Morning Buzz: Wednesday 12.12.12

Politics and government

The Board of Supervisors demanded changes to Gov. Jerry Brown's public safety realignment law so violent criminals released from state prison are monitored by armed parole officers, instead of merely being placed on probation, citing the quadruple murder in Northridge. LAT, DN

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that concerns raised by a top Fire Department commander about staffing changes at the agency's 911 call center need to be addressed before the proposal moves forward. LAT, DN

The City Council approved USC's plans for a major, mixed-use real estate development at Jefferson and Hoover that would be the largest private development in South Los Angeles. KPCC News

Miguel Santana, City Hall's top budget analyst who has succeeded in pushing an array of cost-cutting measures opposed by labor leaders, is becoming a lightning rod in the contest to replace Villaraigosa. LAT

More than 14,000 people reportedly signed petitions demanding that Villaraigoisa resign from his volunteer involvement with the Fix the Debt campaign. KPCC, LAT, LA Weekly

Nate Silver: Why Hillary Clinton would be strong in 2016 (it’s not her favorability ratings.) NYT

With fewer drivers using the Orange County toll freeways, a state oversight panel chaired by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer has launched a formal inquiry into whether the roads can cover mounting interest payments to private investors who purchased tollway bonds. LAT

New $12 million Angeles National Forest headquarters opens in Arcadia. DN


Media and media people

argo-still.jpgSAG nominations: “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook” received four nominations each. Full list

Actor Andy Samberg will host the Feb. 23 Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Film Independent announced Tuesday. Hollywood Reporter

San Diego Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester and Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner are interested in acquiring Tribune's stable of newspapers, according to people familiar with the situation. Reuters, LAO

Mack Reed's backyard pot stash discovery makes it into a Jay Leno monologue. Clip

City News Service reporter Calvin Milam filed suit over his takedown by LAPD officers during the Occupy LA arrests at City Hall last year. Fishbowl LA

How the New York Times covered 12-12-12 the last time it happened. Gawker


More

The plane carrying Jenni Rivera and her team "plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour, Mexico's top transportation official said Tuesday." AP

The gunman who executed Brandon Woodard, 31, of Playa Vista on a New York City street did not act alone. Woodard was carrying three cellphones when he died and did not have a return ticket to Los Angeles. LAT

Los Angeles International Airport had its worst on-time record for October departures in at least 10 years, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Almost 20% of LAX flights left 15 minutes late. Breeze

The city's new poet laureate, Eloise Klein Healy, chats with Patt Morrison. LAT op-ed

It only gets worse for Lakers in stunning loss to Cleveland, says Mike Bresnahan. LAT

Dr. William F. House, a dentist-turned-ear specialist who 50 years ago defied the medical establishment and advocates for the hearing impaired to champion an implantable device that is now widely accepted, died at age 89. He led the House Research Institute in Los Angeles. LAT


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