Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.20.13

Politics and government

Check out our separate Campaign 2013 roundup.

Spending in the hotly contested two-year race for Los Angeles mayor exceeded $33 million on Saturday, breaking previous records as unlimited outside money continued to play a dominant role in Tuesday's contest. LAT

Mayoral contenders Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti view transportation much like Antonio Villaraigosa, as a key cog in the machinery of a well-planned city. But there are differences between them. LAT

Turns out that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in Dubai last week, with Arianna Huffington, to deliver a commencement address at American University. "The Dubai trip was not on his official schedule as the mayor has taken to not disclosing such trips that do not directly involve the city. It came to light only when Huffington posted a picture of the two of them on her Facebook page." Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Editor Sarah Fenkse on key things to know about Zine-Galperin race for city controller. LA Weekly

Former CD 13 councilwoman Jackie Goldberg on making no endorsement in the district: "For the first time in memory, I have no endorsement for my own council district. Both John Choi and Mitch O’Farrell have things to recommend them; and both have shortcomings. John Choi is the labor candidate, and has some impressive endorsements. But Mitch O’Farrell has lots of grass roots support, and has worked for Garcetti in this district for years. He, too, has impressive endorsements. I leave it to each of you to figure out who best will serve our communities." Goldberg is a Garcetti backer.

Little attention is being paid to the race between Nancy Pearlman and David Vela in LA's community college district. LAT

Media and books

marissa_mayer_david_karp.pngYahoo acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion and the two CEOs promise not to mess things up. All Things D, Marissa Mayer, David Karp

The head of The Associated Press said on Sunday that the Obama administration’s secret seizure of two months of its phone records, revealed this month, was “unconstitutional,” and had already diminished journalists’ capacity to report on the government. NYT

Parks are the theme of the new Westways issue, including a feature on LA's "parklets" and old-school playgrounds from the 1960s that are still going strong in Southern California. ToC

Newsroom employees at the Santa Barbara News-Press have voted to cut ties with the Teamsters, the union that has represented them through years of legal struggles with management over control of the newspaper. AP

Village Voice loses Michael Musto and Robert Sietsema, two of its most prominent writers. NYT

Michael Sigman on what's really behind all those Village Voice layoffs. Huffington Post

Giselle Fernandez discusses her interview with Carlos Slim. Los Angeles Magazine

Anthea Raymond interviewed Gary Leonard for an hour on Luxuria Music Internet Radio.

Phil Swinburne, the husband of LACMA director of communications Miranda Carroll, wrote and created a short fictional film inspired by Chris Burden's Metropolis II sculpture at the museum.

LA Times columnist Nita Lelyveld is tweeting the search for her missing cellphone. @LATimesCityBeat

More news, notes and observations

Bucking longstanding patterns in the United States, more poor people now live in the nation's suburbs than in urban areas, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution. LAT, NYT

Penthouses atop the Residences at the W Hollywood are priced from $1 million to $45 million (with additional monthly homeowners dues of $1 per square foot.) LAT

Five Los Angeles rental neighborhoods that Dennis Romero declares under the radar. LA Weekly

Phil Jackson is profiled by Sam Anderson in the New York Times Magazine and talks about Kobe, the Lakers and other topics. NYTM

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