Morning Buzz: Monday 6.11.12

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Commerce Secretary John Bryson, the former head of SoCal Edison's parent company, was cited for felony hit-and-run in two crashes Saturday in San Gabriel and Rosemead. He was taken to a hospital for treatment overnight and returned to Washington; now the Commerce Department says he suffered a seizure. LAT, SGV Tribune

A fire that started in the attic engulfed Malibu's Beau Rivage restaurant about 6 a.m. and closed Pacific Coast Highway during the morning commute. Patch

The USS Iowa settled into its new berth in San Pedro, and Councilman Joe Buscaino's staff made another video. YouTube

Politics and government

One effect of the top-two primary system: fewer minor parties and "little guys" on the November ballot. Capitol Weekly

Another is that splitting the vote with multiple candidates now matters in the primary, so a majority Democratic congressional district in the Inland Empire will have no Democrat on the ballot. Peter Schrag

"In place of our old system, we got something that preserves many of our worst political traditions — while making things a little bit worse." Joe Mathews/LAT Opinion

Before Proposition 13 passed in 1978, county tax assessors mattered and some were crooked, says Mark Paul, the former deputy state treasurer of California and co-author of "California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It." Zocalo

54 people were shot and killed last year by police and sheriff's in Los Angeles County, a big jump from the previous year. LAT

Metrolink is planning a number of service changes in June and July, including a 7% fare increase and additional trains throughout the region. LAT

Media and media people

"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts announced on the air that she has known for awhile that she has myelodysplastic syndrome, a malignant disorder of the bone marrow, and will undergo a bone marrow transplant. ABC

Dylan Ratigan is leaving MSNBC on June 22 "to pursue opportunities outside the television business." TVNewser

Politico says it is hiring 20 more reporters and editors to increase coverage of the economy and the military for the site's paid subscribers. NYT

"We make no apologies,” says John Lynch of the remade San Diego U-T, a tool of the paper's owner and his favored causes and people. “We are doing what a newspaper ought to do, which is to take positions. We are very consistent — pro-conservative, pro-business, pro-military — and we are trying to make a newspaper that gets people excited about this city and its future.” NYT

The Los Angeles Times and Californians Aware have separately demanded that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission open all records documenting its recent decision to lease the Coliseum to the University of Southern California for 42 years. Cal Aware


The LAPD warned fans not to buy bogus tickets outside Staples Center for tonight's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. City News Service

The sheriff's department is investigating what appeared to be a pair of lungs found on a sidewalk in unincorporated Willowbrook. LAT

Stephenie Glas, a Los Angeles city firefighter and vocal advocate for the Malibu Lagoon restoration project, shot herself in the head at her boyfriend's Corral Canyon home, according to the boyfriend. Authorities are investigating. LAT

Stan Jolley, a Hollywood set designer who helped design Disneyland, died at age 86. LAT

Planning ahead

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, under the artistic direction of Ben Donenberg, returns after 16 years to the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center Campus with a summer production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artist Kenn Sabberton – July 10 to 29.

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