Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Friday 1.10.14

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

Politics and government

Gov. Jerry Brown vowed to increase funding to map California earthquake faults, calling the effort an important public safety measure. LAT

Some officials are dismayed that the 'Promise Zone' announced yesterday by President Obama does not go south of the 10 freeway and excludes South LA. LAT

State Sen. Roderick D. Wright deliberately misled voters and broke the law when he took steps to run for an Inglewood-area seat several years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in Wright's perjury and voter fraud trial. LAT

Dan Schnur is expected to announce his independent run for Secretary of State today. Capitol Alert

David Finkel, a long-serving elected official in Santa Monica, said he will resign from the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees next week due to health. SM Lookout

Last year, 79,150 cats, dogs and other pets ended up in Los Angeles County animal shelters, and fewer than half of them made it out alive. ZevWeb

The Central Library and regional branches resume Sunday hours this weekend. LAPL

Media and books

dodger-channel-billboard-th.jpgA billboard announcing the launch of the Dodgers’ new SportsNet L.A. channel on Feb. 25 has been covered up after the team realized it was put up by the 405 in Culver City prematurely. DN/Tom Hoffarth

People editor Larry Hackett has been replaced by Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle. Folio

You’ll never believe how those silly, salacious recommended stories are generated on otherwise serious news sites. Washington Post

Gabriel Snyder, the former editor in chief of The Wire, will be chief content officer of, a mobile news start-up founded by the web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. NYT

Former LA Times and NY Times reporter David Cay Johnston is profiled as a skeptic for troubled times by his hometown Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

The LA Times has promoted Anne Colby to Home editor, starting Jan. 13.

Courts and cops

The woman was videotaped falling out of the backdoor of an LAPD car last year says she was being sexually assaulted by the officers in the car. LAT

Los Angeles County spent $43 million on lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department last year, accounting for nearly half of the county’s total litigation costs. LAT

Is it El Sereno or Rose Hills? A neighborhood name dispute ends up in court. The Eastsider LA

Rearrest rate unchanged under California prison realignment. Sacto Bee

More news, notes and observations

A new state law appears to bar sushi chefs from touching the food without gloves or wax paper. LA Weekly

Proud Bird restaurant may actually pay less rent in 2014 than in 2013. LA Airspace

Goldwater, Bower and the disastrous damming of the Colorado River. LAT Op-ed

Joe Bruin photobombed Phil Jackson and John Lithgow at last night's UCLA-Arizona game at Pauley Pavilion. @JillPainter

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