Morning Buzz: Monday 12.19.11

City Council tensions, Bay Area's Warren Hellman dies, giving credit to Dalton Trumbo and celebrating Esther MCCoy, plus more.

Politics and government

Early signs are that the City Council's redistricting effort "will be contentious, divisive and nakedly political," writes Jim Newton. LAT op-ed

Council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry have yet to congratulate Wesson on his election to president of the body. Plus more. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Media and media people

Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier behind the Bay Citizen, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and many other causes up there, died Sunday evening from what his family called complications of leukemia. He was 77. SF Chronicle

The Writers Guild of America, West has restored blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay credit for the 1953 classic film "Roman Holiday." Written By

There's a resurgence of interest in Esther McCoy, the late architecture critic and historian who "first gave shape to the story of modern architecture in Los Angeles." LAT

The Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise teamed up on a story about the redistricting quirk that leaves some Californians temporarily without a state Senator. Register

Tommy Hawkins, the former Laker turned broadcaster, has a new book of poetry out: "Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People.” CBS 2

Tribe magazine has a new website.

More news and observations

The desert city of Lancaster has more blocks with a "substantial mix" of white and black residents than any place in the county. LAT

Lack of donations continues to plague La Plaza de Cultura y Artes downtown. LAT

Celebrating Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural and Bookstore in Sylmar. DN

Andres Martinez writes about his "melancholic reaction to the movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Zocalo

The Journal of Legal Education at Southwestern University Law School has announced its first short legal fiction contest.with judging by authors Michael Connelly, Denise Hamilton and others. Info

The Lakers and Clippers will play a pre-season game tonight at Staples Center.

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