Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 6.22.12

Politics and government

After this week's Skid Row sidewalk cleanup, officers in the LAPD's Central Division are being told to enforce the's city bans on sitting or sleeping on sidewalks during the day leaving property on sidewalks. Downtown News

Some of President Obama's most ardent Hollywood supporters quietly are concerned that his reliance on fundraisers led by celebrities "could backfire with swing voters and mobilize the right. 'We don't like what he's doing, but we understand it,' says one Hollywood fund-raising insider. 'He has to raise the money. It's a bad situation.'" Hollywood Reporter

Mayor Villaraigosa will hit the Sunday political talk circuit again this weekend, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" for a conversation about immigration. Bob Schieffer will also talk with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. CBS News

Ex-mayor Richard Riordan and City Councilman Mitch Englander have endorsed Edward Headington, the Democratic candidate in the 38th Assembly district.

Riding around with 28-year-old surfer and Malibu City Council member Skylar Peak. LAT

Media and media people

Michael Calderone’s Huffington magazine piece on Politico says the political site 's leaders operate in constant fear of the bottom falling out, that the staff has reached 225, and that traffic this year is down enough to suggest that Politico has reached all the politics junkies that it can. Romenesko has links.

Jim Schachter, the former LA Times reporter and editor who has been the New York Times editor in charge of forming new media partnerships around the U.S., is leaving to be the first VP for news at public radio station WNYC. Romenesko

On this morning's "Good Day LA" on Fox 11, host Steve Edwards will reportedly shave off his goatee to benefit Enrich LA, "an environmental non-profit focused on adding edible school gardens to public schools."


Detectives searched the West Hills home of a suspected drug dealer and his wife in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of Fox executive Gavin Smith. Comments on the search came from a homicide detective. A computer and car were seized. LAT

Anheuser-Busch has filed trademark applications to use the codes for 42 U.S. airports — including LAX, the code for Los Angeles International Airport — in its beer-brewing business. BizJournals

Daniel Finley, the president and chief executive of the Autry National Museum, has abruptly stepped down from the institution after just two years on the job. The Autry said Thursday that it had named W. Richard West Jr., formerly director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, as its new president and CEO. LAT

City pools in Los Angeles open Saturday. DN

Hard times for the San Fernando Valley business community's Fernando Award. DN

Mike Trout, the Angels' 20-year-old star, "is a humble, clean-shaven baseball prodigy from a small town in southern New Jersey. He works at Angel Stadium, three and a half miles from places called Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. His story springs from all of them." NYT

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