Morning Buzz: Monday 2.10.14

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Politics and government

Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to name entertainment attorney Kenneth Ziffren as his new film czar and seek a doubling of the state's limited tax credit for Hollywood. Bloomberg, The Wrap

garcetti-nbc4newsconf.jpgGarcetti, Police Chief Beck are split over the discipline of officers who shot wildly in South Bay during the hunt for Christopher Dorner. Garcetti was the first guest on NBC 4 News Conference in the new studio. NBC4

Garcetti named aide Richard Llewellyn as a trustee of two controversial nonprofits entirely funded by the Department of Water and Power. DN

State Sen. Ted Lieu got 73 percent of the votes from party activists at a pre-endorsement conference, compared to just seven percent for Wendy Greuel. That suggests Lieu is likely to get the California Democratic Party endorsement in the 33rd congressional district next month. LAT

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff. DN

Filing opens today for candidates in the June primary.

Councilman Jose Huizar's large campaign war chest "may stem directly from his personal troubles, and the pressure those troubles created." Downtown News

Voters' brains in state general elections are programmed to choose between a Democrat and a Republican. Therefore, many Californians may be befuddled in November, columnist George Skelton writes. LAT

LA County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan on "An election official’s perspective: The line starts here!" CA Fwd


Media and books

Tribune's proposed spinoff of its newspapers will probably happen by midyear," allowing time to vet candidates to run a business that includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, people with knowledge of the matter said." Tribune is lining up a potential replacement should Eddy Hartenstein, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, decline to run the new company. Bloomberg

Glenn Greenwald's new venture with e-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar launched Monday morning as The Intercept with two stories about the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden. The Intercept also began tweeting Monday morning. Poynter, The Intercept, First Look Media blog

Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system. NYT

Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, and the author of "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough,” talks about her New York Times Magazine piece this weekend on the loss of sex in egalitarian marriages. 6th Floor

Amy Wallace of Los Angeles Magazine has a profile of Baz Luhrmann in the weekend's New York Times Magazine: Deep Inside Baz Luhrmann’s Creative Chaos

KCRW host Chery Glaser interviewed the band Cherry Glazerr. KCRW

Tim Cavanaugh, formerly of the Daily Caller and the LA Times, has been hired as news editor at National Review Online. Politico

Sam Zell says the 1 percent work harder. The Wrap

The Los Angeles Press Club is now accepting entries for the 56th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.


Courts and cops

A suspected drunk driver sped at 100 miles an hour the wrong way on the 60 freeway and killed at least people. The suspect is a 21-year-old woman. LAT

Former LA Men's Jail inmate recalls alleged beating that left him in pool of blood and led to indictment of two sheriff's deputies. KPCC

LAFD launches overhaul of procedures for handling 911 calls. LAT

More news, notes and observations

A pop-up parody of Starbucks called Dumb Starbucks opened mysteriously over the weekend on Hillhurst in Los Feliz and drew long lines of the curious and the not otherwise occupied. Starbucks is not amused. KPCC, LAT

The Broad Foundations 2013/14 report "highlights important questions we have asked about the state of America's public schools, unconventional approaches to scientific and medical research and the prospect of sharing a private collection of contemporary art with the world." Report

A turning point for Leimert Park Village. LAT

Roy Choi Cooks in California but Takes Plenty of Big Bites Out of South Korea. NYT

Dunkin' Donuts developer agrees to save Long Beach roof sign in the shape of a donut. LAT


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