Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.10.13

Politics and Campaign 2013

Coverage of Mayor Villaraigosa's State of the City speech focuses on his take on his list of accomplishments and his challenge to Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti to become leaders on education. LAT, DN, KPCC, AP, full text of speech

Greuel attended the speech as City Controller and was greeted warmly before and after by Villaraigosa aides and supporters. She also was interviewed by reporters (before leaving for her son's school open house) and said she would improve on the Villaraigosa legacy and have a plan for schools during the campaign. Garcetti attended an event at Loyola Marymount rather than the speech.

Villaraigosa will talk about the State of the City this morning on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" and on KPCC's "Airtalk."

Greuel heads out today to tour Camino Nuevo Charter School with Board of Education president Monica Garcia. Garcetti holds a media op at Barnsdall Park with the ex-candidates who endorsed him: Kevin James, Jan Perry and Emanuel Pleitez.

Steve Lopez of the Times has two Valley voters who switched from Greuel to Garcetti, and a Jan Perry voter who is leaning toward Greuel. LAT column

Doug McIntyre of the Daily News says that Gruel and Garcetti have yet to "speak to Republicans." DN column

NBC4, KPCC and Telemundo will sponsor and air live an April 22 mayoral debate at the Louis B. Mayer Auditorium on USC's Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights. Conan Nolan will moderate with questions to the candidates from Frank Stoltze of KPCC, Ana Patricia Candiani of Telemundo52 and Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

James endorsed Ron Galperin for city attorney.

Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore ways to restrict illegal vending and lawn sales, a move that could give sheriff's deputies more power to seize goods and issue fines. LAT

Media and media people

Are the LA Kings trash talking on Twitter? Mashable

Actor Matthew Perry talks to Conan O'Brien about being a Kings fan and hosting a Stanley Cup party at his Hollywood Hills home. Video clip

Kudos for the "Broken Shield" stories by Ryan Gabrielson and California Watch now include the IRE Award and the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Investigative Reporters and Editors

Tumblr has shut down its Storyboard editorial team and axed all the staffers. Paidcontent

Tess Vigeland sat in as guest host on "Which Way, LA" last night, which included segments on Gov. Brown's trip to China and on the upcoming Coachella music festival. KCRW

John Rabe talks to Jim Becker, the last living sportswriter who covered Jackie Robinson's major league debut in 1947. KPCC

NBC 4 is launching another attempt to build programing around sportscaster Fred Roggin as a provocative talker: "Goin' Roggin" will air Sundays at midnight and is billed in the flackage as a 30-minute, fast-paced program in which Roggin and guests "will offer perspective on hot topics in sports in a dynamic crossfire discussion format."

The Hollywood Reporter's list of the 35 most powerful people in media includes the editor of the New York Times and no one in LA-based journalism. THR

LA's Adam Baer has a piece in the spring issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review on the future of the sheet music business and some local digital ventures in the field. PDF

Books and authors

"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson has taken over the top spot on the hard-cover fiction bestseller list in Southern California independent bookstores. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg remains on top of the nonfiction list, just ahead of actress Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great." SCIBA

Children’s book editor Pamela Paul was named editor of the New York Times Book Review. Sam Tanenhaus is stepping down to become a writer at large.

More news and observations

CircleArtsBldg-underhill.jpgOn Saturday April 20 the Los Angeles Conservancy is hosting a walking tour of Venice modern architecture including Dennis Hopper's former home and Ed Moses' studio. Info

A reported suicide jumper on the Roscoe Boulevard overpass of the 170 freeway in the Valley turned out to be a false alarm connected to a photo shoot. Patch

The Angels' pitcher Jered Weaver broke his left, non-pitching elbow and will miss about a month. ESPN LA

Photo of the Windward Circle Arts Building in Venice by Larry Underhill.


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