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 Getty Trust for allowing president and CEO Barry Munitz to spend so lavishly on personal expenses. Lacter takes issue with the Porsche SUV that Munitz is provided—"really kind of ridiculous for a guy making into the upper six-figures"—and says of Munitz "his spending habits and perks are more than a little out of whack." The column also says that Getty executives think the recent L.A. Times expose on Munitz was a "crock," and notes they have Sitrick and Co. on the case.
First effort: James Nash's new LABJ media column (subscribers only) runs with his photo and begins with items on thriving local weekly newspapers, a PR counteroffensive by Nielsen Media Research, KFWB moving from Hollywood's Columbia Square to 5670 Wilshire Blvd. and a magazine for veterinarians called Vetz. Nash also makes an item out of Ron Fineman's report that Danny Bakewell met with Channel 2 brass to save Jim Hill's anchor job.