First thing Monday, 8/29

    KCAL and KTTV each won nine local Emmy Awards on Saturday night. Among the top honors, KCBS won for best daytime newscast ("CBS2 News" at 6 a.m.) and best daily newscast under 35 minutes ("CBS2 News" at 11 p.m.) KTTV's "Fox 11 News at Ten" won for best daily newscast over 35 minutes. The top award for news reporter went to Claudia Botero of KMEX, for feature reporter to Renee Sams of KTLA.
    Mayor Villaraigosa calls the L.A. convention center a "white elephant" in the Daily News Sunday lede questioning the public subsidies for the hotel being built at Staples Center. Villaraigosa today begins a two-day trip to Sacramento, doing whatever mayors-who-were-Speaker do when they hit town.
    The Daily Breeze got hold of a college class paper that alleges Hermosa Beach police botched an investigation and released a gang member who murdered someone a month later. The HBPD watch commander on duty that night wrote the paper.
    Bratton to LAPD recruits: Pot and bad credit may be OK.
    Musician, playwright, writer and CityBeat columnist Mick Farren cracked the Times Current section on Sunday with a piece that observes the L.A. dystopia. On his blog, he posts: "If the subject matter seems a little unexpected it was requested not instigated. I hope there will be more." Also in Current: Xeni Jardin, commenting about Facebook.com.
    "Dear Sunset Junction Attendee who parked in front of my house and whose car alarm has been going off for the last 10 minutes straight..." Link to po'd blogger. Also, street fair pics at losanjealous.
    Good Herald Examiner interior pics on the blog at Franklin Avenue.
    KPFK's Deadline L.A. is moving to Saturdays at noon, beginning next weekend. Counterspin will follow it at 12:30. This means The Car Show with John Retsek and Art Gould will air Saturdays at 9 a.m.
    Author Michel Houellebecq chats with Michael Silverblatt this Thursday on Bookworm, KCRW at 2:30 p.m.

And then...

SignBad month on Main Street in Santa Monica. Four eating establishments were shut down temporarily by the health department because of rodents. One of them was Schatzi, the restaurant formerly owned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who still owns the building. "Besides bugs and rodents," the website Surf Santa Monica says, "there were a number of cleaning issues that Schatzi needed to address...shelled eggs stored at unsafe temperatures, fans in the walk-in coolers that needed to be cleaned to keep from spewing accumulated debris onto refrigerated food stuffs, gnaw marks in the storage room and unsealed gaps, holes and openings that allowed vermin easy access." Schatzi, Main Street Bagels, Rick’s Tavern and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf reopened with B grades.


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