Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.5.13

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

Politics and government

nadia-lockyer-kgo.jpgNadia Lockyer, the former Alameda County supervisor, now lives in Long Beach and talks at length about her rehab from meth addiction, the sex tape her ex-boyfriend tried to peddle and the false bombshell accusations she made against husband Bill Lockyer, the state Treasurer. KGO-TV

Mayor Eric Garcetti that Department of Cultural Affairs General Manager/Executive Director Olga Garay-English is stepping down on January 4. She will consult as Special Advisor to the Creative Economy to Otis College of Art and Design President Samuel Hoi and will also advise City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the Los Angeles Sister Cities Program on local and international cultural programs. Assistant GM Matthew Rudnick will serve as Interim general manager.

Garcetti also named Stephen David Simon as the new General Manager of the Department of Disability.

President Obama named Garcetti to his Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, "which will advise the White House on how the Federal Government can help cities and states prepare for the effects of climate change." DN, KPCC

David Dreier, a former member of the House Republican leadership, has agreed to represent the Obama administration at a key meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders this week in Indonesia. NBC4

Developers of the Millennium Hollywood towers next to Capitol Records tell LA Weekly they won't seek building permits until two lawsuits against them are resolved, a process that could take years. LA Weekly

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, embroiled with Los Angeles County in a political battle over the formation of an L.A. City Health Department, launched a new campaign on Monday — a $30,000 multimedia effort attacking the county for poor service and corruption. DN

The Hillary Clinton for president campaign PAC Ready for Hillary is holding a fundraiser Wednesday at The Exchange in Downtown, featuring Wendy Greuel and others.

Councilman José Huizar along with other streetcar advocates hosted a community meeting Monday night to reassure residents that the downtown streetcar was still pushing forward. KPCC

Palmdale voters can cast their ballots in the city election Tuesday. They can even find out the results. But it will be up to the courts to decide whether the election is legitimate. LAT

Media and books

Dean Singleton, fighting multiple sclerosis, will retire next month as chairman of MediaNews Group Inc. Denver Post

Alissa Walker, a journalist who blogs at A Walker in LA and previously as Gelato Baby, joins Gizmodo as the urbanism editor. Her post

The public relations director for Newport Beach's official marketing firm was fired for sending a tweet during the LAX shooting aftermath urging people to "avoid the chaos and make it a beach vacation here in #NewportBeach.” Patch

Peter Beinart is leaving Daily Beast to be a contributing editor at Atlantic Media. Fishbowl NY

Amy Wallace in GQ on the Amy Wallace reports on "the tragic, impossible case of Jeff and Joseph Hall" — the Neo Nazi and the 10-year-old son who shot and killed him. GQ

Note from an unhappy user of the LA Times sports app: "Lede story in the Sports section of the LA Times sports app this morning? Cleveland-Minnesota NBA game. This on a night when Dwight Howard returned to LA, albeit to face the Clippers. And the Ducks won another big game on the road, against the Rangers."

Big changes at the Palisadian-Post since new owner Alan Smolinsky took over promising no changes. LA Currents

Courts and cops

The LAPD is seeking to fire two officers after an internal investigation determined that they pressured women to engage in sex acts with them in their car while on duty. LAT

A 1953 Triumph motorcycle stolen 45+ years ago was found at the Port of LA. LA Weekly

More news, notes and observations

A massive cache of art discovered in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse contains hitherto-unknown works by famous artists such as Picasso and Matisse, as well as pieces believed confiscated by the Nazis in their persecution of Jews or their campaign against “degenerate art,” German prosecutors said Tuesday. LAT

Commercial developments in wealthier neighborhoods such as Marina del Rey are qualifying for special aid as high-unemployment area projects by claiming faraway poorer communities in their project areas. LABJ

Coro Southern California announced Tracy Thomas as its new executive director.

Linda Ronstadt and Michael Nesmith talk about her first hit song, "Different Drum," which he wrote. WSJ

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