Morning Buzz: Thursday 12.13.12

Politics and government

Water demand in the Colorado River Basin will greatly outstrip supply in coming decades as a result of drought, climate change and population growth, according to a broad-ranging federal study. "This study should serve as a call to action," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. LAT

More than 50 years after a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor in the hills between Chatsworth and Simi Valley, new federal data show that radioactive material remains in the soil at the former Rocketdyne site despite previous attempts at cleanups. DN, AP

Editor's note on the Sacramento Bee's online story disclosing that Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated for prostate cancer: "Comments on this post are closed because of inappropriate comments and personal attacks." Capitol Alert, LAT

Brown is being treated by a premier oncologist at UC San Francisco. LAT

After Brown disclosed his news, Councilman Bill Rosendahl emailed a statement to his list: "Take it from a cancer survivor -- find a good medical team to treat your diagnosis and fill your world with love, support, and good home cooked meals. May you find the strength to deal with your diagnosis and never give up hope. My friend, you remain in my prayers."

laweekly-baca-tanaka.jpgCover story: How Sheriff Lee Baca let Paul Tanaka run amok in the county jails. LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry, formed by the mayor last March, released its 24-page report listing ways the city can work with the high-tech industry to develop it further in L.A. DN

Rep. Loretta Sanchez's holiday card for the 2012. She's not on a motorcycle this time. Washington Post


Media and media people

An executive of the company that owned the jet that crashed with Jenni Rivera aboard "was once imprisoned for faking the safety records of planes he bought from the Mexican government and sold to private pilots in the United States." LAT

Today it's the Golden Globes' turn to announce award nominations for the year. Full list

Dean E. Murphy, a former LA Times correspondent and Metro reporter, is now the Business editor at the New York Times. NYT

Some activists in Van Nuys are pushing to name a local post office for Marilyn Monroe, who lived there as a teenager while attending Van Nuys High School. DN

The Drudge Report goes a little crazier than usual, over Quentin Tarantino we think. Huffington Post


More

David Geffen gave another $100 million to the UCLA medical school for student scholarships, making him the largest single individual donor to any UC campus ever. LAT

"Whitney Houston" was the top search term Googled by users in Los Angeles during 2012, followed by "Lakers," "Dodgers," "Olympics 2012" and "UCLA." LAist

Relax folks: Google Maps is now available for iOS devices, "offers turn-by-turn driving directions, street view and more." Lifehacker

A 50-year-old man was struck by a car and killed while carrying a gas can across the northbound lanes of the Harbor Freeway in South Los Angeles. CNS

Long Beach Airport opened its new passenger terminal. Press-Telegram

Forrest N. Shumway, a former USC trustee who expanded his uncle's Signal Oil & Gas Co. into one of the country's most powerful business conglomerates, died in La Jolla at age 85. LAT


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