LA Observed archive
for July 2006

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Afternoon snacks

That's Mel Gibson's booking photo, posted minutes ago at LATimes.com. Gibson is supposedly in rehab already for his alcoholic binge, Orin Aviv of Disney counsels Jewish community tolerance, Kim...

LAT to put ads on section fronts

Desperation strikes. Publisher Jeff Johnson just announced that the Los Angeles Times will begin to accept advertising on the front pages of some news and feature sections — but not...

Spanish-language radio gets newsy

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez surveyed the local radio en español scene today and finds news and talk on the rise, especially on the AM dial. Hunger for information about the...

New route for L.A. Marathon

The race will begin at Universal Studios and end downtown at the Central Library. Mayor Villaraigosa and Bill Burke said the new course should relieve some of the complaints from...

E3 leaves Convention Center

The annual gaming trade show that the geeks drool over is cutting way back and will move out of the downtown Convention Center — but wants to stay in Los...

News happens to a Bon Appétit editor

In her blog diatribe about suffering bad service at a Los Angeles area restaurant, visiting Bon Appétit online editor Martha Simon doesn't name the place. But if you suspect it's...

D-day for King-Drew

Inspectors with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services descended on Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center today to see if the troubled hospital has improved enough to keep...

Aerial display over the Valley

If you noticed small groups of World War II airplanes swooping low over the San Fernando Valley this weekend and thought huh?, here's the answer compliments of the Daily News...

New Yorker on blogs as journalism

In this week's double issue of The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann struggles to comprehend the rise of blogs as a news source and the boosterish label — citizen journalism —...

Monday, 7.31.06

Morning Buzz Reopening the Biggie Smalls investigation LAPD chief Bill Bratton is throwing senior homicide detectives at the rap star's 1997 murder, which Chuck Philips in the Times calls...

The week that was

Well, that was a good week. New blogs, new contributors, new design, plus the usual original posts and meaty news. These were some of the highlights, in case you are...

Ellroy comes home

Author James Ellroy writes in today's West Magazine about returning in June to live in Los Angeles after a lengthy self-exile. "The L.A. mandate," he says, "was always enticement and...

Kiddies, close your ears — it's Mel

So much for Mel Gibson wrapping himself in God. When he was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI in Malibu, a very un-pious Gibson resisted the deputy and threatened repeatedly...

Who knew? *

Who knew it's illegal to play ball on L.A. streets?: The Los Angeles Municipal Code forbids playing "ball or any game of sport with a ball or football or throw,...

Near-miss at LAX *

Air traffic controllers described this week's runway encounter as "the closest call they have seen at LAX in seven years." A small passenger jet speeding into its take-off missed colliding...

Broad, Geffen and Burkle still want LAT *

Each of the local billionaire media moguls-in-waiting — Eli Broad, David Geffen and Ron Burkle — sent separate letters to the Tribune Company board this month expressing interest in buying...

Bubba gets a taste of Santa Monica politics

You can walk into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company emporium on Maui or at the Mall of America and find pretty much the same menu: shrimp and more shrimp, done...

Friday desk-clearing

Mayor Villaraigosa's independent fundraising committee for his school reform effort reported raising $1.1 million. James G. Robinson, head of Morgan Creek Productions, lambasted Lindsay Lohan in a letter chiding...

Passion of the Law

TMZ.com says that Mel Gibson was arrested this morning on suspicion of DUI by the Malibu sheriff's. He made the mistake of speeding in the dark on Pacific Coast Highway....

Speaking of cliches

Is there a lazier media and blog meme going around right now than the anti-Westside digs over the 310/424 area code overlay and resulting addition of four digits to every...

Blair's swing through town

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is swirling through California for a bunch of appearances, including the Rupert Murdoch bash in Pebble Beach. On Monday he will meet the local elite...

School bill met with disinterest

Mayor Villaraigosa's preferred course toward reform of the LAUSD — Assembly bill 1381 — came up for endorsement before the the City Council's Intergovernmental Relations committee this morning. When no...

Friday Buzz, 7.28.06

Top News Unprepared for the worst The DWP was "shocked" at the peak levels of electricity used during the heat wave and overestimated the quality of its aging transformers...

Nothing said about coat hangers

Those instructions on how aides are supposed to "staff" Mayor Villaraigosa are still being passed around. The demand for unlimited Listerine breath strips and room temperature water, as reported by...

