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'Marketplace' lauded by Media Life

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Media Life magazine today gave its Best of the Best award for radio to Marketplace, the daily news program produced in Los Angeles that airs locally on KCRW and KPCC....

'Power Lunch' returns

The Power Lunch column by Ron Grover, Business Week's Los Angeles bureau chief, was dark for a month. It's back, on BusinessWeek Online, with a piece on Kirk Kerkorian's MGM...

Hillary at Vroman's last night

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Two versions, take your pick: the L.A. Times and Lonewacko....

What's wrong with the literature of L.A.?

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Adam Kirsch (son of Jonathan) asks the question and offers an answer in Slate magazine....

WSJ picks a 'Hollywood Report' columnist

L.A. Observed has learned it's to be John Lippman, who covers entertainment in the Wall Street Journal's Los Angeles bureau. Lippman has been writing about Hollywood for the Journal since...

New LAT political editor

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Don Frederick, currently an editor in the L.A. Times Washington bureau, will run the paper's national political desk for the 2004 election cycle. He has worked on the desk in...

Summer books of note in L.A.

CaliforniaAuthors.com lists upcoming books by novelists Walter Mosely and newcomer (to the mystery genre) Steven Bochco and journalists Joan Didion, Edward Humes, Miles Corwin, Mark Miller and Mark Arax. The...

Last day for L.A. biz tax amnesty

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Freelance journalists and others have until today to get in under the amnesty program for the controversial city of Los Angeles business tax. Some details are available at the Writers...

NY expects to get Bratton back

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A former deputy commissioner of the NYPD, on the likelihood of LAPD chief William Bratton returning to make New York mayor Michael Bloomberg pay for a rise in crime: "[Bloomberg]...

Channel 13 leaves Hollywood

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KCOP-TV has put its La Brea Avenue studio up for sale and moved across town to West L.A. The station, owned by Fox Broadcasting, now shares space with Fox's channel...

California on 'brink of disaster'

Page 1 of Monday's Washington Post, by Rene Sanchez of the L.A. bureau: "The nation's most populous state, home to one of the world's largest economies, has been staring in...

Pulitzer winner Cohn heads to LAT

Gary Cohn, formerly of the Baltimore Sun, confirms via email that he will join the L.A. Times business staff as an investigative reporter in late July....

Guess Riordan's still mad

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In the L.A. Times piece today on the questions that will come up if Arnold Schwarzenegger runs for governor, former mayor Richard Riordan says he thinks the actor will go...

Beware those Culver City singles

In a front page story about the new popularity of online dating in the New York Times, a Culver City woman complains that the men she dates off their personals...

Weekly's profile rises at Opinion

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The latest LA Weekly writer to post a piece in Sunday Opinion at the L.A. Times is Howard Blume, who deftly picks apart the L.A. school district's dropout stats. Weekly...

And speaking of Crenshaw...

High profile for the Crenshaw area this week, with the council debate and now Sunday's review by Jonathan Kirsch of Southland: A Novel. He enjoys the murder mystery by Nina...

Sunday on 'Deadline L.A.'

Los Angeles has a lone on-the-air show dedicated to perusing the local media: Deadline L.A. on KPFK-FM (90.7). It airs every Sunday from noon to 12:30, looking at "news and...

Valenti's long goodbye begins

James Bates chats up 81-year-old Jack Valenti on the eve of meetings with studio execs to consider his eventual retirement and successor as head of the MPAA. No date has...

Pray before you ride Xcelerator

Knott's Berry Farm, which by some accounts was the nation's first theme park, is the only one with a church that holds Sunday services, the New York Times reports. It's...

Another Arianna item? C'mon!

Sometimes you can't plan these things. I should have caught this a couple of days ago though. Ed Rampell in the L.A. Alternative Press ponders Arianna Huffington and asks: does...

Council ducks on Crenshaw

Rather than decide today, the L.A. city council sent the question of renaming Crenshaw Boulevard for the late mayor Tom Bradley to committee. If it comes back, one thing will...

Freelancers' tax amnesty ends Monday

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June 30 is the last day that writers and other freelancers swept up in the city of Los Angeles' aggressive move to collect business taxes can file for amnesty. The...

Taking the fray home to Brentwood

KCRW is throwing a fundraiser at the home of Arianna Huffington on July 13 that will feature a live presentation of Left, Right and Center, the politics show on which...

When Stravinsky came to town

Studio 360, the weekly culture show on NPR hosted by Kurt Andersen, has a good historical segment today on the European composers and musicians who fled the Nazis and came...

Univision fight all about voters?

