Morning Buzz: Thursday 1.16.14

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Busy Thursday short stack

colby-fire-cbs.jpgA brush fire is burning in the foothills of Glendora, has burned some homes and has forced evacuations. It's being called the Colby fire. LAT, Star-News

New MOCA chief Philippe Vergne lays out his vision in first interview. LAT

County employees performed work on the garage of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ home in Leimert Park, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources. LAT

Citing the high cost and risk of tunneling under Los Angeles International Airport, county transportation officials said Wednesday that it did not make sense to build a light-rail line directly under the airport's terminal area. LAT

Alex M. Johnson, 33, a deputy to Ridley-Thomas, says he will be a candidate for the open school board seat from South LA. LAT

Thirty Los Angeles Police Department officers in the downtown area began testing body cameras Wednesday. It is the start of a larger effort to equip as many as 600 police officers with the equipment. KPCC

Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer's comeback. OC Weekly

Political consultant Robert Shrum will join USC Dornsife as the inaugural Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics. USC

Vanity Fair's website launches a new Hollywood vertical. Capital NY

In a meeting with Times editors and reporters, Magic Johnson said the problem with the Lakers is boss Jim Buss being in over his head. LAT

The former Four-Star Theatre on Wilshire is being torn down. Larchmont Buzz

SkyDance Productions has purchased the old Santa Monica post office on 5th Street. SMDP

Tweets of the day:

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