Morning Buzz: Monday 11.28.11

Villaraigosa hits the airwaves, somebody is polling on Rick Caruso, Arianna Huffington interviews Scarlett Johansson and more for a Monday. Click to go inside.

Top of the news

Mayor Villaraigosa has scheduled news interviews at 6:30 a.m. with Chuck Todd of MSNBC, 7:20 a.m. with Dick Helton on KNX 1070 and 8:10 a.m. on the KTLA Morning News. You can bet the topic will be the status of Occupy L.A. and the mayor's decision to shut down the camp.

Politics and politicos

City Hall is talking again about making property owners pay for sidewalk repairs, even those damaged by the city's parkway trees. LAT

Herb Wesson may have to survive a challenge to his new presidency of the City Council, and somebody is polling on Rick Caruso's chances of becoming mayor. Orlov's Tipoffs/DN

Plans to develop land at the north end of LAX with commercial space and parks are alive again. LAT

The city of Santa Monica is once again talking about getting rid of its airport when the lease expires in 2015, though the FAA still says no way. LAT

Author and ex-cop Joseph Wambaugh lampoons the UC Davis cops who used pepper spray, the students who got sprayed and the officials who want to pay Bill Bratton to clean up the mess. LAT Op-ed

Kalle Lasn, the founder and longtime editor of Adbusters magazine, talks about coming up with the Occupy Wall Street brand. NYT

Molly Munger, a wealthy Los Angeles civil rights attorney and co-founder of the nonprofit Advancement Project, is stepping up with a measure that would raise income taxes by $10 billion a year for the direct benefit of public schools. Sacto Bee

Media and media people

Arianna Huffington interviews Scarlett Johansson about her movies, her brother who promised to blog for the Huffington Post, and her interest in politics and hanging out with senators in Washington, D.C.: "Honestly I think it’s the best party in town. I’d rather go to the White House Correspondents’ dinner than any awards show." Interview

Random media tweet, from KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta on Saturday night: "Twilight in So Cal can be so beautiful."

Journalist Robert E. Conot, whose 1967 book, "Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness," examined the roots of the Watts riots, died at age 82. LAT


Years of genetic abuse of the bulldog, said to be the most popular dog breed in Los Angeles, is the subject of the New York Times Magazine cover story, "Can the bulldog be saved?"

The sputtering economy, municipal budget cuts and even the Occupy movement "are presenting new problems" for the Rose Parade. NYT

Here's a journalistic stab at figuring out what kind of chaos will break out in the immediate aftermath of a big quake on the San Andreas Fault. LA Weekly

A hotel project at Selma Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood has gotten non-traditional financing and is back on again. LAT

Reviewer Charles Isherwood says that “Radiance,” the drama by Alan Alda at the Geffen Playhouse, "doesn’t emit much in the way of theatrical light." NYT

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