Learning to drive

Author Mariane Pearl describes getting behind the wheel in the NYT's New York Observed column [editor's note: harrumph] last Sunday. It's what prompted her to start driving that got my...

Another one debuts: David Rensin

David Rensin has been a contributing editor of Playboy since before web browsers came along. He has written more than a hundred interviews for the magazine and devotes most of...

Afternoon snacks

Aquaman the movie? John Horn reports on the Times website that the real Ari Emanuel is at the center of real "informal talks" on a movie deal that parallels the...

Mayor makes appointments too

News out of Mayor Villaraigosa's office is that Rafael López will serve as interim executive director for the Commission on Children, Youth, and Their Families, and Ken Simmons will do...

Chick picks a chief deputy

Rushmore Cervantes is general manager of El Pueblo, the City Department with responsibility for Olvera Street. He will come to City Hall East as Controller Laura Chick's chief deputy controller....

She was #8

Former model Tina Teets came forward today to talk about appearing on the Sheriff's roster of 54 missing women — and her run-in with photographer-murderer William Bradford in 1984. At...

Thursday Buzz, 7.27.06

Top News Leads on missing women pour in Sheriff's detectives get the help they hoped for, including a single email from an unidentified tipster giving 12 names. They think...

Hackers who are hacks

Writer, producer, novelist (and significant other of Helen Hunt) Matthew Carnahan had his personal home page taken hostage by pro-Palestinian hackers. Ray Richmond blogs that Carnahan hasn't written or done...

Book on KROQ

Former CityBeat columnist Erik Himmelsbach has taken his Valley Boy persona to the blogopshere. In his second post, he talks about the book he is writing about legendary Los Angeles...

Candy apple red

An eagle-eyed (female) reader with a sense of Los Angeles history spotted a paid obit in the Times for Big John Mazmanian, a legend of Southern California car culture. (No...

Introducing 'Native Intelligence'

Posting has been a tad light today due to the intrusion of life and preoccupation with the changes around here. This makes it worth it, though. I'm pleased to announce...

Where's Kitty Felde?

Funny you should ask. The former NPR reporter and KPCC host is in Kenya with a delegation from St. Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica (home parish of the Schwarzenegger-Shrivers.)...

Setting free his inner fan

Rip Rense has written about his devotion to the Beatles before. After attending the Las Vegas premiere of the new Cirque du Soleil show he makes no pretense of equanimity...

The Onion goes coastal

The Onion plans to peel off a Los Angeles edition to hit the streets Aug. 10. They plan to dump about 50,000 copies at the usual coffee houses, free racks...

Wednesday Buzz, 7.26.06

Morning Buzz is late today due to some technical snags. Hope you find the new look to your liking. Top News Missing women update Multiple murdered William Bradford told jurors...

Staffing the mayor *

Duke Helfand of the LAT's city-county bureau got his hands on a fascinating instruction sheet given to staffers who accompany Mayor Villaraigosa in his travels around the city. The two-page...

On our other blogs

Around LA Observed's sites this afternoon: Warner Bros. deal with iTunes, new prez of Disneyland, and who to blame for power woes. Jered Weaver is no Fernando, but then who...

Douridas pleads no contest

The KCRW host returns to court August 15 to be sentenced on a cocaine possession charge, the only prosecution to come out of his June 6 arrest on suspicion of...

Dodgers rid themselves of Perez

They had to bribe Kansas City to take him. Story at SoCal Sports Observed....

McCaw sets record 'straight'

Santa Barbara News-Press owner and co-publisher Wendy McCaw delivered another missive to readers today claiming that she's the victim in the explosion of upset over her journalism ethics. She says...

Frantz ponies up

After my Monday scooplet (yes I mean it ironically) about Los Angeles Times managing editor Doug Frantz giving Metro reporters pony rides at lunch hour as a staff bonding exercise,...

Ludlow party gets a reaction

The Times editorial page today follows the Daily News in wagging the finger of shame at the politicos and local leaders who lined up to throw money at disgraced ex-councilman...

Register unveils an OC tabloid

The OC Post launches Aug. 21 as a six-day, full-color home-delivered tabloid that will feature many of the stories and columns that run in the Register, "but in a shorter,...

Dumb questions from TV critics

On his blog over at TV Week, Christopher Lisotta is letting readers vote on the dumbest question asked during the the Television Critics Association pressfest going on in Pasadena. My...