All the noise in Washington about Univision's desire to merge with another Hispanic-oriented media company is really a Democrat-inspired fight over the future loyalties of Latino voters, writes Daniel Gross...

Squeaky finds love in prison

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a familiar figure in Los Angeles before she tried to shoot President Gerald Ford in 1974, is in love with a serial killer who poisoned four patients...

Call him Commissioner Boyarsky

Retired L.A. Times city editor and columnist Bill Boyarsky was named to the city ethics commission yesterday by Controller Laura Chick, subject to confirmation. Boyarsky, who lectures on politics at...

Ron Fineman ailing, blog says

Postings to Ron Fineman's On the Record, which covers the local TV newsrooms closer than anyone, have slowed because Fineman is battling cancer, writes Michael Schneider, the TV editor at...

Tavis sits down with Farrakhan

Tavis Smiley went to Chicago for a two-part interview with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, that aired on his NPR show from Los Angeles. Tonight's final installment included...

Good day for CaliforniaAuthors.com

The website CaliforniaAuthors.com was Yahoo's Pick of the Day yesterday (sorry we missed it...), and also celebrates its first anniversary this week. The site is the creation of editor Donna...

LAPD watches animal rights group

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The Daily News reported this morning that a militant animal rights group says it is being investigated by the LAPD's anti-terrorism unit. The Animal Defense League drew attention by posting...

Roger L. Simon writes on Ross Thomas

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Roger L. Simon, author of the Moses Wine detective novels and a blogger, revisits the work and life of his fellow mystery spinner and old friend Ross Thomas in a...

Gay politics in L.A. lacking leaders

The LA Weekly's Christopher Lisotta describes a leadership vacuum in L.A. gay politics since the depatures of Joel Wachs (to New York) and Jackie Goldberg (Sacramento). "No openly gay candidate...

Somebody goes to Press Club parties

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L.A. blogger Luke Ford likes to do blanket coverage of events given by the Los Angeles Press Club, and he files a report (with a mention of L.A. Observed) from...

Register visits the LAT's feud in OC

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Greg Hardesty in The Register gives a once-over to the ongoing feud between Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas and the L.A. Times. The prosecutor stopped talking to all reporters at...

Covering California's budget mess

Kyle McKinnon, filling in for Warren Olney, discussed the crumbling California financial situation yesterday with Dennis Cauchon, the USA Today reporter whose investigative pieces this week explore just how badly...

Everything about avocados

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David Karp, who writes richly detailed stories about food in the LAT often, tours the avocado groves of Southern California for the New York Times today. He delves into the...

David Hume Kennerly goes local

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The front page photo in the free weekly Santa Monica Mirror of cute kids carrying protest signs is not stunning, but the credit line is: David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer winner...

Arianna endorses Elle Woods

Arianna Huffungton's usual Wednesday op-ed didn't run in the L.A. Times today, but in it the Brentwood salon maven and regular Friday kibitzer on KCRW likes the message of 'Legally...

Schlosberg quits foundation

Former LAT publisher Richard Schlosberg is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He landed at the Northern California foundation after leaving...

The adventures of Chicken Boy

The feisty downtown paper Garment & Citizen is bringing Chicken Boy back to L.A. For years a giant fiberglass Chicken Boy statue sat atop a restaurant of the same name...

Volokh on speech in NRO

UCLA law professor and local blogger Eugene Volokh has a piece in National Review Online arguing against a ruling that makes an Elks Club in New Hampshire legally liable for...

Jill Stewart for Guv?

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Mickey Kaus, blogging at Slate magazine, likes the Gray Davis recall idea, but not the way the successor is chosen, so he puts her name on the board [scroll down]...

Annenberg joins with online awards

The USC Annenberg School for Communication will now co-produce the annual Online Journalism Awards with the Online News Association. USC replaces Columbia University as partner. Entries are accepted July 1-21,...

Longabardi vs. the AP

The Baltimore Sun weighs into the case of Los Angeles freelance investigative reporter Eric Longabardi, who gave up on the TV news business and went to Associated Press hoping to...

'BuzzMachine' needles LAT

Jeff Jarvis, big-time blogger (BuzzMachine.com), isn't in L.A., but he thought of the Times as he was looking to make the point that newspapers sprouting in Iraq should emulate websites...

Tribune plans free L.A. "luxury" mag

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Distinction magazine will launch in Los Angeles in the fall, Jack Fuller, president of Tribune's newspaper division, told Wall Street analysts and investors Tuesday in New York. The company already...

LAT fails this guy's litmus test

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Screenwriter and journalist Bruce Feirstein -- a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and columnist from L.A. for The New York Observer, writing at the website DuckSeason.org -- applies his political...

