LA Observed archive
for July 2005

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Learning curve

New L.A. councilman Bill Rosendahl from the Westside is interviewed by Howard Fine in this week's L.A. Business Journal. Rosendahl says that he has created an "Ambassadors Club" to tap...

Defamer as celebrity

Defamer's Mark Lisanti is "the newest and hottest foot soldier on the front lines of the celebrity takeover of modern culture," Rachel Abramowitz writes in Sunday's LAT. "He's the witty...

Weekend shorts *

Getting an early start on the weekend. It is summer, you know—and I've already posted ten times today. As new shorts are added, they will be appended to the bottom....

Delgadillo names chief deputy

Richard Llewellyn Jr., chief of staff to Councilman Eric Garcetti, is moving over to City Hall East and upstairs as Chief Deputy City Attorney, Rocky Delgadillo announced today. He previously...

Hewitt's advice for LAT publisher

Talk radio host and conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt offers some unsolicited tips to Times publisher Jeffrey Johnson about how to attract new readers on the right. Excerpt: OK, Kinsley's on...

Tweaking LAist

Downtown blogger Eric Richardson doesn't much care for the editorial "we" style used by the folks who write and edit LAist and the other Gothamist websites. So he created an...

Kinsley answers Finke *

The LA Weekly's Nikki Finke gave a low score to Michael Kinsley's tenure at the LAT, and it turns out Kinsley is no fan of hers either. He writes in...

Where does Joe live? *

Neighbors describe Joseph Radisich as a helpful Mr. Nice Guy and love that he lives upstairs. Problem is, as David Zahniser reports in today's Daily Breeze, those neighbors are in...

Insert pitching joke here

Anchor-reporter Carolyn Hughes has been taken off Dodger coverage at Fox Sports West during an investigation of her relationship with pitcher Derek Lowe, the pay site Ron Fineman's On the...

Placing Janice Dickinson

Nothing subtle about the item in this morning's Page Six about model-turned-actress Janice Dickinson being disruptive at the Equinox gym in West Hollywood. Supposedly, someone at the gym up and...

Supes not guilty *

Lawyers for the Times and DA Steve Cooley argued that the Board of Supervisors violated the Brown Act—the state's open meeting law—by deciding behind closed doors to shut the trauma...

Ya think?

Police fear that missing 21-year-old model Iryna Singerman met with foul play. The clues? Her 57-year-old lover, Brian Cullen, was spotted putting on gloves and tossing bags full of bloody...

Padilla declares

Council President Alex Padilla announced Thursday that, just like all the rumors say, he is running for the state Senate seat being vacated in the Valley by Richard Alarcon. Still...

Firing claim: 'Dead wrong' *

The claim by anony-blog Mayor Sam's Sister City that a Villaraigosa staffer (or two) would be fired for leaking to reporters is untrue, says Robin Kramer, the mayor's chief of...

Robles guilty

Albert T. Robles, the former political boss in the city of South Gate, goes down on thirty counts of soliciting kickbacks, depriving the electorate of his honest services, bribery and...

Robinsons-May, RIP

The last Robinsons-May stores in Southern California will close (or be "rebranded" as Macy's) after Christmas and the name will disappear. Robinsons and The May Company were on the Los...

Bookworm gets ink

Michael Silverblatt, the host of KCRW's weekly Bookworm, has been devoting the program to a ten-part series he calls "Escaping the Cage: Identity, Multiculturalism and Writing." In a piece in...

'Day to Day' turns 2

The NPR program produced in Culver City has been on the air two years today. Jeff Rogers is the show's third executive producer in that time, but the hosts are...

Thursday shorts *

* Newer shorties at the end... • Big cover story on "self-described Jewish hustler" Dov Charney and his views of sex with underlings in the new Jewish Journal. The boss of...

Salmonella 90210

County health officials issued a salmonella alert Wednesday for the Il Fornaio on Beverly Drive, one block off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Three diners became ill after eating contaminated...

