Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.14.13

Politics and Campaign 2013

Top career officials in the Internal Revenue Service withheld information from Congress for months about the tax agency's targeting of conservative organizations for extra scrutiny, according to documents released Monday as a controversy involving alleged political bias in tax enforcement gathered strength. LAT

Eric Garcetti criticizes union mailers promising wage hike if Wendy Greuel is elected L.A. mayor. DN, KPCC

greucetti-kcal-grab.jpgHe said, she said: Garcetti, Greuel bicker in final TV debate. KPCC, CBS LA

District Attorney Jackie Lacey will join Mike Feuer at a 10 a.m. media op outside City Hall. Expect an endorsement.

Endorsements: Former city councilman Greig Smith and former city attorney Rocky Delgadillo endorsed Garcetti.

Wendy Greuel intends to address the school board this afternoon at 2 p.m.

Dan Walters: Why would anybody want to be L.A. mayor? Sacto Bee

Editor Jon Regardie has fun with "Scenes From the 1723rd Mayoral Debate." Downtown News

Four Los Angeles City Council Races on the May 21 Ballot. KCRW

La Opinión endorsed Measure D, one of the marijuana regulation measures on the May 21 ballot, joining the LA Times and the Daily News. English editorial

Mayor Villaraigosa promoted Raymond S. Chan to interim general manager of the Department of Building and Safety. He had been number two.

Media and books

Associated Press reported that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records for more than 20 separate lines assigned to AP journalists and offices, including cell and home phone lines and the wire's office at the House of Representatives. It's apparently part of a leak investigation by the US Attorney in Washington. Outrage is pouring in. AP, Romenesko

The liberal and labor groups organizing opposition to the Koch brothers as potential buyers of the LA Times will hold a noon rally at 333 South Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. They sent a letter to the Los Angeles City Council yesterday.

More news, notes and observations

The beating death of a father by Kern County sheriff's deputies — who then confiscated cellphones with videos and pictures — has brought controversy to the Bakersfield area. LAT, Californian, AP

A National Labor Relations Board judge has ordered NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to rescind disciplinary actions against five scientists who shared emails at work about a Supreme Court decision on background security checks for JPL employees. LAT

A large bear that prompted authorities to lockdown a nearby elementary school has been tranquilized in the 300 block of Baptiste Way in La Cañada-Flintridge, and will soon be transported back to the mountains. City News Service

Minnesota became the 12th state to back gay marriage. Pioneer-Press

The Kings begin round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

Joyce Brothers, a 1950s TV quiz show winner who turned into a pop culture psychologist, died at age 85. She lived in Ft. Lee, New Jersey and held a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University. LAT

Edgar Allan Jones Jr., a UCLA Law School professor who was cast as the judge on early TV's fake courtroom reality shows, died at age 92. LAT

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