Morning Buzz: Monday 12.17.12

Politics and government

A jury handed down a $24-million verdict against the Los Angeles Police Department for the 2010 shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was playing with a replica gun. His injury left him paralyzed. LAT

Speaking at a weekend graduation of nearly 500 police cadets, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he wants to implement a new program where officers would check on elementary and junior high schools at least once a day. CBS LA, NBC 4

With a supermajority, California Democrats begin to make plans. NYT

At the first TV debate in the LA mayoral race, Wendy Greuel changed gears and went after Kevin James. "Strategically, it's revealing," said Bill Carrick, Eric Garcetti's top campaign advisor. "They're hearing footsteps, and they're Kevin James' footsteps." LAT, ABC 7

Can Fred Davis win the Los Angeles mayor’s race for Kevin James? KPCC News

District Attorney Jackie Lacey reassigned her former opponent Alan Jackson to a lower profile job in which he will not try cases. He's not happy about it. LAT

The Times catches up on the EPA report about radioactivity remaining at the former Santa Susana Field Lab in the Simi Hills west of Chatsworth. LAT

The City Council approved the transfer of nearly $8 million from the Department of Water and Power and Bureau of Sanitation to fund a children's museum in the San Fernando Valley. DN

The City Ethics Commission imposed a $10,500 fine against Councilman Jose Huizar for campaign and reporting violations. DN

Gary Squier, the former city housing director for Los Angeles, died Dec. 4 at home in Santa Monica. He was 61 and had lung cancer. LAT


Media and media people

The National Rifle Association deactivated its Facebook page after the Newtown, CT massacre, just days after celebrating 1.7 million likes. Adweek

Making a deal to put a cat in your movie is not as easy as you might think. NYT

Google search now gets 2.5 million copyright removal requests a week, up from 250,000 in May. The Verge


More

reagan-home.jpgRonald and Nancy Reagan's former environmentally friendly General Electric showcase house in Pacific Palisades "has hit the market for the first time since before the fall of the Berlin Wall." Curbed LA

NASA's latest moon mission is about to meet its end in a dramatic fashion. Twin spacecraft are poised Monday to hit a mountain near the moon's north pole after nearly a year in orbit. NASA planned this crash to avoid striking the Apollo landing sites or any other place on the moon with special importance. AP

Shopping center developer Rick Caruso is in escrow on a 2.8-acre collection of commercial buildings on both sides of East Swarthmore Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades. LAT

Downtown's Business Improvement Distrcts are proving to be controversial. LAT

Phase one of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opened with horse facilities, park areas and a half-mile trail along the Los Angeles River that begins near Paula Avenue and Garden Street. LAT


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