Morning Buzz: Thursday 3.22.12

LAFD ordered to give the info, Yaroslavsky's deadline, Maxine Waters' nepotism, another young Kennedy comes through town, fracking in Inglewood and more.

Top news

Mohammed Merah, the gunman suspected of killing seven people in attacks in France, died after a 31-hour standoff with police in Toulouse.

Politics and politicos

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered fire chief Brian Cummings to resume releasing basic information about LAFD responses to medical emergencies. The department had recently started to withhold information it had released for decades, citing federal law, but ha dno legal opinion telling it do so. LAT, DN, City Maven, Which Way, LA?

Villaraigosa "is about as green as they come," says a puff piece in Grist.

As a practical matter, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has until about June to announce whether he is running for mayor, says Democratic strategist Garry South. LA Weekly

The City Council voted 13-2 on a resolution calling on radio stations to refrain from racist and sexist language. LAT

Four weeks after Wal-Mart announced plans to open a grocery store in Chinatown, some City Council members proposed a law that would block certain chain businesses from opening in the area. LAT

A new report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on nepotism in Congress singles out Rep. Maxine Waters for using her campaign committee to pay her daughter's PR firm almost $350,000 in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, and reimbursing her husband for $11,000 in expenses. CREW

Joseph P. Kennedy III, running for the Massachusetts congressional seat Barney Frank vacated, held a fundraiser at the Santa Monica home of his cousin Bobby Shriver. Maria Shriver co-hosted. THR

Birthers and other conspiracy nuts sued the California secretary of state to demand that she verify the eligibility of all presidential candidates before putting them on the November ballot. LAT

Media and media people

Only five of 15 full-time editorial employees of The Onion have agreed to move to Chicago from New York. Jim Romenesko

"SoCal Connected" on KCET this week reports on oil and gas fracking in Inglewood.

Producer and former agent Gavin Polone interviews three actors anonymously about the awkward realities of shooting nude scenes. All agree its tougher for men to do. Vulture

John Koblin, most recently the media writer at Women's Wear Daily, joined the sports site Deadspin as a writer.


The Council on American-Islamic Relations and a civil rights law firm have filed a joint federal complaint against the city of Lomita for denying the Islamic Center of South Bay's application to rebuild and expand its mosque. LAT‬, Daily Breeze, KPCC

A fishing boat with 20 suspected illegal immigrants on board reached land at El Segundo. LA Weekly

One of Sam Nazarian’s Umami Burger restaurants will open this year in Manhattan, part of a national expansion of the Los Angeles chain. Bloomberg-Business Week

On March 31, nineteen museums across Southern California will offer free admission and special programs to mark the completion of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980.

Allene Wynn of Pacoima will turn 105 on March 27. DN

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