Chairman Villaraigosa

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa takes the gavel today for his first meeting as chair of the MTA. It's his luck that the rotating chairmanship belongs this year to whoever is mayor...

Devin Brown re-creation

The LAPD shooting of 13-year-old driver Devin Brown at the end of a high-speed chase in February is back in the news. Chief Bratton said yesterday that by re-creating the...

Finke on Kinsley *

LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke takes a look back at Michael Kinsley's months in the top job at the L.A. Times editorial and opinion pages, and it's safe to say...

Baquet on the LAT

L.A. Times Editor-designee Dean Baquet gives Tom Scocca of the New York Observer some of his thoughts about the paper, the city and competing for hires with the New York...

TV Guide's bold idea

In response to mounting losses, TV Guide is going to get harder to hold—and run fewer TV listings. Variety reports that Gemstar-TV Guide will spend $110 million to convert the...

Sold!

Public Affairs has picked up Bigger Than Life, a collection by L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan. The book is due for publication in Fall 2006, says Publishers Lunch. Also:...

Antonio's harbor commission **

Mayor Villaraigosa names his Board of Harbor Commissioners at 10 a.m. at the Cruise Ship Promenade in the port. The Times' Deborah Schoch and Richard Fausset, and David Zahniser in...

Forbes 'Best of the Web' *

L.A. Observed is one of the Los Angeles-based blogs named in Forbes.com's Best of the Web. The other locals are The Elegant Variation for literary blogs, Metroblogging in the city...

L.A. is no Spamalot

Shouldn't it really be spelled Spamelot? Anyway, the Monty Python-inspired Broadway hit won't be coming to Los Angeles. The producers struck a deal to house the touring version of the...

Ambassador razing gets OK

An L.A. judge ruled that the historic Ambassador Hotel can now be razed by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Conservancy and other groups had sued to...

Kinsley era ending *

That was fast. Michael Kinsley, who just took over on June 14, 2004, will soon relinquish his spot as editor in charge of the L.A. Times editorial and opinion pages....

Airport commissioners **

Scoop for Copley's David Zahniser: he reports in the Daily Breeze that Mayor Villaraigosa will name anti-LAX activist Valeria Velasco, attorney Alan Rothenberg and UCLA professor Fernando Torres-Gil to the...

Giving Baquet advice

MarketWatch columnist Jon Friedman wishes Dean Baquet luck in his future as Editor of the L.A. Times—and says he'll need it. I want to be happy for Dean Baquet, the...

Wooing business — and labor *

* Updated with additions at the bottom. Howard Fine says on the front of the L.A. Business Journal (free) that "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans an ambitious economic development agenda reminiscent...

Quick looks ahead

• Mayor Villaraigosa plans to announce his appointments to the airport commission Monday morning. They will be introduced at a photo op at Lincoln and Sepulveda—good for visuals, not so much...

Daily News plans politics blog

It will start up in the next few months and likely focus on local politics, an exec of the L.A. Newspaper Group tells James Nash in the L.A. Business Journal...

LAPD cop arrested in Altadena

For five years some residents of Laurel Drive in Altadena have complained to the Sheriff's Department about LAPD Officer Irsie Henry, the Pasadena Weekly's André Coleman reports. They say Henry...

Weekend links *

* Newest additions at the bottom... • Now that's a book party venue. Simon & Schuster threw Sunday's launch reception for Thomas Greanias' Raising Atlantis on the front lawn of the...

Well which is it?

Columnist Dan Neil observes in his column in Sunday's LAT Magazine that "Either Tom Cruise or Scientology is crazy. Which one is it?" To find out, he drags his wife...

Council committees due today *

The City Council is taking up its new committee structure today, including the return of Intergovernmental Relations as a separate panel. If all goes smoothly Council President Alex Padilla is...

Carroll: don't blame the content **

Soon-to-depart L.A. Times Editor John Carroll contends in the Columbia Journalism Review that the paper's circulation is not dropping because of anything to do with how or what it reports...

