Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.23.13

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

Politics and government

The media were out in force for last night's Jose Huizar campaign fundraiser in Downtown that we posted the invitation for. They couldn't get in, but did talk to supporters outside. CBS LA, LAT, DN

Air traffic controllers at LAX have changed ground procedures after a taxiing Airbus A380 caused enough jet blast to blow over a luggage cart outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal in October. Daily Breeze

Mayor Eric Garcetti "wants LA to be 'the one you’re going to settle down with.’ Downtown News

Garcetti received a private tour of the James Turrell exhibit at LACMA from museum director Michael Govan and posted this picture on Facebook:


City Controller Ron Galperin this morning will launch City Hall's first "data transparency give members of the public unprecedented access to the financial data of the City."

Steve Lopez does a ride-along and walk-along with lameduck Councilman Tom LaBonge for a column. LAT

Take a rare tour inside the LA County Coroner's offices. Warning: graphic video. NBC4

As Los Angeles County struggles to deal with rampant jail overcrowding, elected leaders took steps Tuesday to build a new women's jail in Lancaster but appeared on the verge of canceling a plan to ship 500 long-term inmates to a facility in Taft in Kern County. LAT, KPCC

City Hall and Los Angeles County elected leaders are warning that if voters pass a June ballot measure that forces the city to create its own health department, it will increase costs and erode essential services now provided by the county. LAT

Remaking the Valley with pedestrian-friendly, community-oriented projects. DN

Media and books

Film critic Leonard Maltin introduces himself to YouTube.

This week's SoCal bestsellers: "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert, "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell, "Dear Life" by Alice Munro and (again) "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. SCIBA

John Shannon's 14th Jack Liffey mystery novel, "The Chinese Beverly Hills," will be released in December.

Kerry Cavanaugh Kandel, a producer for "Which Way, LA?" at KCRW, is leaving to be an editorial writer at the Los Angeles Times. "It's been a short, but sweet time in public radio," she posted on Facebook.

Rick Rojas, a staff writer in the Orange County bureau who filled-in in Seattle over the summer, becomes the LAT's state correspondent covering Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He joined the paper in 2010 as a Metpro trainee. Via memo

Meet Tim Burke, the sports journalist behind Deadspin's animated GIFs. NYT

Fun first-person piece by legal writer Dahlia Lithwick: What Happens When a Grown Woman Wears Axe Body Spray for a Week? Slate

Courts and cops

Superior Court Judge Craig Richman has been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly pushing a woman to the ground in a dispute over dog poop outside his Chatsworth home. His lawyer calls it a "total fabrication." LAT

The LAPD's next-generation Ford police interceptors. Police

The sheriff department union’s PAC money and candidate Paul Tanaka’s long game. Witness LA

UCLA will appeal a judge's ruling that it give up its longtime baseball stadium on land leased from the VA in West LA. LAT

More news, notes and observations

Venice High School families received a mysterious robo call from the principal on Monday evening, informing them that a school employee had been involved in an incident and counseling was available for students if needed. No other details. Turns out the tennis coach was placed on paid leave "after allegations of improper physical contact with a 16-year-old student on campus during last Friday’s football game."

The Skirball celebrates the career of its architect, Moshe Safdie. KCRW

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