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January 31, 2006
Mayor Villaraigosa's aides made available English and Korean translations of his Spanish-language response to the State of the Union address. To those who heard Villaraigosa during the campaign, he returned...
Character actor Charles Lane turned 101 last week. Jon Weisman counts 322 roles on his Imdb credits, including more than two hundred movies before he became a familiar face on...
On a 4-1 vote the Police Commission declared that the shooting death of 13-year-old Devin Brown by officer Steven Garcia was out of policy—but the officer's tactics were within policy,...
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered flags at city buildings lowered to half-staff in honor of the civil rights leader and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King. She died at age 78...
Last night on "Prime News" Jamie Chambers went on and on about how difficult it was for him to watch a videotape showing a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy shoot...
Looks like Brokeback Mountain's year. Variety, THR, LAT, Movie City News....
Chief Bratton makes a finding in the Devin Brown killing, Guerdon Stuckey gets an offer, Richard Meruelo didn't lay a million on the Center for Law in the Public Interest,...
Ron Fineman.com has always had a bit of a thing about sexually provocative TV news shows and reporters, especially Channel 13 and Lauren Sanchez. The pay site now claims it...
Talk about awkward timing. Miriam Pawel, the reporter on this month's L.A. Times' series about the United Farm Workers union, applied for the employee buyout back in November and was...
January 30, 2006
IMAX has apparently made a stunning film about the Mars rover, and you might think that with all the people around SoCal who worked on the project or know people...
The 81-year-old grandmother suspected of shooting and killing her granddaughter’s ex-husband confessed today to Times reporter Mai Tran at the Orange County jail—where she is the eldest inmate, the paper...
Tony Pierce and Brian Flemming are among 25 bloggers—including Ezra Klein, AmericaBlog's John Aravosis and the gossipists at Jossip and Perez Hilton—who have accepted free airfare, five free nights in...
John Antczak, Steve Kindred, Julia Seifer and David Zahniser will receive the Los Angeles chapter's Distinguished Journalist award at a banquet later this year. Karlene Goller will take home the...
A libel lawyer retained by the United Farm Workers sent the Times a 62-page retraction demand to this month's investigative series on the union, Bill Bradley reports at New West...
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein succumbed to cancer today in New York. "The Heidi Chronicles" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony for best play in 1989. Her other works...
KFI morning host Bill Handel apparently offered on the air this morning to apologize for comments he made about the Council on American-Islamic Relations—but only if the group rejects terrorism,...
Expect something as soon as this week on the NFL-in-the-Coliseum front, the L.A. Business Journal says. Also, look what's in our drinking water, how's your algebra, Mike Piazza returns to...
January 29, 2006
Holdovers at all the Village Voice Media papers—LA Weekly included—received a friendly but not especially enlightening Sunday night greeting from their new keeper. From: Larkin, Jim Sent: Sunday, January 29,...
⇒ The Daily News' Beth Barrett investigated complaints that the Tribune Company's philanthropic foundation counted about $3 million donated by Los Angeles charities as part of its own fundraising. ⇒...
January 28, 2006
Since the last time I looked, CBS 2/KCAL 9 has added The Reporter's Blog by veteran Paul Dandridge and In the Field by news photographer Bryan Frank. Dandridge is using...
January 27, 2006
The original Lamplighter Restaurant on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood closes for good tonight. It's making way for a massive redevelopment project by J.H. Snyder that will transform the...
In the February issue of Los Angeles magazine, RJ Smith examines Pajamas Media to ask whether it is a fledgling media phenomenon or a blip with $3.5 million in seed...
State Sen. Gil Cedillo led a junket—er, fact-finding trip—to New York City this week to look into how that city has improved its homeless problem. If you wondered where City...
Some of you might remember last month's item about Peter Ladefoged inspiring the rare addition of an African sound—the labiodental flap—to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Professor Ladegofed died Tuesday in...
Mark Kroeker, who used to be a senior guy at the LAPD and was a contender for chief, said today on the Public Radio International program The World that Haiti's...
City Controller Laura Chick adds her name to the list of pols lining up behind Mónica García for the open seat on the L.A. school board. City Councilmembers Jose Huizar...
Scenes from Mayor Villaraigosa's media availability this morning in his third floor conference room at City Hall: ⇒ First words: "Why is it so dark in here?" The mayor steps...