'Mass exodus' from Getty?

Caryn Coleman at artblogging.LA pulls together what has already happened up on the hill this year and says more is coming....

Friday shorts

This week's light posting has been due to me being out and around on assignment. It's likely to continue today. Late shorties will be tacked on to the tail end....

Gawker praises Shaw

News of LAT media critic David Shaw's illness prompted the usually snarky Gawker to interrupt regular blogramming: Forgive us a moment of non-smartass, non-Manhattanite comment, but we wanted to stop...

Clouds over Baquet's L.A. Times *

The New York Times story on the LAT editor change assumes that a troubling period lies ahead—and makes it clear that departing boss John Carroll has been spilling to his...

David Shaw's condition

I've been sitting on something out of respect for a former colleague's privacy. Late this spring, longtime L.A. Times media and wine critic David Shaw was diagnosed with a brain...

Ford under web attack

Luke Ford says his blog has been disabled temporarily by what his hosting service is calling a distributed denial of service attack....

Carroll: Cuts weighed on him

John Carroll tells Editor & Publisher that the realities of budget cuts influenced his decision to give up the editoriship of the Times. He's been contemplating the move for a...

First reactions **

Former Chicago Tribune writer John Cook, now a contributor to Radar magazine, blogs that John Carroll's departure from the LAT follows soon after he implied to the New York Times...

Baquet era begins *

* Updated with more details and links John S. Carroll, who announced his retirement at a newsroom gathering this morning, took over the L.A. Times in 2000. Most reviews have...

Gov's rent deal questioned

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's political committees have paid him $166,859 the last three years for renting space in the Main Street Plaza he owns in Santa Monica. The San Francisco Chronicle...

Cooper gets mini-profiled

The Blogometer, the new-ish daily roundup of the political blogosphere from the folks at The Hotline, puts its "blogger spotlight" on the LA Weekly's and The Nation's Marc Cooper. When...

Times buzz *

Rumors are rampant at the L.A. Times that a big announcement involving the future of the paper is coming today. I didn't have time to report out what if anything...

New record in the Valley

The median price of a single family home in the San Fernando Valley hit $578,500 in June, the Daily News says. Despite the high prices, more homes sold in the...

Hahn gets a job *

Former Mayor Jim Hahn will try to make it rain as managing director for Chadwick, Saylor & Co., the Brentwood real estate and investment firm run by Coliseum Commission president...

Wasserman has been busy

Former LAT Book Review Editor Steve Wasserman has not yet relocated to New York, where he'll run the office of Kneerim & Williams at Fish & Richardson, the literary agency...

Madrid 2, Galaxy 0

I didn't catch any of the TV coverage, and the papers all report that everybody had a great time at yesterday's Real Madrid-Galaxy match in Carson. (Even T.J. Simers seemed...

Trouble at Homeless Authority

City Controller Laura Chick released an audit today that found "serious accounting issues" at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. When Jim Hahn was mayor and the two political figures...

Headline of the day

From Editor & Publisher: When a Man Dies in a Sex Act with a Horse -- What's a Reporter to Do? You know you want to read it....

Gavin Lambert obits

The author of Inside Daisy Clover, The Slide Area: Scenes of Hollywood Life and a biography of Natalie Wood died Sunday at age 80. His death was announced by "The...

Hiltzik blogs

Summer is a time for guest bloggers, and at Kevin Drum's Political Animal (written in SoCal but affiliated with Washington Monthly), L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik is taking a whirl...

LABJ editor snipes at Times *

I guess Mark Lacter of the L.A. Business Journal didn't like the way the LAT publicly demanded a correction yesterday to the LABJ's story on the Times' new RSS service....

Howard names a successor

Howard Stern said on the air Monday that his Los Angeles replacement on FM 97.1 will be comic Adam Carolla, but the people at Infinity Broadcasting, who would have to...

Met News to collect

Los Angeles County will pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over DA Steve Cooley's over-exuberant search of the Metropolitan News-Enterprise offices back in 2002. The deal announced Monday includes a...

