Morning Buzz: Monday 7.1.13

Politics and government

Mayor Eric Garcetti's schedule for the day, as announced by his office: "Mayor Eric Garcetti will hold 'office hours' during which he will meet with Angelenos who have emailed requests for help from City Hall. He will meet with neighborhood business leaders beforehand. He will meet with constituents from 2 - 5 pm and will meet with business leaders at
9:30 am. 'I will be a back to basics Mayor who is focused on solving problems
and creating jobs in L.A. neighborhoods,' Garcetti said."

Jim Newton on Garcetti and the DWP. LAT Op-ed

Look for ex-Councilwoman Jan Perry to have a senior role in the Garcetti Administration. LAT

Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff column. DN

Antonio Villaraigosa leaves with a 47% favorable rating and 40% unfavorable in a new Times-USC poll. LAT

A new state gas tax adds 3.5 cent to the price of a gallon of gasoline in California today. The state collects 71.9 cents on each gallon, most in the country. AP

Although taxpayers have shelled out tens of millions of dollars in recent years to disgruntled officers who sued over harassment and other workplace problems, Los Angeles Police Department officials have failed to take even basic steps to reduce the number of the costly lawsuits, an audit found. LAT

Tony Arranaga, who was with Bill Rosendahl, starts today as communications director for new Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.

The latest Metro plans do not include an extension of the Gold Line to Claremont, notices columnist David Allen. Daily Bulletin

Media and books

Tribune Co. has agreed to purchase 19 more television stations from Local TV Holdings. The $2.73-billion deal would make Tribune the largest television station group in the country. No word on what this means for sale of the newspapers. LAT

aditi-roy.jpgAditi Roy is joining ABC News as a Los Angeles-based correspondent "reporting for all our broadcasts and platforms," ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced. A longtime reporter and anchor in Philadelphia, Roy has degrees from Berkeley, Stanford and Columbia and last year earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. She is fluent in Bengali and has studied Spanish, ABC says.

Soledad O’Brien will contribute to Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent on its primetime current affairs magazine program “America Tonight," and her production company will produce documentaries for the channel.

USC Annenberg is launching a new nine-month master’s degree in Journalism, replacing the two-year program. USC

Times Community News shut down the Pasadena Sun after less than two years. Note from editor Dan Evans

"After 68," Camilo Silva's project to finish a documentary about the Ambassador Hotel, is raising money on Kickstarter.

John Moreno, formerly digital managing editor at The Wave, joined KTLA as an Internet news producer.

More news, notes and observations

Evidence is mounting that Apple might come out with a smartwatch in the near future: the company applied for the "iWatch" trademark in Japan on June 3rd. Engadget

Sheriff's deputies in Bradbury had to rescue a mother bear and two cubs from a German Shepherd and a Mastiff, but not before one dog was injured. "The Mastiff sustained a one inch puncture wound to its lower back when the mama bear confronted him for chasing after her cubs. Once the dogs were secured, all three bears climbed down the tree and left the back yard by jumping over the fence and retreating back to the ravine, away from the residential area. Neither of the three bears appeared to be injured."

Malibu cracks down on posh rehab facilities. Daily Beast

Two locales served as the backdrop for the phenomenal rise of Patrón tequila: Mexico… and Marina del Rey. The Argonaut

Composting made easy with the 99 Cent Chef. Video

Robbie Rogers of the LA Galaxy has come out as a PETA spokesman. Video

Bert Stern, the fashion photographer who made the iconic last photos of Marilyn Monroe, died at age 83. LAT

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