its 4th annual National Entertainment Awards and says if you enter by September 16 you save 20%.

All of this season's L.A. Kings games will be broadcast on AM 1150.


With the rise in robberies and muggings by criminals seeking to cash in on high gold prices, local authorities are urging caution for people who sell or wear gold jewelry. DN

Former Bell official Robert Rizzo's OC home was withdrawn from the market. Huntington Beach Independernt

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