Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 3.19.13

Politics and Campaign 2013

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel is pushing to reopen talks with the city's employee unions over a recent decision to reduce public employee pension benefits, sparking alarm from some at City Hall. LAT

KPCC is doing a series of stories and segments all week on the legacy of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, including an interview with Patt Morrison on "Take Two" on Thursday and Friday. KPCC

The Emily's List endorsement of Wendy Greuel for mayor was part of a larger national strategy for the group. Politico

The Garcetti campaign will trot out Councilman Paul Koretz for another endorsement media op at noon at Canter's Deli.

The Department of City Planning has been awarded a $4.48 million grant by Metro to prepare new “Transit Neighborhood Plans” for 12 transit stations in the city of Los Angeles.

Media and media people

last-variety-cover.jpgLots of Hollywood honchos need to change their reading habits: The Tuesday edition is Daily Variety's last. LAT

Lindsay Lohan and prosecutors agreed to a plea deal in which the actress will spend 90 days in a locked rehab facility, go through 18 months of therapy and serve 30 days of community service. A 180-day jail sentence was stayed as part of the deal, which included a plea of no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. LAT, LA Weekly

Tom Cruise and attorney Bert Fields have won a summary judgment dismissing a lawsuit filed by former Bold magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir, who claimed Cruise and Fields had hired private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap him. The Wrap

John Farahi, a former investment fund manager and radio personality on KIRN-AM who admitted bilking investors out of millions of dollars by falsely promising to purchase corporate bonds backed by the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was sentenced this Monday to 120 months in federal prison.

On tonight's "SoCalConnected," correspondent Brian Rooney examines how Iraq has changed and visits Clovis, the California town with the most Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans killed in action.

In commemoration of the Iranian/Persian New Year, KCET’s "Open Call" will present the feature-length documentary, "The Iran I Remember," on Thursday at 9 p.m.

Dafna Linzer, senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, was hired as managing editor of MSNBC's website. Huffington Post

Hillary Frey, previously the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! News, will be editorial director of the new WSJ


At least 20 reputed members of one of Los Angeles' most notorious gangs have been indicted in connection with a violent extortion racket that targeted food-truck operators in the Hollywood area over at least five years. LAT, CNS

AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed the first complaint under the new Los Angeles County condoms in porn law, accusing Immoral Productions of violating the law.

Adult starlet and sex coach Sienna Sinclaire has written "Naughty Girl’s Guide to Los Angeles," which the flackage says "covers everything saucy in Los Angeles - from dining to shopping to clubbing." "I really wanted to write a book combining my two passions – travel and sex,” says Sinclaire.

TV writer-producer Henry Bromell, an executive producer on "Homeland," died of a heart attack. He was 66. Broemll previously was an executive producer on "Northern Exposure," "Homicide: Life On The Street," "Chicago Hope" and "Rubicon" and also worked on "Brotherhood," "I’ll Fly Away" and "Carnivale." Deadline

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