Morning Buzz: Thursday 11.15.12

Politics and government

All courtrooms would be closed in the branch courthouses in Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Malibu, Avalon, Huntington Park, Whittier, Pomona and San Pedro under a budget-cutting plan by the county court system. "It's going to be a sea change in how we do our business," said Lee Smalley Edmon, Superior Court presiding judge. LAT, Breeze

Democrats have gained a super-majority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century. AP, Bee, LAT

At least two dozen lawmakers and some of the lobbyists who seek to influence them have gone this month on educational trips — to places like Hawaii, Brazil, China, Australia and New Zealand.— to discuss energy, health care, international trade and other policy issues. Bee

lafd-map-lat.jpgThe Times mapped LAFD response times block by block on more than a million calls for help, finding that it takes paramedics longer to reach affluent hlllside areas. LAT

Los Angeles County sheriff's detective Francisco Gamez was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting and killing a man in Sylmar while off-duty in June. LAT, DN

DA-elect Jackie Lacey steps out of Steve Cooley's shadow. LA Weekly

The City Council approved the plan to divide the city into 11 areas and award exclusive franchises for trash pickup from commercial properties and apartment buildings. LAT, DN, KPCC News

Bail for Assessor John Noguez remains at $1 million and he remains in jail on corruption charges. KPCC News

Rep. Xavier Becerra is campaigning to become Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. KPCC News

October ridership was up on all Metro lines with record months for the Orange Line, Silver Line, Blue Line and the newly-opened Expo Line. MTA

Regulation of LA stormwater is now worse than before under the new state permit, says Heal the Bay.


Campaign 2013

The four leading LA mayor candidates all sounded various levels of skepticism about the City Council's sales tax proposal, which would be on the same March 5 ballot as the race for mayor. DN, KPCC News

The Trutanich-Feuer debate in Sherman Oaks last night became testy. Imagine that. LAT, LA Weekly

Former Mayor Richard Riordan accepted the police union's challenge to take part in a series of three debates on his pension reform measure. LAT, LA Weekly

If Councilman Tony Cardenas doesn't resign until Jan. 3 to go to Congress, the election to fill his seat can't be held until May 21 — with a costly runoff to follow if needed. KPCC News

Can Kate Anderson, Mar Vista mom of twins, fix LAUSD? LA Weekly


Media and media people

A Superior Court judge ruled that charges against photographer Paul Raef under a 2010 anti-paparazzi state law are unconstitutional. LAT, DN

The loft that mediabistro built. NYT, Gawker


More

The Los Angeles Times editorial board editors have augustly advised Los Angeles to "take a breath and work on that virtue that seems to evade us all when we talk about the team: patience." The subject: the Lakers.

At least Los Angeles has one stable, winning franchise: the Clippers. TJ Simers

The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue outside Staples Center will be unveiled on Friday. DN

Lucille Bliss, the voice of Crusader Rabbit in the early days of television and of Smurfette in the 1980s television hit "The Smurfs," died in Costa Mesa at age 96. LAT


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