Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.25.12

Fighting over LA turf in redistricting, a post-election chat with Joe Buscaino, Steve Lopez stakes out disabled placard cheaters, LAPD will search the Calabasas landfill for gun and tough words for Frank McCourt from ex-Dodgers exec. Plus more, of course.

Politics and politicos

New PPIC poll on the state budget and Jerry Brown's policies: divided. Capitol Alert, LAT, AP

Democratic legislative leaders sued Controller John Chiang for blocking their pay during last year's budget dispute. Bee, LAT

Who is fighting for what territory in the City Council redistricting competition. LAT

Mayor Villaraigosa signed the mandatory condoms in porn ordinance, which doesn't apply on soundstages that do not require city permits.

Reluctant to invest $1 billion to rebuild Men's Central Jail, the county Board of Supervisors sought alternative proposals Tuesday to address the growing inmate population. DN

Army Sgt Ashleigh Berg of Malibu and attorney Juan Jose Redín of North Hollywood were among the invited guests in First Lady Michelle Obama's suite for last night's State of the Union speech. Here's how the White House bios Redin:


Juan Jose Redín was born in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico before coming with his mother and younger sister to the United States at the age of 10. After enduring many challenges throughout his journey to achieve his dream of higher education. Juan benefited from California's Assembly Bill 540 and was able to enroll, and excel, in his studies at UCLA. He received both his undergraduate (with honors) and law degrees from UCLA. Now a US citizen and a practicing attorney, Juan is as passionate as ever about ensuring educational access to all.

Student Q-and-A with newly elected councilman Joe Buscaino. Neon Tommy

Controller candidate Cary Brazeman posted a campaign video. YouTube

Media and media people

Steve Lopez stakes out blocks in Downtown where most of the cars parked at meters have disabled placards and finds a lot of able-bodied drivers. LAT

Univision will begin offering closed captioned English-language subtitles for its prime-time telenovelas next week. LAT

Steven Mikulan talks about his piece in Los Angeles magazine on Yvette Vickers, the actress who died alone at home last year and whose body had mummified by the time she was found. LA

More

YouTube video has surfaced of Monterey Park officers shooting and killing a man with a metal bar in his hands in the parking lot of a Carl's Jr. beside East Los Angeles College. SGV Tribune

Tough job: LAPD officers will search the Calabasas Landfill in Agoura Hills today for the gun used in the slaying of a popular El Camino Real High School student. DN wires

Ouch: Former Hollywood executive and managing partner of the Dodgers Bob Daily reflecting on the sale to Frank McCourt eight years ago this week: "We made a horrible mistake. We didn't realize what a bad guy he was." LAT

Heal the Bay announced that when president Mark Gold leaves for UCLA, executive director Karin Hall will be the top staff person and Stephanie Medina Rodriguez, a marketing executive at KTLA, will serve a two-year term as chairman of Heal the board of directors.

Actor James Farentino died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai. He was 73. LAT


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Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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