Morning Buzz and campaign news: Thursday 2.28.13

Top of the news

Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican by helicopter on his last day as head of the Roman Catholic Church. NYT

Army private Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve 20 years in prison for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. LAT

Citing an immediate public health threat from the outbreak of virulent TB on Skid Row, the city of Los Angeles asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to overturn a lower-court ruling preventing the random seizure and destruction of belongings that homeless people leave temporarily unattended on public sidewalks. AP, LAT

Politics and government

The California Republican Party is convening this weekend in Sacramento amid a party divide over illegal immigration and how best to appeal to Latino voters. LAT

Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell accused the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday of bias in the drawing of new political boundaries, saying they were done to increase African-American voting in one district at the expense of the Asian-American community. DN

At least six LAPD officers want their firings re-examined in wake of Christopher Dorner case. DN

Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo does not confirm or deny dating Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but laughs and says they practice Spanish together. Huffington Post

Media and media people

Who will buy the LA Times? Reporter Hillel Aron takes a shot at answering. LA Weekly

Variety is hiring. Brian Steinberg is leaving Ad Age to join Variety as its new senior TV editor. Fishbowl LA

The Orange County Register abruptly altered its advertising policy, barring ads that challenge politicians by name, after two Anaheim city councilwomen complained to the newspaper’s new owners about ads from a local activist that criticized their support of a controversial hotel subsidy. Voice of OC

Tony Pierce was laid off as a web writer-editor at KPCC. He was previously laid off by the LA Times. Fishbowl LA

Perez Hilton, the blogger whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., announced the arrival of a baby boy. Perez

Elle's March issue has a feature on "lingerie-inspired slip dresses" modeled on what the magazine calls the "gritty streets of LA" — meaning the corner of 1st Street and Grand Avenue outside the ungritty Walt Disney Hall.

Campaign 2013

city-hall-from-lat.jpgSpending by independent groups in the Los Angeles mayor's race topped $3 million as of Wednesday, led by $2.4 million from unions pushing Wendy Greuel, according to new City Ethics Commission filings. DN/Smith

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, the most liberal of the candidates for mayor, are "unlikely backers of business tax cut." LAT/Rainey

Jan Perry's stance on development draws critics in mayor's race. DN/Smith

Jan Perry's bankruptcies and tax liens strangely absent from mayoral campaign. LA Weekly/Maddaus

Mayoral candidates discuss ways to improve schools at education summit. DN/Jones

Eric Garcetti showed political savvy during busy student years. LAT/Linthicum

Kevin James, the conservative talker, looks for an upset in LA mayoral race. KPCC

Kevin James' bury the bodies video gets media coverage. LAT

Starting in Canoga Park ending in San Pedro, Emanuel Pleitez begins 100-mile city running/biking trip. CNS

Emanuel Pleitez maybe isn't so amazing, readers claim. LA Weekly letters

With prospect of all-male L.A. Council, female candidates organize. LAT/Linthicum and Zahniser

The racial and ethnic politics of the 9th council district. LA Weekly/Range McDonald

LAPD Chief Beck advocates for Measure A and talks about impact of the Christopher Dorner case. LAT oped/Morrison

Write-in candidate Jeneen Robinson has ended her campaign for the District 4 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board and is endorsing incumbent Steve Zimmer. DN

Previously on LA Observed:
Campaign Wednesday: Liars, dead bodies and plenty of news

Campaign 2013 page

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