Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.17.12

Politics and government

DA Steve Cooley's media rounds yesterday to talk about the John Noguez investigation included Warren Olney on last night's "Which Way, LA?" KCRW, LA Observed

Cooley's round of publicity was "unusual in that no charges have been filed against Noguez, and no charges are expected for some time. D.A. investigators are still sifting through mountains of evidence gathered in searches last month, and prosecutors have not decided whether to take the case to a grand jury. If anything, it appears the D.A.'s investigation has hit a snag..." LA Weekly

Macy Gray played an acoustic set at a Hollywood fundraiser for DA candidate Jackie Lacey. "The entertainment industry rarely bothers to become invested in local politics," says Tina Daunt. "Still, every once in a while, an L.A. office-seeker catches the activists' attention. That's the case with Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey." Hollywood Reporter

DA candidate Alan Jackson is touting the endorsement of talk radio conservative Hugh Hewitt.

Two photographers with Photoshop skills tell me they believe that Rep. Brad Sherman's mom was Photoshopped out of a mailer he sent to voters, not added in. LA Observed

Even if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for higher taxes this fall, his ballot initiative would be only a partial solution to the state's chronic budget deficits. AP

Seven deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit have been placed on leave on suspicion that they belong to a secret clique that celebrates shootings and brands its members with matching tattoos. LA Times

Christine Hu Antonovich, the wife of Supervisor Michael Antonovich, has sued AEG Business Management Consulting alleging the firm has not paid her for performing consulting services to help them do business in China. City News Service

The Los Angeles Police Department will absorb the city's General Services police and security officers under a plan approved Tuesday by the City Council. DN

The joke that Jimmy Kimmel didn't tell at the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, after being advised it could cost him the support of the room. Romenesko

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.

Media and media people

NPR finished the first six months of its fiscal year $2.6 million in the red, has been spending from its endowment in recent years, and has lost some key fundraising people. Washington Post, Poynter, Romenesko

KCET says its original series on caregiving, "Your Turn to Care" hosted by Holly Robinson Peete, will get national distribution through American Public Television.

A scheduled weekend search for missing Fox executive Gavin Smith was called off since there is no specific locale of interest. The Wrap

Green Party candidate for president Roseanne Barr guests with Patt Morrison on KPCC at 1:20 p.m.

Orange County Register radio columnist Gary Lycan is being treated for anemia and advanced prostate cancer — and discovered that one of his caregivers was an athlete he profiled for the student newspaper in high school 50 years ago. Register


Retired LAPD homicide detective Dan DeJarnette was arrested this week in the fatal beating of his wife in Hawaii six years ago. LAT

The Kings are offering fans free coffee and donuts if they come early to Sunday's playoff game at Staples Center to help defray traffic outside the arena near the noon game time.

Another California black bear came down out of the mountains to paw through trash cans in the city of Glendale. News-Press

Boxer Manny Pacquiao apologized for a verbal attack on gays that he didn't make in the first place. LAT

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