Morning Buzz: Wednesday 2.22.12

Berman-Sherman debate coverage, Bernard Parks on redistricting maps, Villaraigosa now an Obama co-chair, Steve Lopez remembers his father and more.

During five years as an LAUSD substitute teacher, George Hernandez was investigated by police three times for allegations of sexual misconduct involving students. Later in the Inglewood schools, he was charged over a video allegedly showing him molesting a second-grade girl. He fled the charges. LAT

Politics and politicos

Coverage of last night's Howard Berman - Brad Sherman debate in Tarzana. LAT, KPCC, CBS LA, LA Weekly, Fox and Hounds Daily, Firedoglake

Councilman Bernard Parks sent out an email attacking the latest city redistricting maps and saying that race is behind the commission's moves. "The Commission has proved, once again, that the numerous public hearings held throughout the city were a complete farce and intended only to give the illusion that the public had any say in the process."

The redistricting commission is scheduled to take its last vote on revised maps today at 4 p.m. in the City Council chambers. DN

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, are among about 100 national co-chairs of the re-election campaign of President Obama. Sausage Factory

More than 80 years after their predecessors helped push people of Mexican descent out of Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to issue a formal apology. DN

The supervisors also gave final approval to the Newhall Ranch project in the Santa Clarita area. DN

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) has jumped into the Democratic side of the race for the open 26th congressional district in Ventura County. PolitiCal

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will break ground at 10 a.m. on the Tujunga Wash Ecosystem Restoration Project, at Vanowen and Fulton in Valley Glen.

Gary Townsend, recently retired as Chief Deputy Assessor for Los Angeles County, joined Englander Knabe & Allen as a partner.

Media and media people

Steve Lopez remembers his father Tony, who died Sunday at age 83. LAT

Rihanna and Chris Brown each released record tracks in collaboration with the other, three years after he assaulted her in a car and they both missed the Grammys.

LAUSD Supt. John Deasy is due to be on "Patt Morrison" in the 2 p.m. hour on KPCC.

Writer Ben Ehrenreich talks about his profile of former Chicano power leader Carlos Montes that is in the March issue of Los Angeles.

"Flat Spin," the upcoming first novel by journalist David Freed, got a strong review in Publishers Weekly.

"On Point," a news and public affairs show by journalism students at Cal State Northridge, returns to the air over Channel 36 on Feb. 26 with an episode on religion in the presidential race. On Point

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Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley has withdrawn from the bidding to buy the team from Frank McCourt. LAT

Dodgers reliever Roland Belisario showed up at spring training camp and said the reason he didn't play last year was a positive test for cocaine at home in Venezuela. He will have to serve a 25-game suspension at the start of this season. LAT

Police are looking for a man who has been naked as he followed women in his car from a bus stop in Van Nuys. LAT

Lucky Brand will announce today the opening of its new headquarters at 540 S. Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District.

Skylight Gardens has opened in the former Hamlet Gardens space in Westwood Village, while Pinot Bistro in Studio City has closed after 20 years.

La Cañada-Flintridge’s freeway cap park over the 210 as inspiration for a cap over the 101 in Downtown. Brigham Yen

Libros Schmibros returns to the Hammer Museum March 4 for a free monthly book club led by co-directors David Kipen and Colleen Jaurretche.


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