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.

• Melissa Gilbert won't seek a third term as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

• New gay councilman Bill Rosendahl seconds Bernard Parks' motion to name a Crenshaw District intersection for an anti-homosexual clergyman, but he tells the L.A. Independent that it's all to further gay rights.

• Nikki Finke updates her LA Weekly analysis of the Times editor situation with some insider stuff on the negotiations.

• The Weekly's Erin Aubry Kaplan goes home again to Inglewood.

• You know those great bargain seats behind home plate on the Reserved level at Dodger Stadium? The press box may be moving there to make way for an added stadium club.

• Add another Sitrick and Company client. While VP Kelly Mullens was quoted as a Dodgers spokeswoman in the above story about stadium renovations, Page Six says that Wiliam Morris chairman Jim Wiatt turned to Sitrick's Allan Mayer for damage control on the story that Wiatt threatened people around actor Freddy Prinze Jr.

• All the dailies covered Mayor Villaraigosa's trip to Washington. The Times sent Richard Fausset from the City Hall bureau, the Daily News used Lisa Friedman of the Washington Bureau and the Breeze picked up Copley's Yuliya Horbach. Hizzoner is back today and attending a California Young Democrats bash tonight at Cinespace.

• Pajamas Media, the attempt by L.A. warbloggers Roger L. Simon, Charles Johnson and others to create a blog advertising alliance and a citizen news service, has split into two "friendly but independent" entities. Simon and Johnson of Little Green Footballs stay with PM, Armed Liberal Marc Danziger spins off the other operation. Via Patterico.

• Former LAT reporter Jeffrey Gettleman is one of the contenders in Gawker's contest for hottest men at the New York Times (with photos.) Gawker also has the Fairchild Publications memo cracking down on the short skirts and tank tops of summer fashionista interns.

• Photographer Gary Leonard plans to gather veterans of the original L.A. punk scene for a class picture on Sept. 4 at Arthurfest. Chris Morris reports in The Hollywood Reporter.

• Joel Kotkin sits for the "Third Degree" Q-and-A at CityBeat.

• Daylight Saving Time is being extended four weeks, which I applaud. That first week of October darkness during the evening freeway commute is hellish. Silly quote though from Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.): "The beauty of daylight savings time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier."


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