Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 2.29.12 (Leap Day)

Police Commission modifies impounds for unlicensed drivers, most support ever for gay marriage, new proposal to make abortion more widely available, more bike lanes coming in county, fewer fees to visit the forest and the end of Studio City's Sushi Nozawa.

Top news

The Police Commission approved a modified version of LAPD Chief Beck's plan to stop impounding the cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Now drivers with insurance, ID and no record of driving without a license will be able to pick up their cars immediately — after paying tribute to the tow truck company of $228 plus $38.50 a day for storage. LAT, DN [* Fixed daily fee to $38.50, my mistake.]

Politics and politicos

Mitt Romney held off political disaster and won the Michigan and Arizona Republican primaries, keeping his campaign for president alive.

A new Field Poll found its strongest support yet for gay marriage, a 25-point gap between those Californians who favor and those who oppose. Sacto Bee

A bill in the state Senate, co-sponsored by the leadership, proposes to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to perform routine abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy as a way of expanding access to the procedure across California. LAT

Dan Richards, the president of the state Fish and Game Commission who posed with a mountain lion he killed in Idaho, vows not to resign under pressure. Sacto Bee, LAT

The Bay Area is watching an unfolding story involving Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, who checked herself into rehab around the time her affair with an accused meth user broke up and became public. On Tuesday in court, Stephen Chikhan raised the possibility of a sex tape. She is also the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. San Jose Mercury, SF Chronicle/Matier & Ross

The County Federation of Labor took a pass and will make no recommendation between Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in the 30th district congressional race. It did endorse Janice Hahn over Laura Richardson in the other big battle between Democratic incumbents, and Carmen Trutanich for DA.

More than 830 new miles of bikeways would be added to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County -- including on curving roads through the Santa Monica Mountains -- under a plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. DN, KPCC

Nazario Sauceda was confirmed Tuesday by the City Council as director of the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services. DN, City Maven

A judge dismissed some charges against former city of Bell officials. LAT

The U.S. Forest Service will drop its $5 a day access fee at most forests in Southern California, but not all. LAT


Convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff returned to his alma mater, Beverly Hills High School, and talked to the students about his rise and fall. LAT, KPCC

The intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street in Toluca Lake was designated as Bob and Dolores Hope Square. DN

Sushi Nozawa is closing after 25 years in a Studio City mini-mall. DN wires

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