Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.15.12

Politics and government

It's not the economy that led to the dramatically bigger state budget deficit, just poor estimating. Sacto Bee

The 140,000-member Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Rep. Brad Sherman over Rep. Howard Berman.

Though not widely reported, Monday's Coliseum Commission vote on USC was accompanied by harsh words toward Councilman Bernard Parks from former ally Zev Yaroslavsky. "Wow, the anger and mistrust," said Channel 5's Jim Nash. KTLA

The City Council votes today on an ordinance to prohibit tents as well as sleeping bags, bed rolls and hammocks in city parks, timed to go into effect before the City Hall park reopens from post-Occupy repairs. LAT

Two retired Los Angeles County sheriff's supervisors painted a violent picture of life inside Men's Central Jail, "recounting tales of deputies beating prisoners, ignoring bosses, forming cliques and engaging in off-duty misconduct." LAT, KPCC

The LAFD's bogus response time stats can be blamed on bad software, a report concluded. LAT, KPCC

The city's fourth annual gun buyback collected 1,673 firearms, including 53 assault weapons, and a rocket launcher. DN, KPCC

Media and media people

Deirdre Hussey, the former Executive Editor at the San Francisco Examiner, is the new deputy chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and will oversee communications and social media and assist in public policy and strategy.

Larry Kramer, another former editor of the SF Examiner, was named president and publisher of USA Today. Romenesko

Paul Steiger, a former editor in the LA Times business section, will step down as ProPublica editor-in-chief at end of year. Steve Engelberg will replace him. NYT

The New Yorker relaunched its online book coverage and books blog, Page-Turner, "supported by Amazon Publishing." TNY

Eli Broad guests on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 11:30 to talk about his new book with Larry Mantle.

Santa Monica's new "smarter" parking meters that wipe away left-over time when a car pulls out are the topic on "Patt Morrison" at 1:30 p.m.

More news and observations

Steve Soboroff's typewriter collections, in audio and photos, by John Rabe on KPCC. Off-Ramp

It's "Ask Chris" the video, on the Lakewood origins of the Denny's chain. Los Angeles

Planning ahead

Thursday's "Treasures of Los Angeles" luncheon at the Westin Bonaventure will honor
Y.H. Cho, Hugh Hefner, Andrew Meieran, the LA Galaxy, the Good News Girls and Marilyn Ziering, with City Council President Herb Wesson as master of ceremonies. Info

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