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Antonio maps out his war plan for conquering the school board, Rocky takes it on the chin (twice), gang war in Watts and every Oscar-eligible film of 2005—plus Byron Miranda,...
January 26, 2006
Controller Laura Chick, in releasing her latest city audit, said the Los Angeles Fire Department "lacked strong and decisive leadership, and a clear and understandable vision." She began the audit...
Joel Stein will be on Oprah at 3 pm on Channel 7, but not to talk about his own controversy of the moment. The LAT op-ed columnist is one of...
Defrocked Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is also an Orthodox Jew from Beverly Hills, talks in the cover essay in tomorrow's Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. The piece is...
Snopes.com weighs in on the case of the USC cheerleader on the side of she may not be to blame—after all, it was a close play. * Another alternate take:...
Here's one more thing you can't do on regular radio but can on pay radio. The Young Turks, which airs from here on Sirius Satellite Radio with hosts Cenk Uygur,...
⇒ Three Los Angeles-based blogs—perennial number one Boing Boing, plus The Huffington Post and Crooks and Liars—are in Technorati's Top 10 based on link popularity. ⇒ Remember the USC cheerleader...
This won't help Mayor Villaraigosa convince people his desire to take over the LAUSD isn't at least partly a scheme about political power. In a report to the Joint Commission...
This is the anniversary of the Metrolink disaster near Glassell Park. Unrelated, we think, fictionating non-fictionist James Frey will guest on Oprah to address the literary hubbub he has created....
January 25, 2006
Fayard Nicholas, the Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center honoree who was half of the groundbreaking Nicholas Brothers tap dance team, died Tuesday at home in Burbank. Fayard and his...
Simon Rutberg's Hatikvah Music International on Fairfax Avenue is closing January 31. Before he goes, Rutberg wants to give hundreds of music cassettes a good home. The store specializes in...
District Attorney Steve Cooley's website designed to put pressure on felons who flee to Mexico—and authorities who tolerate it— is getting credit for the arrest in Mazatlan of accused murderer...
The Santa Monica Daily Press interviewed neighbors outside Chris Penn's condo on Ocean Avenue yesterday who claimed (not for attribution, apparently) that they weren't surprised by the actor's death. Prior...
While the right continues to hammer Joel Stein for his "I don't support the troops" op-ed column, and bloggers channel his possible response, Tabloid Baby thinks the piece was a...
⇒ Sam Rubin called The CW the "Can't Win" network on the KTLA Morning News. Notable only since his station will carry CW. (LA.Comfidential) ⇒ Elizabeth Spiers, the original Gawker...
Attention LA and OC: New Times has begun the New York end of its takeover, installing a new publisher at the Village Voice. Michael Cohen had been the publisher of...
Mt. Vernon Middle School, in Mid-City near Venice and Crenshaw, will be renamed for the late attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. The LAUSD board made the decision last night. "This...
Antonio Villaraigosa will give part of the Democratic response to next Tuesday's speech—the part in Spanish. His remarks will be broadcast from the mayor's City Hall office over Spanish-language networks....
Yahoo's hiring of Dave Morgan, the #2 editor in the LAT Sports section, gets a thorough dissection in the forum at SportsJournalists.com....
Meruelo rejected...AOL targets Beverly Hills...spotting old Three Stooges locations...the end of DVD Exclusive...plus some blogs observed, the front pages of eleven newspapers and more after the jump....
January 24, 2006
Homes in California that sold for a million or more last year: 48,666 Ratio of all homes sold: 1 in 13 Most million dollar sales: La Jolla with 478...
The actor and younger brother of Sean Penn was discovered about 4 pm in his Ocean Avenue condo. Police aren't making any suggestions of foul play. Chris Penn's film credits...
After the two entertainment companies complete their $7.4-billion acquisition deal, Pixar CEO Steve Jobs will be the single largest shareholder in the Walt Disney Co....
Kobe Bryant is #5 on GQ's list of the ten sports stars who are most hated by their peers. T.J. Simers considers the evidence and writes, "Sure it's true that...
I posted this morning that Joel Stein would get letters about his Warriors and Wusses column on the Times op-ed page. Reuters has moved a story quoting Stein saying he...
