Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 2.21.12

Sheriff Baca chided by Times, county politics, Chevron politics in El Segundo, Magic Johnson's new network, another defection from Village Voice Media and the success of "Grammar Girl" plus more.

Politics and politicos

Former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman contributed $100,000 to a SuperPAC that is behind Mitt Romney for president. Bee

Sheriff Lee Baca and his office "would be better served if he were to depoliticize it as much as possible. He's done just the opposite — not just by endorsing Trutanich but also by agreeing to serve as the honorary chairman of his campaign, as well as that of Assemblyman Mike Feuer, who is running for city attorney." LAT editorial

The Board of Supervisors is expected today to consider a Gloria Molina motion to write new rules to prevent county managers who are running for office from soliciting -- or even accepting -- campaign contributions from their own employees. DN

Jim Newton examines the personal clashes and power plays at work in the City Council redistricting process. LAT op-ed

Chevron's influence "in the town it helped found 100 years ago" has come under increasing scrutiny in El Segundo. Daily Breeze

Media and media people

Magic Johnson is preparing to launch Aspire, a new 24-hour Comcast channel "with a focus on what Johnson called positive, uplifting images of African Americans." LAT

Jonathan Gold isn't the only longtime Village Voice Media voice to leave. Robert Wilonsky, a 20-year veteran, is ankling the Dallas Observer to be digital managing editor for the Dallas Morning News. DO

Times reporter Garrett Therolf talked on NPR's "On the Media" about the opening of juvenile dependency courts in Los Angeles to reporters. A comment posted by Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, hails the move but alleges Therolf is part of the problem. On the

Former LA Times reporter Jodi Rudoren is getting plenty of advice as she heads to her new job as bureau chief in Israel for the New York Times. Poynter

How ‘Grammar Girl’ turned a single hobby podcast into a growing media network. Nieman Lab


A five-year-old South L.A. girl whose mother is charged with her attempted drowning and the drowning of her 1-year-old sister has been taken off life support. [* Update: LAPD says she remains on life support.] LAT

An "embarrassing loss" by UC Berkeley enabled the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to acquire its first major work by an African-American artist. NYT

In Glendale, if you want to add a bathroom to your home you might have to also somehow add another parking space. News-Press

Tim Weiner, author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI," is scheduled for "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" on KPCC at 11:30 a.m.

Getty director James Cuno, LA Times reporter Jason Felch and arts blogger Lee Rosenbaum, were on Which Way, L.A.? to talk about issues at the Getty. CultureGrrl

Planning ahead

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