The first issue of Distinction, the upscale SoCal lifestyle magazine from the creative minds at the L.A. Times advertising department, is arriving now in 50,000 high-income homes in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Darrell Satzman reports in the L.A. Business Journal it has 148 pages, with full-page ads from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Versace and Ritz-Carlton as well as ads from bigger local stores. The content is light fashion and interior design, he says, with features on a society couple's engagement and Lisa Taylor Jones, who is on the cover. Editor Laurie Pike isn't mentioned, but publisher Jane Kahn explains they will write about the invisible affluent society not covered in magazines about celebrities:
Satzman also has a cover story (free on the LABJ site) about community tension over location filming, a local issue I can see gaining steam. People dislike their neighborhoods being disturbed over and over. Irritation at studio crews isn't new, of course. But I was surprised to find a reference in a 1923 novel about Los Angeles, The Boosters. The main character, a newly arrived architect, complains that location filming "continually invaded the citys parks and streets."