Afternoon shorts

• The Daily News lost Sports Editor Michael Anastasi to the Salt Lake Tribune not too long ago and now is losing another his successor. Doug Jacobs is leaving to be...

Real Madrid mania

More than 8,500 futbol fans paid $30 just to watch the famous Spanish club work out yesterday at Home Depot Center in Carson. Real Madrid is more than a hundred...

Jeff Wald sues Luke Ford

The Hollywood manager and the blogger have been going at it since at least 2002, when Ford profiled Wald on his website. Ford then posted the transcripts of Wald's angry...

First thing Monday

• American Media CEO David Pecker confirms in the New York Times that part of the controversial magazine deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger was that the tabloids would lay off when he...

Times planning new website **

Los Angeles Times NewsPoint, tentatively due to launch next month, will give readers news collected RSS-style from a variety of print and web sources, possibly even the New York Times,...

The L.A. connection

Burbank councilwoman Stacy Jo Murphy's arrest on suspicion of gun and cocaine violations in connection with the Vineland Boyz gang prompted woman-in-the-news stories in the Daily News and Times. Both...

April 26 was a good day

But not good enough to bear repeating. For a few hours on Saturday, L.A. Observed was rolled back to April 26 by a server issue in Wisconsin or somewhere. Warm...

Arnold drops mags deal

Gov. Schwarzenegger says he'll give up the millions he arranged for just days before taking office. His statement: Statement by Governor SchwarzeneggerRegarding American Media Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today made the...

Media shorts *

Late entries are tacked on to the end... • Wonkette Ana Marie Cox comes to town Tuesday to chat at 7 p.m. with Mickey Kaus at the Central Library. It's part...

New deputy mayor

No surprise, but word out of City Hall is that Larry Frank, staff director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and a certified Friend of Antonio from...

SCOTUS blogging

The L.A. Times' blog on the Supreme Court vacancy has drawn posts from law professors Eugene Volokh of UCLA, Erwin Chemerinsky of Duke, Orin S. Kerr of GW and Douglas...

Playing rough

Looks like labor leader Julie Butcher's car was torched in her front driveway in Highland Park. The head of the Service Employees International Union local at City Hall found her...

Arnold story spreads

Gov. Schwarzenegger's lucrative deal with the fitness magazines makes the front page of Friday's New York Times. Andrew Pollack goes with the $5 million figure, not the $8 million the...

Q-A with Martin Ludlow *

Bobbi Murray does the honors for CityBeat. Ludlow's ascension to executive secretary of the County Federation of Labor is due to be voted on next week, adding some punctuation to...

Du-pars lives

Reader David Novak noticed that the Du-pars at Farmers Market has been closed a long time—not the sixty days promised last summer when the chain was sold. He feared that...

Joe and Bo

Joe Edmiston, the only executive director in the 25-year history of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, might be the most powerful unelected official in California, Lewis MacAdams writes in the...

Times ethics, part deux

Tomorrow's Times runs a story by media reporter James Rainey on the paper's new ethics guidelines (the ones we reported Wednesday.) The story focuses mainly on how the new rules...

No peace in Watts

Former Times reporter Michael Krikorian goes deep in today's LA Weekly with two pieces on the bloody breakdown of a gang peace treaty in Watts: "President Bush keeps saying America...

Catch-up Thursday

Geez, you try to skate by for a few hours and stuff starts to pile up in the in-box... • Former Burbank mayor and current city councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy was...

New police commission *

Mayor Villaraigosa today named the police commissioners who will get to clean up the mess from the killing of Jose Raul Peña and his nineteen-month-old daughter, now identified by the...

Late day

Won't be posting anything in the morning on Thursday......

LAT ethics code

Times Editor John Carroll distributed new ethics guidelines for the paper last night. They spell out when Times reporters may use unnamed sources (and the pitfalls), restate that staffers may...

London back on A1

Today's L.A. Times fronts two staff stories about the London bombings. See below....