Well played, Mr. Mayor

In the increasingly bitter match of wills over control of LAUSD schools, Mayor Villaraigosa aced today's serve. He named former superintendent Ramon Cortines to be his deputy mayor for education,...

Are 54 women missing?

Sheriff's homicide detectives plan to ask for the public's help in locating 54 women (!) whose pictures were found in the home of multiple murderer William Bradford, who used to...

LA Observed 2.0

Time for a change. A fairly major change, in light of the way things have been done here so far. There won't be a Morning Buzz today so I can...

A Timesman and his horse

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times are giggling about a morale booster that managing editor Doug Frantz perpetrated in the midday heat downtown today: pony rides for the Metro staff....

L.A.'s Uncle Phil

Philip Anschutz's image as the most important Angeleno that most people have never seen — or even heard of — got a big boost with a front-page primer in Sunday's...

Ludlow's friends

There's some chatter out there about today's Daily News editorial lambasting last week's Holmby Hills fundraiser for Martin Ludlow, the ex-councilman who had to give up his County Fed post...

Monday Buzz, 7.24.06

We've got Arnold and Antonio, Frank and Jamie, Ramona and Joel, Mike and Sylvester, and even Bill Handel. It's a full helping of the Morning Buzz for a Monday. Click...

Induction weekend in Pasadena

By David Davis For those keeping score at home, it's been a banner year for Terry Cannon's Baseball Reliquary. In February, Cannon and his merry diamond pranksters debuted Ben...

New head of Cultural Affairs

Karen Constine, the former chief of staff to Laura Chick and director of the California Film Commission under Gov. Gray Davis, gets the mayor's nod. Details in the following press...

Curses, foiled again *

KCRW thought they had U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad all lined up to guest with Warren Olney on "To the Point" at 1 pm, but the station regrets to...

Mayor's still filling commissions

A year into his Administration, Mayor Villaraigosa has named his members of the commission that oversees the city's police and fire pension plan. It's inside-baseball news not really of general...

Dear Ramona

Longtime ACLU of Southern California supporter Joel Bellman yesterday circulated an open letter to executive director Ramona Ripston protesting the group's decision to honor Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the...

Friday Buzz, 7.21.06

The Times breaks out a new Hollywood and politics column, the City Council gets the love it wants from Chief Bratton, and the city of Carson isn't laughing at "Reno...

Escalating rhetoric over LAUSD

Supt. Roy Romer used today's "state of the schools" speech to stress that campuses are getting better under his watch and to blast Mayor Villaraigosa for deploying "propaganda" that undermines...

Rich kid in Hollywood *

Today's Wall Street Journal cranks out a piece on GOOD, the magazine for young people who do good things (get it?) that is being pulled together in West Hollywood by...

Singleton to head AP

William Dean Singleton, owner of the Daily News and several other local papers through his MediaNews Group, will take over as chairman of Associated Press next May. Does this mean...

A Strad comes to Pasadena

They threw a party last night in Pasadena for a Stradivarius violin. Jerry Kohl fell in love with the idea of owning a Strad after reading an L.A. Times story...

Highway None

The weekly Highway 1 section in the Los Angeles Times always skews toward the few who are buying a vehicle and usually has little if any information or fun stuff...

Revisiting Pynchon's L.A. ties

Over at his blog From the Desert to the Sea, John Stodder goes literary and recalls that the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon wrote much of Gravity's Rainbow while high and...

Marineland to vanish, 19 years later

Demolition of the final remnants of Marineland of the Pacific gets started today on the Palos Verdes peninsula. The Daily Breeze reports that about 20 crumbling buildings will be dismantled...

Thursday Buzz, 7.20.06

* Investigating why LAX shut down* Incredible shrinking movie business* Analyzing Broad's break with VillaraigosaThere's a whole bunch of news and observations today. Click the Buzz for details....

Daniel Baldwin arrested on Wilshire

At gunpoint, no less. Channel 2 News says the actor's Thunderbird jumped the curb, sped into the parking lot of Nina's Kitchen Bath and Hardware at Wilshire and Saltair in...

When you have a blood and guts problem

We bloggers are not supposed to mention the ads that Google AdSense places on our sites, for fear that the mention will trigger click fraud. So I'm not suggesting you...

Politics wins out

Back in April 2004, when he was under full attack for the Fleishman-Hillard deal with DWP that began under Dick Riordan, then-Mayor Jim Hahn banned PR contracts with city agencies....

