Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 2.16.12

Obama moves on to OC, China's Xi Jinping arrives, redistricting panel redraws council districts again, Rep. Laura Richardson in hot water again, and Jim Ladd is back on the air — again.

Top news

President Obama left the Beverly Hilton at 8:17 a.m. for the helicopter at a nearby park and flew to Orange County for a fundraiser in Corona del Mar, according to the White House press pool report. He will be in San Francisco for another fundraiser tonight.

The Hollywood Hills mansion built and owned by architect Gerhard Becker had been scheduled for filming of "Germany's Next Top Model" two days after the fire that killed LAFD veteran Glenn Allen last year. Becker pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday. LAT

L.A. County's top public health doctor. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, and his wife, Karin Fielding, are giving $50 million to the UCLA School of Public Health. It will be renamed for them. LAT

Politics and politicos

The city council's redistricting commission moved a lot of pieces around at a contentious meeting last night. Councilmen Wesson and Huizar were the big winners, at the expense of Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, says Alice Walton. "Valley gets shafted," says the headline on a release from the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. "This is a travesty," VICA president Stuart Waldman says. LAT, City Maven, DN

Rep. Laura Richardson is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for directing her staff to use government resources for redistricting work. Politico, ProPublica

Controller candidate Cary Brazeman is not a fan of the City Ethics Commission's proposal to raise campaign contribution limits in the middle of the 2013 election cycle. Dream City

Daily News commentator Jonathan Dobrer wonders about the Democrats' selection of Mayor Villaraigosa to be the face of the party's convention this summer: "I wish him well with the next step of his career, but I do fear for the Democratic Party and the failure of the White House to dig deep enough beneath his veneer and find out what his own constituents think of him." Friendly Fire

Since 1976, the Los Angeles region is second only to Chicago in the number of court convictions for public corruption (1,275), says a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Chicago was first, New York third. WSJ

"Stuff Capitol Insiders Say" is a video making the rounds in Sacramento by the Bee's Ed Fletcher and Torey Van Oot, Brian Joseph of the Orange County Register and Allen Young of Comstock's magazine. Capitol Alert

Media and media people

Larry King and CNN have "mutually agreed" to part ways. No more specials. LAT

Former KLOS disc jockey Jim Ladd is now on Sirius XM radio nightly from 4-8 p.m. on Sirius Deep Tracks Channel 27. OC Register

The Bay Area's Center for Investigative Reporting is one of 15 organizations to receive the $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Moth also received a grant. CIR Online, MacFound

Reporter Ben Adler is the new Capitol Bureau Chief in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio.


Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of the world's most populous nation, comes to Los Angeles today for a quick visit expected to include a visit to the Port of Los Angeles, the announcement of an entertainment deal involving a major studio, and an economic forum downtown. City News Service

Whitney Houston's funeral in New Jersey will be streamed live on the Internet. LAT

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