Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.16.13

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

Politics and government

Mayor Garcetti has muzzled city taxi administrator Tom Drischler, who criticized Uber and who said, "It is not innovation that makes these companies competitive, but their lawlessness." LA Weekly

Garcetti and labor leader Maria Elena Durazo recently had lunch at Casa La Golondrina Mexican Cafe and "discussed how to work together to improve L.A.'s economy," said Yusef Robb, the mayor's spokesman. LA Weekly

Garcetti plans to travel more than Villaraigosa did, plus Councilman Paul Koretz employs his daughter (and his wife works for Garcetti.) Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Garcetti answers a Twitter yahoo who tweeted that the mayor had posted a pic of the Mexican flag but had never tweeted the US flag. Twitter

California blinked on Lake Tahoe in the face of Nevada threats. LAT

LAUSD Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino, the right-hand to Supt. John Deasy, announced he would leave the district Dec. 31 with a blast that the school board is dysfunctional. LAT

Councilman Bob Blumenfield claims he votes no more than any other member of the council. Downtown News

Police commission president Steve Soboroff's typewriter collection is on display at Northeast University in Boston and got a visit from a writer for The Atlantic.

Internal emails show that Coliseum Commission officials tried limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. A judge ruled the LA Times does not have to return the emails. LAT

Voters in the Valley's 45th assembly district take a first cut through the 11 candidates on Tuesday. DN

Media and books

cecily-strong-snl.jpgSNL cast member Cecily Strong has been dubbed the next co-host of the show's Weekend Update segment, alongside Seth Meyers. NYT

Los Angeles magazine announced a new partnership with the University of Southern California and its alumni publication USC Trojan Family Magazine. LA Mag

Jessica Coen, the editor-in-chief of Jezebel and former editor of Gawker, and previously an LA blogger, married Benjamin James Bochnowski this weekend in Ann Arbor. NYT Vows

Today's New Yorker comes with small but subtle design changes, including redrawing the Irvin typeface and introducing Neutraface as a secondary one. NYT

The New York Times did a Sunday fashion and style story on the proliferation of rehab facilities in the city of Malibu. NYT

Inland Empire photojournalist Gabriel Luis Acosta, 46, died in a fall from a tree at home in Riverside. CBS LA

How LA Times reporter Robert J. Lopez helped create National Hispanic Heritage Month back when he was an intern in Washington. LAT

Courts and cops

Jerry Sharell, a music industry veteran who hosts a weekend Frank Sinatra show for KJazz (88.1 FM), was attacked by a man with a machete and held for three hours at his home in Woodland Hills yesterday. LA Weekly, DN

More news, notes and observations

Twelfth-century stained-glass windows from England's Canterbury Cathedral are going on display Friday at the Getty Museum, on loan while the cathedral undergoes repairs. It's a chance to see the medieval windows hung at eye level. NYT, Getty

The Getty's Pacific Standard Times Presents series that just concluded shows that "architecture remains something of a curatorial stepchild both at the Getty Foundation and at the participating museums. Compared to the Getty's first Pacific Standard Time effort in 2011, which focused on the visual arts and produced perhaps half a dozen top-notch shows, the architecture exhibitions were as a group noticeably less intellectually ambitious," says Christopher Hawthorne. LAT

Sam Hall Kaplan writes, "In many respects the Getty’s overly ambitious attempt to explore and explain the shaping of the local built environment perversely reflects the arbitrary practices and personalities of the history and hype of the Los Angeles architectural scene. The result is a muddle of successes and embarrassments." The Planning Report

stationers-bldg.jpgDowntown landowner Joseph Hellen wants to build a 40-story residential tower in the Historic Core neighborhood between his Spring Arcade Building and the Alexandria Hotel. DT News

Tom Jordan, USC professor of earth sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, is profiled. AAAS

On Planes and Trains, Everyone Prefers to Sit Next to Women. Slate

Fred Katz, a classically trained cellist who quite by accident helped elevate his instrument to unlikely stardom in jazz, died in Santa Monica at age 94. NYT, LAT

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