Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.13.13

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

Politics and government

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure banning cities from ticketing people who park at broken meters, although Los Angeles officials had asked him to veto the bill. DN

SB 115 by state Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to give sperm donors some rights as a father is actually about advancing actor Jason Patric's custody claim against his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber. Hollywood Reporter

The Los Angeles City Council will cancel its regular meeting on Friday to devote the full session to discussion of the proposed four year contract with Department of Water and Power workers. Sausage Factory, KPCC

A conversation with Stephen Cheung, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the city's first director of international trade. The Planning Report

Media and books

The Los Angeles News Group websites redesigned into a very different, much more open look for them. Here's the story about it at the Daily News.

Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr went on TV to talk about the conviction of Whitey Bulger looking rather...casual. Romenesko

LA media person Ray Richmond says on Facebook he has been "hired to write a twice-monthly column for the community papers the Burbank Leader and the Glendale News-Press that will run in both publications two Saturdays each month. The focus of said column will be the impact of the entertainment business on below-the-line people working in the industry."

4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence. The Onion

Courts and cops

A judge temporarily threw out the LAPD's controversial impound policy that allowed officers to release impounded vehicles to unlicensed drivers sooner than the 30-day period spelled out under state law. DN, LAT, KPCC

Police in Burbank are girding today in anticipation of a car enthusiast flash mob. LAT

More news, notes and observations

getty-open-content.jpgThe Getty changed its rights and fee policy and has made available to the public roughly 4,600 high-resolution images in its collections, with more to come. "Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before," president and CEO James Cuno wrote Monday. Iris

Actress Rebecca De Mornay is one of the Beverly Hills High School parents who was surprised to learn that a summer sports camp at the school is a profit-making business owned and operated by the principal and does not benefit athletic programs. LAT

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