Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.7.12

Politics and government

With six fatalities so far this year, officials say the Blue Line is on pace to have more deaths in 2012 than any other year in its 22-year history. LAT

Residents concerned about the noise from media and sightseeing helicopters flying low over their neighborhoods turned out to complain to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday night at a public hearing in Sherman Oaks. LAT

The campaign committee for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California, faces $49,000 in fines for failing to properly report and handle political contributions. LAT

Media and books

Robert Hughes, the "eloquent, combative art critic and historian who lived with operatic flair and wrote with a sense of authority that owed more to Zola or Ruskin than to his own century," died Monday in the Bronx. He was 74. NYT

West Hollywood Patch was wrong about a murder. WeHo News

Food writer and political consultant Larry Levine marks the anniversary of the death of former LA Times writer and friend David Shaw with his musing on hot dogs. Table Talk

During the breaking news coverage of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond last night, both KCBS radio and Channel 2 up there ran commercials from...Chevron. SF Peninsula Press Club

The city of San Diego is investigating whether the U-T owners added a car museum to the paper's building without permits. When reporter Randy Dotinga asked, U-T CEO John Lynch emailed: "Get a life." Voice of San Diego

Weekly excerpts from "The People's Guide to Los Angeles," starting this week with the history of Pershing Square as a gathering spot for leftists and gay cruisers. LA Review of Books

"Californication" was spotted shooting yesterday in Venice. Yo Venice


John Victor Pomierski, the former mayor of the City of Upland, was sentenced Monday to 24 months in federal prison for his conviction on a federal bribery charge stemming from a $5,000 payment he accepted in exchange for helping a business obtain a conditional use permit from the city.

The downtown area of San Dimas is getting rid of the western-themed facades installed four decades ago. SGV Tribune

The Dodgers named Janet Marie Smith as Senior VP of Planning and Development. She worked on the development of Camden Yards in Baltimore and previously ran the Pershing Square Management Association here. Curbed LA, LA Weekly

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