Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.1.12

'92 riots

Korean immigrants, the riots and sa-i-gu, 20 years later in today's LA Times. Sandy Banks column and story by reporter Victoria Kim

Damian "Football" Williams, one of the attackers of truck driver Reginald Denny in 1992, talks to commentator commentator Jasmyne Cannick from prison. Soundcloud

Frying Pan News released “Rage and Reflection: Meditations on L.A.’s 1992 Civil Unrest, and the Ongoing Transformation of a City,” an anthology of essays and interviews about the 1992 riots. PDF

Politics and government

Metro awarded an $890-million rail car contract to the Japanese company Kinkisharyo International, over the objections of LA labor leaders. LAT, DN

The city Department of Transportation needs a top-to-bottom overhaul of its management structure and improved methods for collecting revenue, says an audit by Controller Wendy Greuel. DN wires

With allegations swirling around county Assessor John Noguez, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is slated to examine making his job an appointed position rather than an elected one. DN

Jim Newton will moderate a forum with the candidates for DA, on Wednesday at the LA Times.

Mayor Villaraigosa was scheduled to be interviewed live by Willow Bay on Bloomberg TV this morning.

Sam Zell contributed $70,000 to a Mitt Romney SuperPAC. Daily Herald

A labor rally at LAX is expected to disrupt traffic between noon and 4 pm. DN

Some activists with Occupy LA have scheduled a 12:30 pm press conference at 41st and Central.

A Sylmar homeowner strongly supports a bill in Sacramento that would make the city pay to fix the raised sidewalk in front of his home. DN

Media and media people

An anonymous emailer says that Laura Diaz, the former anchor at Channel 2, is on the schedule to anchor the news at 5 and 10 pm this weekend on Fox 11 and at 11 pm on KCOP with Susan Hirasuna.

Food writer Barbara Hansen on her memories of the riots in 1992. Table Conversation

Amy Summers is leaving as Senior Manager, Public Relations for the Dodgers to join Time Warner Cable as Sports Manager, Public Relations, Media Relations and Communications effective May 7.

David Lazarus guest-hosts for Patt Morrison on KPCC between 1 pm and 3 pm.


The Getty announced it would cut 34 museum jobs, with the cuts falling heavily on the education department. LAT

Yasith Chhun was a 42-year-old accountant living a comfortable life in Long Beach. Then he tried to overthrow the Cambodian government. The Atavist

Planning ahead

Saving Our Sons, a a community conversation on creating a positive future for black youth in LA, is being put on jointly by the Los Angeles Urban League, Brotherhood Crusade, Community Coalition, California Community Foundation and other partners, Wednesday 6 p.m. at Trade-Tech North Tent.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.2.12
Dodgers press conference to air live on LA television
Two strong testimonials for saving L.A. Youth
Read the memo: LA Times celebrates its circulation numbers
Los Angeles magazine has breakfast and great weekends
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