Jewish Press in Beverly Hills

The American Jewish Press Association is in town this week, at the Beverly Hilton. Wednesday's session includes a panel and job fair for freelancers....

Univision could get even bigger

Univision would own 5 of the Los Angeles area's 20 Spanish-language radio stations if its disputed merger with Hispanic Broadcasting goes through, the New York Times reports. Univision Communications, based...

Baquet discussed only M.E., Colford says

NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s interest in Dean Baquet was as managing editor, the #2 job, the New York Daily News' Paul Colford writes, citing unnamed sources. Baquet turned it...

LeDuff turns phrases in South L.A.

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"LOS ANGELES - It is understood on the streets of gangland that a rivalry can leave you dominant or it can leave you dead. But sometimes it can leave you...

Some new links

New links in the right-hand column include Hollywood Reporter media columnist Ray Richmond, the Ocean Park Gazette, Written By (the magazine of the Writers Guild), The Aesthetic (the "South Bay's...

LAPD writer rags on Times

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"Jack Dunphy" is the nom de cyber of an LAPD officer who contributes columns to the conservative website National Review Online. Today, he anonymously and harshly critiques the LAT's recent...

Weintraub's Bee blog takes off

Dan Weintraub, the former L.A. Times reporter who is now a state Capitol columnist for the Sacramento Bee, is posting a daily weblog of political observations for the Bee called...

On the air this week

Life and Times on KCET will look at L.A.'s historic art form, neon, on Monday, and carry reports from South Korea by Jeffrey Kaye on Tuesday and Wednesday...At KPCC (89.3),...

L.A.'s ghost buildings

The Franklin Avenue blog has pulled together some fun info on several notable buildings around Los Angeles that sit empty or nearly so. My favorite is the monstrosity at 1100...

Malibu firm to relaunch Worth mag

Who knew that Malibu was a haven for publishers. Last week it was a buyer for the Political Pulse newsletter, and now CurtCo Media Group, publisher of the Robb Report,...

L.A. Press Club honors 'Journalists of the Year'

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Sure, the headline could be better, but there are six names and why show bias to the big guys, right? JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Print Over 100,000 Circulation STEVE LOPEZ...

LABJ misses by a day

Ouch. The Los Angeles Business Journal has to close each week's issue on Thursday...and on Friday, Wendy Greuel pulled out of the race for president of the city council. That...

L.A. quote of the day

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Author Aimee Bender, on being a novelist in a screenwriter town (she lives and writes in a Hollywood apartment): "They don't know what to do with you. There's a lot...

Newsreels to be saved at UCLA

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Old movie newsreels dating as far back as 1917 will be digitized and put up on the Net under a joint project of IBM and the UCLA Film and Television...

DiFi's out, Lopez is game

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she won't run in a recall race with Gray Davis on the ballot, which may be dumb tactics by the Democrats but it's OK with L.A....

L.A. progressives making plans

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Three members of Los Angeles' progressive leadership propose in Sunday Opinion that with Antonio Villaraigosa and Martin Ludlow joining the city council, the time is now to move on the...

The Sunday view from New York

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Selling MCA to Matsushita was the biggest mistake of Lew Wasserman's extraordinary career, Bernard Weinraub writes in his NYT review of Connie Bruck's biography, When Hollywood Had a King. Weinraub...

Fact checking Hugh Hewitt

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I don't know Hugh Hewitt's work well enough to know whether he is regularly dishonest to his blog's audience or just blinded by partisanship (or maybe posts without thinking it...

Freedom of the press at Venice High

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The Venice High School student newspaper The Oarsman spent months investigating a teacher's past relationship and messy breakup with actor Edward Furlong ("Terminator 2") -- then was barred from running...

Council drama ends before it begins

Nothing ruins a good fight like giving in. Wendy Greuel said late Friday that she won't try to topple 30-year-old Alex Padilla from his lofty perch as president of the...

Thunder in the L.A. sky

An F-117A stealth fighter will scream across Los Angeles at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, for the Aviation Expo at Van Nuys Airport. For something called "stealth," it's quite loud,...

We should all get out more...

Excessive media consumption may lead to a sedentary lifestyle and risky sexual behaviour, says a position paper by the Canadian Pediatric Society. (Link from I Want Media)...

Baquet rejects New York?

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Paul Colford, the New York Daily News media writer, says newsrom buzz at the New York Times has it that Dean Baquet turned down an overture to leave Los Angeles....

The Times and the D.A.

Since Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas won't let the L.A. Times see press releases from his office, the Times is resorting to official freedom of information requests. Now they...

Broad knows where the brains are

Eli Broad, the richest man in Los Angeles, may be ready to spend $60 million for a new home for modern art on Wilshire Boulevard, but the Eli and Edythe...

