Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.16.12

Media and media people

Winners of the Pulitzer Prizes are announced at noon.

The editor of The Beachcomber in Long Beach admits in an email that the paper is more likely to write about you if you advertise: "We seldom send reporters and/or photographers to staged events unless (1) it is very, very newsworthy or (2) you are an advertiser in our newspaper and contribute to the expense of those reporters and photographers." Romenesko

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today it will now require that recipients of its journalism and media grants disclose the identities and amounts contributed by major donors. KF

Junot Diaz has a work of fiction in this week's New Yorker: Miss Lora

Politics and politicos

LAPD chief Beck is facing pressure from the police commission over his "reluctance to punish officers who are found to have killed or wounded people unjustifiably." LAT

The nearly $200,000 tax break that Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez's staff extended to campaign contributor Jordan Kaplan was the only one of its kind in years, a county spokesman said. LAT

The open race for District Attorney is heating up. DN

Mayor Villaraigosa's promise of raises to city unions in 2007 and shift of employees out of general fund jobs "hamstrings the city's attempt to close its staggering budget shortfall" of $220 million to $250 million, Jim Newton argues. LAT op-ed

Perhaps the most important figure in the Loyola Marymount poll - "which basically reflects name identification - was that 58 percent of voters are not paying attention to the mayoral election." Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

The Miracle Mile Residential Association favors construction of the Wilshire-Fairfax subway station on a site west of Johnie's Coffee Shop, and opposes LACMA's bid to move the station to Wilshire and Orange Grove.

Assembly Democrats Bob Blumenfield and Mike Gatto are both running unopposed in the primary, so their races In the Valley "will serve as the launch of a six-month-long campaign " for reelection. DN

Former state senator Cathie Wright, a Simi Valley Republican who served in the Legislature for 20 years, died Saturday. She was 82. Ventura County Star


The LA Times uses an estimate of 100,000 participants in Sunday's CicLAvia, but it's unknown what the source is for the number. The Daily News goes with "hundreds of thousands," also unsourced. LAT, DN

Venice Beach resident Karen Wolfe is unhappy that activist Mark Ryavec publicly posted her name and address and a photo of her home along with a call for the homeless to go camp in her yard. LAT

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