LAT makes Elliott official

We told you on Monday that Helene Elliott would become a general columnist for the Los Angeles Times sports section. Today the memo came down: she joins Bill Dwyre, Bill...

LATC a 'story of political connections'

LA Weekly's Steven Leigh Morris looks at how the Latino Theater Company, which had never run a theater and possessed few assets, was awarded control of the city-owned Los Angeles...

News-Press spokesman off the case

Sam Singer, the San Francisco PR attache for Wendy McCaw and the Santa Barbara News-Press, is described as "resigning" — and won't say why — in today's Leah Garchik column...

Magazines observed

New from 5900 Wilshire, home of the Emmis magazines that hit the streets this week with their August issues: Los Angeles does its annual, hyper-selling Best of L.A. compilation. Among...

The unofficial squash of L.A.

We grow it, saute it, stuff it, roast it and slice it into ratatouille. Now the Times' food section tells us that there's a long and somewhat historical connection between...

Free tips for TV critics

The Hollywood Reporter's Ray Richmond generously blogs for newbies his ten unwritten rules for getting along at the Television Critics Association's group grope in Pasadena without offending your competitors, colleagues...

Wednesday Buzz, 7.19.06

* KFI tops radio ratings* Bratton is defiant* More signs the honeymoon is overMuch more local news and media tidbits inside the Morning Buzz. Come on in......

Power outage disrupts LAX

The 5:30 pm shutdown was way up in Palmdale at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center, but it kept numerous flights on the ground. "The airport's not totally...

Bud "The Steamer" Furillo passes *

Furillo was the sports editor of the late Herald Examiner, wrote his column "The Steam Room" there for many years, and served a couple of stints as a radio sports...

Return of afternoon snacks

Because I'm at the desk and there are things to note: SoCal home sales tumbled in June, but prices still edged up to an all-time high. About 500 people attended...

Valley to Antonio: not good enough

VICA (the Valley Industry and Commerce Association) is the one San Fernando Valley business group that seems to have some clout downtown. Its board voted today to oppose AB 1381,...

K.C. Cole on science and editors

Author and former Los Angeles Times science writer K.C. Cole explains why, in her view, print media too often shy away from difficult stories on the science beat. It’s not...

Speaking of Long Beach...

Things seem kind of cozy down in the second city. The newly elected mayor of Long Beach, Bob Foster, will be "officially sworn in" today by the columnist for the...

Stealing Rosie's ride

For nine years, Rosie the arthritic bulldog has been part of the Belmont Shores scenery, riding in a little red wagon behind her owner. Well, somebody stole Rosie's latest customized...

Tuesday Buzz, 7.18.06

* Garcetti chides Bratton* More Tasers out there* Four more years?Details and more inside the Morning Buzz. Just click to come on in....

LA Voice off the air

Some kind of problem at Dreamhost has knocked LA Voice.org off line. We're all hostages to our hosting services, unfortunately. Best of luck to Mack as he gets them straightened...

Auletta on the Pellicano case

In this week's New Yorker, Ken Auletta focuses on the Hollywood presence and Pellicano-tainting of powerhouse lawyer Bertram Fields. Auletta congratulates himself on getting "the most feared lawyer in Hollywood"...

Amy Wallace jumps to Portfolio

She has been the editor in charge of entertainment coverage for the Los Angeles Times business section since last year, after returning from Los Angeles magazine in 2004. She will...

Delete one serial murder suspect

Back in June when the LA Weekly proclaimed that a serial killer had preyed on ten Los Angeles-area prostitutes, the paper fingered its favored suspect sitting in a Fresno jail....

The New Establishment

When I posted in the Morning Buzz about Rick Orlov's story on the relatively new Los Angeles Civic Alliance, the members' names had not yet been included on the Daily...

YouTube sued over Denny video

Bob Tur of Los Angeles News Service sued YouTube in federal court for letting users post copyrighted video, including his often-aired aerial footage of trucker Reginald Denny being beaten senseless...

Times cuts back on hockey

L.A. Times beat writers will no longer routinely cover road trips of the Kings and Ducks, Sports Editor Randy Harvey tells LA Observed. Hockey columnist Helene Elliott will become a...

Monday Buzz, 7.17.06

Malibu's last big spread for sale.Mike Kinsley headed for brain surgery.Wendy McCaw speaks.Details and much more when you click on the Buzz. And now our regular Monday look-back at highlights...

