Morning Buzz: Wednesday 12.18.13

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Wednesday short stack

An LAPD motorcycle officer has been injured in a collision with car at La Brea and Washington in Mid-City. The officer is at a hospital.

Mayor Garcetti called for more transparency at the Department of Water and Power, while IBEW Local 18 chief Brian D'Arcy refused the city controller's request to turn over documents for two nonprofits funded by the department. KPCC, LAT

Former City Councilwoman Jan Perry was confirmed as general manager of City Hall's new Economic and Workforce Development department. LAT

The Board of Education delayed a decision on how to fill the vacancy left by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. LAT

A conversation with Felipe Fuentes, "a new LA council member with experience." The Planning Report

Considering fines and the 10% Parking User’s Tax, City Hall generates over $300 million a year in parking revenues. This does not include an estimated $100 million of parking revenues at Los Angeles International Airport, the Convention Center and other city-owned locations. CityWatch

LAPD’s $250 jaywalking ticket Is shortsighted and unnecessary. Downtown News editorial, LAT editorial

altasea-handout.jpgThe City Council approved a 50-year lease to transform a 100-year-old unused pier on the waterfront in San Pedro into a world-class urban marine research and innovation center called AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles. LA15th

Alhambra Source, the trilingual news site overseen by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, launched a social media partnership with the Alhambra Police Department to let residents communicate with officials using Weibo, a Chinese-language micro-blogging site. USC

The Center for Investigative Reporting's “Broken Shield” project won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. So did the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, the Center for Investigative Reporting, "Frontline" and Univision for "Rape in the Fields," called "a deeply reported collaboration spanning multiple platforms that spotlighted the sexual assault of female farm workers." Winners and release

Walt Mossberg's final WSJ column: Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews. AllThingsD

Ken Burns talks about national parks and his new film about Yosemite. DN

Rose Gilbert, at one time the longest-serving LAUSD teacher at Palisades High, died at age 95. She also was a major donor to UCLA. LAT

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