Why L.A. banned rock festivals

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Exactly 34 years ago today -- also on a Friday -- Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner played for 50,000 fans in Los Angeles. Not in a stadium, but...

New books from Tervalon, Simon

L.A. author Jervey Tervalon’s upcoming novel, Lita, is excerpted in today's LA Weekly: "That’s what was weird about my life in Los Angeles; everybody saw me as what they wanted...

CityBEAT #2 hits the street

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L.A. Observed can't observe with any cred on website design (for plainly obvious reasons...), and it's all personal preference anyway. But I'll just say this about the CityBEAT/ValleyBEAT site: the...

In a stew about Mel Gibson

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Remember the profile of Mel Gibson and his new film The Passion by L.A. writer Christopher Noxon last March in the New York Times Magazine? Says Richard Horgan, writing at...

Venice is safe for the summer

A midseason spinoff of the WB's "Gilmore Girls" that was to have been shot entirely on location in Venice won't happen. Too expensive, says TVWeek.com. Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator and co-executive...

Telling lies for Wacko Jacko

Longtime Hollywood publicist Lee Solters says of working with Michael Jackson, "Don't write this, but I finally quit because he wanted me to lie too often." It's from an interesting...

So media blogs can make money

Mark Glaser at USC's Online Journalism Review writes about two websites on media that have found the magic. I Want Media is run from a New York apartment, Paid Content...

Tavis Smiley gets reactions

The Los Angeles-based radio program with an African American world view is growing fast and attracting "some of the most intense and visceral reactions -- both pro and con" in...

What, no Finke story on Calendar today?

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Editors of the L.A. Times Calendar section are probably relieved that today's LA Weekly does not contain a story by Nikki Finke. She's been working on a piece about Calendar...

Gray used to like tech

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Nick Schulz, the editor of techcentralstation.com, muses in an L.A. Times op-ed piece today on the irony that the Internet Gray Davis has championed as governor is helping to stoke...

The emerging Latino-Jewish bloc

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"Most of the remaining white Democrats who hold public office [in Los Angeles] are Jews. As Latinos seek to improve their position, by the laws of probability, it'll come at...

L.A. Observed, version 1.3

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Bit of a new look around here, prompted by the email gift a few days ago of a donated logo. To the talented graphic designer who took pity on this...

Baquet in two-way derby to run NYT, Observer says

The New York Observer's Sridhar Pappu writes today that newsroom sources at the New York Times say the derby to become executive editor is now a two-man race between former...

Riordan to back Arnold, says Buchanan

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Right-wing columnist Pat Buchanan writes that his sources tell him Arnold Scwarzenegger has decided to run in the Davis recall election and will have the backing of Richard Riordan. Arnold,...

Seipp on writing freelance in L.A.

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Cathy Seipp bemoans the plight of Los Angeles freelancers and puts some of the blame on the Times in her UPI column: "Conventional wisdom has it that the wretched state...

Marnye Oppenheim wake

Friends of the former New Times writer and office manager, who passed away last month, are throwing a wake and want the word out: Marnye Gras Saturday, June 28 7:30...

LAT's Slackman headed to NYT

Michael Slackman has the dateline from Hillah, Iraq in this morning's L.A. Times, but it may be among his last for the paper. Newsroom buzz says he has accepted an...

Hillary's crowd vs. Howard's

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In advance of Hillary Clinton's June 29 appearance at Vroman's in Pasadena, the bookstore's Linda Urban tells Tim Rutten: "We've already had 500 requests for signed books, more than I...

New York Post gossips about LAPD's Miller

When was the last time a top LAPD official made the tabloid's gossipy Page Six? Umm--never? But John Miller, the ex-TV journalist brought in by chief William Bratton to head...

Making sense of L.A. addresses

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From UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy: Recent arrivals to L.A. might like to know this useful mnemonic for figuring out what side of the street a...

The Dodgers observed

Just as baseball isn't the national game anymore, the Dodgers aren't the cultural glue they used to be in Los Angeles. But they still matter to many people, so here's...

LAT is rated second to Dallas in features

The L.A. Times takes a second to the Dallas Morning News in general excellence in the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards. They are not given for writing about the great state...

Jim Bellows grabs another honor

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Jim Bellows, the respected editor who at different times headed the L.A. Times features coverage and ran the Herald Examiner, has been awarded the Clurman Award for Mentoring. That's something...

February in Santa Monica won't be the same

For years now the American Film Market has taken over Santa Monica's sidewalks, restaurants and movie screens in Feburary. Starting next year, the market will shift to November in order...

