Morning Buzz: Monday 4.2.12

More investigations of the sheriff's department, can the new Dodgers buyers make a profit?, another award for California Watch, and Toronto looks to LA as a model of transit. Plus much more for Monday.

Top of the news

Inside the sheriff's coveted Aero Bureau: huge overtime payments, plus alleged falsification of work records and suspicion that assignments and schedules were being deliberately manipulated to create missed calls. Witness LA

The Sheriff's Department improperly concealed the identities of at least two reserve deputies who are political supporters of Sheriff Lee Baca and were given access to county cars. LAT

The Dodgers buyers who overpaid for the team now face a financial challenge over how much profit they squeeze from TV rights and whether the adjoining land can be developed. LAT

Politics and politicos

When California's high-speed rail leaders on Monday unveil their fourth and final business plan on the state's controversial quest to link the Bay Area and Los Angeles by bullet train, they'll be slashing $30 billion off the price tag and speeding up the first leg of construction beyond what's been dubbed a train to nowhere in the Central Valley. San Jose Mercury

Year one for LAUSD superintendent John Deasy. DN

Novice candidate Cary Brazeman riles up two Valley organizations. Orlov/DN

Filmmakers and history buffs protesting the planned demolition of part of the West Hollywood movie studio once owned by Mary Pickford may seek help from Los Angeles city. LAT

Media and media people

California Watch won an IRE Medal for its series on seismic safety in schools. Ina Jaffe of NPR won an award for a story on violence in California psychiatric hospitals. Investigative Reporters and Editors

Meredith Vieira returned to NBC's "Today" this morning. NYT

The vast majority of Californians surveyed are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies, and most said they distrust even firms known for their ardent fans and tens of millions of daily users. LAT

Sarah Tressler, the Houston newspaper writer fired for moonlighting as a stripper, was an intern at LA City Beat. Fishbowl LA

Screenwriter and novelist David Freed writes about his son going off to war. LAT op-ed

The Los Angeles Press Club extended its deadline for the SoCal Journalism Awards to April 7.


With congested highways in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, "L.A.’s dilemma is painfully familiar to many frustrated urban Canadians. L.A., however, has embarked on a fix of historic proportions, and did so with astonishing speed." Speed? Toronto Globe and Mail

Holmby Hills and Pacific Palisades were rattled by two big social media-spawned drinking parties. LAT

Surf noir: "There is nothing sexy and aspirational about the L.A. beaches depicted in mid-20th-century crime novels," Denise Hamilton writes. LA Times Magazine

Fortune's website reprised a July 1997 feature story on the Los Angeles Dodgers at a time when the O'Malleys were on the cusp of selling to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.for $350 million. Take me out to the boardroom

The 99-Cent Chef posts a new installment of Restaurant Nocturnes, this time visiing Ink, Post and Beam and a whole bunch of cheaper places in between. Blog

A primer on Little Bangladesh. Good Food Preservation

"Investigative satirist” Paul Krassner turns 80 this month and is living in Desert Hot Springs. The Forward

For April 1, here's David Kipen on California's lost mission of Santa Zipporah de la Culpa. LA Review of Books

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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