Morning Buzz: Rate hikes, media notes & Andy Williams

Back-to-back electricity rate hikes totaling 11.1% won preliminary approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles City Council, despite complaints from ratepayers and some members about the size of the utility's salaries. LAT, DN

LAPD chief Charlie Beck ordered a team be formed to "thoroughly investigate the circumstances" of the original investigation in the John Edward Smith wrongful conviction case. KPCC News, LAT

Officials asked that media helicopters not hover so long or so low over residential areas during Carmageddon this time. LAT

Justin Wesson, the son and legislative deputy of City Council President Herb Wesson, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunk driving. City News Service

DA candidate Alan Jackson will be in studio with Larry Mantle on "Airtalk" at 11:30 a.m. on KPCC.

The House subcommittee on aviation will hold a hearing in Ontario on Thursday to examine the economic impact of and future plans for the LA/Ontario International Airport.

The past, future and politics of Amtrak and regional rail service in Southern California. Streetsblog

Water quality at California beaches improved this summer in Heal the Bay's annual report card, but with some lingering issues. Report

Patt Morrison Q&A's Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera's Moroccan-born bureau chief in Washington. LAT op-ed

Allison Silver, a former LA journalist who has been Politico’s New York-based opinion editor since 2010, has been named executive editor of opinion at Thomson Reuters. Romenesko

Maribel De La Torre, the San Fernando city councilwoman accused of attacking her former boyfriend, has teamed up with him to allege police misconduct in the case. DN

Vegan trend story alert: "From power tables in Beverly Hills to pubs in the San Fernando Valley, the surging popularity of plant-based diets is drastically changing the dining landscape. That shift is under way in various cities around the world, but it’s happening in an explosive way in and around Los Angeles: at the elite gastronome magnets, at casual gathering spots and everywhere in between." NYT

Reseda celebrates its 100th birthday. DN

andy-williams-cover.jpgCrooner Andy Williams, best known for singing Henry Mancini's and Johnny Mercer's "Moon River," died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo. He was 84 and also had a home in La Quinta, Calif. LAT,NYT

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