Malibu publisher buys 'Political Pulse'

The semi-monthly newsletter of insider notes on state and L.A. politics was started by longtime Sacramento hands Bud Lembke and Larry Lynch. They are retiring and have sold Political Pulse...

Beware the Autopsy blog

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A couple of months ago I spent an uncomfortable 20 minutes on the basement "service floor" of the L.A. County coroner's office. I was there for a magazine article, those...

Do they know Ruth Seymour's voice in New York?

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Ever wonder why KCRW, the Santa Monica College public radio station (FM 89.9), streams live across the Internet 24/7? Think wider prestige, new audiences, new subscriptions at fund-drive time from...

John Miller's role -- and salary -- at LAPD rankles

Michael Gougis in the Daily News reports on the internal backlash at Parker Center over John Miller, the ex-journalist for ABC who police chief William Bratton is paying $157,289 a...

'Greg Packer' gives good quote in LAT too

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Greg Packer lives on Long Island and likes to be quoted in news stories, both in print and on TV. He makes himself visible at big events and is always...

Baquet heads another list for New York Times

Managing editor Dean Baquet of the L.A. Times shows up at the top of another ranking of prospective NYT executive editors. This one is in New York magazine, where Carl...

LABJ: Arnold, lap dances, Charles Phoenix

Schwarzenegger the candidate, strip clubs trying to save lap dancing and the pop icon collections of author Charles Phoenix are among the free stories on the Los Angeles Business Journal...

L.A. City Hall skirmish cracks NYT

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Mayor Jim Hahn's dust-up with the city council over hiring new cops -- that's what it was ostensibly about anyway -- breaks into the pages of the New York Times...

Morrison fills in for Larry Mantle all week

While we're still on radio...Patt Morrison will handle the mike at KPCC's morning show AirTalk all this week while host Larry Mantle is on vacation....

L.A.'s longest running radio show?

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Just to finish up the weekend...planting my garden Saturday I listened to all two hours of The Car Show on KPFK (90.7 FM) and I don't care anything about cars...

If you don't already live there, Valley edition

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In Sandra Tsing Loh's 1997 novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, a young bohemian couple lusts to buy a home somewhere suitably hip like Silver Lake...

Selected Sunday Reads

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Role reversal: The NYT's Sunday Styles section has three features from Los Angeles today. Amy Wallace, a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine, files a Father's Day Left Coast Journal...

If you don't already live there, it's too late

The coastal strip around Santa Barbara has become the most expensive area in California to buy a home. With median prices at $825,000 and rising, the town is losing its...

Shaw: Papers should query story subjects on accuracy

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In his Sunday L.A. Times media column, David Shaw wonders why more newspapers don't send letters to the subjects of their articles, asking if the published facts were correct. One...

Remember those stolen Oscars?

Only three of the 55 Oscar statuettes swiped en route to Los Angeles from the factory three years ago were never found. Now one of them has turned up, during...

Slate remembers Scott Shuger

The creator of Slate's popular Today's Papers feature at first assembed the column here in Los Angeles, working deep into the early morning to get it ready for East Coast...

Marcos Villatoro on literary radio in L.A.

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Marcos Villatoro, who hosts the book show Shelf Life on KPFK (Mondays, 2 p.m.), talks about L.A.'s literary radio scene in an excerpt from the anthology, Misread City: New Literary...

Good mix on 'Which Way, L.A.?' today

Cardinal Mahony's stalling, history of the Pasadena Freeway, new poll numbers on the Gray Davis recall and Ken Turan's appreciation of Gregory Peck. If you have a fast connection, listen...

New CityBEAT needles Riordan's Ex

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OK, more on CityBEAT now that I've seen the print copy. The first picture by photog-around-town Gary Leonard is of former mayor Richard Riordan, posing outside The Pantry with the...

SoCal hacker of Al-Jazeera site pleads out

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CNET's News.com has the details of how William Racine II, a Norco web designer, scammed Network Solutions to give him access to the Al-Jazeera.net domain, which he then redirected to...

Another sad night at the Playboy mansion

Franklin Avenue blogs about the Spike TV party on Tuesday night. Sounds like a lot of the usual Hefner hangers-on. The blog also ponders the pirate radio scene around Echo...

New sports website in L.A.

The Amateur Athletic Foundation's Sports Letter, which ceased publication in 2001, is back as a web-only newsletter. It's a nice-looking roundup of items from the sports world, some local and...

Mickey Kaus vs. 'Tara' Guber

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Mickey Kaus gets in some good if belated digs at the infamous "contact yoga" interview with Lynda Guber a couple of weeks ago in the L.A. Times' new Home section....