Comic Freddy Soto dead

The comedian performed here at the Laugh Factory on Saturday night and was found dead the next morning at a friend's place. He was 35. Soto moved to Los Angeles...

Romer's fund

LA Unified Supt. Roy Romer's Friends of L.A. Schools fund raised contributions mostly from construction firms, textbook publishers and other school contractors, the Daily News reports. Romer insists there is...

New show at KPCC

"Past Sunset" will air from 7 to 9 p.m. on a pilot basis weeknights from July 25 through August 5. David Cruz of NBC4 will be the host. Here's what...

Wayback machine

Dave Bullock is posting images and text from a 1906 driving guide to Los Angeles over at LAVoice.org. One of the first pages to be uploaded features the "new" Alexandria...

London off the front page?

Both today and yesterday, an email correspondent has found the LAT's lack of a front page story on the London terrorist bombings off-key. He notes the continuing front-page coverage in...

Protecting sources

L.A. Times Editor John Carroll is directing the reporting staff to avoid identifying confidential sources in their written notes and emails on the company computers. The problem is that those...

Tuesday shorts

• Police on Monday revised the facts in that fatal weekend shootout in South L.A. First, it was in Watts. The name of the dead father was changed to Raul Peña....

Email o' the day

Actually it came in Monday afternoon, while I was otherwise occupied. It's an exit email from Edward Headington, leaving as communications director for State Sen. Gil Cedillo to resume his...

Attention tourists

If you're coming to L.A. this summer, you probably don't want to stay at the new Hollywood Roosevelt....

Go figure

I'm late to catch on that there is a Los Angeles-based Institute for Figuring, started by author, science writer and PBS host Margaret Wertheim and her sister Christine Wertheim, an...

Shooting mess in South L.A.

An LAPD officer was wounded and a gun-wielding father and his toddler daughter died yesterday evening in a shootout with police at 104th Street and Avalon Boulevard. The father apparently...

Sudoku madness

USA Today does the apparently obligatory feature story to accompany today's launch of its sudoku puzzle—and even spells it wrong in the URL. In the piece, the LAT's Sherry Stern...

O'Reilly vs. Hilburn? **

Fox News crank Bill O'Reilly apparently is upset now with LAT rock critic Robert Hilburn. According to the conservative website Independent Sources, on his show last Friday O'Reilly bashed Hilburn...

Weekend observettes *

Summer weekends when there is no fog at the beach are no time to be blogging. But here are some items that fought their way out of the pile. • Shots...

Oh no, not sound *

Getting hit with surprise audio when I click on web link is always a turnoff for me. It seems amateurish in an AOL kind of way, and disrespects visitors who...

New York Observer goes 24/5

The Observer has a new website design, new blogs and a new plan. Starting in August, it'll cost you a buck to read each week's stories online. Or you can...

'Current' arrives

As we told you a few weeks back, the Times' Sunday Opinion section is being reinvented as a section called Current. It launches in this Sunday's paper with lede pieces...

Lessons from Luke Y. Thompson

About calling 911, hospital ERs and extreme pain....

The mayor responds

Antonio Villaraigosa was up early and out on the streets Thursday to put on the right face in the aftermath of the London terrorist bombs. He appeared with Chief Bratton...

Cholesterol missile

The Best of Alternative L.A. roundup in the L.A. Alternative Press decrees that the "best alternative to weapons of mass destruction" is a Pink’s double bacon Polish burger: It hits...

Pack it in, boys

The Dodgers lost another game today and another player to injury. This time it's not a sore hamstring or three, a hurt finger, a blown elbow or even chondromalacia—and it's...

GM's boycott of LAT

An investment research firm says General Motors' corporate decision to pull its ads from the Times is hurting the paper, but Times spokeswoman Martha Goldstein says "essentially all local dealers...

State o' the blog

I updated some behind the scenes stuff like the About page and the Advertisers Are Really Cool People page, so I ran the numbers for the first half of 2005....

