Morning Buzz: Friday 3.30.12

Mayor and the city retirement age, a tunnel for NoHo, Lohan walks away a free woman, the Langer's effect on the Expo Line, what's in the new Slake and a nice feature on downtown photographer-artist Ed Fuentes.

Politics and politicos

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa threatened to put a measure on the ballot raising the retirement age for new city employees if the City Council refuses to enact such a proposal. LAT

The Police Protective League demanded an investigation into the release earlier this week of the name of the LAPD traffic officer accused of racial profiling.

A look at the candidates in the Valley's new 46th assembly district. DN

The MTA is considering a $22 million project in North Hollywood to connect via below-ground passageway the existing Orange Line bus platform and the mezzanine level of the Red Line subway. DN

Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke was appointed to the Amtrak Board of Directors by President Obama. LAT

Media and media people

Lindsay Lohan has completed her community service and probation from her string of legal run-ins, the judge said Thursday. LAT

Slake's fourth issue, "Dirt," out this week has interviews with The New Yorker’s William Finnegan, LA Free Press founder Art Kunkin and artist Walton Ford, new fiction and poetry by Lauren Groff, Aimee Bender and others, Middle East dispatches from Ben Ehrenreich and Michael J. Totten and essays by Lauren Weedman, Erin Aubry Kaplan and Lynell George.

Nice feature on Downtown photographer-artist-blogger Ed Fuentes in the Arts Distrct. LAT

The Advocate celebrated 45 years of publishing with a soiree at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Greg in Hollywood

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez finds that he hearts Jenni Rivera. Movie Miento


Looking for a "Langer's effect" at restaurants along the Expo Line that opens next month. ZevWeb

Reality check from the county Bureau of Weights and Measures: gas pumps are almost always right, and when they are off, they may be off in your favor not the gas station's. ZevWeb

The Los Angeles Conservancy awarded its 2012 preservations wards to projects in South Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights, Balwin Hills, Avalon, Westlake and Pasadena. Link

The Dodgers will hold national anthem auditions on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the stadium.

A Florida prosecutor has dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Manny Ramirez because the ex-Dodger's wife won't cooperate in the investigation. Wires

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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