SAG fight makes it onto Howard Stern's show

James Bates explains in the L.A. Times why those pickets have been out on Wilshire Boulevard -- the actors are fighting among themselves again....

Now there's an 'L.A. Parking Guide'

Glovebox-friendly, but I'd guess ultimately not very useful to anyone with a clue about L.A....

TV operation here feeds protests in Iran

National Iranian Television, which beams onto a satellite from Woodland Hills, is encouraging the street protests in Tehran. Zia Ataby, president of NITV, spoke with Warren Olney yesterday (Real Audio)....

'San Remo Drive' in the 1940s and '50s

San Remo Drive, the latest novel by Leslie Epstein, gets its name from the affluent street in Pacific Palisades where he grew up with Liz Taylor in his pool and...

NYT op-ed chides Los Angeles for murder rate

In a piece called L.A.'s Streets of Death on the op-ed page in the New York Times, Bob Herbert writes: " I don't know which is more bizarre, the agonizing...

Welcome to CityBeat...and good luck

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LA CityBeat's first issue is online now and includes a cover story (with photo of Osama Bin Laden) in which the LAPD's newscaster-turned-terrorism expert John Miller is turned loose to...

LA Weekly explains the LAPD budget fight

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Celeste Fremon in the LA Weekly gives the clearest recitation I've seen on the LAPD hiring snit between Hahn and Bratton (who asked for the money to add 320 cops)...

'Riposte' takes on Belmont Learning Center

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In his regular Wednesday take, Rip Rense rants on the L.A. school board for making another run at building the Belmont Learning Center -- methane, earthquake faults and all. He...

Blog is back

New entries weren't being seen here on the main page this morning due to a glitch with Movable Type. Oddly, they did show up in the archives. Anyway, things seem...

Baquet is the favorite for top NYT job, Mnookin says

Newsweek's media writer Seth Mnookin gives 2-1 odds that L.A. Times managing editor Dean Baquet will be offered the job of New York Times executive editor. Before coming to L.A....

"Mayor of the Sunset Strip"

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The film about longtime KROQ-FM disc jockey (and Monkees stand-in) Rodney Bingenheimer -- and therefore about a swath of Los Angeles pop culture history -- will premiere next week at...

Will DiFi run if there's a recall?

"Roughly every 10 minutes, I get an e-mail from Feinstein's office telling me what she's been up to since the last e-mail," Steve Lopez quips in his appraisal this morning...

Today on Larry Mantle, Warren Olney and L&T

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This morning on Airtalk with Larry Mantle, Larry plans to discuss the anti-lap dance ordinance that's before the L.A. city council and talk with Michael Lewis about his new baseball...

What's up with all the gunfire in Santa Monica?

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Five gang-related shooting incidents in a month in the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica (with no one hit) inspired a rally and march by residents, the Santa Monica Daily Press...

Jill Stewart won't be part of new CityBeat

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Political opinion-monger Jill Stewart confirms by email that her bi-weekly Sacramento column won't run in CityBeat, the new L.A. free paper launching on Thursday. She does appear in Pasadena Weekly,...

Herald Examiner alumni have a new web home

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My email brings news of a new message board for ex-staffers of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, which shut down in, I think, 1989. It's run by Chris Gulker, who...

Blogger no friend of DN's Weinkopf

The SoCal blog Shock & Awe puts a new spin on the self-revelation by Daily News editorial writer Chris Weinkopf that he was once good buds with terrorism suspect John...

mediabistro hypes its new L.A. personal ads

For those who like this kind of thing, here are some photos from the mediabistro.com party at the Bel-Age on May 29 to launch the website's new L.A. personals....

New look with more snark at LAExaminer.com

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LAExaminer.com unveils a new design that looks really nice in Explorer. They're still working on other browsers -- it doesn't parse at all yet in my Netscape 7. If you...

Euros finally learn: it's HOT in Death Valley

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French and German tourists were just about the only fools to take on Death Valley in summer, but they finally got smart (and a little hurt by all the Euro...

They're really relieved the Cup won't be in Anaheim

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Them and them....

Valdes-Rodriguez now mellow about the LAT

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Alicia Valdes-Rodriguez was known in her short career at the L.A. Times for penning a hilarious piece on being a Latina visitor to Cuba and encountering Woody Harrelson, and for...

Muscle mags to stay in L.A. and add celebs

The longtime flagship of the now-merged Weider magazine empire, Muscle and Fitness, won't be going to New York with Men's Fitness. M&F and its spinoff, Muscle and Fitness Hers, will...

For the Valley, it has come to this...

The San Fernando Valley Fair, an annual tradition for more than fifty years, celebrated the old ranching culture again this weekend -- but not in the Valley. Just like many...

