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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.22.12

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and John Krasinksi headlined a fundraiser last night in Santa Monica that raised more than $250,000 for Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Hollywood Reporter

No one knows for sure if the county's Jails Commission will matter or if will issue an earnest report that generates a few news stories, and some congratulatory action on the part of the Board of Supervisors, and then for all practical purposes vanishes, says Celeste Fremon. "However, it is more and more evident that at least some of the seven commissioners do not intend to be irrelevant. Furthermore, even the most conservative members of the commission are beginning to their evident surprise to apprehend the severity of the problem in the jails, and to suspect that its causes don’t lie solely with an old jail facility that needs to be shut down, and a few out of control deputies that need better training or whatever, that the issue is far more entrenched and complex and may very well have much to do with those at the very top of the department." Witness LA, first of 3 parts

One week after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed slicing state workers' pay by 5 percent, the Democratic governor and legislators find themselves targeted for a "share the pain" salary cut. Sacto Bee via Rough and Tumble

Four months after a California assemblyman was cited and released for carrying a gun into an airport, the Assembly passed legislation today that would require offenders to be taken into custody in such situations. Capitol Alert

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving charges stemming from his March 27 arrest in Concord. LAT

United Farm Workers at 50: Does this legendary union still matter? Which Way, LA?

Four carwash workers filed suit Monday claiming that a family of carwash owners in Venice, Santa Monica and Lakewood routinely withheld pay for overtime and denied them breaks during the summer. LAT

A Saudi prince seeking to build a mansion complex at the end of a private lane in Benedict Canyon has asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to order the city of Los Angeles to allow the project to move forward without environmental review. LAT

The Times editorial page endorses a City Council vote to ban plastic bags but is silent on paper bags, implying I guess that it's against extending the ban to paper. LAT editorial

Former Telfair Elementary teacher Paul Chapel was charged with sexually abusing 13 children while he taught 3rd grade at the Pacoima school. DN

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti announced the endorsement of former Democratic Party chair Howard Dean and the launch of a new campaign website.

Tom Mueller, Vice President of Propulsion Development for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, on how he came to be in Los Angeles building rockets. KCET


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