L.A.'s dopest lawyer blog

In addition to running alt weekly ads that brag she's the dopest attorney in Los Angeles, criminal defense lawyer Allison Margolin has taken up blogging on the site of the...

Blogging Santa Barbara

On his Angry Poodle blog at the Santa Barbara Independent, Nick Welsh breaks the news that ex-News-Press columnist Barney Brantingham has been served with a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop...

Eli memos mayor: I'm not happy

Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad sent Mayor Villaraigosa a letter critical of the mayor's schools compromise for muddying the control issues. Broad's foundation has provided key aides to Villaraigosa's staff and...

From the National Weather Service

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 954 AM PDT SAT JUL 15 2006 ...DANGEROUS HEAT EXPECTED TODAY ACROSS THE VALLEYS AND LOWER MOUNTAIN ELEVATIONS OF...

Bonds indictment "as soon as next week' *

Slugger Barry Bonds' lawyers are preparing for the San Francisco Giant to be indicted in federal court as soon as next week. The charges could be perjury or tax evasion....

Does the mayor know about this?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a new job posting of some importance to Mayor Villaraigosa and his Los Angeles Unified School District ambitions: Position: Superintendent of Schools Organization: Los Angeles...

Santa Barbara rally photos

From Associated Press and Yahoo in the post below....

Admiring an L.A. poet

Lucinda Michele Knapp, managing editor of the L.A. Alternative, nominates S.A. Griffin as Beat avatar and should-be poet laureate of Los Angeles. Her cover story in today's issue includes history...

News-Press reporters tape mouths shut *

At today's demonstration and rally outside the Santa Barbara News-Press offices, I'm told that most of the paper's reporters many newsroom staffers including several reporters stood by with tape over...

Cruising the river

It's a lazy Friday in July so why not post a little travel writing, even if it is about home. Notes from the Road calls itself "a project in experimental...

Transit night owls

Members of Southern California Transit Advocates like to challenge themselves — and explore the region — by taking long group excursions on public transit. They have gone as far as...

The real 'Nacho Libre'

Jim Benning, who edits the travel website World Hum, wrote about lucha libre wrestling in Tijuana for last Sunday's Washington Post. It’s Friday night in a small Tijuana arena, the...

Enjoy the driving future

If you watch traffic maps online or listen to radio reports, the earliest freeway snarls are often out in western Riverside County where commuters get up early and begin slogging...

More flip-flop blogmentary

LA Frog refers to herself as "Parisian euro-pudding whose karma ran over her dogma. Met a California surfer dude, traded high heels for flip flops and crossed the world to...

Friday Buzz, 7.14.06

Chief Bratton's long honeymoon with the City Council appears to be over, there were two more murders on South Robertson while the mayor was in the neighborhood, and we now...

Can you ID these gents?

Are they: Early L.A. stage actorsElected officialsCaltech scientistsReporters at the L.A. Record, circa 1905 Answer follows....

News-Press reporters unionize, confront publisher

It was a big news day around the Santa Barbara News-Press situation. Here is some of what I've confirmed tonight: Star investigative reporter Scott Hadly joined the exodus, according to...

Link you won't see on Romenesko

Well maybe you will, but it's an interview with the indefatigable, if media shy, Romenesko himself in Hyperlink magazine at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He's 52 and lives in...

Red Buttons, comic was 87 *

Buttons began in burlesque, had his own TV show in the early 1950s and won a supporting actor Academy Award for the 1957 film Sayonara, which starred Marlon Brando. His...

Add Santa Barbara

The News-Press has posted openings for reporters, design editor, business editor and assistant city editor on JournalismJobs.com. The biz editor needs two whole years of experience. You can bet they...

Dueling versions in Santa Barbara

Barney Brantingham, the "beloved" longtime columnist of the Santa Barbara News-Press, explains why he accompanied all of the top editors in resigning in a piece published in this week's free...

Glendale College paper squelched

After El Vaquero reported accurately last month on two suicides by students in the nursing program, Glendale College president John Davitt complained that the story reflected poorly on the institution....

Blue whales are here

Every summer it seems the whale boat captains talk up sightings of blue whales out in the channel. This year Channel 4 has video....

Readers fill in the gaps **

I knew that the threatened Nickelodeon Theatre had a lengthy history in Hollywood, but I had rushed out Tuesday's Morning Buzz item without researching all of the past. Several readers...

New sponsors

Welcome to The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on KCET.org and PublicAffairs Books....

