Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 12.4.13

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

Politics and government

Thumbnail image for der-w-wilmington.jpgThe City Council added the Wilmington stand of the original Wienerschnitzel, on Pacific Coast Highway, to the city's list of historic-cultural monuments. LAT

Howard Cohen proposes keeping LA city elections in odd-numbered years, but adopting the June and November calendar. Zocalo

Media and books

Newsweek's new owners are planning to resume printing weekly issues of the magazine. NYT

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt and "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell slide back into the top bestseller spots at SoCal independent bookstores. SCIBA

Former NBC Correspondent George Lewis in the Zocalo green room.

Steve Lopez calls the Men's Central Jail an antique that should be replaced. LAT

Courts and cops

Fewer people are applying to join the LAPD and, of those who do, a significantly higher number of them are being disqualified from consideration. So the number of officers is dropping. LAT

Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization for fraud, alleging the misuse of more than $1 million they contributed to a building fund and charitable causes. LAT

The Southern California woman who appears to have received the first traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass is fighting the case. LA Weekly

Sheriff's deputies talked down a man who tied a rope to his neck and threatened to jump from a light pole in an Altadena Park. Altadena Patch

A bike-riding dancer was left with a broken leg in a hit-and-run with a Mercedes at Federal and Rochester in West LA. Biking in LA

More news, notes and observations

The Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station put out an advisory asking fans of Paul Walker to observe traffic and parking laws as they visit the site of the actor's car crash and death in Valencia. "Many drivers are choosing to park in an unsafe manner along the curb on a street that is a curve. This poses serious safety concerns as approaching motorists often cannot see that cars or people are there. Most of the area has 'No Parking' signs and other traffic signs to help prevent collisions. Since Saturday, many people have been ignoring these signs and warnings and are endangering themselves and passing drivers....Deputies ask that people wishing to visit the area park legally and safely in appropriate and legal public parking areas. Also, follow all pedestrian traffic laws when walking to the site....Deputies have issued many warnings but some members of the visiting public have continued to endanger themselves and others."

Space transportation company SpaceX achieved another first Tuesday with a successful rocket launch that placed a communications satellite into geostationary orbit. Daily Breeze, NPR

David Allen reads the Pomona Public Library's copies of the newspaper printed at the Pomona Assembly Center during the World War II internment of Americans of Japanese descent. Daily Bulletin

ESPN columnist Buster Olney says that the Dodgers will seriously consider trading either Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp if it helps the team get younger. ESPN

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