Morning Buzz

Monday Buzz, 6.19.06

Today's briefing is all there when you click on the red Morning Buzz logo. In the meantime, just like every Monday, here are some of the posts from last week that you shouldn't miss.

South Central farm evictions
Chandlers drop bomb on Tribune friends
Wealthy men line up to buy the LAT—but the paper isn't for sale
Sunbather killed on the beach by cops in SUV
Mike Sitrick profiled in Los Angeles magazine
Fixmer ankles the Business Journal
New blogs at Daily News
Banned at the L.A. Times
Mariel Garza goes for a drive
Restaurants with the dreaded C grade
Top News
LAX airliner fire has feds worried
Aviation safety investigators are "deeply concerned" about what happened on June 2 at an American Airlines hangar at LAX. An engine being tested broke up, spewing hot metal a half mile and rupturing a weak fuel tank, starting a fire. It didn't get much local notice then (except on the LAFD blog, which also posted a slideshow of photos.)
Losing Adele
LAT art critic Christopher Knight calls yesterday's sale of the Gustav Klimt paintings to a New York gallery "hugely disappointing for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and its audience."
Grand Avenue plan
Columbus Circle in Manhattan as a model.
World Cup fever
About 20,000 fans piled into Staples Center to watch on screens as South Korea tied France. Fans got in free and the game commentary was in Korean.
Hollywood Palladium for sale—and in danger
The L.A. Business Journal says the historic property is more valuable as housing or the site of multi-use development.
No party at this Party
Mayor Villaraigosa was asked if he supports fellow Democrat Phil Angelides for governor and wouldn't say. Angelides has yet to say anything good about Villaraigosa's school takeover move. Michael Finnegan in Saturday's LAT:
The dual snubs were part of a broad conflict between the two Democrats.

Villaraigosa is torn between party loyalty and the potential rewards offered by his new alliance with the Republican governor. He plans to campaign with Schwarzenegger for bond measures on the November ballot that could offer Los Angeles billions of dollars for schools, housing and traffic relief. And the governor would decide where much of that bounty went.

There is also a matter of personal ambition: Villaraigosa is widely seen as a top Democratic candidate for governor in 2010 — provided that Angelides loses.

Out at Cultural Affairs
Margie Reese disclosed Friday she will leave as the department's GM this summer, according to L.A. City Nerd. His Nerdness also reports that Council President Eric Garcetti will lead a delegation to Beirut to finalize a sister city deal. My add is that it's a repeat visit for the globe-trotting Garcetti; he went to Beirut on sister city business last year, after a trip to Armenia and Georgia in the company of former presidential candidate Howard Dean. Since then, he has become U.S. Navy Reserve Ensign Garcetti.
Closer than we knew?
Slate blogger and serial Ann Coulter defender Mickey Kaus escorted Ann Coulter to a weekend party at Cathy Seipp's house, says Tony Pierce.
Being #1 at KCBS
It's great for morale, especially when Les Moonves drops in to say congratulations. Martin Miller's take:
The surprise visit by the CBS chief rallied the troops more than a news chopper exclusive of a freeway car chase at rush hour and helped honor the end of a decades-long losing streak that perhaps only the Los Angeles Clippers could understand. "His visit to the newsroom was a huge psychological paycheck," said local news veteran Laura Diaz, who co-anchors the 11 p.m. news with relative newcomer Paul Magers. "There are people who've worked here for decades and have never experienced being No. 1....It feels pretty sweet."

The last time the station reveled in first-place glory for its 11 p.m. newscast was in the early 1970s when Jerry Dunphy and "The Big News" commanded the local airwaves. The top ratings are more a reflection of CBS' strong nighttime programming — particularly with older adults, a prime audience for evening newscasts — and the personal appeal of its revamped news team than any truly distinctive journalism that separates it from its closest rivals, according to analysts.

Ten years of Slate
Before he spent several months dabbling with the opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Kinsley was the founding editor of Microsoft's online experiment, He muses on the first ten years in a piece there:
In August 1995, I made a secret trip to Seattle to talk with Microsoft about starting an online magazine (whatever that might be). On the plane back home to Washington, D.C., I found myself sitting next to Christopher Buckley, the comic novelist. Like an idiot, I immediately asked him, "Why were you in Seattle?" He said he had been giving a speech, and, like a gentleman, naturally asked me the same question. To which I was forced to reply, like a parody of the Washington self-importance in Chris' novels, "I can't tell you. It's a secret." When the secret came out a few weeks later, Chris sent me a note: "I figured it wasn't Boeing."

It wasn't Boeing. But Microsoft's suburban corporate campus was still an odd place to be practicing journalism. My interest in the project and Microsoft's interest were very different, but a good fit. Like many magazine editors, and journalists generally, I dreamed of starting a magazine of my own. And I had discovered that the magic words "on" and "line" were a way to interest others in this solipsistic proposition. Microsoft, meanwhile, had no particular interest in starting a magazine. But, like many companies in those early days, it was flinging anything it could find at the Internet to see what might stick.

LAT's web filter
Today's New York Times covers the Tribune's wounded synergy strategy in Los Angeles and also picks up a short about the Los Angeles Times filtering the websites its staff can look at, including
Clancy Sigal reviewed
Marc Copper reviews Sigal's memoir of mom, A Woman of Uncertain Character The Amorous and Radical Adventures of My Mother Jennie (Who Always Wanted to Be a Respectable Jewish Mom) by Her Bastard Son, in the LAT.
The wonderfully rich website by Donna Wares and Kate Cohen has graciously posted an excerpt adapted from Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Also up recently is an excerpt of Carolyn See's There Will Never Be Another You.
Talker of the day
It has been suggested...
Is the couple atop the wedding cake on page A-15 of Sunday's L.A. Times having sex?
RJ Smith book
The Los Angeles Magazine media columnist guests on "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" to talk about The Great Black Way: L.A.'s Central Avenue in the 1940s and the Lost Negro Renaissance. (He's on the LAT op-ed page too.) The book was also reviewed in Sunday's LAT Book Review by author and UCSB professor Cecil Brown, who calls Smith "a white man who has a deep affinity for African Americans and their culture."
In his new book, "The Great Black Way," Smith adopts the French flâneur guise to introduce us to Los Angeles' historic African American boulevard as he imagines it existed then. Step off the train at Union Station, he implores, and walk a few blocks south to 1st Street, where the journey begins. "Central Avenue was like a river, like the Amazon or the Nile," he says (quoting musician Clifford Solomon), "and downtown was the mouth."
Backyard raptor
Will Campbell has pics.
Neon Cruise
Daily News travel editor Eric Noland, who went along on the Neon Cruise with LA Observed earlier this month, led his section Sunday with a feature on the cruise and two other cool L.A. tours: architectural historian Linda Massino's Architecture Tours L.A. and Red Line Tours' Hollywood Behind the Scenes walking tour.
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