Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.3.13

Top of the news

The Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest north east of Santa Clarita grew to 29,500 acres overnight with 40% containment. About 2,000 people have been evacuated, the Forest Service says.

Politics and government

Eric Garcetti will be giving up his City Hall piano. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

The five departing City Council members talk about what they might do after leaving office — and get some advice. DN

The first "Ultimate L.A. Block Party," Friday night in Grand Park, will feature serve as farewell party for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and include President Bill Clinton and mariachi legend Pepe Aguilar, with Ryan Seacrest as emcee. The cost is controversial. LAT

Supporters of three public museums in Exposition Park say the institutions could be permanently harmed by provisions in a proposed lease that would turn over to USC control of the neighboring Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a chunk of state parking and the revenues they produce. LAT

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Edwin Tamayo wore a wire for the FBI last month, secretly recording a department supervisor as part of an investigation into allegations of improper fundraising, the deputy and his attorneys said. LAT

Liberal mayor Bob Filner is taking on the San Diego establishment. LAT

Media and books

Author Walter Kirn tells the story of his ten-year friendship with "Clark Rockefeller," the con man whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who was convicted this year of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the son of his landlady in San Marino. New Yorker

Writers Guild members rank the best-written TV series ever as "The Sopranos," then "Seinfeld," "The Twilight Zone," "All in the Family" and "M*A*S*H*." The top 10 also includes "Mad Men" and "West Wing." WGA

The Hollywood Fast Life of Stalker Sarah, a profile by Molly Knight of the teen Studio City girl who is home-schooled and chases celebrities all over LA with her dad to get pictures. NYT Magazine

“Omit the Logic,” a documentary on Richard Pryor by Marina Zenovich, debuted Friday on Showtime. NYT

Former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker married singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on Saturday evening in front of 300 family members and friends at the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur. AP

"My city, my Los Angeles: famous people share their favorite places," by Jeryl Brunner (Globe Pequot Press), has dozens of celebrities such as Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, Dustin Hoffman and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sharing their "insider travel tips and favorite places around Los Angeles."

KPCC began an on-air pledge drive this morning.

Actor Michael Douglas told The Guardian he believes his throat cancer came from an HPV virus he picked up during oral sex. Reuters

More news, notes and observations

Christopher Hawthorne gets a look at Swiss architect Peter Zumthor's plans for LACMA and calls it "a powerfully unorthodox new building stretching more than 700 feet along Wilshire....Bracingly forward-looking, Zumthor's design for LACMA would give the city a much-needed jolt of architectural energy." LAT

Rudolph Schindler's Bethlehem Baptist Church on the corner of Compton Avenue and 49th Street is "a now-derelict architectural jewel." LAT Opinion

Frank Gehry is back in the fold for a major exhibition on Los Angeles architects that will open June 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. LAT

DWP archaeologists working on the Owens Dry Lake bed have found evidence, they say, of an 1863 slaughter of Paiutes by U.S. soldiers and settlers. LAT, Boom

mt-wilson-towercam-6213.jpgThe Mount Wilson Observatory webcam has gone back online. Current image

One man's devotion to the SS Catalina produces a new documentary. Daily Breeze

I'm Biracial, and That Cheerios Ad Is a Big Fucking Deal. Trust Me. Jezebel

For travelers along U.S. 395 in the Owens Valley: the Lone Pine Frosty Chalet stand has reopened after many years shuttered. Not to universal approval, however. Yelp

Grant Hill of the Clippers announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 years. ESPN LA

The Kings lost 4-2 in Chicago, and return home Tuesday down 0-2 in the Western Conference Final of the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. TSN, LAT (Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman)

The LA Times posted an obituary on Lee Melville, the theater critic who died last month. LAT

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