Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.8.13

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

Politics and government

Under court orders to ease prison crowding by the end of the year, California officials are scrambling to relocate 9,600 inmates but may be forced to free roughly 1,000 of them before they have completed their sentences. LAT

Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he is running for re-election next year despite a recent scathing editorial urging the sheriff to bow out of the race. Press-Telegram

LAFD response times are being "inexorably dragged a tsunami of ambulance calls from people with shortness of breath, vague pains, cardiac arrest and all manner of real and imagined maladies." LA Weekly

City Council President Herb Wesson rejected public pressure from DWP union chief Brian D'Arcy for a Friday deadline on a pay raise deal. KPCC, DN

Watchdog group Common Cause says that Mayor Eric Garcetti's hiring of Rick Jacobs and other big fundraisers is a red flag. DN

A 10-year, $3 billion proposal to repair all the streets in Los Angeles was revived by a city panel Wednesday, with a call for a detailed study on how such an ambitious plan could be financed. DN

Reporter William Bradley looks back on the tenth anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing that he would run for governor. Huffington Post

It's time for the Obamajam myth to end. LA Weekly

Media and books

Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo took to Facebook to deny in Spanish the allegations of sexual harassment by a former colleague and friend. "For the last 14 years, I've helped my friend Beto Cortez through a series of difficult periods in his life and I've always been very generous with him. It saddens me that he has resorted to making completely false claims against me for personal gain." KPCC

Columnist Meghan Daum joins the recurring trend: another media person in a certain age group who feels her decision to not have children is worthy of examination and comment. LAT Op-ed, Tess Vigeland too

The Daily Candy offers "our 10 favorite LA traffic shortcuts" and it doesn't suck. Daily Candy

Editor Gustavo Arellano explains "why OC Weekly put two hot chicks making out on the cover for our pride issue." OC Weekly

You Tube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have a new video app they hope challenges Vine and Instagram. LAT

Actress Olivia Wilde did the guest DJ thing at KCRW, she says on Twitter.

More news, notes and observations

The lead paint industry could be "on the verge of defeating the last major legal assault by municipalities and states seeking damages to fund lead removal," says Encino-based Fair Warning in a piece co-published by Mother Jones and the Center for Public Integrity. Fair

medallion-2-dtla.jpgMedallion 2.0 at 3rd and Main streets in the Old Bank District would add up to 400 units in four separate 13-story towers designed by Downtown LA-based Kevin Tsai Architecture, as well as an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a boutique hotel. Brigham Yen, Curbed LA

Los Angeles sports collector Gary Cypres is looking for a good home for his massive collection. "The reality has finally caught up with me,” he said. “There is a realization when you get to my age that you’ve sort of had your fun." NYT

Pictures of Tom Brady's and Gisele Bundchen's moat-encircled mansion in gated Brentwood Country Estates. Curbed LA

Tweet of the day

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