Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 11.21.11

UC president decries pepper spraying, mayoral candidates unsettling to watch, Beck's big test, and Wesson's too.

Politics and politicos

The police chief at UC Davis was placed on administrative leave today over the pepper spray incident, and University of California president Mark Yudof put out a statement deploring the Davis incident and telling campuses to honor free speech rights. Bee, LAT

California voters want teacher evaluations made public, and are willing to pay higher taxes for better schools, the USC-L.A. Times Poll found. LAT, LAT

Eli Broad, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and former governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the supporters of a $10-billion tax revamp and increase they're aiming toward the November 2012 ballot. LAT

Jim Newton was unsettled watching mayoral hopefuls Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry talk about their visions at last week's forum: "It's not that there's anything wrong with their proposals; rather, it's that all three have largely the same vision, one that views City Hall from the inside out rather than from the outside in." LAT op-ed

Who is lining up behind December fundraisers for Greuel and Austin Beutner. The Hollywood Reporter

Looking at the racial politics of the Democratic primary contest in the 44th congressional district between Reps. Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson and assemblyman Isadore Hall III. LAT

How he handles Occupy L.A. will be a big test for LAPD chief Charlie Beck. DN editorial

Pieces on Herb Wesson as City Council president, both his background and plans for the job, and his concession that he will probably have to stop smoking. LAT, DN/Orlov

When it comes to the city's gross receipts tax, it appears no one is happy. DN

The Board of Supervisors could soon be asked to approve the county's most expensive building project ever, a $1.4-billion reconstruction and renovation of the Men's Central Jail and the Pitchess Detention Center. LAT

The L.A. school board has decided reluctantly to plug some of the holes in its budget by selling advertising space on LAUSD's vans and delivery trucks. DN

Ann Ravel, Gov. Brown’s pick to lead the state Fair Political Practices Commission, "has been on the job less than a year but is moving quickly and provoking strong reactions." California Watch

The documentary on former Gov. Pat Brown by his granddaughters, says Dan Walters, "is a celebration of the man – and perhaps the myth that always surrounds a political figure – not an arms-length appraisal that tells us the bad as well as the good. And that's all right, as long as a viewer doesn't assume it's the latter." Sacto Bee

Media and media people

Vanessa Grigoriadis's long profile of Arianna Huffington calls her "on the one hand...a glittery Earth Mother and, on the other...the world’s best bullshit artist...although, oddly, she remains intensely enjoyable to be around." New York


Sunday's rain didn't dampen the Arroyo Arts Collective's 19th annual Discovery Tour. LAT

Craig Collins was elected president of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy. SLRC

Singer Nathan Pacheco will perform a one-night concert for the Gil Cates Memorial Fund at the Geffen Playhouse on Dec. 18.

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