Maria Elena Durazo watch begins, the Z Man appears in the LA Weekly, "Ask a Mexican" cracks Column One, questions about Ed Boks—all this and an old murder in Alhambra comes back up, fewer murders than claimed in Venice, and Jake Gyllenhaal loses his shirt. Turn the page, man, turn the page.
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Martin Ludlow was the answer to Miguel Contreras’ prayer, writes Harold Meyerson
in the LA Weekly. Now Contreras' widow, Maria Elena Durazo, seems poised to to take the reins at the County Fed. In the L.A. Independent, Tony Castro
agrees that Durazo is the chosen one and writes, "Ludlow’s demise may also signal a sobering wake-up call to Villaraigosa and possibly the end to the extended political honeymoon he has enjoyed."
David Zahniser's first story
for the LA Weekly looks at the Eastside school board race in the context of the politics around Mayor Villaraigosa's LAUSD takeover bid. Subhed: Antonio plays the bully
. There's also a piece
about Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Lincoln Place.
CityBeat says there is a growing dismay
among activists about the past record of new Animal Services chief Ed Boks.
Journalist Gustavo Arellano's other identity as the OC Weekly's "Ask a Mexican" columnist is profiled
in the LAT's Column One by staff writer Daniel Hernandez (who is leaving the Times to write for the LA Weekly.)
♦ George Skelton
sees Villaraigosa succeeding Gov. Schwarzenegger—in 2010.
The shotgun execution of former Alhambra mayor Stephen Ballreich fifteen years ago is unsolved, but Chip Jacobs at the Pasadena Weekly
has some theories.
Hollywood memorabilia collector and gay activist Tom Gregory
paid $101,100.51 on eBay for the shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
. It's for charity
. Meanwhile, King's Western Wear on Ventura Boulevard makes its own statement
about the film.
♦ At 10:30 am. Larry Mantle looks at the rise of independent voters in California on KPCC 89.3 FM.
Those Venice homicides of homless women? There's been only one
, the cops tell LAVoice.org.