not have cancer, an LAT reporter checks out of Kabul, Zocalo relaunches and the Mt Washington cabin with all the maps is for sale." /> Morning Buzz: Politics and media for 10.23.12 - LA Observed

Morning Buzz: Politics and media for 10.23.12

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Nine big rigs crashed this morning where the southbound I-5 and Antelope Valley Freeway meet in Newhall Pass, clogging the commute for thousands. DN

Politics and government

Faced with yet another budget shortfall, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Monday for the elimination of 209 city jobs and urged the City Council to press ahead with a plan for rolling back pension benefits for newly hired civilian workers. LA Now

An unspecified private poll that claims Wendy Greuel leads the race for mayor among those few voters who have an opinion at this stage "is utter bullshit," said Bill Carrick, the consultant for Eric Garcetti. "It makes no fucking sense. You could have told me the lottery numbers for last week and it would have made as much sense." LA Weekly

What timing, eh? Measure A on the county ballot is an advisory question asking voters if the office of county assessor should become appointed, rather than elected. DN

Media and media people

Director Tony Scott did not have cancer or signs of any life-threatening disease when he jumped to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. LAT

LA Times correspondent Laura King on leaving Kabul for the last time after three years covering the war in Afghanistan: "Nearly every ugly experience is balanced by moments that make the heart lift:" LAT Column One

Zocalo Public Square rebrands today as an "ideas exchange" with a redesigned website: "a seamless and innovative blend of live events and digital humanities journalism."

Our mission hasn’t changed—we are still committed to building community by humanizing and sharing ideas, and to bringing together the broadest possible audiences.

What is new is our carefully curated, integrated approach to events and journalism, and a beautiful new website that allows us to better highlight our many features.

According to John Lynch, the CEO of U-T San Diego, "The U-T is not interested in entering an auction for the L.A. Times." The Wrap

Sylvie Drake, the former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, on "the increasingly careless use of language — often because it is used to say so little of value." Cultural Weekly


An Inglewood woman whose husband and 4-year-old son were killed in a senseless weekend shooting issued a statement from her hospital bed Monday thanking emergency workers and the community for their support. Daily Breeze

mt-washington-map-home.jpgThe Mt. Washington cabin where all the maps were found is for sale -- with pictures. Curbed LA

On the gentrification Highland Park, and the food. Good Food Preservation

The South LA intersection of 27th Street and Central Avenue will be renamed “Dr. Bassett H. Brown Square” on Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series, beating St. Louis 9-0 last night.

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