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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.18.13

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Politics and government

The City Council is poised today to make Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to phase out plastic bags from grocery stores. LAT

city-hall-from-lat.jpgMayor-elect Eric Garcetti said he will meet in New York this week with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss ways to improve the economy and streamline operations at Los Angeles City Hall. DN

When it comes to glitz and showmanship, L.A.'s next mayor is taking things down a notch. LAT

Before a throng of office workers and scruffy-faced hipsters, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday opened Spring Street Park in the heart of the city's rapidly evolving downtown, telling the crowd that there were more parks to come, including the conversion of a coveted 2-acre parcel across from City Hall. LAT

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will have do a live "exit interview" with Larry Mantle on KPCC's "Airtalk" between 11:20 and 11:40.

City Planning in Los Angeles Surrenders in Merger to 'Create Efficiencies,' says former city manager Rick Cole. The Planning Report

Correction to yesterday's Buzz, in an item from Rick Orlov's Tipoff: It is Eric Garcetti, not Villaraigosa, who joined with Herb Wesson to endorse Cindy Montanez.

Media and books

Sam Zell's legacy lives on: IRS goes after Tribune. Fortune

Phil Willon, the LA Times' man in Riverside, posted that he's moving to be the LAT's interim Sacramento bureau chief.

Before the Herald Examiner named The Night Stalker, Jake Jacoby of City News Service named the Hillside Strangler, the Skid Row Slasher and the Valley Invader. Steve Oney's 1986 profile in GQ is up at Byliner.

Jonathan Alter, a former Newsweek columnist and senior editor, said that magazine owner Barry Diller needs to “make good” on preserving Newsweek’s archives and making them available to the public. “I can’t get an article I wrote in Newsweek in 1985. There's something wrong with that.” The Wrap

Indiewire has posted its first-ever Influencers list, dedicated to the 40 people and companies who, in the words of editor-in-chief Dana Harris, "have captured our attention as we watch them try to figure out what the independent film industry is today and, more importantly, what it will become." Indiewire

Reporter Hal Eisner of Fox 11 won the Associated Press Television Radio Association's Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement. APTRA

New York Times bureau chief Adam Nagourney on Twitter: "Calling LA bike riders: We are collecting tips & wisdom @ biking in LA for cool national graphic.Click & chime in."

Remembering when Vin Scully almost became a Yankee. WSJ

India to send world's last telegram. Stop. Christian Science Monitor

More news, notes and observations

Southern California could be facing its worst fire season in 100 years. ABC 7

Walter Lee Williams, a former University of Southern California professor wanted for alleged sexual exploitation of children and for traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual acts with children, became the 500th person to be added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. CBS LA, LAT

A man was arrested on the roof of singer Rihanna's home in Pacific Palisades. LAT

Westwood Village wants to be cool again. LAT

Trois Mec, the new Melrose collaboration between Ludo Lefebvre and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, "is being closely watched as a sign of changing restaurant tastes in this ever-churning food city." NYT

You may think that Venice's Rose Avenue is just the latest example of glam-hippie-style gentrification, but there's more. KCET

The Calif. Supreme Court Historical Society is co-hosting a free program on the life and death of 19th century California Supreme Court Chief Justice David Terry, "who had to step down from the court when he shot and killed a U.S. senator David Broderick in a duel. His own demise, while attempting to stab a U.S. Supreme Court justice, led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on federalism." June 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown LA.

The former Home Depot Center in Carson formally becomes the StubHub Center at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Bob Meistrell, the co-founder of the Body Glove surfwear empire in Redondo Beach, died at age 84. LAT

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