Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.17.13

Simply noted

Today is the 19th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase in a white Ford Bronco across the freeways of Southern California, after Simpson bolted rather than turn himself in as a suspect in the Brentwood murders of Nicole Brown, his wife, and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in the killings, but later found liable in civil court. Notes Wikipedia, correctly: "The pursuit, arrest, and trial were among the most widely publicized events in American history."

Politics and government

The Obama administration plans to nominate James Costos, VP of global licensing and retail for HBO, as the U.S. ambassador to Spain. Costos hosted several fundraising events for Obama in Los Angeles and New York. WSJ

At least 14 Metro bus drivers are pursuing workers' compensation claims over pesticide spraying in their buses, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying. LAT

Los Angeles continues to grapple with digital billboards. Public CEO

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoffs: Police union makes overtures to Garcetti, Cindy Montanez to get endorsements today of Villaraigosa and Wesson, will Rep. Buck McKeon retire, and Tom LaBonge wants to change the name of the Harbor Freeway. DN

Eric Garcetti met for breakfast with Wendy Greuel and sat down at a Starbucks in the Valley for a chat with columnist Jim Newton. LAT Op-Ed

LAX-area residents have high hopes for incoming Mayor Eric Garcetti. Daily Breeze

Garcetti on his Boyle Heights pride, East LA’s cityhood and more. Boyle Heights Beat

The three Calderon brothers -- Ron, Tom and Charles -- are all raising money for 2014 campaigns. KPCC

Federal authorities subpoenaed records from the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Commerce just days after the office of state Senator Ron Calderon was raided by FBI agents. KPCC

The Los Angeles Police Department has ended its patrol-car purchasing drought, adding 188 new 2013 model-year patrol vehicles from Chrysler and the Ford Motor Company. Police Magazine

More free, timed passes have been made available for the public to attend LAX Appreciation Day – a preview of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. LAWA release

Photos of John Schwada's trip to Oman, which he wrote about for LA Observed. Off-Ramp

Media and books

Andrew Donohue, editor at Voice of San Diego when the site won the Online News Association's General Excellence Award, is joining the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley as a senior editor. He will oversee the business and environment reporting pod. Ri ck Paddock moves to a senior reporting position. Per staff memo

LA Times reporter Nita Lelyveld tracks her lost iPhone to Orange County and gets it back. LAT Column One

Rupert Murdoch's global broadcasting company is exploring an ambitious plan to create a summer football competition featuring Europe's top clubs with matches to be played from Los Angeles to Shanghai. The Guardian
Plus: Plans for a professional football stadium in downtown Los Angeles may be withering, but city officials are quietly rallying around another sport: Soccer. DN

rabe-tur-kpcc.jpgTV news pilot Bob Tur talks about becoming Zoey Tur: "I'm happy. I've not been this happy....Bob Tur needs to die now. And he'll be dead within three to four months." KPCC Off-Ramp

Longtime San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor and Publisher Tim Redmond lost his job Friday after refusing to further cut the free weekly paper's news staff. SF Business Times

NBC News science reporter Robert Bazell leaves after 38 years. NBC

Henry Sheehan is now reviewing films with Peter Keough as Critics A Go-Go.

The LA Times caught up with an obituary of Los Angeles Daily News photographer Helen Brush Jenkins. LAT

More news, notes and observations

Michael Rodney Kane, the LAUSD elementary school teacher suspected in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in West Hills, was arrested this morning at a motel in Joshua Tree in San Bernardino County. LAT

Rarely seen video footage of Disneyland under construction. BoingBoing

The numbers for the Dodgers new TV deal don't add up, says Mike Ozanian. "The Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to be bailed out by their next television deal....Owners Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber and Magic Johnson, whose group bought the team last May for $2 billion using $1.6 billion of debt and insurance company funds from Guggenheim, will need to rely on the insurance funds their group used to finance the purchase of the team from Frank McCourt–or even get their hands on more–given how their next local television deal is shaping up." Forbes
Plus: How Frank McCourt Made $2 Billion From The Los Angeles Dodgers And Team Remains Saddled With Debt

Yasiel Puig got three more hits on Sunday in Pittsburgh but the Dodgers lost for the sixth time in eight games and are now deeply into last place. They play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

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