Morning Buzz: Monday 12.5.11

Brown's poll numbers, $1 million-plus for Rudy Montiel, JIm Newton calls for a raise in DWP rates, and Giuliana Rancic goes for the double mastectomy.

Politics and politicos

Gov. Brown's Field Poll numbers aren't bad, considering, but they may be better than they look. Chronicle, Bee

Records obtained by the L.A. Times show that the housing authority board appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has quietly agreed to pay ex-director Rudolf Montiel nearly $1.2 million in connection with his dismissal. LAT

In several cases in recent years, L.A. County jail deputies who were disciplined or fired for abusing inmates escaped criminal scrutiny because Sheriff's Department officials chose not to give the evidence to the district attorney's office, opting to handle the cases internally. LAT

The FAA is looking into whether the Los Angeles Police Department misappropriated millions of dollars it was paid for providing law enforcement services at Los Angeles International Airport. LAT

The police union is is putting up yard signs as part of a grass roots campaign to build its influence in local elections. DN

Mickey Kantor and the other business people along on the mayor's Asia trip talk about why they are there. LAT

For Los Angeles to meet its legal obligations and provide for a more sustainable energy and water future, DWP rates must go up. "Soon," says Jim Newton. LAT op-ed

A slick online video based on "The Hangover Part II" that targets Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's still-undeclared candidacy for county district attorney is at the center of a new campaign legal spat. Daily Breeze

Media and media people

Giuliana Rancic announced on the Today show that she will undergo a double mastectomy in her treatment against the breast cancer she announced in October. NBC

"I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” says former cild star Corey Feldman. Fox News

KCRW program director for news Gary Scott gives up blogging about media moves. Blog

More news

Santa Ana winds are expected to continue this week, but much lighter than last week's. Meanwhile, 34,000 customers are still without power. SGV Tribune, KPCC News

Elden Hughes, a longtime Sierra Club activist for desert protections, died Sunday of prostate cancer at home in Joshua Tree. He was 80. LAT

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