On the LA Weekly website and in Thursday's paper: Navahoax Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature’s most celebrated memoirists — by passing himself...
Late last year the L.A. Times hired Amy Moynihan, who used to direct corporate branding for McDonald's. When you bring in a new VP for Brand Marketing, corporate culture pretty...
This morning's news that The WB and UPN will come together and spin off the new CW network (to air on KTLA here, apparently) caught the television industry and journalists...
I've already noted the LAT's addition of Rob Greene and Matt Welch (his job is actually assistant editorial page editor.) Today Andrés Martinez posted his memo to the staff and...
Joel Stein's going to get letters [finally?—ed.] for writing that its wussy to "support the troops" if you oppose the war. Also if you fly a yellow ribbon. And don't...
Los Angeles' big downtown embarrassment is discussed on the blog of Warren Ellis, a writer in England who specializes in comic books, graphic novels and videogames. It's like walking through...
January 23, 2006
Just catching up to last Friday's Variety story on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deciding where it wants to build a movie museum. Steve Rosen reports the...
Anne-Marie O'Connor had a good piece on Monday's LAT front page about the Los Angeles lawyer who is about to recover a Gustav Klimt portrait looted by the Nazis in...
Recent buyouts and transfers pretty much cleaned out the religion desk at the L.A Times. To fill the void, veteran state desk reporter Louis Sahagun is moving to the religion...
By March 15 there may be a Flyaway express bus connection to LAX from downtown. The airport commission gave its go-ahead today, with some details (such as fares) to be...
The new issue of The Planning Report has a Q-and-A with departing L.A. planning director Mark Winogrond, a discussion with planning commissioners Jane Usher and Robin Hughes, and urban critic...
Just Above Sunset's Alan Pavlik likes to take up-close, warts and all pictures of local landmarks. So in keeping with this morning's Manchester Boulevard mini-theme, here is a series on...
A job posting from Joel Sappell, Executive Editor/Interactive at the Times, hints at a new approach to putting news on the Web. He's looking to staff "a different kind of...
The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) handed out the year's Golden Mike awards on Saturday night. Here's the full list. A small sampling of highlights: News...
High winds are taking a toll up on Mt. Wilson. KPCC was temporarily knocked off the air last night—and again this morning—by a transmitter outage. Also, at about 2 am...
The co-creator of the old L.A. Examiner website, editor at Reason magazine, longtime blogger and occasional L.A. Times skewerer is going inside the tent. Welch is joining the Andrés Martinez...
A new week begins with happy birthday greetings to the mayor, a glitch at KPCC, the Defamer-in-chief in Vanity Fair and a dustup between Cathy Seipp and a New York...
January 22, 2006
Yeah, I guess Kobe Bryant is on fire. His 81 points for the Lakers tonight is the second-highest total in NBA history, bettered only by Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points in...
Some goodies from here and there. Late adds will go at the bottom. ⇒ Former LAT syndicated columnist Norah Vincent's book on going undercover in the male world, Self-Made Man:...
The Huffington Post Contagious Festival is a new exercise in traffic building and also, in their words, "a unique opportunity for talented designers, political activists of any persuasion, filmmakers and...
The balky escalators on the Beverly side of Beverly Center are closed for a complete replacement, putting added pressure on the elevators—never a good thing there. Target date to reopen:...
January 21, 2006
Eric Lynxwiler and I are supposed to be in a segment of Channel 7's Eye on L.A. today at 6:30 pm. Hard to tell what they will use. They shot...
Reader T. J. Sullivan emailed this photo from Westwood Boulevard. If you can't read the sign, the Rhino Records extinction sale is this weekend. Chris Morris had an appreciation in...
I had a book talk and signing Thursday evening at the Los Feliz library, so I departed lovely Mar Vista early to beat the crush. To be more precise, I...
January 20, 2006
Larry Davis, one of the L.A. Times' top photographers until he left on a buyout in 1995, killed himself in Seattle yesterday. His wife had died of cancer two years...
Remember when a Los Angeles police detective got caught withholding evidence about some rogue officers' possible role in the murder of Notorious B.I.G.? On Friday a federal judge ordered the...
Times coverage of the Civic Center figures to pick up in February. Editors today posted the lineup for the newly re-created unit that will cover local government and politics, and...
