Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.11.12

Judge OK's Dodgers deals, LAUSD may propose parcel tax, City Hall faces life without the CRA, a new editor for Huffington Post and more.

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A U.S. Bankruptcy judge approved the settlements between the Dodgers, Fox and Major League Baseball, "clearing the most significant legal obstacles from the pending sale of the team." LAT

Politics and politicos

Facing a budget deficit of more than a half-billion dollars for 2012-13, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy proposed a parcel tax for the November ballot. DN

It could cost the city more than $109 million to dismantle the CRA but keep the staff and continue its work. LAT, DN, City Maven

After fierce criticism from community activists and government watchdog groups, Los Angeles County supervisors pulled back for more study Tuesday a measure that would limit public comment at their weekly meetings. LAT, DN

The Los Angeles County Business Federation, aka BizFed, launched an ad campaign that "urges the state’s elected leaders to work together to implement a unified economic agenda." The ads are in the LANG papers: the group's CEO is former Daily News publisher Tracy Rafter and its Founding Chair is lawyer David Fleming, who conspired with the Daily News to push Valley secession a decade ago.

Mayoral candidate Kevin James posted a corruption-themed video to YouTube.

Rep. Jerry Lewis hasn't confirmed he will retire, or said he won't. Press-Enterprise

One of the most controversial businesses taken over by Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney ran for 15 years, was Anaheim’s DDi, which makes printed circuit boards. Register

Two aides are leaving Mayor Villaraigosa's press office: Rachel Kruer to become campaign manager for Brian Johnson in the 46th Assembly district, Casey Hernandez to work in Chicago for President Obama’s reelection campaign. City Maven

Media and media people

Huffington Post managing editor Nico Pitney left the site to move to San Francisco. His replacement is 26-year-old Jimmy Soni, who has been Arianna Huffington's chief of staff for nine months. Capital NY, Gawker

L.A. Times politics writer Robin Abcarian tweeted from New Hampshire last night: "As I left Ron Paul party, could not help but note the large number of smokers clumped at the door. Go libertarians!" Twitter
(Also Ana Maria Cox: "Ron Paul dais crowd can double as a Comi-Con sneak preview audience.")

Fox 11's Phil Shuman has been reporting and tweeting from New Hampshire this week.

For the first anniversary of the Tucson shootings, Deanne Stillman explores the strange convergence of Coltrane, baseball, and 9/11 in the incident. Gwarlingo

Disqus, one of the most popular commenting services for news websites and blogs, says its data show that commenters using pseudonyms are “the most important contributors to online communities.” Poynter

David Lazarus of the L.A. Times is the guest host for Patt Morrison today on KPCC.

More

Driver sees 4-foot-long steel pipe come crashing through his windshield on the freeway -- and lives to tell about it. CBS LA

Location shoots for commercials in the L.A. area rose 8% in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier and climbed to the highest level on record last year -- generating 7,079 production days, according to FilmL.A. Inc. LAT

Los Angeles County jailers are more likely to use force against mentally ill inmates than other prisoners, according to a new Sheriff's Department report that acknowledges the lockups need specially trained staff to reduce the violence. LAT

The D-word – drought – is back in the lexicon of Sacramento as a dry December turns into a dry January. December with little snow is not that unusual. But a dry January – usually the state's wettest month – is another matter. Sacto Bee

The L.A. Opera paid back half of its $14 million loan from the county Board of Supervisors for The Ring Cycle, and paid it back a year early. KPCC News


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