Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 4.12.13

The motion picture academy unveiled renderings of the giant glass dome it plans to build onto the back of the historic May Company building at Wilshire and Fairfax, for the new film museum. The architects are Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali. Variety, LAT

Politics, government and Campaign 2013

Sheriff Lee Baca will be interviewed today by federal prosecutors about his role in moving and hiding a jail inmate he discovered was working as an FBI informant. Baca told the Times editorial board that he is not a target of the federal investigation. LAT

Coverage of last night's Greuel-Garcetti debate on KABC-TV:

  • They "struck a mostly positive tone in the first debate of their runoff campaign for mayor of Los Angeles on Thursday...[but] oth Greuel and Garcetti rejected the pundits and political analysts who have said there is little to differentiate them." LAT/Rainey and Nelson

  • Greuel and Garcetti "met on Thursday night for their first one-on-one debate. But on the hot topic of the week -- education reform -- an expected confrontation fizzled." LA Weekly/Maddaus

  • In a relatively tame debate, Garcetti and and Greuel "engaged in light sparring more than heavy punching." KPCC/Stoltze

Greuel is grabbing the education challenge and vows to "the education mayor." DN

Education leaders divulge what they want from LA's next mayor. KPCC

A KABC-Survey USA poll finds Garcetti leading Greuel by nine points. ABC 7

What was Antonio Villaraigosa thinking when he called Social Security and Medicare "budget-bustng programs" that need to be reined in? "If he intends ever to run for office again, his comments this week on the federal budget may come back to haunt him." LA Weekly

The LAPD says it will stop alerting the media to celebrity "swatting" cases, and the sheriff's department may do the same. LAT

UTLA issued an overwhelming vote of no-confidence Thursday in the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy as he finishes his second year at LAUSD. DN

Angelenos Against Gridlock calls on residents to enter LA2050 Challenge. Brentwood Patch, AAG

Have the 110 Freeway toll lanes made driving any better? KCRW

With a new political advocacy group,, that plans to inject millions of dollars into shaping public policy coast to coast, Mark Zuckerberg is taking a significant step onto the political stage, expanding his influence far beyond his home turf in Silicon Valley. LAT

Media and media people

Grabbing a timely news peg, KCET will air the documentary "Korea – The Forgotten War in Colour" on Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

NPR's headquarters in Washington are moving this weekend from NW to NE. Romenesko

On April 17, Tavis Smiley will present the James L. Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting to an audience of USC friends, students and alumni at the California Club.

More news and observations

Los Angeles is a city of architects but not a city of architecture—not public architecture, anyway, says Greg Goldin: "For more than 100 years, its residential designs have been some of the best in the world, and yet, in that long span, most of its public buildings have been resoundingly mediocre." Zocalo Public Square

The David Bohnett Foundation stepped in to help save the 10-acre grove of orange trees below Lower Franklin Canyon Reservoir at Beverly Drive and Coldwater Canyon. LAT

A large mountain lion found wandering through backyards in the Glendale area was tranquilized and captured. Officials said it would be released back in the mountains. AP, KPCC

The Getty Center claims it will receive its 20 millionth visitor on Saturday.

General Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker at the 40th Los Angeles Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner, April 26 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Grammy Museum, in cooperation with the family of Jenni Rivera, will debut a new exhibition, "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora," on Mother's Day May 12.

The Annenberg Space for Photography announced its next installation will feature photos from Helmut Newton's first three books — "White Women," "Sleepless Nights" and "Big Nudes" — from June 29 through September 8.

Deanne Barkley, an influential television executive at ABC and NBC in the 1970s and 80s, died in Hawaii at age 82. LAT

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