Morning Buzz: Tuesday 12.4.12

Politics and government

Assemblyman John Perez was reelected speaker of the Assembly. New Pasadena-area assemblyman Chris Holden was named the Democrats' Majority Whip. Capitol Alert

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley last night endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor and Ron Galperin for city controller.

Thumbnail image for andrea-alarcon-fb.jpgThe LA Times editorial board appears to argue that Board of Public Works president Andrea Alarcon need not resign over her mothering issues: "Thus far...she is accused only of recklessness with respect to her daughter, a serious matter to be sure but a sad family matter, not one of public corruption or malfeasance." LAT editorial

Los Angeles voters who cast ballots in last month's election were more supportive of a major overhaul of the city's pension system than in increasing the sales tax to boost city revenue, according to a survey conducted by Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles. LAT

Ex-baseball player Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to an additional six months in prison for bankruptcy fraud. LAT

Santa Monica attorney Robert M.L. Baker III was sentenced to 36 months ion federal prison after pleading guilty to a tax fraud scheme.


Media and media people

Alex Chadwick sat in for Warren Olney as host of KCRW's "Which Way, LA?," which included appearances by both sides in the local ports strike. KCRW

LA Weekly reporter Tessa Stuart is the latest addition to the new Los Angeles bureau at BuzzFeed. Fishbowl LA

Ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will co-executive-produce a Showtime documentary series on the human impact of climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.” Political Blotter

The gory details of the New York Film Critics Circle vote on top films of the year. Variety

How the Telegraph brought life to obituaries. The Spectator


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Culver City police concluded that a decapitated body found near the Kaiser Medical Center on Monday was that of a man in his 40s who committed suicide by hanging. City News Service

Transit Services Deputy Rudy Juarez, who was hit by a car Saturday in East Los Angeles, remains in critical but stable condition. LASD

The disputed Santa Monica nativity scenes will move this holiday season to private property in the 2700 block of Ocean Park Boulevard, between Clover Park and 28th Street. LAT

PEN Center USA is accepting donations to its Emergency Fund for Writers on behalf of Wanda Coleman, the Los Angeles author and poet who has been experiencing health problems. PEN

The 112-acre Robert Taylor Ranch in Mandeville Canyon has sold at auction for $12 million to a buyer from Chicago. LAT

With five feet of new snow in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park announced that the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads are closed for the season. NPS

Buyers of Mitsubishi vehicles have the worst credit scores among car shoppers, according to Experian Automotive. Highway 1


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