Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.5.12

Sheriff's official takes inmate golfing, City Hall moves forward on ban of paper bags, stadium EIR to propose widening of 101 freeway, LAPD radios out for 12 hours and more.

Top of the news

Sheriff's revelation o' the day: The head of the Catalina station took a jail inmate who was a pro golfer up to the island golf course for some personal pointers on his game. LAT

A City Council committee moved ahead with a plan to ban paper bags at Los Angeles markets in addition to the plastic bags that other cities are banning. A Times editorial recommended against the paper-bag ban, suggesting instead a 10-cents fee. LAT, editorial, DN, City Maven

Politics and politicos

AEG releases the EIR on Farmers Field on the City Hall steps this morning. "It's the chapter on traffic that is the most eagerly awaited and will likely be the most scrutinized," says Dakota Smith. AEG floats the idea of widening the northbound Hollywood Freeway out of Downtown, where traffic backs up to the 110. DN
Also: The report will be posted on the Planning Department website. City Maven

The head of the state community college system asked Santa Monica College to delay a controversial plan to offer higher-priced courses this summer while the legality is determined. LAT

Lots of tongues wagging over Republican Rep. Darrell Issa endorsing Democrat Howard Berman. PolitiCal

Berman's camp is saying he raised nearly $600,000 during the first quarter of the year. Politico

After Los Angeles Police Department radio communications went down for half the day on Tuesday, a city councilman on Wednesday demanded the firing of the official whose agency caused the problem. DN

Councilman Jose Huizar on Wednesday introduced a motion to close the City Hall park at 7 p.m., in an apparent bid to head off more Occupy LA activity. LAT

The public again was excluded Wednesday from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission's monthly deliberations over a proposed lease that would cede control of the taxpayer-owned stadium to USC. LAT

Latest gimmick in the mayor's race: a corporation says it will "run" in order to test whether the Supreme Court ruling that corporations have "person" status in some legal contexts applies. And the attention is good, too. KCRW

Media and media people

Arianna Huffington has taken several AOL business functions under her control, including the technology, business development and marketing and communications units. NYT

Massachusetts poet Jody Zorgdrager was named the winner of the first Zócalo Poetry Prize.


In Riverside County, a member of the Moreno Valley school board was arrested last night and charged with 11 felonies, including rape, pimping, and pandering involving four women and two underage girls. Banning-Beaumont Patch

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