Morning Buzz: Huizar, First Lady and more

city-hall-night-alt.jpgCouncilman Jose Huizar was involved in a minor three-car crash last night on 1st Street in Boyle Heights. He was given a breathalyzer test "which registered a zero," spokesman Rick Coca said in a statement. LAT, KPCC

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for a sold-out fundraiser Thursday at the Calabasas home of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith -- bringing the total raised for the president's re-election campaign to $13 million at four Los Angeles area events in October, according to campaign finance sources. Hollywood Reporter

The LANG newspapers endorsed Mitt Romney for president. DN

Transit officials signed off Thursday on Anschutz Entertainment Group's plan to double the size of the Pico Boulevard light-rail station. DN

How, why and to what benefit Los Angeles cuts city taxes to entice businesses. Marketplace

Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder who is editor-in-chief and publisher of The New Republic, talked about his plans for the magazine in a visit to Claremont McKenna College.

Current and former staffers at the Los Angeles Times are "expressing concern at reports that News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch might be interested in buying the papers from Tribune Company." Media Matters

Current TV has put itself up for sale. “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” CEO Joel Hyatt said. “This year alone, we have had three inquiries. As a consequence, we thought it might be useful to engage expertise to help us evaluate our strategic options.” NY Post

The controversy over restoration of Malibu Lagoon gets a long piece by journalist Claire Martin, "Malibu’s Epic Battle of Surfers Vs. Environmentalists," in Smithsonian.

City Council candidate Mitch O'Farrell was a cruise ship performer before taking a job with Councilman Eric Garcetti. KCET Departures

The 19-year-old Glendale driver whose crash into a fire hydrant and a light pole in Valley Village led to the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. DN

Storied Central Avenue is coming alive again. Intersections

Tours of the Tower Theatre on Broadway will give a last look before the movie house in renovated. LAT

Streets will be closed downtown on Sunday morning for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, which starts and ends at LA Live. List of streets

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