Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 3.5.14

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

Wednesday short stack

The Los Angeles City Council joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, voting to ban their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. LAT, DN, KPCC, LA Weekly

The City Council also voted Tuesday to grant a $59 million tax subsidy for developer Westfield Group’s The Village at Westfield Topanga, despite a recent downsizing of the planned Woodland Hills mall. DN

This year the LAPD is going to "concentrate greater than ever on traffic,” police chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. KPCC

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a measure that would ban the sale of plastic water bottles at events held on city property. Chronicle, CBS SF

Patt Morrison chats with Toni Atkins, the next Speaker of the state Assembly. LAT Op-ed

Those gold coins found in the Sierra foothills have no connection to a 1901 heist of coins from the San Francisco Mint, experts say. SF Gate

Carl Kasell, the former voice of "Morning Edition" on NPR and the current announcer for "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!," is retiring. NPR

Ken Layne has launched, a website for "active environmentalists...people who actually enjoy being outside and doing things and are not just hunched over their computers reading about climate change." Based in the Bay Area. Capital NY

hayden-tract-illo.jpgCan Culver City's Hayden Tract be more than an architectural curiosity? Curbed LA

Each Wednesday, 40 or 50 cyclists meet up shortly after 9 p.m. at a vacant lot near the Denny's at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in Koreatown to get stoned and go for a fast-paced ride through Los Angeles. LA Weekly

The Annenberg Space for Photography announced its next exhibition, "Country: Portraits of an American Sound," images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. Opens May 31.

Dodgers fans are starting to get upset as they discover they can't watch games on their pay TV service — and wait until the rest find out the Dodgers won't be on free TV anymore at all. Plaschke/LAT

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