LAPD on alert

In response to the London bombings, the LAPD is on modified tactical alert and the operations command center has been activated. It's a precaution and not due to a specific...

Hehateslatraffic.com

Steve Harvey's Only in L.A. column in today's Times points to a new website for rants, discussions and tips about traffic. The forums at The I Hate LA Traffic Homepage...

Judith Miller in custody *

The New York Times reporter who looked into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name by a Bush administration official—and who didn't publish the story—would not reveal her sources...

Going to Waste (Mgmt.)

Eric Rose, Senior VP at Weber Shandwick PR, is leaving at the end of the week for a newly created position as Director of Communications for the Western Group for...

Bernsen lands at KFI

Rod Bernsen, the ex-LAPD cop who reported for FOX 11 News until last year, is handling fill-in talk host duties on KFI (640 AM). He sits in for John Ziegler...

Murder.com

Sheriff Lee Baca has launched LACountyMurders.com, a website to publicize homicide stats and spread information about suspects and victims. There is an edge of scare tactic about it. The site's...

Ernest Lehman

The only screenwriter to receive an honorary Oscar died on Saturday at age 89. The news didn't get out until today. The Writers Guild website's obituary calls Lehman "one of...

Meanwhile at the NYT... *

Just to follow-up from this morning's item, which did get a good bit of traffic and a Gawker link, the Newspaper Guild in the New York Times newsroom has gotten...

Wednesday = transportation *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announces his appointees to the MTA board and a deputy mayor for transportation tomorrow at the Patsaouras Plaza near Union Station. First he'll ride the Gold Line...

Lacter's back

Editor Mark Lacter's back-page columns have been missing from the L.A. Business Journal for awhile, but this week he returns with a front-page chide (under his photo) directed at the...

Antonio names ethics advisor *

Civil rights attorney Thomas Saenz is joining the Villaraigosa administration as the mayor's chief ethics officer and legal advisor. The L.A. Business Journal says Saenz has been vice president of...

Tuesday shorts

Any late-comers will go at the bottom, as usual. • Gustavo Arellano rates the new crop of Latino-oriented glossies in the OC Weekly. He gives Bello the edge over Tu Ciudad,...

Frogs frogs everywhere

His landlord sold Tony Tocco's Lawndale house for condos, and now Tocco has to find a home for his unusual menagerie. He's got the usual dog, cat, snake and crows...

There will be a quiz

Journalists don't like to take tests, be told what to do or chat with PR folks on the phone. On two of those counts, reporters at the other Times aren't...

Our man in London

The Times' Alan Abrahamson, in Singapore covering the politics of choosing a site for the 2012 Olympics, observes that the chief operating officer in Los Angeles for Anschutz Entertainment (Staples...

We have a press secretary

For the journos out there, the key contacts in the mayor's press office are Press Secretary Joe Ramallo, who came from Villaraigosa's city council staff, and Janelle Erickson, most recently...

Holiday weekend shorts *

I won't be posting much unless something big breaks (such as a senior Times person deciding the future lies in New York...), but as usual any fresh shorts will be...

Antonio arrives

Grandpa Villaraigosa strolled to City Hall between Corina and his granddaughter, with a few thousand of his closest friends right behind. As a couple of people pointed out on the...

A little news already *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to return longtime enviromental activist Mary Nicols to the DWP board (she was there under Tom Bradley) and appoint John Mack to the police commission,...
A blast from the 3-D past
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Harvey House gets a future
fred-harvey-franklin-ave.jpgCedd Moses will take over Union Station's vacant diner space. Story
How hot was it?
bear-in-pool-monrovia.jpgWhy, it was bear in the swimming pool hot. Bigger
Don Shirley on CTG's new season
Paul_Oakley_Stovall-ctg.jpg Once again our columnist has to ask: where is LA in the upcoming schedule of the Center Theatre Group? Native Intelligence
Aon tower
aon-tower.jpgWilshire and Hope, downtown Los Angeles. Once known as the First Interstate Bank tower.