Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.5.13

Top of the news
puig-firsthomers-dodgers.jpgAnd in his second game: Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' new 22-year-old right fielder, hit his first two home runs and had five runs batted in. He took two curtain calls from the dugout. The Dodgers have won both of his games. Too soon to call it a mania...but bears watching. ESPN LA


Politics and government

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant scoffed at the DWP union for trying to block the release of names and salaries of mechanics, typists and meter readers on security grounds. The union has sued to stop the LA Times from getting the names. LAT

DWP union chief Brian D'Arcy says that John Shallman ran a "tone-deaf campaign...a crappy campaign" for Wendy Greuel and should have been able to deflect criticism of the union and the utility. LAT Op-ed

Despite criticism over its cost, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday defended this week's Celebration L.A., designed to pay tribute to his years as mayor, honor various groups in the city and feature former President Bill Clinton. Eric Garcetti has not confirmed his attendance. DN

Denny Zane and Gloria Ohland write up Mayor Villaraigosa’s Transportation Legacy: Top 10 Remarkable Achievements. CityWatch

CAO Miguel Santana recommends the city hand over management of the Convention Center to Anschutz Entertainment Group. DN

The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly investigate misconduct allegations against the fire chief, top union officials and members of an elite unit that delves into charges involving rank-and-file firefighters, according to an audit presented to the city Fire Commission on Tuesday. LAT

Councilman Tom LaBonge will hold his first summer bike tour of the year today at 6 p.m., starting at the sister cities sign outside City Hall. A Healthy Design.com

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti hosts a roundtable discussion today in Hollywood with representatives of LA's technology industry about ways city government can help grow jobs, and a gathering of residents in Boyle Heights "where he will seek new solutions to make City Hall work better and to fix problems in our neighborhoods."

A short segment of bus rapid transit lane opens today on Wilshire Boulevard from MacArthur Park to Western Avenue. Metro

The City Clerk's office certified the number of signatures to put a measure on the ballot asking voters to create a city of Los Angeles public health department.

Compton voters chose new over old in a mayoral election that saw political newcomer Aja Brown, a 31-year-old urban planner, defeat controversial former Mayor Omar Bradley. LAT


Media and books

Gustavo Arellano apologizes to East Los Angeles College for missing his graduation speech date. OC Weekly

Henry Louis Gates Jr. visited Sable Images Shop near Leimert Park, while filming an episode of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," a six-hour African-American history series for PBS starting Oct. 22. The shop sells racist "Sambo Art." The Root.com

Remember when The Eastsider LA held a public reading of its blog comments in March? An expanded version of "Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments" will be part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and debuts Saturday. Hollywood Fringe, KCRW

Wonkette's snark survives under Rebecca Schoenkopf. Politico

Ruth Buell, the "Uncle Ruthie" who has hosted a show on KPFK for decades, is columnized by Steve Lopez for the tree in her Pico-Robertson yard where people are invited to stop and write poetry. LAT

Los Angeles Magazine is starting a pop-up blog "Crime in L.A." for its upcoming crime Issue.

One of the Koch brothers is sponsoring a “Liberty Hackathon” later this month in San Francisco. Political blotter

Author Lisa See tweeted yesterday: "I'm sitting in a great chair, editing my book in Union Station." She included a pic of her view. Twitter


More news, notes and observations

The Powerhouse fire has been 70 percent contained. DN

Fake Casting Calls Luring Hopeful Contestants Out of Money. NBC 4

Leslie Van Houten, the youngest Charles Manson follower convicted in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles that shocked the world, has a parole hearing today. It's her 19th hearing, and like at the others a representative of the Los Angeles DA's office will oppose her release. Van Houten did not take part in the Sharon Tate murders but was involved in the killing the next day of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. AP

Adult film actor Jesse Spencer, 42, was sentenced to jail for knowingly exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis after testing positive for the disease days earlier.

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has SoCal roots, and his father was murdered five years ago at his Compton car wash. ESPN

The Kings won 3-1 at Staples Center last night, beating the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith faces a disciplinary hearing today for swinging his stick into the face of Kings forward Jeff Carter. TSN


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