You can end the week with a Wall Street Journal look at Dave Dreier, a thousand Valleyites out of work, possible trouble for Ron Deaton at DWP, a new Times...
January 19, 2006
826LA, the Venice writing and tutoring center where Mayor Villaraigosa pitched in as a guest editor, has cooked up a new program with the Lakers to help high school students...
The LA Weekly website redesign I mentioned this morning is currently down; the old design is back up in its place, with last week's stories. They are working on the...
Osama bin Laden has aired a new threat against the U.S. on Al-Jazeera, and while it doesn't mention Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has issued a reassuring statement anyway. I have...
The mayor draws a crowd in Sherman Oaks, the UCLA controversy, bunch of reporter moves at the Times and Long Beach cops still can't find their shotguns...that and much more...
January 18, 2006
Are the Bible citations tucked away on the packaging of In-N-Out burgers, fries and shakes "the most identifying feature" of the chain? Not to me, but the blogger at Lifelike...
The attempt by a conservative website to out and possibly intimidate UCLA professors who espouse political views has media legs, at least today. Shawn Steel, the former California Republican Party...
The Guardian wasn't the only U.K. paper to staff the execution of Clarence Ray Allen. The Telegraph also took a story from its Los Angeles correspondent, Catherine Elsworth, who juggled...
Councilman Bernard Parks didn't care for the Times' weekend story on the surplus city land in his district that he wants to sell to a developer, three years after the...
Theater writer Don Shirley took the L.A. Times buyout and will debut a new column next week in CityBeat and ValleyBeat. "I'm excited about opening a new arena for local...
Here's a letter to the editor in the latest Fortune magazine, posted on the website Online News Squared: Could Craigslist turn newspaper classifieds to ashes? If it does, the fault...
Completing the David Lauter transaction from yesterday, the Times announced today that Steve Clow will move from Sports to be the deputy California editor. Memo covering both moves follows:...
Steve Grace is retiring as president of Channel 36, the citywide educational access channel, and is being succeeded by new general manager Carla Carlini. She is the the News Manager...
City Controller Laura Chick is profiled on tonight's Life & Times on KCET at 6:30. Longtime LAT pop music editor and critic Robert Hilburn, who is stepping down this month,...
Gawker has the news that the Golden Groundhog award will honor the best underground movie of 2005, chosen from among "genuinely outstanding films from the previous year that lacked the...
In the morning news rodeo, op-ed newcomer Erin Aubry Kaplan dumps on Herb Wesson, what the Golden Globes could do to slow immigration, why you won't see many A380's at...
January 17, 2006
A right-wing activist has founded something called the Bruin Alumni Association and published a list of 31 UCLA professors he claims are "radical" for talking about President Bush, the Republican...
Marjorie Miller, the L.A. Times editor in charge of the foreign staff, announced a new deputy this afternoon. It's David Lauter, confirming the speculation we heard last week. Miller's memo...
LAist's Carolyn Kellogg extends kudos to whoever made Bill Cosby appear in the BloodRayne billboard on Fletcher Drive....
The Colin Campbell Network blog has some details: According to sources close to the production, a team of ESPN executives from the East Coast informed the staff of ESPN Hollywood...
A Times staffer emails that at yesterday's goodbye affair for features-floor editor John Scheibe, the golf-themed message on his cake referred to tea time instead of "tee time." Three's a...
My choice is Defamer. The scene, the parties and the gossip viewed from slightly askew. They also anoint Isaac Mizrahi as the new king of red carpet dish. I didn't...
Alan Poster gets his 1968 Corvette back today in Carson—almost thirty-seven years after it was stolen in New York City. The car he bought was blue, but it's now silver...
After 47 years and thousands of bylines, retiring Times staff writer Eric Malnic sent the following email to his Metro colleagues and left the Spring Street newsroom to a standing...
Smelly beaches in the South Bay, no new Wal-Mart in the Valley, horny females on Channel 2 and the winners of the Golden Globes—plus where Alex Padilla will eat breakfast...
January 16, 2006
A "large metro paper located on the West Coast" has retained the headhunting firm Black Leopard to find an editorial writer who fits certain criteria. From the posting on JournalismJobs.com:...
Michael Schneider went by the Ambassador Hotel site this afternoon and found a bunch of photographers gathered for the last rites. He'll be posting his pictures later, but he threw...