NYT should nab Brownstein, Postrel says

Former L.A. author and blogger Virginia Postrel nominates Ron Brownstein, the national political writer for the Los Angeles Times, as somebody the New York Times should hire. She also thinks...

Daily News scribe shocked at pic of terrorist

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That's because Chris Weinkopf, the paper's editorial writer, used to hang out with John Noster, the Valley man who the feds say was on a path to become the next...

Toughest crown in sports to win

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It just doesn't get better than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. The ultimate game of the most intense tournament in the fastest, most demanding sport. Doesn't even matter...

LAT bias memo analyzed in Globe

John Carroll's warning to the staff on liberal bias got another airing over the weekend in the Boston Globe. Cathy Young, who also writes for Reason, explores the spectrum of...

Is the City Council flakking movies now?

At Hit and Run, the news blog of the libertarians who write and edit Los Angeles-based Reason, Matt Welch busts the L.A. City Council: "Taking Hollywood promotional tie-ins to a...

Kitty Felde remembers Wattstax at the Coliseum

Missed it on Friday, but "Talk of the City" on KPCC had a program about WattStax, the "black Woodstock" that drew 100,000 people to the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972....

O'Reilly bungles the LAT bias memo -- twice

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Last week on his radio show, Fox News talkschlub Bill O'Reilly railed about the L.A. Times memo on liberal bias and attributed it to editor John Roberts. A listener who...

Riordan running for Guv and launching paper?

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Erstwhile L.A. Examiner publisher and editor Richard Riordan is making arrangements to run again for governor if the Gray Davis recall makes the ballot, says Robert Novak, the conservative Chicago...

Bad year already for ICM

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International Creative Management, a prime Beverly Hills talent agency, has lost clients Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to rivals and had an agent get in a public tiff...

WashPost recalls the LAT's Staples Center fiasco

Howard Kurtz, in his post-mortem Monday on Howell Raines' downfall: "The era of sweeping media mishaps under the proverbial rug is long gone, in part because there are so many...

Sunday reads

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It's Lew Wasserman day in the L.A. Times. In the Book Review, Richard Schickel calls Connie Bruck's new bio of the Hollywood powerhouse "the sort of elegy the old man...

Rename Crenshaw Blvd. for Tom Bradley?

The Daily Breeze reports on a move to change several miles of Crenshaw (from Wilshire to 79th Street) to Tom Bradley Boulevard. Bradley, for those who forget, was the mayor...

LAT fashion writer's wedding in NYT

Booth Moore writes fashion for the L.A. Times and her new husband, Adam Robert Tschorn, is a Los Angeles freelance writer who "composes questions for 'The Weakest Link' and other...

L.A. expert William Fulton files for city council

William Fulton, prolific and respected writer on Los Angeles history, planning and architecture, is running for the city council -- in Ventura....

David Shaw faults New Journalism

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David Shaw argues in a Sunday L.A. Times column that the fabrications of journalists such as Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass were an inevitable result of the New Journalism trend...

This is Romenesko

Jim Romenesko, king of the media bloggers, is modest about his role in the Howell Raines downfall: "I just post the stories." For this feature on him in Saturday's L.A....

And in news of the free weeklies...

LA Weekly won a pair of Alternative Newsweekly Awards announced Friday, for arts criticism by John Powers and photography by Max S. Gerber. The Weekly also picked up an honorable...

Boyarsky takes on a new column

The former L.A. Times Metro columnist, city editor and longtime politics writer Bill Boyarsky has begun contributing a monthly "City Voice" column to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles....

No local papers impress E&P

Editor and Publisher, the newspaper trade publication, has released its annual feature on 10 That Do It Right and includes no papers from California. The criteria: "We are not honoring...

Carroll's plans could affect NYT derby

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The Wall Street Journal mentions L.A. Times editor John Carroll as a possible longshot for the top job at the New York Times, then shoots it down: "Having an editor...

'Death by a thousand comments' at the NYT

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Tim Rutten says the Internet was crucial in the takedown of New York Times editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd. It was, he writes in today's Regarding Media...

Baquet future at NYT just speculation...so far

Nobody as yet seems to have good information that L.A. Times managing editor Dean Baquet is on the short list for New York Times executive editor, but he makes the...

Look who approves of 'Bruce Almighty'

"'Bruce Almighty' is an extremely funny movie," writes Sister Rose Pacatte in The Tidings, the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Far from being offended by Jim Carrey's...

The New Yorker drifts above L.A.

There's no ignoring the sound made by the motors on the Goodyear blimp. They whine like a super-sized insect, and whenever the unmistakable buzzing floats over our hill beside Santa...

