Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 3.16.12

California primary could matter for the Republican nomination, redistricting vote likely today, revisiting the Spring Street green lane again, weatherman Kyle Hunter alleges job discrimination, California Watch wins another honor and Tom Hoffarth explains why he wrote about that bogus Dodgers bidder.

Politics and politicos

California’s June 5 primary, despite being the second-to-last contest, is "looking more and more like it may determine whether Mitt Romney can win the Republican nomination or whether the party goes to its August convention without a nominee." Washington Post

In advance of today's expected final vote on City Council redistricting, members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks pressed their complaints that the map makers violated the federal Voting Rights Act by failing to show discriminatory voting patterns that would justify districts created with high concentrations of Latino voters. LAT

More than 11,000 LAUSD employees, more than 9,000 of them teachers, have receved this year's preliminary layoff notices. DN

The U.S. Senate voted 91 to 6 to confirm Los Angeles attorney Michael W. Fitzgerald to a seat on the federal court for Central California. The Times says he is the first openly gay federal jurist in the state and one of a few in the nation. LAT

The LA Times catches on to Hollywood's unhappiness from last month about the green bike lane on Spring Street, and finds the idea will be rethought before expanding. LAT

Councilman Eric Garcetti takes his turn tonight talking to the local AIA chapter as a candidate for mayor, at the Police Administration Building auditorium in Downtown. RSVP

Media and media people

TV weatherman Kyle Hunter filed filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting, KCBS and KCAL on Thursday charging that he was passed over for jobs because the stations "decided to hire young attractive women as weathercasters in prime time rather than men in order to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts." He's represented by Gloria Allred. Hollywood Reporter

California Watch has won the year's Scripps Howard Award for public service for its 19-month series “On Shaky Ground,” which "uncovered serious problems with how California protects children and teachers from the threat of a major earthquake." California Watch

The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth explains why he originally wrote about bogus Dodgers bidder Josh Macciello back when he was the hot thing for local sports scribes. DN

Two more departures from the Los Angeles Daily Journal: Sharon Liang, editor of the contributed columns, is leaving March 30 for a job in PR and Laura Ernde, the longtime California Supreme Court reporter, is leaving March 23 fir a job at the State Bar. Per a memo to the newsroom by editor David Houston.

Lalo Alcaraz and a professor talk about satire in comic strips, and the Doonesbury controversy, at 2:30 on "Patt Morrison" on KPCC.

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez started a taco shop poetry series in San Diego and Tijuana in 1994, and the performances are now compiled in an e-book. Lulu


The Los Angeles Galaxy winning the Major League Soccer championship was named the top sports moment of 2011 at the seventh annual LA Sports Awards, last night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live.

Businessman Daniel Greenberg and his wife, attorney and civic activist Susan Steinhauser, are donating $250,000 to support Santa Monica College plans for a two-tiered system of fees for popular classes. LAT, SM Daily Press

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a longtime presence in the West Valley, is up for sale. DN

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