Morning Buzz: Tuesday 12.6.11

Voters want a do-over on high speed rail, DWP board takes up rate hike, a different Villaraigosa joins the Young Democrats, naming a Navy ship after Cesar Chavez, living without power and more.

Politics and politicos

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association and other anti-tax groups will shortly announce their own state ballot measure to river Gov. Jerry Brown's, Joel Fox said on "Which Way, L.A.?" KCRW, Flash Report

This much is clear about high-speed rail, says the Bee: Californians who authorized the project three years ago want a do-over, according to a new Field Poll, and by a wide margin they want to vote "no." Sacto Bee, LAT, Dan Walters

Nearly a full year into his administration, Gov. Jerry Brown has named just one jurist — albeit a very high-profile one — to the bench. The Recorder

The City Council began Monday to debate a proposal that would require some banks seeking the city's financial business to disclose detailed information about their lending practices in Los Angeles. LAT, City Maven

The Department of Water and Power board today will weigh a water rate hike that officials say is urgently needed to comply with federal and state drinking water quality mandates. DN

A top adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged a City Council committee Monday to pass an ordinance that would allow advertising in the Los Angeles Zoo and city parks. DN, KPCC

San Fernando Mayor Mario Hernandez took a little heat over his affair at Monday's Council meeting. LAT, DN

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wowed them in Hollywood, left with $500,000 in his campaign account. THR

The controversy over the Navy naming a ship for Cesar Chavez, at 10:40 on "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle. KPCC

Antonio Villaraigosa, Jr. was elected to the board of the the Los Angeles County Young Democrats. City Maven


Media and media people

NBC 4 will begin collaborating with KPCC and Pro Publica as part of a new nationwide initiative by NBC stations. Channel 4 and KPCC will share stories and other content. NYT, LAT

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded a $1.8 million grant to KPCC's parent, Southern California Public Radio, "to launch the One Nation Media Project, a journalism initiative that enhances public broadcasting’s service to multi-ethnic communities in greater Los Angeles." Via release

In the struggle against Internet piracy, the sides in their most simplest terms boil down to Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood. DN

The Jewish Journal has added Israeli political analyst and blogger Shmuel Rosner to its stable of bloggers.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has promoted Leslie Simmons to the slot of assistant director of the national communications department. Variety

Newsday on Long Island will hire 25 new editors, reporters and digital content specialists as part of an online expansion into New York's Westchester County. Poynter


More

In the San Gabriel Valley, going days without power creates feelings of isolationism and deprivation. SGV Tribune
Plus: Los Angeles Times reporter James Rainey ranted about being without power at home on KPCC's Madeleine Brand Show.

A record number of students are applying for Los Angeles Unified's magnet schools, long considered the "jewels" of the sprawling district. DN

Kami Cotler, who played Elizabeth Walton on TV's "The Waqltons," is now principal of Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood. Daily Breeze

The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether Los Angeles sheriff's deputies went too far when they obtained a search warrant and seized all the guns from a home in South Los Angeles where a wanted violent gang member was thought to be living. LAT

Universal Studios and Warner Bros. will unveil and for the first time publicly discuss plans to open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood at a late-morning news conference. LAT

It is no secret that the Lakers "would like to trade for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but sources with knowledge of the situation says the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players." ESPN the Magazine

Meanwhile, the Dodgers continue their quest to corner the market on aging utility players by signing Jerry Hairston. GM Ned Colletti also says: no expensive free agents this year. LAT

A memorial service for Charles D. Miller, the former chairman of Avery Dennison, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Langham-Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Miller died Nov. 23 at age 83.


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