Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.16.13

Politics and government

sheriff-car-lao.jpgA court filing by sheriff's lieutenant Angela Walton alleges that the supervisor she is suing for sexual harassment, Commander Joseph Fennell, bragged to her that he picked up cash kickbacks and bribes for Sheriff Lee Baca and drove the sheriff to "sexual liaisons and encounters with various women throughout the County of Los Angeles and while on the clock." Fennell denies the allegations. Witness LA

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel said Monday that she would seek an extra $175 million in savings from the city's budget by using such strategies as cutting the City Council's discretionary funds and changing the investment practices of its employee retirement systems. LAT, DN, KPCC

The Central City Association endorsed Greuel for mayor.

KPCC's Dear Mayor feature visited Westchester. KPCC

Fire Chief Brian Cummings will propose a six-month pilot program that would use transfers to add 11 ambulances in the busiest areas of the city. The LAFD union objects. DN

The DWP will propose a $1 billion fix to the dust problem its water exports created in the Owens Valley. DN

Are we better off than we were on July 1, 2005 when Villaraigosa became the 41st mayor of Los Angeles? Jack Humphreville/CityWatch

Los Angeles County officials unveiled a proposed $24.7 billion budget they said marks the beginning of an emergence from years of austerity. LAT, KPCC

Media and books

The real story of baseball's integration that you won't see in "42." Peter Dreier at The Atlantic

Pop station KIIS-FM (102.7) regained sole possession of first place in the local radio ratings for March, and its Ryan Seacrest-hosted morning show also jumped into the top spot, according to figures released by Arbitron. LAT

The San Jose Mercury News announced Monday that it is putting its home of more than four decades up for sale. Offices will remain in Silicon Valley while [rinting operations will move to other locations in the Bay Area. Mercury News

KCRW host Evan Kleiman called off plans for a pop-up iteration of her popular former restaurant Angeli, citing personal reasons.

Actor BJ Novak, best known for the TV series "The Office," got a two-book deal with Knopf that includes a book of short stories for publication in 2014. Publishers Lunch

Google is planning to open retail stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to a source familiar with the plans. BuzzFeed

"Music Man Murray," the documentary about 88-year-old Los Angeles record collector (and now actor) Murray Gershenz, is now available to watch on Vimeo.

More news and observations

The criminal trial of two Los Angeles police motorcycle cops accused of lying under oath about conducting a DUI traffic stop in Highland Park began this week. KPCC

West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran apologized to the family of Brett Shaad for remarks he made after the lawyer was diagnosed with meningitis. Shadd later died. WeHo News

The 20-year-old son of L.A. Lakers great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay. AP

There were no retaliations in last night's Dodgers-Padres game, won by San Diego 6-3. The Padres' pitcher homered off Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley.

Frank Bank, a financial broker who played Lumpy Rutherford on TV's "Leave it to Beaver" as an actor in the 1950s and 60s, died at age 71. LAT

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