Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Last Friday before the election

Politics and government

With as many as half of California voters expected to cast their ballots by mail and several statewide contests narrowing to dead heats, Election Day has the potential to morph into election week. AP

Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona group that has dumped $11 million into California campaigns without disclosing the donors, appealed a judge's order that it turn over records. LAT

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, argues that Gov. Brown might be able to save Prop. 30 but dropping support for the very expensive and unpopular high-speed rail project. LAT op-ed

The city will seek a hotel developer for the one-acre site at Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street across from Staples Center and the Convention Center, and near the site of the future NFL stadium. The city owns three parcels there.

Molly Munger was on "Which Way, LA?" last night talking about her Prop. 38 and Gov. Brown's Prop. 30. KCRW

Will Metro bus and rail fares go up even if Measure J passes? LAT

A flyer circulated this week in the city of San Fernando recall campaign accuses nine challengers to three city council seats of being "adulterers," "criminals" or "self-proclaimed homosexuals." DN

Media and media people

KROQ/106.7 FM morning personality Gene "Bean" Baxter of the Kevin & Bean program announced Thursday he is donating a kidney to Scott Mason, the West Coast head of engineering for the CBS radio stations. Gary Lycan/Register

A. Scott Berg's biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" is being developed into a movie starring Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender and directed by Michael Grandage. The Wrap

Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is now a Brentwood painter and has a solo exhibit at the William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station, featuring giant, realistic depictions of snack foods. WWLA

Drinks at The Prince with Danny Chun, former co-executive producer and head writer for "The Office" and writer on "The Simpsons." Zocalo

KCRW is hosting a special live edition of "Left, Right & Center" Nov. 11 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, with hosts Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Matt Continetti. LRC


usc-tresspass-sign.jpgThe Halloween party at USC where four non-students were shot and wounded was approved as an exception to the campus policy for parties open to outsiders. The crime raises old concerns about safety at USC. Neon Tommy, LAT, City News Service

Suggestion: red homeless donation meters downtown to reduce panhandling. DTLA Rising

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning. Set your clocks back an hour and sleep in.

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