Downtown gets a visit from some culture, the Weekly delivers another lit supplement, the n-word riles the City Council, a trade mag dies and there's a promotion at the Daily News. That's not all, of course—click on the Buzz for the full dose.
♦ In town: If downtown seems a little more musical than usual this week, blame the American Symphony Orchestra League convention. They get down to business this morning with a plenary session at Disney Hall opened by, yes, Mayor Non-Stop. These guys do it right: an L.A. Phil concert last night, L.A. Chamber Orchestra tonight, matinee performance of Grendel on Saturday.
♦ WLS: It's the summer Weekly Literary Supplement in the LA Weekly, plus David Zahniser on the Democrats' fight to replace Jackie Goldberg, Daniel Hernandez on Vicente Fox and Antonio Villaraigosa, and endorsements in Tuesday's election. CityBeat turns to the election as well.
♦ Offended: The L.A. City Council wants a law to stop Michael Hunt of Palms from using the n-word when he rants in the council chambers about the Venice Boardwalk. The LAT story uses the word, the Daily Breeze does not.
♦ Touchy: LAPD Public Information Director Mary Grady uses the department blog to respond to things she didn't like—and point out some factual errors—in Mariel Garza's Daily News column about the blog. LAPD Wife, Mack Reed and Sean Bonner also line up in the anti-Garza camp.
♦ Tribune CEO: Dennis Fitzsimons is the centerpiece of a Wall Street Journal piece on his strategy to reinvent the owner of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA. Subscribers only.
♦ Promoted: Daily News police beat reporter Josh Kleinbaum is moving up to online editor of DailyNews.com. It also marks a shift of responsibility for website content to the newsroom.
♦ Folds: Trade magazine Amusement Business has been shuttered by VNU after 111 years of publication, the last little while housed on Wilshire Boulevard. Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider says he'll miss it. From AB's own website:
Today’s AB Daily News online edition is the last one.
♦ DN corrects: The Daily News sets the record straight that animal rights activists Jerry Vlasak and Pamelyn Ferdin were convicted of "targeted demonstration against a city employee," not targeted trespassing.
♦ Dennis McCarthy column: Weed lady of Northridge.
♦ LA Youth.com The "only newspaper website by and about Los Angeles teens."
♦ End of shift: PIO Jim Wells clocks out at the fire department, makes the Times.
♦ On the way out: Pasadena schools superintendent Percy Clark will be gone soon, but just when isn't clear.
♦ L.A. obituary: Leave it to Army Archerd to send off photographer Peter Borsari, who died at age 67 from complications of knee surgery at Cedars-Sinai.