Extending the subway out Wilshire Boulevard is essential—and only didn't happen originally because of white fears about "those people" coming to the Miracle Mile and Beverly Hills, bus rider D.J. Waldie writes on the Times op-ed page. Also today:
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♦ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
is Phil Anschutz's latest attempt
to clean up our minds and make a little more money.
The L.A. City Council never learns. Good Times piece Saturday by Steve Hymon
on the council tossing around a football and making bets on the USC-UCLA game while residents facing eviction from the Lincoln Place apartments in Venice stewed. Three hours later, they got to speak—as if anyone was listening. This week, by the way, the council is in recess
for a League of Cities convention.
Elephant abuse at the Studio City holiday parade, via Tabloid Baby
. For more on Bobby Berosini, check out my piece from a Las Vegas courtroom that went ape
Politicians typically celebrate ribbon cuttings, bill signings and ground breakings. At 1 pm, Mayor Villaraigosa does a new duty: he applies the ceremonial last brush of paint on the newly spiffed up Hollywoodland
sign. Photo is from Only on Film
, a site devoted to movie locations that no longer exist.
Layoffs at the Times-owned Glendale News-Press, blogged by ex-staffer Darleene Powells
(now at CBS2.)
The residential part of the Herald Examiner adaptive reuse has been scrapped in favor of offices and retail, the Downtown News
November full-run ad volume in the Times was down nine percent
from last year. But web traffic at LATimes.com was up 23% in October to 3.9 million unique visitors, according to Nielsen/Net Ratings. LAT.com chief Rob Barrett told the LABJ
that traffic has soared since "we’ve started diverging from the print story lineup, with more emphasis on breaking news and Southern California stories.”
Just the other night some of us wondered if Manny Mota
still worked for the Dodgers. Guess so, because he closed the Rafael Furcal deal.
Adrienne Crew, who blogs at LABrainterrain
, has a new book out with Peter Kuhns called Blogosphere: Best of Blogs
. Naturally, there is a blog
And in case you missed them the first time, here are some talked-about posts from last week: