Politics

Good three-dot Monday

First, from the swirl of politics.

Newsweek coverNewsweek puts Antonio Villaraigosa on the cover of Monday's issue, using his landslide election as the peg for a story about Latino power. An accompanying piece on the mayor-elect is by Andrew Murr of the L.A. bureau, and Gregory Rodriguez has a piece on Latinos as the new Irish...The Times (Sunday) and Daily News (today) offer first looks at the transition, both light on new details. Most interesting thing in the DN story is Hahn backer Carol Schatz of the Central City Association trying to make nice with the new power in City Hall...Rick Orlov leads today's Tipoff column with Hahn's refusal to concede on election night. Holding back was not a classy move by the one-term mayor, who told the crowd at his party that the race was still close — when his political consultants had known for weeks that he was going down big...On today's New York Times op-ed page, author Bruce Wagner reports from L.A. that "No one I know has ever heard of Jim Hahn"...Today's Christian Science Monitor editorializes that Villaraigosa has the burden of helping Mexican immigrants "adapt more quickly to American civic life."...There are rumors around that Noelia Rodridguez, former communications deputy to Richard Riordan and First Lady Laura Bush, is in line for the top job at Town Hall Los Angeles...The LAT's Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan revisit the shrinking L.A. electorate...Ellen Stein, wife of Ted, quit her $107,000 post on the Board of Public Works on Friday. DWP board president Dominick Rubalcava says he'll leave July 1. Meanwhile, DWP general manager Ron Deaton speaks this morning to a full house at the Current Affairs Forum at City Club.....Villaraigosa's transition effort will be housed on the 15th floor of City Hall, the Times said.

And a few media notes to get your week started...

Jane Amari, ex-managing editor of the Daily News, resigned as editor and publisher of the Arizona Daily Star to form a consulting company...Marty Berg, the incoming editor of the Daily Journal, was the prime mover behind the legal paper deciding to publish poetry by lawyers...Fired Times reporter Eric Slater phoned up his ex-colleague Ken Reich for a chat, says Tribune will hear his appeal...Nick Madigan, a contract writer here for the New York Times, is headed to the Baltimore Sun as media writer...Former LAT staff writer and editor Bob Baker freelanced a piece on screenwriter John August and his website in Sunday's New York Times. Ross Johnson also contributed a story on the film program at Loyola Marymount...Add former LAT Magazine staff writer Paul Ciotti and (ex-) Daily Journal legal editor Jordan Elgrably to the journalist blogroll...Local anti-liberal blogger Moxie has come out of the closet as one of the contributors to the spoof site Huffington's Toast...The Ventura County Star drops comments from its blog after they turn nasty and racial...Romenesko is traveling this week and expects to file late each day...Harry Jaffe of The Washingtonian magazine declares the LAT "the nationís premier investigative newspaper"...Photographer Whit Wagner stalks the Ambassador Hotel...Mystery author Michael Connelly has an op-ed in today's LAT about the value of closing cold cases...An anti-Fox billboard is due to go up June 1 in Santa Monica, using the slogan "Shox News Channel: We Distort, You Comply," the L.A. Indy Media Center says...New York blogging evangelist Jeff Jarvis has quit his post at Advance.net to work on several projects, including an advisory role to the New York Times.


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