"Well, its just the overall drabness of it, sighs [Richard] Rushfield about the L.A. media scene. Theres no fight or spunk. From the Times to Venice magazine, its all like something written by the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. It all smacks of such insecurity, like its such a precious thing that anybody writes, we have to encourage it. Id like to hear some name-calling and finger-pointing.
And no, he adds, the Timess star columnist Steve Lopez has not livened up the paper: Hes the archetype of the phoned-in, self-satisfied, clichéd attempt at cliché-debunking that passes for edgy prose among our calcified activist class.
CityBeat also looks back at the secession fight from a year's perspective, with a few long-winded quotes from yours truly. I was also interviewed by the Daily News for its secession package over the weekend, but the paper maintained its clean slate of never mentioning anything I've said or written about the Valley. CityBeat's cover story by Dennis Romero is about gangs being forced out of the West Side by gentrification.