LA Observed

Quick notes

Finishing off Monday's queue and looking into Tuesday:

Billboard• LA.comfidential takes a look at the pro-Bush, anti-Hollywood billboards that Citizens United is buying near the Kodak Theatre in time for the Oscars. Nothing like a gracious winner, eh?

• I'll be joining Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing to chat about blogs with Larry Mantle on KPCC's Airtalk Tuesday morning from 11 to 11:40 a.m. That's on 89.3 FM, of course. Something corrupted my email in box, so if you are awaiting a reply from the last week or so, please resend. Also, January set new highs for visitors, pages served, "unique visitors" and bandwidth used. Thank you for coming back, especially all of you who have chipped in a voluntary L.A. Observed subscription by clicking on the Paypal button to the right.

• Bob Hertzberg is first on the air with a TV spot, putting $250,000 into a spot touting his LAUSD breakup idea and traffic plan. Experts call it a gamble to go on the air this early and risk running out of money in the final week of the campaign for mayor.

• Joe Lumer, the man behind Joe's Parking, controls 10% of the spaces downtown. He is profiled by the L.A. Business Journal, which notes that the big parking lot at 4th and Main has been sold for development of two 21-story condo towers. Speaking of, the Downtown News and LABJ go web-only with a report saying that new residents downtown have a median household income of $90,000 a year.

• PreserveLA points to a discussion of the city's plan to survey historic buildings and also checks in on the Hollywood sign webcam. There is a lot of history on the landmark there.

• Ben Adair, the producer of Pacific Drift—the new Sunday night show on KPCC we told you about last week—takes questions from LAist.

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