Monday Morning Buzz: 3.17.14

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Politics and government

Candidate for governor Tim Donnelly got the unofficial endorsement of the state Republican convention, if you count applause. LAT

Steve Lopez on what Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones is doing working for Mayor Garcetti in City Hall. "I'm alternating between thinking this is the most important thing I've done in my whole career and thinking it's the most terrifying thing I've done." LAT

The city of Los Angeles is suing Time Warner Cable for allegedly withholding millions of dollars in franchise fees. KPCC

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is expected to endorse sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell today.

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff column: Texas governor Rick Perry, sheriff candidates seem to be running against McDonnell, Wendy Greuel's ballot designation, and more. DN

Thelma Meléndez, Mayor Garcetti's top education deputy, is leaving City Hall to take a position at Los Angeles Unified School District. DN

No one watches the hundreds of little governments around LA County, says DJ Waldie. KCET


Media and books

The New York Times picks up the Jason Felch-Occidental College story. NYT

The latest upheaval at Pacifica Radio: the board fired executive director Summer Reese, only in the job since November. NYT

Anthony Lane profiles "the unstoppable" Scarlett Johansson in this week's New Yorker.

Friends of Abe, a loose fellowship of Hollywood conservatives, will be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. NYT

Richard C. Paddock, formerly with the LA Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, is now covering Southeast Asia for the Wall Street Journal, to be based in Jakarta. He's currently working on the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Facebook

Staffers at La Opinion are helping to raise money for an impreMedia colleague at El Diario-La Prensa in New York who lost her husband in the recent Harlem explosion. Give Forward


Courts and cops

lapd-lambo-crop.jpgThe LAPD Air Support Team has a newly donated and sweet black-and-white Lamborghini to use for charitable events. There's a Twitter account for the car. LAist


More news, notes and observations

LA Times picks up the story about the marine fossils coming out of the archeological dig on the future subway route across Wilshire from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits, treated in some depth last week by A Martinez at "Take Two." KPCC, LAT

Here are the wealthy people keeping Scientology alive, says Tony Ortega. The Underground Bunker

The Cold, Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U. NYT Magazine

Envisioning Little Tokyo's Future as a Cultural Ecodistrict. KCET


Tweet of the day

Earthquake aftermath:


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