Morning Buzz: Tuesday 1.8.13

Politics and government

The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with the Los Angeles Flood Control District in an environmental lawsuit over pollution from urban storm water runoff. AP

We read about Antonio Villaraigosa's "plans for his final six months as mayor of Los Angeles with sad amusement...If the mayor is sprinting to the finish, as the headline says, he is taking his usual circuitous route." DN editorial

The chairman of the Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils sent an open letter to the 95 neighborhood councils urging them to ask the City Council for a 60-day delay on a proposed $3 billion property tax measure for street repair. DN

Behind the $3 billion road repair bond measure, Englander promises better streets for all. Streetsblog LA

Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a bill that would block the city of Los Angeles from enforcing its fines for parking at broken meters.

Among Los Angeles’s field of mayoral candidates, Kevin James sticks out like plaid on polka dots. LA Magazine

The LA County Democratic Party ponders endorsements in the race for mayor, city attorney and controller, city council and more tonight. "Mr.Toad's Wild Ride?," chair Eric C. Bauman asks on Facebook.

lapd-car.jpgFor the first time in the city's history, Los Angeles' police force now exceeds 10,000 officers. But only because 60 officers in the city's General Services Department were transferred to the LAPD. LAT

Pseudonymous LAPD cop Jack Dunphy sees a simple explanation for the city's ten-year run of lower crime stats: fewer African Americans. "In Los Angeles, as in the country generally, blacks commit more crimes per capita than Latinos, who commit more crimes than whites. Thus, in those parts of Los Angeles where Latinos have supplanted blacks, crime has gone down accordingly." PJ Media

Angel Perales, a former city official in Cudahy, was sentenced to five years probation Monday — "far less than the prison term prosecutors recommended" — for his part in taking $17,000 in bribes over a medical marijuana dispensary. LAT, AP

Media and media people

Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What It Takes,” called "a superbly detailed account of the 1988 presidential election considered among the finest books about American politics ever written," died of lung cancer in Baltimore on Monday night. He was 62. NYT

Ada Louise Huxtable, the first full-time architecture critic at an American newspaper, at the New York Times (where she won a Pulitzer for criticism) and later the Wall Street Journal, died at age 91. NYT

Daniel Tedford and Gina Dvorak are taking on new roles as News Digital Directors at the Los Angeles News Group.


Oscars host Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone at Thursday morning's reveal of the year's Academy Awards nominations.

Police at UCLA on Monday night were looking for a man who tried to sexually assault a student while she was walking on campus. LAT

More by Kevin Roderick:
Mayor's race Friday: Presidents dead and alive *
Saturday is the final day for Henry's Tacos
Grauman's Chinese sells naming rights, but will anyone honor it? *
Morning Buzz: Friday 1.11.13
Barry Lopez on being molested as a boy in the Valley *
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