Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.13.13

Politics and Campaign 2013

The mayoral candidates are taping a KCAL roundtable debate this morning at the CBS Radford studios, for airing tonight. Eric Garcetti has called a 1:30 p.m. press conference at his Studio City headquarters "to discuss the latest developments in the race." One of those might be that Robert Olivarez, a leader of Latino Democrats, switched his endorsement from Garcetti to Greuel citing "hateful" comments about Latinos and immigrants by Garcetti backer Kevin James.

Former LA County supervisor and city councilman Ed Edelman endorsed Garcetti.

City Council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks endorsed Carmen Trutanich to be reelected as city attorney. DN

Trutanich wages an uphill battle to be 'rehired' as city attorney. LAT
Feuer touts his ability to work cooperatively. LAT

The 9th council district, among the poorest in the city, has become a hot spot for campaign contributions, with special interests spending big in the race to replace Jan Perry. LAT

City of Los Angeles planning director Michael LoGrande talks about the merger of the Planning and Building and Safety departments that is being rushed through City Hall before the end of the Villaraigosa Administration. The Planning Report

Also: Writer and Hollywood resident Laurie Becklund on what's wrong with the Millennium Hollywood development. TPR

Garcetti sees Hollywood as 'a template for a new Los Angeles.' LAT

The mellowing of Maxine Waters. NYT

Media and books

Barbara Walters announced she will retire from ABC News and The View next year. ABC video

Marketplace has dropped the show's longtime commentator Robert Reich. Going in another direction with commentaries, host Kai Ryssdal said at the end of last week's piece. Audio

commerce-casino-cars.jpgVariety owner Jay Penske has sued the former owners, Reed Elsevier and Reed Business Information, alleging breach of contract for not disclosing two holdover contracts including a deal to jointly sell sponsorships, including with the Commerce Casino. The Commerce sponsorship is already part of two lawsuits involving Penske. The Wrap

Behind the scenes at USC-led Alhambra Source and the role of sociology in journalism. Pacific Standard

Jaron Lanier is a computer science pioneer who has grown gradually disenchanted with the online world since his early days popularizing the idea of virtual reality. In his new book, "Who Owns the Future?," he argues that the Internet destroyed the middle class. Salon

The faculty editors at Neon Tommy, Alan Mittelstaedt and Marc Cooper, explain why the student-run website published video profiles of six USC students who were arrested in that weekend party bust by the LAPD, but who asked their videos and names not be used. Neon Tommy

Patt Morrison spoke with retired Channel 7 weatherman George Fischbeck on KPCC's "Off-Ramp." Audio

More news, notes and observations

Amy Trask, one of the highest-ranking women in American pro sports, resigned as CEO of the Oakland Raiders. She joined the Raiders when the NFL team was in Los Angeles. AP

The mayor of Beijing will be among the mayors taking part in the Sino-US Mayors Summit on Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.

Brown widow spiders are pushing out their more-dangerous cousins. LANG

The Ducks lost to the Detroit Red Wings and were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result, the Kings open round two at home against the San Jose Sharks this week. Tickets go on sale today.

James Tolbert, an entertainment attorney co-founder of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the NAACP, died April 22 at age 86. LAT

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