Morning Buzz: Monday 11.26.12

Politics and government

AEG is inviting potential supporters of Jan Perry for mayor to attend a fundraising reception Dec. 4 at the Nokia Theatre VIP Lounge at LA Live. The touch is $1,300.

State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco says he will run for Secretary of State in two years. SF Chronicle

Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Riordan on the defensive, banning elephants, UTLA. DN

Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana Avenue and Church Lane is being realigned this week and will be reduced to one lane during the day and closed entirely at night.

A proposed parcel fee would levy from $54 for a single family home to $11,000 for a big box retailer to raise approximately $275 million a year to clean up stormwater runoff. SGVN


Media and media people

AP wants to get a posthumous Pulitzer for its correspondent, Edward Kennedy, who broke a military embargo (which he had agreed to) in order to be first to report that Germany surrendered at the end of World War II. Washington Post

No one with any knowledge of Los Angeles would believe that UCLA is the most dangerous college campus in America, let alone in LA. So why would Business Insider say that it was? Looks like a case of eyeball bait disguised as sloppy web journalism. LAist, UCLA Newsroom

The death of former Union-Tribune publisher David Copley, of a heart attack in his Aston-Martin on a San Diego street, "marked the end of the newspaper family’s involvement in a city that bears the Copley name on its symphony hall and many other institutions. It came at the twilight of an era in California when powerful newspaper families dominated growing young cities and, over a few short decades, helped turn the state into the nation’s most populous and influential." NYT, LAT

“These families were the chief oligarchs of their community,” said Kevin Starr, a history professor at the University of Southern California, explaining that the state’s emerging cities had few institutions to underpin their rapid growth. “Newspapers were the institutions. They helped define these overnight cities. You have a very powerful relationship in the 20th century between regional newspapers in California and the development of these regions.”

Politico's Dylan Byers names Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times as one of "the breakout political reporters of 2012." "Reston is one of the veterans, having covered the 2004 and 2008 cycles, but 2012 was her breakout year." Politico

Evelyn Larrubia joins KPCC today as education editor. She has been editorial director of the nonprofit Investigative News Network, and was a reporter previously at the LA Times and Daily Journal.

Allison Rawlings is leaving as director of communications at the Geffen Playhouse to run publicity for DreamWorks Animation.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner on how she and LA media hubby Claude Brodessor-Akner do without cable TV at home. NYT

The David Geffen episode of "American Masters" reviewed: the rise and rise of power personified. NYT

At home in Los Feliz with Dita Von Teese as she tries to broaden her brand from burlesque. NYT


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ritz-carlton-marriott.jpgThe Downtown News has determined that the value of AEG's local portfolio — from its share in the Lakers to the unsold Ritz-Carlton condos to the Regal Cinemas facility and beyond — amounts to about $4.4 billion. DT News

The Farmers Classic tennis tournament is leaving Los Angeles after 86 years (under various names) for Bogota, Colombia. KPCC

The rule of unintended consequences strikes again: they stopped letting people walk on the rocks in La Jolla Cove, now the bird guano is piling up, and the stench has people concerned. NYT

A three-act journey in the land of the screenwriting gurus. LA Review of Books

New to Los Angeles, I strolled over to the nearest mega-chain bookstore, where I discovered something I’d never seen back home: An entire bookcase filled with screenwriting books, books of all flavor and fashion, with provocative titles and enticing promises, each one offering a crucial puzzle piece from another worthy guru. I mopped the drool off my chin and carted my new prizes to the register.

Residents of Santa Monica's Village Trailer Park face eviction for a luxury development. LAT

Deborah Raffin, the actress whose Dove Books-on-Tape became a major force in the audio book industry, died after a battle with blood cancer. She was 59. LAT

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