Thursday Buzz, 7.13.06

In today's feast are a couple more reasons not to get hurt in this town, plus a narrow victory for the mayor's school plan, a departing county official of some...

Manhattan as Stonehenge

Excuse the Wrong Coast diversion, but this is too cool to pass up. Spotted on the L.A.-rooted Boing Boing (posted by Angeleno Xeni Jardin): Today, if it is clear, Manhattan...

'My California' keeps on giving

The collection of close-to-home travel narratives titled My California has been newly chosen as the One City, One Book pick for Whittier, Santa Barbara and Sacramento. The collaborators at CalforniaAuthors.com...

Going native in flip-flops

Chris Ayres writes in his L.A. Notebook for the Times of London that going native is one of the worst career moves a foreign correspondent can make. "It is a...

Wednesday Buzz, 7.12.06

Rampart and LAPD news rules today, including more details on the off-duty officer shot and critically wounded by his young son. Also: what was the hot, twisted piece of metal...

Council in FDR's day

Came across a nice shot of the council chambers at City Hall the way it (and the elected members) looked during President Franklin Roosevelt's first term. The caption info identifies...

Afternoon snacks

News and observations from around town, mostly off the police beat today: Chief Bratton told KPCC's Patt Morrison that an internal investigation is looking into reports of overfly forceful LAPD...

New Baghdad reporter for LAT

Alexandra Zavis comes from the Johannesburg bureau of Associated Press. Memo to the staff from foreign editor Marjorie Miller follows:...

Reporter back from the brink

Orange County Register reporter Valeria Godines is in the midst of a courageous five-part series disclosing her personal battle with bipolar disorder. Brainstorm opens on the day in 2004 when...

Michael Zinzun, police watchdog was 57

The founder of the Coalition Against Police Abuse and former Black Panther died Sunday at home in Pasadena. A longtime activist and police critic in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Zinzun...

News-Press names new editors

Top jobs are still open, but the acting publisher whose DUI case was ordered covered up promoted three editors from within and named a "contributing business editor." Business Wire release,...

To sprawl or not to sprawl

This morning on KPCC's "Airtalk," Prof. Robert Bruegmann will explain and probably defend his thesis that "sprawl is not the worst thing that ever happened to the nation's cities. In...

Tuesday Buzz, 7.11.06

We're in a blood shortage, folks. Give if you can. The old Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood is eyed by re-developers, a huge bill to fix up L.A.'s jails, sleeping on...

Penny to start for National League

The Dodgers' Brad Penny today was named as starting pitcher for tomorrow's All-Star Game. One of the guys he was traded to Los Angeles for in 2004, Paul Lo Duca,...

Westwater's new gig

CityWatch is out with an extra edition on the weekend election of downtown activist Brady Westwater as chair of the Neighborhood Council Congress. Westwater (right, with vice chair Jim Alger)...

Rocky appoints to ethics panel

Lawyer Helen Zukin is City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's newest appointee to the City Ethics Commission. Zukin, a temporary judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, previously chaired the...

Uncle Antonio is watching *

Red-light cameras will be turned on in August at two intersections, LADOT officials said today. The first two corners where tickets will be issued are Laurel Canyon at Ventura boulevards...

Notes from the blogosphere

Movie City News has added rough, uncut video interviews to its mix of blogs. Up currently is a three-part chat with Vinessa Shaw, who strolls self-consciously through Palisades Park in...

'The Local Story'

Channel 4 unveils "The Local Story: Summer Edition" at 3 pm., with L.A. news veteran Ross Becker anchoring. Toni Guinyard, formerly of KCET's "Life & Times" and KCAL, is the...

Quicksand at Hansen Dam?

Seven members of a family hiking at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace had to be rescued by LAFD helicopter Sunday night after becoming stuck in mud and sinking "nearly...

Monday Buzz, 7.10.06

As usual the day begins with a meaty meal of news briefs and observations — the Morning Buzz. Come on inside after you check out some of these LA Observed...

How to become a global joke

It's easy. You're the captain of your national team in the final minutes of the final match of the World Cup. The score is tied, and as your side's legendary...

How to become a national joke

Steve Greenberg in the Ventura County Star nails the Santa Barbara News-Press situation. Link. Up on State Street, meanwhile, sports editor Gerry Spratt has also resigned from the News-Press (that...

Back to Wilshire and LaBrea

Good guesses on the corporate name that used to adorn (or despoil) the Wilson Building before Mutual of Omaha, Asashi and Samsung: it was General Insurance. I misspoke yesterday, though....