Press Club honors Michael Kelly

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The Los Angeles Press Club plans to give its second Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism to Michael Kelly, the editor at large for Atlantic Monthly and...

New York Times editors resign

Executive editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd both resign in the continuing fallout from the Jayson Blair scandal. Jim Romenseko has a good array of links. The former...

What Karl Rove might do with the Carroll memo...

In response to the John Carroll memo on L.A. Times liberal bias, Marc Cooper of the LA Weekly conjures up a missive to Carroll from the desk of White House...

Wrapping up BookExpo

Steven Zeitchik of Publisher's Weekly covers the party scene and also wraps up the business end of the weekend's BookExpo America held in L.A. It doesn't sound like it was...

Singleton grabs TV station under new FCC rules

William Dean Singleton, owner of the L.A. Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and a clutch of other SoCal newspapers, is the first media mogul to move on expansion under...

Baquet on Newsweek's list to run NYT if Raines goes

L.A. Times managing editor Dean Baquet should be considered a contender for the top job at the New York Times if Howell Raines does not survive the scandals rocking his...

Postrel urges bloggers to get some balance

Virginia Postrel, herself a blogger and author, chides the online writers who have been piling on the New York Times knee-jerk style and addresses one of the essential differences between...

'44 Minutes' works for FX

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout on Sunday night drew the highest ratings ever for the FX cable network, the Hollywood Reporter says. Here's the earlier post on L.A. Observed....

Freddy Blassie and his 'pencil-neck geeks'

Freddie Blassie entertained Los Angeles as the most hated villain of local "professional" wrestling in the 1950s and 60s, when wrestling and roller derby were first hugely popular on television....

Pop-ups not enough for LATimes.com

Some kind of fees or subscriptions are in the future at the Los Angeles Times website, Tribune Interactive boss David Hiller says. He tells American Journalism Review: "I think that...

'Life and Times' has Trillin, Lisa See

KCET's Life and Times has author Calvin Trillin on tonight (channel 28 at 7 and 11 p.m.) along with a report on the Wiseburn School District, near El Segundo, which...

KPFK to open new studio

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The Pacifica radio station at 90.7 FM that has been on the L.A. scene since 1959 is throwing an open house and barbecue this Saturday to celebrate completion of a...

Fun with Arnold

Newsweek's June 9 issue offers up a script for a campaign ad should Arnold Schwarzenegger need one, and also considers the personal pros and cons of his running for governor....

Patt Morrison likes...

One of the most multi-faceted scribes in the city -- two LAT columns, TV and radio commentaries, panels, bookstore appearances, VP of the Los Angeles Press Club -- answers questions...

FCC vote benefits Tribune Co.

The Republican majority on the FCC voted as expected to ease federal rules on media ownership. In Los Angeles this means that the Tribune Co. can retain both the L.A....

Scott Gold in high standing, Carroll says

L.A. Times national correspondent Scott Gold receives some nice praise from Editor John Carroll in the aftermath of Carroll's memo critiquing a recent Gold story on abortion for displaying liberal...

Publisher Michael Viner is back

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Michael Viner, who published the book by O.J. trial figure Faye Resnick and the memoir by former Heidi Fleiss call girls called You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again,...

Riordan's pub to be "more of a magazine"

Ken Layne, who is a co-founder with Matt Welch of LA Examiner.com and is involved with Dick Riordan's promised weekly, says on his blog that it won't really be a...

Reading and liking 'The Misread City'

Jonathan Kirsch peruses the newest anthology of L.A. literature, The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles, and writes in the L.A. Times Book Review that editors Scott Timberg and Dana...

Checking in on BookExpo

CaliforniaAuthors.com is filing occasional reports from the BookExpo downtown. So is Roger L. Simon on his blog, here and here. C-SPAN2 is also devoting most of the weekend to the...

Juan Romero can't forget RFK

The teenage busboy photographed as he cradled the bloodied head of Robert F. Kennedy on the pantry floor at the Ambssador Hotel on June 5, 1968, is now a 53-year-old...

The worse old days of L.A. TV

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In advance of this week's FCC vote on media ownership, L.A. Times business writer James Bates remembers when Los Angeles TV channels stopped at 2-4-5-7-9-11-13 and the only Dodgers games...

Welcome to the MBSFVCSC

The Daily News editorial page gets off a good jab at the title given the new city office building in Van Nuys: "Not since the days of the Soviet Empire...

NoHo shootout now a TV movie

That frightening morning in 1996 when the LAPD came under attack from bank robbers with assault rifles and body armor in North Hollywood produced incredibly raw live TV. Now it's...
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