Morning Buzz: Monday 3.31.14

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California signups under the Affordable Care Act are surging with tonight's deadline to begin enrolling without penalty. LAT

At least two of the finalists for the USC Annenberg journalism directorship that went to Willow Bay were Sue Cross of AP and Neil Chase, formerly of the New York Times. Romenesko

The weekend's boomlet of moderate and smaller earthquakes was a reminder that the Puente Hills thrust fault, which runs under downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood, could do more damage to the heart of Los Angeles than the dreaded Big One on the San Andreas Fault. LAT

Last week's court ruling in favor Controller Ron Galperin raises the pressure on DWP union chief Brian D'Arcy to fork over the documents on how ratepayer money was spent by two nonprofits he oversaw. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

laura-chick-twitter.jpgFormer city controller Laura Chick has suddenly come alive on Twitter, commenting on earthquake preparedness, corruption and media coverage. @Laura_Chick

Gov. Jerry Brown called on state senators Leland Yee, Roderick Wright and Ron Calderon after all three were suspended from voting due to criminal charges or, in Wright's case, conviction. KPCC

The story of California state Sen. Leland Yee's arrest reads like pulp fiction. NPR/AP

If there has ever been a more nauseating corruption scandal in Sacramento than Yee's, says George Skelton, "I'm not aware of it." LAT column

But can the feds actually convict Yee? CalBuzz

Sam Nassrouie is the go-to private investigator in LA's Iranian community. LAT

Eliott Spitzer guest-hosted "Left, Right & Center" on KCRW on Friday. KCRW

Jaime de la Vega, the head of City Hall's transportation department under Antonio Villaraigosa, has joined Englander Knabe & Allen as the PR and lobbying firm's senior vice president in charge of the transportation and infrastructure practice.

The LA Times promoted assistant managing editor, digital Megan Garvey one notch to deputy managing editor, digital and said she will be in charge of reviving the concept of a real-time, online breaking news desk. The Wrap

"60 Minutes" featured an interview with author Michael Lewis, whose new book on the stock market comes out this week. Lewis is at Live Talks Los Angeles in April. CBS

Jon Christensen reviews UCLA geographer Edward Soja's new book, "My Los Angeles," and calls it "an accessible, informative and often entertaining intellectual memoir and tour of the city as seen through the L.A. School, which has contributed some of the most provocative and productive ideas to our understanding of cities in recent history." LAT

The Press-Telegram is reopening an office on Pine Avenue in Long Beach, the street where the newspaper operated for decades. P-T column

The Dodgers lost for the first time this season when reliever Brian Wilson blew the save. The Padres wore their uglier-than-usual jerseys. ESPN LA

General manager Ned Colletti said in an interview that Yasiel Puig called the team meeting last week to discuss how team mates felt about his style of play. OC Register

Trade acquisition Marian Gaborik has been just what the doctor ordered for the LA Kings. Frozen Royalty


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