Morning Buzz: Thursday 2.23.12

Noguez denies wrongdoing, Cedillo complains about being redistricted out of his home, LA Weekly vs. Trutanich, new media people hires in the mayor's press office, EsoWon Books moves and more.

Politics and politicos

County Assessor John Noguez, under investigation by the DA, denied any wrongdoing and revealed that he had taken steps to revalue more than 100 properties that improperly received tax reductions. LAT

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's side of a street was moved out of the city council district where he wants to run, and other redistricting games that led up to last night's mostly final vote by the commission that drew the maps. LAT, City Maven

The LA City Council voted unanimously to soften the daytime curfew law to reduce fines and prevent ticketing of students who are on the way to school. LAT, DN, City Maven, Eastern Group

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich "tramples the rights of pot smokers, street artists and protesters." LA Weekly

Rep. Brad Sherman got the endorsement of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. He was already backed by Sheriff Lee Baca.

Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman explain their positions as co-sponsors of SOPA an PIPA. Wilshire and Washington

Former Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante is pondering a run for Congress. Fresno Bee

LAUSD Supt. John Deasy said the district will go through four years of records and report hundreds of teachers accused of misconduct to the state credentialing commission, in an effort to keep those who pose a risk to students out of the classroom. LAT, DN, The Informer

Councilman Joe Buscaino spent a night at the Jordan Downs housing project. YouTube

Media and media people

Vicki Curry, the former KCET producer, and Amanda Parsons, an entertainment reporter for the OC Weekly, have joined Mayor Villaraigosa's press office. LA Weekly

KCRW will air an hour-long “Awards Season Special” hosted by Elvis Mitchell and Kim Masters on Thursday, February 23 at 7p.m.

Los Angeles magazine has received 17 nominations for the 2012 National City and Regional Magazine Awards.

Associated Press unveiled a new logo. Jim Romenesko

Belva Davis, an icon of Bay Area journalism for nearly half a century, will step down as host of "This Week In Northern California" this fall, KQED-TV announced. SF Chronicle


Crenshaw's EsoWon Books is moving a few doors north on Degnan Boulevard to a smaller, cheaper storefront. Leimert Park Beat

The backstory on the life of Kelly Thomas, the mentally ill Orange County man who died after a controversial beating by Fullerton police officers. Orange Coast

Discovery of a buried car and other debris under the demolished El Monte bus station delayed work on a new state-of-the-art transit center. SGV Tribune

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