Sunday's Las Vegas Sun announced a bunch of senior hires with connections to the L.A. Times. I told you last week about Drex Heikes, who comes in as deputy managing...
Solomon Moore goes back to Iraq, this time assigned to the bureau (instead of just visiting.) Memo from foreign editor Marjorie Miller after the jump....
The House that Jack Kent Cooke Built might be no more, air rights are hot again downtown (and so is Richard Meruelo), Tad Friend expounds on Los Angeles car chases...plus...
Last week's post about the Pasadena Weekly story by former Reader writer Nigey Lennon prompted some unusually detailed responses. One email picked up on Lennon's statement that she couldn't get...
January 15, 2006
⇒ Port commission chief S. David Freeman is profiled by Deborah Schoch in the Times: "Freeman, the brash and innovative former head of the city's Department of Water and Power,...
Susan Kitchens at 2020 Hindsight stayed up through the night to post about the return of the comet-exploring spacecraft Stardust: "Look, I can understand all this middle-of-the-night stuff when Mars...
This is all that was left of the Ambassador Hotel on January 11, as seen from Wilshire Boulevard courtesy of The Ambassador's Last Stand. (Remark from someone watching over my...
January 14, 2006
The Dutton's in North Hollywood is in the midst of a clearance sale and will be gone by mid-March, Davis Dutton tells Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy. Davis and his...
Updated all weekend, with the newest at the bottom: ⇒ KCRW music host Chris Douridas is free on $1 million bail after being arrested Jan. 6 on suspicion that he...
January 13, 2006
The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force here picked up Lloyd Rhodes last evening at a hotel in Norwalk. He was recently featured on "America's Most Wanted" as a suspect in...
Council president Eric Garcetti released his new committee assignments this afternoon. They follow after the jump. Included are new chairs for the Housing, Community and Economic Development committee (it used...
Miriam Pawel, the reporter on this week's L.A. Times' series on the United Farm Workers union, will be on KPFK's Deadline L.A. Saturday at noon at 90.7 FM. Barbara Osborn...
While I may seem to pile on the Times for taking a boosterish approach to awards shows in its hunger to attract new readers and website visitors, The Envelope is...
Saving the convention center (really Staples Center) hotel and the mountain yellow-legged frog, photo op of the day, missing shotguns at the Long Beach PD and a sell-out for the...
That's a USC cheerleader shaking the pom-poms for a Texas score during last week's Rose Bowl. Gloating UCLA fans are letting her have it in a forum being monitored by...
January 12, 2006
This year's Los Angeles Times Book Festival at UCLA will be April 29-30—no repeat of last year's awkward overlap with Passover, which cost the festival some authors and probably some...
Today's LA Weekly cover story by Paul Cullum reconstructs what happened near Wilshire and Bundy in 2001 when screenwriter Eric Red plowed his Jeep Cherokee into a stopped Honda, careened...
⇒ Marc Cooper claims in the new LA Weekly that the Times' series on the United Farm Workers union was "directly inspired by � if not in great part derived...
Tonight is the gala premiere for Billy Crystal's one-man show 700 Sundays at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. But a Hollywood source emails that Crystal cancelled last night's final...
LA Observed reported earlier that Amy Tan is the new literary editor of the Times' revamped Sunday magazine, which will launch as West on Feb. 5. We also told you...
Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush just announced that he will leave USC to accept the riches the National Football League would like to throw at him. Most likely stop in...
Interesting piece on local alt-weekly lore in today's Pasadena Weekly. Nigey Lennon, who spent a decade writing for the old L.A. Reader along with her ex-husband Lionel Rolfe, writes that...
In today's morning roundup: Anthony Pellicano has a fool for a client, the City Council returns to life, counting the homeless, and saving the Convention Center hotel—plus Bert Blyleven moves...
January 11, 2006
CBS2 anchor Kent Shocknek blogs a little something on the station website almost every day. Earlier this week he had some fun with the governor's motorcycle accident. It's usually light...
Chris Ayres, Los Angeles correspondent for the Times of London, returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and wrote a piece harshing on the fake image and the...
From AP via NBC4: BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Just over 7 percent of American workers drink during the workday -- mostly at lunch -- and even more, 9 percent, have nursed...
