Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.30.13

Politics and Campaign 2013

What Peter Drucker might have thought of mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Forbes

A week after criticizing rival Eric Garcetti for receiving campaign funds from a convicted felon, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel said she has returned money given to her by a felon. Real estate developer Charles Francoeur donated $1,300 to Greuel's campaign in January. DN

Last night's Greucetti debate at Sinai Temple in Westwood: LAT, ABC 7, Neon Tommy

Tonight it's the Los Angeles County Medical Association's turn to host a debate. Annenberg TV

Artist Mike Sheehan sketched a day with the Wendy Greuel campaign. KPCC

Eric Garcetti announced he will vote today in the City Council against moving the north runway at LAX, which is proposed to increase the distance between two runways and improve safety for bigger aircraft, but opposed by some neighbors.

The LA Times endorsed Mitch O'Farrell in the 13th council district. LAT

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been in Washington for the past few days for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the Milken Institute's Global Conference, but was he also in town for a job interview? KPCC

Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the city of Los Angeles return LA/Ontario International Airport to local control. DN

Councilman Paul Krekorian will announce a $50,000 reward for information on the hit-and-run that killed 18-year-old bicyclist David Alexander Granados in Valley Glen in March. DN

Media and books

maria-shriver-grab-today.pngMaria Shriver is rejoining NBC News as a special anchor reporting on women’s issues, she announced Tuesday. Shriver will be based in Los Angeles and "continue to produce outside television, film, book and live event projects under the auspices of her own production company." Today

Jillian Barberie has joined KTLA to host a new entertainment news program, "The Hollywood Mix." Courtney Friel will be a KTLA news anchor and reporter. Fishbowl LA

The Los Angeles Times lost more than 50,000 print subscribers compared to last year, but counting digital readers the circulation is up 6 percent. That is less gain than the NYT or WSJ. The OC Register is up 26 percent. Alliance of Audited Media, LA Biz Observed

As Tribune Co. "emerges from a four-year bankruptcy, the predominantly Democratic city is quivering at the rumor that libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch may be interested in buying the LA Times." Plus half the staff says it would quit [not that they would...] Huffington Post

Yet another newspaper paywall on the web: The Ventura County Star. Details

The Register paywall is leading to increased traffic at Orange County's food blogs, says Gustavo Arellano. OC Weekly

Author, columnist and city editor of the Pasadena Star News Frank Girardot is interviewed on Radio

PEN Center USA is reviving its Forbidden Fruit fundraiser, with celebrities reading from banned books on Sunday at a home in Beverly Hills. Included are Julian Sands reading from "Lady Chatterley's Lover," Illeana Douglas from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and Tom Lutz of the LA Review of Books reading from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Tickets

Jeremy Rosenberg's KCET columns Laws That Shaped L.A and Arrival Stories are going on hiatus. He has a new job as assistant dean for public affairs and special events at
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

More news, notes and observations

Mixed reviews of the rehab work at Malibu Lagoon with the estuary due to officially reopen this week. LAT

D.J. Waldie on "how crows helped me fall in love with where I am." SoCal Focus

After the Angels lost their longest game ever, 19 innings in Oakland, blogger David Schoenfield wonders if the Angels' manager Mike Scioscia will keep his job. "They're already 7 games behind the Rangers and 5 games behind the A's in the AL West, ... have missed the postseason the past three seasons, and are now looking at a fourth straight October on the bench if they don't turn things around in a hurry." ESPN

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