Fortune scribe cuts to the chase

Sell the Los Angeles Times, Devin Leonard advises the Tribune Company. The Chandlers of L.A. will never be confused with the Sulzbergers of New York or the Grahams of Washington,...

Deputy killed on freeway

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy David Stan Piquette died on his way to work this morning when a cement mixer overturned on his car on the Riverside Freeway. Piquette, who...

Friday Buzz, 7.7.06

Gov. Schwarzenegger can finally ride his Harleys legally, Gray Davis is a happy (enough) man, and it might be time to sever your emotional ties to Eric Gagne. Those items...

Media massacre in Santa Barbara *

Heiress Wendy McCaw bought the Santa Barbara News-Press in 2000 and for the past few months has outraged her editors and reporters with demands that advertisers and friends be given...

Fighting over Wilshire and La Brea

At one time Wilshire and LaBrea was the most heavily traveled intersection in the city. It's still plenty busy, as marketers for Asahi Beer learned when their neon sign perched...

Transit stories

Tales about riding Metro Rail and buses make up a growing subset of the L.A. blogosphere. Doc on the Train is written by a resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center who...

Emmy list is out

The television academy's new selection system had an effect. TNT's mini-series "Into the West" received sixteen Emmy nominations, followed by Jack Bauer and "24" with twelve and "Grey's Anatomy" with...

VF for August

Hilary Swank has been an LA Observed fave since she took her Oscar entourage (and newly won statuette) to Astro Burger. In the August issue of Vanity Fair, though, she...

KPCC cuts 'Pacific' adrift

Pacific Drift hosted by Ben Adair has run on Sunday nights at KPCC for a year and a half. The final show aired last Sunday, a week after PD picked...

Thursday Buzz, 7.6.06

The New York Times' Pellicano reporter gets in trouble, politics of the Green Line, Los Angeles' pretty-horrible traffic future and an update on Heidi Fleiss. That and more morning news...

Three good L.A. blog posts

Regular readers of The Wit of the Staircase know that writer, filmmaker and former video game designer Theresa Duncan lives in Venice and is likely to post about literature, clothes,...

Newsy day *

• Protesters looked on as bulldozers began ripping out the South Los Angeles community garden where Mayor Villaraigosa couldn't broker a deal to mollify property owner Ralph Horowitz. • Convicted...

New quake bookmark

Caltech has come up with a program that will put video depictions of the up-and-down ground movement produced by Southern California earthquakes on the web 45 minutes after they occur....

More reasons LAPD bad for downtown

Other than proximity to City Hall when the top brass has to make a visit, is there anything smart about the plans to erect the new LAPD headquarters in the...

Congrats

Two of the contributors at Blogging.la are getting married this weekend — and not to each other....

Going off-grid, sort of

Filmmaker, blogger and promoter Brian Flemming has cooked up a new stunt. He announced yesterday on his blog that for the next week he will eat only what comes out...

Televisa makes the break

After losing out on Jerrold Perenchio's Univision auction last week, disappointed executives at Grupo Televisa said they would step back and reflect on their next move. Today they came up...

Dog's best friend *

When LA Weekly lifestyle editor and Style Council blogger Linda Immediato lost her Venice home suddenly, she looked around and came up empty. No place she could afford would let...

Wednesday Buzz, 7.5.06

Welcome back to the work week. Here's a little news to get you started. Click on the Buzz to check it out....

Mayor Antonio at one year

Some takes on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's first year in the corner office on the third floor at City Hall follow after the jump. Cartoon snippet: Los Angeles Times...

Let's all agree: Reggie's gone

The Daily Breeze, perhaps a little hopefully, reports that on Day 327 of the great South Bay Gator Watch it's still possible that Reggie is lurking somewhere in Machado Lake....
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgThis ficus has definitely won on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz. Bigger inside
Teammates
blue-jackets-foligno.jpgMembers of the Columbus Blue Jackets wait for teammate Nick Foligno to be placed on a stretcher at Staples Center. He was OK after the game, won 5-2 by the Kings.
LAO_TyrusWong104 copy.jpgTake My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed. See Gary's archive.
Fauna observed
owl-in-yucca-vdt.jpgGreat horned owl perched in a yucca. Veronique de Turenne
Struckus House
struckus-house-door-kr.jpgSwiveling front door at the Al Struckus House in Woodland Hills. More photos