Took a copy of the The Argonaut to lunch today and learned something that I guess makes sense, but still surprised me. In the 1930s there were active gray whale...
One of the top four news stories featured in the upper slot at LATimes.com this afternoon isn't news or even from the Times. When you click the link, up pops...
On Thursday at 6:30 pm, author Donald H. Wolfe will talk about his new book, The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles,...
Two LAPD officers from the Mission station were hurt last night when their car crashed into a tree at Sherman Way and Hayvenhurst during a high-speed chase. A freelance photog...
Another Pellicano case guilty plea, Arnold's illegal problem, Patterico and Hiltzik go mainstream, DA Cooley wants to reform three strikes—plus the end of the UFW series, Michael Eisner, Mack Reed,...
Los Angeles under siege is a timeless Hollywood conceit. In Wednesday's New York Times, Chris Gorak's first film Right at Your Door, starring Rory Cochrane and Mary McCormack, is summarized...
January 10, 2006
The Times' Chatsworth plant printed its final edition over the weekend. Someone posted a farewell slide show of the plant in operation and in shutdown mode. I still wonder what's...
Former Channel 5 pilot/traffic reporter Desiree Horton lives in Chatsworth and has a blog: The Adventures of Chopper Chick! She posts about flying on traffic reports and car chases for...
The Times series on the United Farm Workers, a potent force in L.A. politics for decades, is certainly a talker. Three of the top four most-emailed stories at LATimes.com right...
Patt Morrison, appearing at the Huffington Post in her role as the "First Mlle. of Millinery," cuts to the chase on the Jack Abramoff affair: What is with those hats?...
The lede in today's Daily Journal, by staff writer John Hanusz: For months, the Los Angeles legal community has nervously awaited word of indictments arising from the federal wiretapping probe...
A reader emails an internal memo sent this morning by David G. Hall, head of the Infinity AM stations in Los Angeles: "After 45 years in this business, starting at...
It's true what they say in the journalism biz about news being anything that happens to or near an editor. I happened to be driving in Northridge yesterday when the...
The UFW urges emails to the editor of the L.A. Times, Chick and Romer cozy up, one less obstacle for New Times and a stalwart of the Los Angeles Rams...
January 9, 2006
Janko Roettgers, an L.A. based reporter for Austrian radio, came over a few weeks ago to interview me about LA Observed and being a journalist who blogs. His piece aired...
Turn the page for the fill-in on Gov. Schwarzenegger's fat lip, the latest on the Times' UFW investigation, Eric Garcetti week at the city council, Sheriff Baca's defense of Compton,...
January 8, 2006
The Times on Sunday began a hard-edged four-part series on the United Farm Workers union after Cesar Chavez under the label "UFW: A Broken Contract." The nut grafs for the...
In Sunday's LAT Magazine, Mark Kendall tells the story of one of the city's lesser-known historic locales. The house (in what's now called Historic Filipinotown) is where the Pentecostal movement...
Gail Goldberg was the city planner of San Diego. Her hiring by Mayor Villaraigosa to run the show in Los Angeles was disclosed Saturday and will be formally announced Monday....
January 7, 2006
They filled up the council chambers this morning for Bill Roberston, the former head of the county Federation of Labor who died in December. Martin Ludlow, the fed's current chief,...
January 6, 2006
⇒ Geoffrey Mohan, an editor on the L.A. Times California desk, moves to assistant foreign editor. He was previously Latin America bureau chief for Newsday. The Times also posted an...
This post is for friends and regular readers in Chelsea, Dupont Circle, London, St. Jean de Luz, Baghdad, Nairobi, Shanghai and other points far from LA Observed Tower. Right now...
You kinda knew this would happen. One day after threatening that its twenty-eight Southern California outlets might have to dramatically close in a business dispute, Krispy Kreme struck a deal...
Rawls died of cancer this morning at Cedars, the LAT says. He had left Fremont Place for Scottsdale, Ariz in 2003. From the early Times obit: "After moving to Los...
Back in 2001, former Clinton Administration official-turned-D.C. lobbyist Jarvis Stewart mused that he might someday open an L.A. office to help celebrities "learn how to get their messages across in...
Today's LAT editorial page delivers on its Rose Bowl wager to say something nice about Texas: "Any state that gave us Lance Armstrong, Lyle Lovett and Larry McMurtry can't be...
