Morning Buzz: Friday 1.17.14

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Politics and government

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency today after weeks of intensifying pressure on him to take action. Bee, AP, LAT

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced Thursday that he was dropping out of the governor's race, leaving Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks as the sole declared GOP candidate, at least for now. LAT, Bee

State authorities have yet to receive $15 million in penalties they imposed on campaign groups after a headline-making investigation into secret political donations. LAT

Congress OKs measure to cut helicopter noise in L.A. County. LAT

Politicians are putting pressure on Metro to keep looking at tunneling a light-rail line right into LAX terminals. LAT, Breeze

A new Los Angeles County audit has revealed that the Sheriff’s Department did not meet even the most basic—and required—accounting practices in its management of numerous special funds, which have accumulated $160 million with no written plans on how the money should be spent. ZevWeb

The Executive Director and members of the Los Angeles Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence will endorse Jim McDonnell for sheriff. Via release

Jim Hellmold, a 25-year department veteran who rose from Sheriff Lee Baca's driver to assistant sheriff, has joined the race for sheriff. LAT, KPCC

Marianne Williamson Aims to Defeat Henry Waxman and Save Washington's Soul. LA Weekly


Media and books

Northridge quake anniversary coverage: KPCC, LA Times, Daily News

Gustavo Arellano: Why is New OC Register Editor Rob Curley Already So Loathed in the Newsroom? OC Weekly

Don Corsini, president and general manager of KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, will now add oversight of KSWB, Tribune Broadcasting's San Diego station, to his responsibilities effective immediately. Via memo

CNN said it would expand duties for two of its early-morning hosts, John Berman and Michaela Pereira, as part of a rejiggering of its daytime lineup. Variety

Tom-Lutz-Los-Angeles-Review-Of-Books-2014-1.jpgAn Interview With Tom Lutz Of Los Angeles Review Of Books. Los Angeles I'm Yours

Tom Lutz is perhaps the most unlikely of academics. He is a very smart man who describes his younger self as a ne’er-do-well, an on-the-road vagabond attempting to fulfill the lifestyle that characters in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road lived. It is ironic that he has grown up to be one of Los Angeles’ biggest champions of intellectualism.

Farhad Manjoo explains why he left the Wall Street Journal after just a few months to take his dream tech job at the New York Times. Linked In, Re/code


Courts and cops

State Sen. Roderick D. Wright took the stand Thursday afternoon in his perjury and voter fraud trial. LAT

LA County Probation released some new figures showing that the number of its employees who have been arrested in the past year is far lower than those arrested in 2011 or 2012...
"This is heartening news." Witness LA

Steve Soboroff’s New Beat: Improving the LAPD’s Image. Los Angeles Magazine

More than a year after campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was ordered to repay $10.5 million she embezzled from the accounts of dozens of politicians, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, federal officials say they have only been able to recover $94,468.60 from liquidation of her assets to go to restitution. LAT


More news, notes and observations

Inglewood's renovated Forum is mostly fabulous for music, says Randy Lewis. Pop and Hiss

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has acquired an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts by Evelyn Waugh. The collection establishes The Huntington as one of the premier centers of Waugh studies in the world. Via release

justine-bateman-ucla.jpgActress Justine Bateman is now a sophomore at UCLA. UCLA Today

The City Council has named 12 buildings at USC as city historic-cultural monuments. Daily Trojan

Photographer captures beauty alongside the grit in San Pedro. KCRW

Berlin Wall is across Wilshire from Claremont art. Daily Bulletin

Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last two members of the troupe of diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday after a brief illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, said her son, Fred Duccini. She was 95. LAT, LAO previous


Fire tweets of the day


Non-fire tweet of the day


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