Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.9.12

Romney spoils the party for California, more financial trouble for City Hall, Alarcon court case update, how one profiles Sheriff Baca, Jonathan Gold in the green room and more.

Politics and politicos

Earlier speculation that California's Republican primary would be relevant and perhaps decisive proved to be wishful thinking now that Mitt Romney has won, George Skelton says. LAT column

City Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana "raised the specter of bankruptcy Friday in a sweeping report that calls for new taxes, possible layoffs and the privatization of some city services." LAT

Jim Newton looks at a survey into the 2013 mayor's race and finds non-candidate Zev Yaroslavsky in tie with Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, and finds Austin Beutner a non-entity with voters as of now. LAT op-ed

The judge — back on March 2 — expressed some doubt about the DA's case against Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife for allegedly falsifying where they live. Alarcon is also a favorite to win an Assembly seat in June. LAT, DN

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff. DN

A look at the Assembly race in the Santa Clarita area between the wife of Rep. Buck McKeon and his former chief of staff. LAT

Media and media people

The art of profiling Sheriff Lee Baca for KPCC, as Frank Stoltze did. Witness LA

La Bloga interviews OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano regarding his new book, “Taco USA.” La Bloga

The wealthy men buying newspapers recently have been motivated, "at least in part, by the fact that the newspapers faced an existential threat: but for the new owners and their deep pockets, they might go away." NYT

Jonathan Gold in the green room at Zocalo.

DJ Waldie is drafting a screenplay based on his memoir "Holy Land" that "would, I suppose, translate the experience of reading 'Holy Land' into something like a film." KCET


It is too soon to judge LAUSD Supt. John Deasy on his own performance targets, such as test scores, but he is busy "pushing to change the culture of a behemoth school system with 660,000 students on 743 campuses across 710 square miles of urban sprawl." LAT

Susan Strong Davis, who is 87 with dementia and lives in Palos Verdes Estates, donated $600,000 to a charity with ties to Kabbalah even though she has no ties to the group. Oops, her financial adviser, John E. Larkin, has the ties — and is also behind the construction of an expensive home in Beverly Hills. LAT

The crackdown "on Venice Beach homeless encampments and renegade vendors is pitting longtime residents and merchants against homeless advocates and younger transients." LAT

Police removed 25 homeless people from encampments along freeways or in the Hollywood Hills on Friday in a sweep they said was about preventing fires. LAT

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