Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 1.9.12

Those wacky Burkharts, Chargers to stay in San Diego, LA's potholes in the NYT, arguing Proposition 13 and more.

From the weekend

Good reconstruction of arson defendant Harry Burkhart's and his mother Dorothee's path from Chechnya to jail in Los Angeles, with stops in Germany, Vancouver, West Hollywood's Russian colony and Hollywood's sex trade, and with several run-ins with the law. LAT

Investor Tony Ressler and Stanley Gold of Shamrock Holdings have separately joined the pursuit of the Dodgers, according to Bill Shaikin's sources. LAT

David Horsey, the new Los Angeles Times political cartoonist and blogger, talks to Lisa Napoli of KCRW about his craft and new role. Audio file

Top of the news

The San Diego Chargers are expected to announce this morning they will continue to work with the city there on a new stadium, ruling out relocation to Los Angeles in 2012. LAT

State prisoners being transferred back to the county are arriving with mental problems that are taxing local resources. LAT

Politics and politicos

L.A.'s decaying pavement and the politics of potholes. "I hear it all the time,” says Mayor Villaraigosa, “and I tell people: I got the message. We’re fixing the streets." NYT

With the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles facing dissolution, local and state leaders are scrambling to understand how to shut down the multi-million-dollar agency while still preserving some of its blight-fighting powers. DN

Jim Newton argues there's no reason the core provisions of 1978's Proposition 13 should be exempt from debate. LAT op-ed

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff: Jan Perry, Laura Chick, Police Protective League politics. DN

Assembly candidate Torie Osborn's supporters may have gamed the system to get her a weekend endorsement from the Malibu Democratic Club. LAT

In San Diego, they are still squabbling over the seals on the beach at Children's Pool in La Jolla. LAT

Media and media people

Former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein announced his resignation as an editor at large for Hearst Newspapers, ending 31 years in newspapers. He will take on an expanded role at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, where he is president of the board. Chronicle

Nancy Rommelmann's "The Queens of Montague Street," her "memories of a truant teenager's life in 1970s Brooklyn Heights—fights, school and family trouble, and a brief cameo (at a Baskin-Robbins) by Spike Lee," was named one of the top five Longreads of the week. This essay is an excerpt from "40 Bucks and a Dream," a collection of her journalism and essays, coming from Dymaxicon in 2012. Longreads, Amazon

Singer and actress Doris Day did a Q-and-A with Patt Morrison. LAT op-ed


Old wells in the historic Los Angeles City Oil Field near Echo Park are being capped to allow for a new development. LAT

A senior city housing inspector has been charged with moonlighting as an unlicensed contractor and taking advantage of women he did work for. LAT

Mission San Fernando's wine cellar reopened to the public. DN

The Broad Foundations biannual report is available to read online. Read

Frederica Sagor Maas, perhaps the last living silent film screenwriter, and the third-oldest Californian, died at the age of 111. LAT, Hollywood Reporter

Planning ahead
An exhibition of Occupy movement photographs featuring the work of Ted Soqui and Christopher Felver opens Jan. 14 at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center.

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