Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.14.10

SCOTUS to review California prison order, Villaraigosa paid for his U2 tix, Jack Kyser to retire, Roy Ashburn discusses secret life, John Wooden's funeral plus a whole bunch of weekend and media notes.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review orders that the state of California cut its prison population by 40,000 inmates to improve medical and mental health care. LAT
  • Mayor Villaraigosa paid his own way to the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl last year, his lawyer said, but he attended scores of other events for free but there is a lack of paperwork or calendar entries to confirm or explain his presence. Fox 11, LAT
  • New U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said he would reactivate the office's unit specializing in public corruption and civil rights cases, shut down two years ago. Veteran prosecutor Lawrence Middleton will run the unit. LAT
    Plus: Bruce Riordan, who runs the gang unit for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, is leaving to join Birotte as senior counsel in the U.S. Attorney's office in L.A. Witness L.A.
  • Jack Kyser, who is 76, will retire from full time duty as the local media's favorite economic analyst at the end of the month, but continue as a consultant to the Economic Development Corp. Orlov Tipoffs/DN
  • State Sen. Roy Ashburn discusses with Patt Morrison being a secretly gay conservative Republican politician in Kern County. LAT Op-Ed
  • John Wooden's funeral for family and invited guests was held Friday in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in the Valley. Ex-player Mike Warren delivered the eulogy and Wooden was interred in a wall crypt in the Courts of Remembrance, says the program. ESPN, Radar Online.
  • Erin Aubry Kaplan writes that although she resents the stigma of her hometown of Inglewood, she knows there's some truth to it. LAT Op-Ed
  • The L.A. Times editorializes that City Hall and the Board of Supervisors should approve the deal to give Eli Broad the land to build a museum on Bunker Hill. LAT
  • Anonymous LAPD cop "Jack Dunphy" says the rank and file officers he knows don't support Chief Charlie Beck's position on Arizona's SB 1070. Pajamas Media
  • Financial Times is holding its Business of Luxury summit today and Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, chaired by the paper's editor, Lionel Barber. Info
  • Class-action lawsuits in Los Angeles and Missouri accuse of offering legal services without a license. LABJ
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department unveiled a new website, which for some reason does not include the media information that gets posted by PIOs at
  • Investigators are looking into eight separate early-morning fires set in the Northridge area. LAFD
  • The original Magic Johnson Theatres in the Crenshaw area are closing for a remake. Release
  • Next up for the KTLA reporter and mayoral girlfriend Lu Parker: the Lu Parker Project, which seems to have somethng to do with her animal activism.
  • L.A's best donuts, as voted by attendees at Metblogs' Donut Summit.
  • Former L.A. Times investigative reporter Gary Cohn is joining Mark Cuban's Romenesko
  • Los Angeles Times film editor Tim Swanson is leaving to become a tenure-track professor at American River College in Sacramento. The Wrap
  • Former Lakers assistant Larry Drew, who also played for the Lakers and Clippers, was named coach of the Atlantia Hawks. AP
  • Florida Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton, one of baseball's new crop of hot prospects, starred at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks. ESPN
  • The Nokia Theatre added a curtain to cover upper-level empty seats to make the venue look smaller and more intimate. LABJ

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