Morning Buzz: Monday 12.10.12

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Twenty-five suspected illegal immigrants were apprehended this morning after a panga came ashore on the Palos Verdes peninsula. Authorities suspect as many as 40 people were on the boat. Daily Breeze


Politics and government

As District Attorney, Steve Cooley "steered a very middle and fair course," said former DA John Van de Kamp. "He leaves a great legacy for this office." LAT

LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith inadvertently sent to NBC 4 an email urging cops to make more arrests for animal trafficking in order to avoid a negative story. NBC 4/Get Garcia

This story could be a black eye for us if we dont have a few arrests to show. The law has been on the books for months now, and the "rabbit people" are gonna scream that we dont care. Is there any way you or your crew could make a few arrests for illegal animal purchasing so we can avoid negative coverage?

The LAPD said in a statement Saturday that the department has apologized for going public with a coroner's report on Christopher Wallace's death before speaking with the rap/hip hop star's family. DN wires

When Councilman Jose Huizar rear-ended a car in Boyle Heights last October, the LAPD waited several hours before administering a breathalyzer test which found no evidence of alcohol. The other driver, a former Huntington Park police officer, has filed a $500,000 claims with the city, alleging injuries. LAT

The top four candidates competing to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa squared off in South Los Angeles on Friday, debating the respective roles that housing, education, city services and budget cuts play in the lives of area residents. LAT

Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Wendy Greuel grows out her hair, United Firefighters replaces Pat McOsker as president, Villaraigosa's week. DN

Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Greuel for mayor. Councilman Ed Reyes endorsed Eric Garcetti. DN

On Monday, Speaker John Perez endorsed Greuel for mayor. Via release

nury-martinez-dn.jpgMolina was the last Latina elected to the City Council, 25 years ago. But several are running next year, including former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez and school board member Nury Martinez, who both say they will run for the council seat being vacated by Rep. Tony Cardenas. DN

Here's the impact of LAPD officers no longer being paid for overtime. Jim Newton/LAT

November election was a tipping point for ethnic voters, says Daniel Weintraub. HealthyCal


Media and media people

Margot Roosevelt, the former environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has joined the OC Register as economy reporter. Fishbowl LA


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Hundreds came in uniform to Terminal Island on Saturday to say goodbye to Terrell Horne III, the Coast Guardsman killed last week when his boat was rammed by suspected smugglers. LAT

The rotting carcass of a 40-foot fin whale was quietly pulled out to sea Saturday evening by a private tugboat hired by Malibu residents who were tired of its smell, a Los Angeles County fire official said. LAT

Disney is moving all of its cruise ships to Florida and will no longer operate cruises on the West Coast. AP

The Dodgers today will announce the signing of Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. ESPN LA

Obits: Reinhold Weege, creator of 'Night Court' and co-producer of "Barney Miller" was 62; Ed Cassidy, drummer of Spirit was 89; John D. Silva, KTLA chief engineer who rigged the first television news helicopter.

Photo of Nury Martinez: Hans Gutknecht/Daily News


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