Morning Buzz: Monday 6.24.13

Politics and government

The United States Supreme Court did not issue rulings this morning on the challenges to California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

To mark his time as mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa's staff put together a 60-page book, titled "Straight from the Heart of L.A.," that details his accomplishments over the past eight years. Exit interviews with Rick Orlov and Michael Blood. DN, AP

Los Angeles World Airports needs more financial oversight and relies on too many costly consultants, and a large number of change orders has driven some of the upgrade work at LAX over budget, according to a series of new audits by City Controller Wendy Greuel. LAT

Los Angeles County "is rife with corrupted local governments – and that's just the half-dozen that have been publicly exposed," says Dan Walters. Sacto Bee

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is vacationing with his family in Belize. He will resume his public schedule on June 28, his office said.

Garcetti's public swearing-in ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, on the Spring Street steps of City Hall. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

The Department of Water and Power plans to build the world's largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin. LAT

The LA Times went big on Sunday's front page with a profile of labor leader Maria Elena Durazo. "She is still probably the single most influential individual in Los Angeles politics," said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. LAT

The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection. DN

Continued concerns over the huge Millennium project in Hollywood. DN

The LAPD's re-look at the firing of eventual mass murderer Christopher Dorner said the firing was justified. LAT

Media and books

Scott Henry, a longtime sports executive producer and sports producer at the CBS 2/KCAL 9 duopoly, is leaving to take over as coordinating producer of the NFL Network’s show “Total Access,” produced in Culver City. "While we hate to lose someone with Scott’s knowledge and history in the market, we’re happy others in our industry recognize the caliber of people who come out of the duopoly," Scott Diener says in a memo at the stations.

TV producer and director Paris Barclay was elected to succeed Taylor Hackford as president of the Directors Guild. IndieWire

Charles Epting, a student at USC, has written a brief history of University Park for History Press.

More news, notes and observations

sylmar-tunnel-disaster-dn.jpgAn explosion in a Metropolitan Water District tunnel project under Sylmar on June 14, 1971 that killed 17 men "would become the worst tunnel disaster in California history, resulting in the toughest mining and tunnel regulations in the nation. The fatal blast would also spark a 54-week criminal trial against the tunnel contractor, resulting in the highest municipal fines and some of the greatest civil damages awards of its time." DN with Daily News file photo.

All those media mourning the closure of Mid-City's World on Wheels by calling it the last roller skating rink in the city limits of Los Angeles are wrong — it's not. Northridge's Skateland has been open a lot longer and is still going strong.

Gary David Goldberg, a writer and producer who created warmhearted television shows, most notably “Family Ties,” a leading comedy of the 1980s that propelled Michael J. Fox to stardom, died Sunday at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 68 and had brain cancer. NYT

Former baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been released from a federal prison in California after serving time for bankruptcy fraud. AP


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