Morning Buzz: Friday 10.19.12

Politicos and crime beat

Daniel Juarez, the mayor of Hawthorne, was indicted for allegedly failing to disclose $2,000 in cash he received from the owner of a Gold's Gym that had received a city-guaranteed loan. LAT

Assessor-on-leave John Noguez pleaded not guilty to corruption charges and remained in jail pending a bail hearing. Bail was set for now at $1.38 million. LAT, DN

City Councilman Richard Alarcon pleaded not guilty to charges involving his disputed residency in the San Fernando Valley: Arleta or Panorama City, and did he lie about it? DN

Politics and government

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana asked the City Council to draft two tax measures for the March ballot. LAT

Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti said he opposes switching city employee pensions to 401-k style accounts like proposed by ex-mayor Richard Riordan. Candidate Kevin James is for it. LAT
Also: At a forum in the Valley, Garcetti proposed a north-south "heavy rail" line along the 405 freeway corridor in the Valley that connects to the Westside with a tunnel under Sepulveda Pass.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Sheriff Lee Baca on behalf of people who say they were denied bail for minor offenses after being flagged by immigration authorities. LAT

The LA Times catches up Friday with the death of former school board member and Coro Foundation official John Greenwood. LAT | LA Observed on Oct. 11
Noted: The Times still has not reported the Sept. 30 death of Maury Weiner, the local political leader and former chief of staff to Mayor Tom Bradley.

Media and media people

The LA Times sued the LAUSD in Superior Court to obtain teacher ratings that are calculated using students' standardized test scores. LAT

The Times named Kari Howard, a longtime editor on the Foreign desk, to be Column One editor. "As anyone who's worked with her knows, Kari hears the music of language," says the memo from Scott Kraft, the paper's deputy managing editor. Backstory

More

The LAPD said in a case involving ex-Manson family member Tex Watson that it is investigating a dozen open murder files that may be tied to the 1960s followers of Charles Manson. LAT

Communities for Teaching Excellence, headed by former L.A. school board member Yolie Flores, is planning to close its doors next month after losing funding from the Gates Foundation. LAT


Planning ahead


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