Morning Buzz: Wednesday 11.9.11

Leaked poll in the mayor's race, costs of Occupy LA mount, Valley Democrats endorse Sherman over Berman, Metro's blogger calls for Dodger Stadium to move Downtown, and more.

Politics and politicos

A leaked private poll commissioned by political consultant Harvey Englander seems to show that Eris Garcetti and Wendy Greuel start the mayor's race with a bit more voter affection than Zev Yaroslavsky (and a lot more than Rick Caruso, Jan Perry or Austin Beutner), but that most voters have no opinion yet and nobody enjoys front runner status. LA Weekly

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller wrote in a report that "complete elimination of the business tax would be poor public policy." LAT

The Occupy LA encampment on the lawn of City Hall has cost the city $120,000 so far, the mayor's office says, and the head of Recreation and Parks sent a letter Tuesday warning the city about possible liabilities. DN, City Maven

The state Senate will stop providing itself with free food and coffee at taxpayer expense. LAT

Los Angeles County Counsel Andrea Ordin submitted her resignation, effective Feb. 1. She's been there about two years. LAT

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley voted Monday night to back Rep. Brad Sherman over Rep. Howard Berman. LAT

Election scorecard for cities in the San Gabriel Valley. SGV Tribune

Funny or Die now has a page devoted to videos about politics.

Crews with the Department of Water and Power have spent the last year preparing a 43-acre site near Travel Town in the Valley for a $230 million project that will allow the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs to close (as drinking water suppliers) per a federal mandate. City Maven


Media and media people

Steve Lopez writes about his son, a college librarian in New Orleans. LAT

Former LAT writer Alisa Valdes has sold Gotham a new book, "Learning to Submit: How Feminism Stole My Womanhood and the Traditional Cowboy Who Helped Me Find It," called "a love story that explores how a sexy cowboy turned her belief systems upside down." Via Publishers Lunch


More

Metro's blogger, Steve Hymon, says the sale of the Dodgers is the perfect time to abandon Chavez Ravine for a downtown stadium. The Source

Michael Jackson's mother and children are pressing a civil suit against AEG, set for a September trial, over the singer's death. LAT

A Los Angeles city fire captain has been placed on leave for allegedly falsifying his timecard after auditors found he was paid $50,000 in vacation time last year, the equivalent of nearly 23 weeks of pay. DN

The father of an 18-year-old man who died at a UCLA frat house has accused the fraternity and his son's friends of negligence, saying they essentially left his son to die after a night of heavy partying. LAT

The Philip F. Anschutz championship trophy to be awarded to the winner of the MLS Cup later this month arrives at 11 a.m. with a police escort at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

For Sam Maloof admirers, it's Pacific Standard Time at the Huntington. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


Planning ahead

In a first for KCRW, the station's hosts will broadcast live from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the store's 10-year-anniversary. Info

The Hammer Museum presents a free public program, Political Persuasion: The 2012 Elections, on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. Panelists are Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, and Bill Zimmerman, a political consultant who has worked on numerous election campaigns and ballot initiatives. Ian Masters moderates.


More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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