Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.30.13

Campaign 2013

Members of six SEIU locals questioned Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti again on Tuesday night but did not make an endorsement, even though Greuel was ranked higher on a scoring sheet prepared earlier by union officials. LAT, DN, KPCC

Steve Lopez says the candidates for mayor "came off as competent but not compelling. There was no presence, no magic, no star quality." LAT

zooey-d-law.jpgCelebrity campaign: Garcetti has a Feb. 7 fundraiser at the Fonda Theater featuring Moby, Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel. Greuel has a Feb. 11 funder at SoHo House that includes Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire, Zooey Deschanel, J.J. Abrams, and Sarah Silverman. LA Weekly

Just how much waste and fraud has Wendy Greuel found as city controller? KPCC

Analyzing the candidates' City Hall chiefs of staff — Claire Bartels, Ana Guerrero and Kathy Godfrey — and their choice of campaign consultants for clues into how they would do as mayor. Jim Newton column/LAT

LA voters will have three different marijuana measures to choose from on the May 21 ballot. DN, LA Weekly, KPCC

More news and buzz

Former governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis discussed the immigration reform move in Washington with KCRW host Steve Chiotakis. KCRW

KCET will air Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appearance last Saturday night in Beverly Hills on Feb. 4 as part of a new partnership with Writers Bloc. On Feb. 11, Writers Bloc will present former vice president Al Gore in conversation with Madeleine Brand at the Saban Theatre.

Steve Glazer, the longtime adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, is running for the state Assembly
in the Bay Area. LAT

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 93% of normal for this date, following an unusually dry January. Sacramento Bee

California authorities are empowered to seize weapons owned by convicted felons and people with mental illness, but staff shortages and funding cuts have left a backlog of more than 19,700 people to disarm, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. LAT

La Cienega Boulevard reopened this morning between Stocker and Rodeo after investigation into buckling pavement. LA Now

Looking to replace the dissolved Community Redevelopment Agency, a city panel Tuesday urged the creation of a new city department to work on economic development in Los Angeles. DN

Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of the Red Line subway. MTA

Few downtown developers are making use of the adaptive reuse ordinance these days. Downtown News

Film writer Jeff Sneider was dismissed by Variety. Fishbowl LA


More by Kevin Roderick:
Morning Buzz: Thursday 1.31.13
Register's 'Aaron Quixote' and his curious quest
Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.30.13
Judge Hahn sounds pretty happy not to be running
Salma Hayek: 'So this guy, Eric Garcetti...'
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