January 5, 2006
The Trojans' baseball coach for forty-five years died today in Glendale from complications of a stroke. Born Raoul Martial Dedeaux, he coached at least sixty USC players who went to...
The LAT was right on top of this local obituary. Saxophone-playing, small-government maverick Ernani Bernardi died yesterday. He served eight terms from his beloved Van Nuys before leaving the city...
I still get occasional questions about last fall's unsavory and still-unexplained aroma that wafted over scattered parts of Los Angeles. (I have no answers, and never bought into the red...
Jennifer Forkish, the press deputy to Valley councilman Dennis Zine, starts Jan. 17 as Director of Local Government Relations for the California Grocers Association in Long Beach. And catching up...
Michael Ramirez, the conservative cartoonist whose services were recently deemed no longer desired by the L.A. Times, has been hired to draw for Investor's Business Daily. He will also be...
Rob Greene, the LA Weekly's man at the Civic Center, suggests thirteen power grabs that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa should add to his portfolio this year. A sampling: The Los Angeles...
Patt Morrison takes sides with Stephanie Edwards on the LAT op-ed page and proposes an equitable solution at next year's Rose Parade: Stephanie in the warm booth with Heath Ledger,...
We're number two! USC lost the Rose Bowl and the national championship to Texas 41-38. Thirty-two of those points came in the last quarter. Today's front pagesNew York Times See/Read...
January 4, 2006
The rumors about the Rhino record store on Westwood Boulevard closing are apparently true. Reader T.J. emailed that he went by today and the marquee said that they lost the...
Judging by my email today, the L.A. Times' failure to get together an obit on Frank Wilkinson (while the New York Times did recognize his historic significance to Los Angeles...
Today's Food section of the LAT waded into the subject of blogs about food that can be found around the web, to a mixed reaction from the locals. Deep End...
Los Angeles has one fewer all-female valet parking service. Malibu-based Valet Girls, which has been around twenty-three years, agreed to be bought by year-old California Girls Valet Parking of Beverly...
From Wednesday's Los Angeles Times: Radio station — An article in the Dec. 27 California section about the Christian-focused station KKLA-FM (99.5) described it as a 50,000-watt station. KKLA is...
The Times says it managed to stop the presses, call back the trucks and publish last night's awful turn in the news from Tallmansville, West Virginia. Many other papers got...
Today's front pagesNew York Times See/Read Washington Post See/ReadLA Times See/ReadDaily News See/ReadDaily Breeze See/ReadPress-Telegram See/Read Register See/ReadStar-News Read Variety ReadHwd Reporter ReadLa Opinión Read Slate: Today's Papers ♦ Unless the L.A....
They didn't work very well and have just been getting worse, so the lighted pylons at the entrance to LAX were switched off this week. They will stay that way...
I don't know whether Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik is the paper's designated hitter or just is being allowed to take his Golden State blog wherever he feels it naturally...
January 3, 2006
Stephanie Edwards emailed the Times' Scott Collins [Scott Collins wrote the story but I'm told that Edwards emailed Susan King] to scoff at the suggestion of bad blood between her...
The Times finally got around to making official what LA Observed reported last month: Dawn Chmielewski is leaving the San Jose Mercury News for the tech coverage pod in Los...
Los Angeles' City Planning Department is breaking out of the hiring freeze years and inviting twenty new planners to sign on the team "to help launch dynamic new initiatives to...
The New York Observer says that Ana Marie Cox is moving on and that the principal new Washington gossip for the Gawker empire will be David Lat, recently outed as...
Welcome back to work. Since it's been awhile, I'm letting it run long... Today's front pagesNew York Times See/Read Washington Post See/ReadLA Times See/ReadDaily News See/ReadDaily Breeze See/ReadPress-Telegram See/Read Register...
If they are not there already, later today I'll be adding these noteworthy new participants in the L.A. blogosphere. Bill Bradley is the California political analyst with the mostest Schwarzenegger...
January 2, 2006
Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who made LA Observed a habit in 2005. More than 2.1 million visitors perused right around five million pages of Los Angeles observations,...
Yes it rained—and hard—on the Rose Parade, but KTLA figured out a way around the tension in the booth between longtime hosts Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards. They demoted Edwards...
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