First thing Thursday, 3.9.06

ChickLaura Chick locks and loads to talk about schools...the mayor gets ready to name a transportation chief...Daniel Hernandez on secret talks to save the South L.A. farm...Ludlow pleads after being caught cash-handed...a new maximum editor at the Hollywood L.A.'s ethnic media, a panel tonight on the Iraq war, Hiltzik likes intense Spanish dramas and John and Ken win another award. Obits of the day: Mas Fukai, Page Ackerman and catching up to Sam Chu Lin. For details turn the page...

Noted: Last year's median home sale in Pacific Palisades fetched $1.75 million, more than in Bel-Air, Brentwood or Westwood—highest anywhere within Los Angeles. You could make a case that the Palisades is the city's most privileged residential zone, given the ocean, the estates and the dearth of ugly malls or factories. So I'll give you one guess where Councilman Bill Rosendahl will be at noon to applaud a new street beautification program...

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♦ All politics are school politics these days: At 11 this morning Controller Laura Chick releases her report on the thousand LAUSD audits and reviews that Supt. Roy Romer plopped on her desk. Why do I think she will find something comment-worthy? At the same hour, Mayor Villaraigosa announces his appointment of a general manager for the Department of Transportation.
♦ Ex-Times reporter Daniel Hernandez's first LA Weekly byline is a double-signer (with David Zahniser) reporting on secret Villaraigosa-fueled negotiations to get the Trust for Public Land and the Port of Los Angeles involved in a plan to keep the disputed South Central Community Garden green.
♦ Zahniser also reports that $1,300 in an envelope handed to a phantom aide helped undo Martin Ludlow. Federal prosecutor: "Whenever a politician deals in cash, that tends to be a red flag." Ludlow pleaded guilty Wednesday in the Superior Court phase of his legal gauntlet. And Zahniser reconstructs the smear campaign against school board candidate Christopher Arellano.
♦ Howard Burns, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, has been promoted to editorial director with responsibility over "editorial operations in print, electronic and face-to-face media." Deputy Cynthia Littleton moves up to editor with day-to-day oversight of news gathering.
♦ While the Times loses print readers and other local papers stagnate, ethnic media offerings in Los Angeles are exploding in number and ambition, Kevin Uhrich reports in CityBeat.
♦ Cinny Kennard of NPR West and USC Annenberg School moderates a Press Club forum tonight on covering the Iraq war. Panelists include David Jackson of KCAL/KCBS, Tony Perry of the Times, Seth Doane of Channel One, John North of KABC, Hayne Palmour of the North County Times and Iraq veteran and blogger Robert Parry.
♦ Mike Hiltzik comes out of the closet as a fan of Epitafios on the Signature network: "By a wide margin the most suspenseful, harrowing, nightmarish, emotionally draining television series I've ever watched. In my life. In any language."
♦ Damian Carroll, president of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, sent an email to members in hopes of softening talk that the group's endorsement of Cynthia Montanez was a rebuke to co-founder Alex Padilla.
♦ Independent Sources likes the changes coming to the LAT Business pages.
♦ KFI's "John & Ken" shared the "Radio & Records" 2006 Industry Achievement Award as Newstalk Local Personalities of the Year. (LA
♦ Is the NBA's familiar logo a likeness of Jerry West, as league mythology says? If so, isn't he a little outdated? David Davis takes on the subject at Fox
♦ Masani "Mas" Fukai, a former aide to the late county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, died at age 79. Fukai was a leader in the Japanese American community and also served on the Gardena city council. The Times also runs obits on retured UCLA librarian Page Ackerman and Fox 11 reporter Sam Chu Lin, who died over the weekend.

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