Morning Buzz: Monday 10.10.11

Columbus Day closures, plus Gov. Jerry Brown bans open carry of handguns and more, why Sheriff Baca should not step down, more local candidates file, Huffington Post goes into France and more.

Top of the news

Federal, county and city offices, banks, courts and libraries are closed today for Columbus Day, and the Postal Service will not deliver mail. DMV and other state offices are open, and transit lines are on normal schedules. Trash is picked up from homes in the city of Los Angeles.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills extending the film industry tax credit, requiring health plans to cover autism, and banning the open carrying of handguns in public, alcohol sales at self check-out counters, use of tanning beds by minors and the impounding of cars of sober, unlicensed drivers at police DUI checkpoints.


Politics and politicos

Celeste Fremon offers her "two big reasons why the calls for Sheriff Lee Baca to resign are dead wrong." Witness LA

KInde Durkee is portrayed as the "frumpy" bookkeeper accused of bilking Democrats for millions of dollars. Bloomberg

Councilwoman Jan Perry and council deputy Bernard Parks, Jr. both disputed a Yahoo Sports report that the NFL doesn't like AEG's plan for a team in Farmers Field. ESPN

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo and Jose Gardea, chief of staff to Councilman Ed Reyes, took out papers to begin raising money to run for Reyes' seat in the 1st Council District. And Adrin Nazarian, chief of staff to Councilman Paul Krekorian, announfced plans to run as a Democrats in the Valley's new 46th assembly district. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

In one of the largest expansions of health coverage to the uninsured, Los Angeles County is enrolling hundreds of thousands of residents in a publicly funded treatment program and setting the stage for the national healthcare overhaul. LAT


Media and media people

Le Huffington Post, an international version of The Huffington Post announced today, is a partnership of the Huffington Post Media Group, the Le Monde Group and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes. An editorial team is "being recruited." Via release


More news and observations

Caltrans is abandoning plans to reopen a 4.4-mile section of state Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest between Crystal Lake and Wrightwood, citing rising costs, engineering challenges and a mandate to protect bighorn sheep offspring. SGV Tribune

Closings are starting at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in preparation for remodeling. Downtown News

Departures: Highland Park is a new multi-week web series about that community. KCET

Best nonfiction books about Los Angeles? Christopher Reynolds lists about 20 of his favorites. LAT

Anthony J. Lumsden, a prolific Southern California architect who helped develop new ways of wrapping buildings in smooth glass skins, accelerating a shift that reshaped skylines around the world, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles at age 83. LAT


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