First thing Wednesday, 9/21

Happy Wednesday...

 ♦ DWP workers got the big raises they were demanding: up to 28% over five years. The Council voted 10-3 to go along. DN, LAT
 ♦ Bill Burke withdraws from consideration for the DWP commission after questions about conflict of interest.
 ♦ Mayor Villaraigosa reports for jury duty today at 7:30 a.m. at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Superior Courthouse. And on Oct. 5, he plays himself on an episode of ABC's sitcom "George Lopez." Franklin Avenue, which blogs the press release, notes that Lopez supported Richard Alarcon in the primary.
 ♦ Steve Lopez says he didn't mean all those things he wrote before David Geffen expressed interest in buying the Times. And Independent Sources comes up with a to-do list for Geffen after he takes over.
 ♦ Rodger Jacobs is blogging the meme that Jessica Rowe, who supposedly jumped to her death from a moving limo on the 405, was actually killed, as her family believes.
 ♦ Flora Gil Krisiloff, who lost her race for City Council in the 11th district, starts Friday as senior field deputy for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. West L.A. Online cites the Palisadian-Post.
 ♦ Regarding that Burbank Confidential blog I told you about last week, LAT staff writer Scott Collins shut it down citing lack of traffic.
 ♦ In the Joseph Mailander parallel universe I've graduated this week to "Westside White Guy" from "AngloLAObserved," "a little too dull and a little too Anglo" and "bluehaired suburban crank." Pretty funny coming from a middle-aged white guy from the 'burbs (with a case of self-hatred?).
 ♦ Things are bad all over: the New York Times will cut 45 newsroom jobs, the Boston Globe 35. The Philadelphia Inquirer is axing 75.
 ♦ John Mecklin, editor of the New Times-owned SF Weekly, has resigned. His replacement is Tom Walsh, editor of the Sacramento News and Review.

And last night on E! News...

DePandiAnchor Giuliana DePandi wore a t-shirt that read "He Was Never My Boyfriend." Cute, but she still had to lead the news with the announcement that her ex-fiance, actor Jerry O'Connell, became engaged to Rebecca Romijn. DePandi didn't mention the connection, but the E! Online story did note that the Naples native and O'Connell were "previously in a longterm relationship."

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