Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.19.11

Audio interview with Norman Corwin, initiative targets illegal immigrants, Hiltzik on 9-9-9, city cool to Occupy L.A. on banks, John & Ken apologize, and former Rep. Marty Martinez dies.

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Our updated post last night on the passing of Norman Corwin.

Radio reporter Michael Linder has posted an 18-minute interview with Corwin at home in 2005 about working at CBS' Columbia Square studios, creative freedom, social conscience and "On A Note of Freedom," his VE Day salute to the conquest of Nazi Germany. Linder.com


Politics and politicos

Conservative activists have submitted an initiative proposal targeting illegal immigration by imposing limits on financial aid and Medi-Cal benefits while requiring California law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials. Sacto Bee

Michael Hiltzik asks: What accounts for the enduring popularity of tax nostrums such as Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan "when they never pencil out?" LAT

A referendum to overturn the law that bans initiative votes in a primary election was given the green light this week to collect signatures. Dan Walters/Bee

News coverage of yesterday's vote by the county Supervisors to create a commission on jail violence. LAT, DN

City Council members who cheered on Occupy Los Angeles' larger themes are growing skittish about one of the demonstrators' main demands: cracking down on wrongdoing by banks. LAT

The idea that the LAPD is going to store some of its sensitive information -- perhaps background on criminals and investigations, for example -- in "the cloud" has cops balking at the level of Google's email security. LA Weekly

Donors whose campaign contributions never arrived (such as those alleged to have been siphoned off by treasurer Kinde Durkee) should be able to contribute again, the Times says in an editorial.

Los Angeles homeowners would see their sewer fees nearly double by 2017 under a plan approved Monday by a City Council committee. DN

Politico expanded its presence in the book world Wednesday, announcing the creation of “Politico Bookshelf,” an online bookstore curated by Politico’s editors and operated by Random House. The Wrap

Former San Gabriel Valley congressman Matthew G. "Marty" Martinez died at home in Virginia. He was 82. LAT


Media and media people

John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou apologized to Jorge-Mario Cabrera Monday on KFI for giving out his cellphone number on-air, spurring hate calls. Fishbowl LA

Incoming NPR chief Gary Knell was in town last week for his 40th reunion at Grant High School in the Valley, dropped in at NPR West, KCRW and KPCC, and talked to Jim Rainey about his plans for the network. LAT

Wall Street Journal tech columnist Kara Swisher is recovering from a mini-stroke she suffered while at a conference in Hong Kong. All Things D.

After more than a decade Lets Go Kings.com is now the official fan community of the L.A. Kings and its founder, Mike Zampelli, an employee of the team's marketing department. LGK, earlier


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UC Irvine molecular biologist Francisco J. Ayala is donating $10 million to the campus' School of Biological Sciences. LAT

One 16-year-old is dead and another from a rival gang is under arrest after a rare daytime shooting in the heart of Downtown, in the 3rd Street Tunnel. Blogdowntown

A city prosecutor will once again ask a judge to find Lindsay Lohan in violation of her probation and order her to spend time in jail. AP

At least 12 swastikas were painted in Santa Monica over the weekend, and more in the Brentwood area. Police are investigating. Breeze wires

Photographer Ken Gonzales-Day discusses Edward Kienholz’s "Five Car Stud" at LACMA. Unframed


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