Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 3.21.12

Baca's jails and LAFD response stats, Game Change's Steve Schmidt, remembering the old LA Weekly, LA Times' first female news reporter, Cathy Seipp and more.

Politics and politicos

Facing a federal investigation into allegations of jail brutality, Sheriff Lee Baca is considering a proposal to move 1,800 inmates out of the Men's Central Jail with most going to the Lynwood jail now used to house women. LAT, Witness LA

Amid questions about its response time stats, the Los Angeles Fire Department has stopped releasing public updates on emergency incidents. LAT, Steve Lopez

Pasadena attorney Molly Munger has gotten the attention of Gov. Jerry Brown for his tax ballot initiative. LAT

Taking a look at the career of Steve Schmidt, the Schwarzenegger campaign manager who led the McCain presidential campaign and who is portrayed by Woody Harrelson in "Game Change." Dan Morain/Sacto Bee

Councilman Eric Garcetti tweeted a check ride on the Expo Line light rail route from Downtown to Culver City.

Olympic champion Rafer Johnson switched his endorsement from Rep. Brad Sherman to Rep. Howard Berman, saying he was unhappy that Sherman was running against Berman in Johnson's Sherman Oaks district. DN

Media and media people

CNN vice president and deputy Washington bureau chief Edith Chapin is leaving to become NPR News Senior Foreign Editor. Jim Romenesko

Current TV’s new morning news block featuring live simulcasts of “Full Court Press: The Bill Press Show” from 6am-9am ET and “Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show” from 9am-12pm ET will premiere on Monday.

Joan Didion canceled an April 14 UCLA Live event at Royce Hall due to an injury.

Former LA Weekly publisher Michael Sigman remembers when the paper's classified ads were pretty wild and the staff too. Huffington Post

Mike Littwin, the former LA Times sports reporter, was laid off as a columnist by the Denver Post. Romenesko

Dorothy Townsend, the first female reporter in the Los Angeles Times city room, died at age 88. LAT

Friends of the late journalist Cathy Seipp are remembering her on the fifth anniversary of her death, using the Twitter hashtag #MissSeipp. Native Intelligence archive


The crumbling main runway at Van Nuys Airport could be shut down for repairs for up to nine weeks in early 2013, raising fears of...Planemageddon. DN

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's former doctor now serving time in LA County's jails, says he has lost 30 pounds due to chronic diarrhea he blames on the water. TMZ

“Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” will open in June at the Annenberg Center for Photography in Century City. LAT

The Getty Conservation Institute announced a new international effort, the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

Reverend Eugene Williams, executive director of the Regional Congregations and Neighborhood Organizations Training Center in South Los Angeles, died of lung cancer. Intersections South LA

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