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Morning Buzz: Friday 2.22.13

The call to Irvine police that they should consider Christopher Dorner a murder suspect came from his former training partner, Terie Evans, the woman he accused of kicking a suspect. Dorner was fired after a Board of Rights panel believed her, not him. "Something told me that there was some kind of a connection." She is still getting threats, by the way. LAT

I honestly don't think my life will ever be normal the way it was before. This was such an extraordinary circumstance, I don't know if I'm ever going to feel safe in my home again," Evans said. "Years from now, my family could potentially still be at risk."

The memorial service for Jerry Buss was televised from Nokia Theatre and included praise and memories from, among others, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Jim Hill, and Shaquille O'Neal. About 3,000 attended. The USC band played "Amazing Grace."

Public health officials have launched a coordinated attack to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis on downtown's Skid Row that has infected 78 and killed 11. The effort includes a search for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed. LAT

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The truth of Eric Garcetti's budget claims "is in dispute. Although there is not a singular view about any aspect of the city's troubled finances, most of those in the thick of recent budget fights depict Garcetti not as a fiscal hard-liner but as a conciliator who used his leadership position to chart a middle ground on the most significant changes." LAT/Rainey

When Wendy Greuel announced a landlord group's support this week, "she called it a sign of her growing appeal among business and labor. But landlord endorsements are not entirely a badge of honor in a city where about 60% of the housing is occupied by tenants." LAT/Finnegan

Warren Olney grilled Greuel about her union ties and specifics on the budget during a "Which Way, LA?" interview. KCRW/WWLA

Emanuel Pleitez lodged a complaint with the Ethics Commission based on the LA Weekly's report that Garcetti owned Clear Channel stock when he voted on the 2006 digital billboard settlement. LAT/Zahniser

la-opinion-grab.jpgGarcetti got the endorsement of La Opinión to go with this LA Times endorsement. The paper posts Garcetti para alcalde in Spanish but not yet the English version. Other endorsements so far include Ron Galperin for controller, no on the sales tax measure, Ana Cubas and Gil Cedillo for City Council, and Monica Garcia for school board.

La Opinión today also covers the race for City Council in the 9th district. La Opinión

The rest of the country is watching the school board race between incumbent Steve Zimmer and lawyer Kate Anderson. KPCC

What the candidates for mayor said in response to questions about issues from the LA Times opinion section. LAT

Candidates to succeed Garcetti in the 13th district are mostly fine with the new Hollywood Community Plan and its calls for higher density. LAT/Pool

The Times endorsed Felipe Fuentes in the Valley's 7th district. LAT editorial

More news and observations

The secret Pulitzer Prize juries begin deliberating today in New York and one member is reported to be LA Times photographer Barbara Davidson. Quartz

KCRW announced the return of "Metropolis," which it calls "the show that launched the electronic dance music revolution in Los Angeles in the early 90s," to be hosted by Jason Bentley again starting Saturday night from 10 pm to midnight. Metropolis Music

A Huntington Beach High School student was sentenced Thursday to 140 days in jail for leaving a bomb threat note inside a classroom. LAT

Increasing apathy, particularly from younger patrons, has driven traditional Jewish delicatessens from their mid-century pinnacle. The decline seems to be accelerating partly because of health concerns over the schmaltz-spread fare and partly because bagels are now available in every supermarket. LAT

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