Morning Buzz: Thursday 12.6.12

Politics and government

Speaker John Perez has his sights set on lieutenant governor when his lifespan in the Assembly expires in two years. But so too does state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Bee

Some Republicans are recruiting former lawmaker Jim Brulte to take over as chairman of the state party. Bee

Sheriff Lee Baca has reversed his support for a controversial deportation program, announcing Wednesday that he will not comply with federal requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested in low-level crimes. LAT
Plus: Sensible move, says editorial in LAT

Baca says he would need at least $34 million to beef up supervision at county jails and implement other reforms sought by the Commission on Jail Violence to prevent deputies from abusing inmates. DN

Andrea Alarcon's rise and fall. Richie Duchon in LA Weekly

UCLA's environmental institute offers a citywide plan for sustainability in Los Angeles and calls on mayoral candidates to sign a pledge to meet the goals, but will they sign? LAT, UCLA Newsroom, Which Way LA?

Republican Kevin James and his outside run for mayor of Los Angeles. LAT

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the Committee to Fix the Debt, "thus completing his transformation from firebrand Chicano organizer to servant of the plutocracy." LA Weekly

Two more low-level Coliseum Commission employees were charged with financial misdeeds. LAT

Media and media people

The Daily Journal promoted federal courts reporter Ben Adlin to associate editor.

Patch has a new president and CEO: Steven Kalin, previously chief operating officer of Westwood One and president of Metro Traffic. Yahoo

5th-flower-bonaventure-lao.jpgRay Bradbury Square will be dedicated today at 2 p.m. outside the Central Library at the intersection of 5th and Flower streets. Scheduled speakers include actor Joe Mantegna and family members.

Joel Bellman on the mystery of Stanley Kubrick. Cultural Weekly

Michael Kinsley comes out as a Downtown Abbey addict who probably watches bootleg episodes before they air on PBS. LAT op-ed


The lead suspect in the fatal shootings of four people in Northridge promised a judge in September that he would stay away from guns when he was placed on probation for a methamphetamine charge, according to court records. DN

Nearly one out of two car accidents in Los Angeles involves a hit-and-run, says Simone Wilson at LA Weekly

AEG's Tim Leiweke has had a good year, says sports columnist Bill Plaschke (fixed: not Dwyre.) LAT

First African Methodist Episcopal Church has filed a lawsuit against its former pastor, the Rev. John J. Hunter, and his wife, Denise, over church finances. LAT

The mere prospect of an NFL team returning to Southern California has set off an ancillary brawl in Pasadena. NYT

The rise and fall of Lenny Dykstra. Newsday

Tech weird guy John McAfee was arrested bu Guatemala authorities for entering the country illegally. He requested asylum from Belize, but Belize said he's not wanted there and is free to travel where he wishes. AP

John E. Kobara, executive VP and COO of the California Community Foundation, says in a Q&A that individual giving has returned to about the level of 2007. City Think

Here's a set of nice photos of work on the Expo Line extension across the Westside, from ExpoLine Fan's photostream on Flickr.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Petersen Museum opening the 'vault' to tours
'Take Five' ala ukulele in Little Tokyo
Baca agrees to release unredacted Ruben Salazar files to filmmaker
Feds hit gang that targets USC students, under Mexican Mafia control
Huffington Post names a CEO
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