Morning Buzz: Thursday 2.21.13


Campaign 2013

The mayor's race "took a sharp negative turn Wednesday as City Controller Wendy Greuel accused rivals Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry of lying about her record to distract from their own spending of taxpayer money on wasteful travel and perks." LAT/Finnegan

Days after Wendy Greuel's political consultant accused rival Eric Garcetti of bringing skyscrapers and traffic to Hollywood, Greuel said she backs the community plan allowing towers in the area. DN/Smith

Garcetti should not have voted on the City Council's controversial 2006 settlement giving Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor the OK to put up digital billboards in LA because he owned 200 shares of Clear Channel Communications. LA Weekly/Maddaus

Garcetti said he supports immigration reform and "now is the time to act." Neon Tommy

Garcetti began airing two 15-second spots featuring his LA Times endorsement.

Camp Greuel pointed out the endorsements of Rep. Linda Sanchez and the Apartment Assn. of Greater Los Angeles. Camp Garcetti added the California Federation of Teachers.

Harvard-Westlake alumni are providing prowerful backing for Eric Garcetti, class of '88. Neon Tommy

Emanual Pleitez may be the most amazing person who won't win the March 5 LA mayoral primary. Reporter Patrick Range McDonald embedded with the Pleitez campaign for ten days. LA Weekly

A Mike Feuer mailer reminds voters he has the support of ex-councilman Greig Smith, not to be confused with rival city attorney candidate Greg Smith. Metropolitan News-Enterprise

A "user friendly" mini-Q&A with Carmen Trutanich. LA Magazine

Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee donated $250,000 into the campaign to elect three candidates to the LA school board. LAT/Blume

The LA Times endorsed Mike Bonin in the 11th council district. LAT editorial

An Echo Park resident observes of the crowded race for City Council in the 13th district: "It's quite interesting how all these individuals we've never met before want to represent us." LA Weekly

NationBuilder, "a hip downtown L.A. startup," has is providing website tools to candidates this year. LA Weekly

Thursday is another campaign contribution reporting deadline.

Previously on Campaign 2013

More news and observations

Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep former Los Angeles Archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests. AP

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a video supporting the immigration reform campaign The Dream is Now.

Patt Morrison ran into a Mitt Romney for president rally Tuesday in South Pasadena. KPCC

The New York Times is putting the Boston Globe up for sale. Which is inhteresting here because Aaron Kushner, who is creating buzz at the OC Register, in 2011 had tried to buy the Globe. Unknown if he is still interested. Boston Herald

In six months HuffPost Live has created 3,900 video segments chopped into about 10,000 video clips for the Huffington Post that have been viewed 149 million times. The number of HuffPost Live video views has also grown from 15.6 million in November to 27 million in January. Fast Company

Let's say you happen to park on the wrong street during Oscars week and get a towed. That will cost you $365. LA Weekly

One annotated and brutally honest Oscar ballot. THR

holly-park-casino.jpgAbout 600 workers at Hollywood Park Casino may lose their jobs when new management comes in. They have been protesting outside the casino. LAT

The city of Beverly Hills is suing the Federal Transit Administration for approving the Metro subway's Westside extension funding eligibility while relying on a "flawed" environmental-impact report. LA Weekly

Delta Air Lines will begin offering nonstop service between Spokane and Los Angeles starting on June 10. AP

George Aratani, an LA philanthropist who funded Japanese American community causes, died at age 95. LAT

Pet Derby, a former Hollywood animal trainer who founded the Performing Animals Welfare Society and an animal sanctuary near Sacramento, died at age 70. LAT

File photo of Hollywood Park Casino: LA Observed


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