Slow start to the day due to other commitments...
♦ Former Tribune reporter John Cook has posted a PDF of this week's New Yorker story on Tribune, the Times and Dean Baquet. This might be the only place it ends up online. Editor & Publisher also provides a digest of key points. By the way, Manhattan fact checkers still can't get it right that out here, the county contains the cities, not the other way around. Also, the name of LAT entertainment business editor Joel Sappell is spelled wrong in the piece (as is the name of whispered managing editor nominee Doug Frantz.)
♦ Now that Michael Eisner is irrelevant, Kim Masters discloses his reporter schmoozing secrets in a piece at Slate.
♦ More Spanish last night on Adelphia in Santa Monica, during the "Friends" rerun, an emailer writes. Also this, from a separate correspondent: "I live in Marina del Rey, so I'm stuck with Adelphia. On Sunday we lost channel 7. It was just gone. The onscreen guide just went from 6 to 8. Their suggestion is that we turn the cable box on and off. (Do they always say that?)"
♦ Ronald Gastelum, who retired last year as CEO of the Metropolitan Water District, is joining the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce as executive vice president responsible for daily operations.
♦ Neighborhood councils want some more clout and think a citywide congress is the way to get it. Still, only five have joined up.
♦ It's Ask the Mayor night again on KCAL-9, at 9:15 pm.
♦ You get the idea that Lindsay Lohan isn't a very good driver.
♦ If you were waiting for the right time to buy that condo in Mammoth Lakes, you are too late.