Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.17.13

Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.

Politics and government

Garcetti faces an early test in Zimmerman protests, says Michael Finnegan. LAT

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said she deserves to keep her job under new Mayor Eric Garcetti because she has turned around an inefficient city agency with "conflicting priorities," according to a memo delivered to City Hall. Daily Breeze

What Garcetti's official schedule reads like most days: "Mayor Eric Garcetti's schedule for Wednesday, July 17, 2013: Mayor Garcetti will continue to focus on identifying candidates for his office staff and city commissions."

Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gotten a part-time gig as a strategic advisor to Banc of California CEO Steven Sugarman. The bank company was known recently as First PacTrust Bancorp. LAT

County supervisors are looking at replacing the Men's Central Jail, but weighing how to do it. LAT, LAT editorial, DN

Also: It's a crime to house the mentally ill this way. Steve Lopez

Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president Dick Cheney, announced she's running to unseat Wyoming's incumbent Republican senator, Mike Enzi. Fox News promptly dropped her as a commentator. Mediaite

Media and books

Thumbnail image for ktvu-racist-names.jpgYeah, Asiana Airlines admitted it's not really going to sue Oakland TV station KTVU over those prank names. No surprise there. Deadline London

Gregory Rodriguez has resigned his Op-Ed column with the Los Angeles Times after several years. That's two fewer Op-Ed columns with editor at large Jim Newton going on book leave.

"Inferno" by Dan Brown and "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls" by David Sedaris remain the top-selling hardcover books in Southern California. Bookweb

Arts writer Tyler Green on Facebook: "Holy cow: No one, not even the NYT, is more consistently wrong on California than the New York Observer. This lede should be taken out and shot. And the writer (often quite good on NYC) should be sent to art history school."

LA journalist Michael Krikorian is blogging about his annual trip to Italy with girlfriend and Pizzeria Mozza restauranteur Nancy Silverton. Krikorian Writes

Maria Russo, a former editor at the LA Times Calendar section and the New York Observer, talks about being editor of Pasadena magazine, which is trying to expand into some of Los Angeles Magazine's turf. Fishbowl NY

Yet another reporter discovers how stars really get placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after probably assuming it was an honor or something. Time

Tuition for the new 9-month master's in journalism program at USC Annenberg will be $56,867, down from $64,582 for the current two-year program. Inside Higher Ed

Nicki Minaj interviewed by LA journalist Amy Wallace. Marie Claire

Mission and State goes deep on the history of clergy sexual abuse in Santa Barbara. M&S

Donna Huffaker Evans, editor of South Pasadena Patch and La CaƱada Patch, joins the Downtown News Aug. 6 as a reporter.

KPCC news anchor Shirley Jahad will speak Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. at the Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena.

Courts and cops

The toll last night in Hollywood's wilding incidents ended up as 12 arrested. LAT

LAPD praised for limited response to Zimmerman protests. LAT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Twitter: "LAPD will not tolerate vandalizing cars, blocking traffic or attacking innocent people. Let your message be heard peacefully."

More news, notes and observations

Former AEG chief Tim Leiweke on his plans in Toronto. Washington Post

Van Nuys Airport's 8,000-foot long main runway closed Tuesday for ten days of maintenance. DN

The Arclight Cinemas announced changes to the membership program — with a $15 annual fee. Details

Kings left wing Dustin Penner signed to play for the Anaheim Ducks, his former team. DN

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