Weekend shorts

No more Jdate: Valley congressman Brad Sherman can stop meeting women online now. He announced his engagement to Lisa Nicola Kaplan, a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. State Department.

RomerRomer's final op-ed: The Times slapped a good hed on the superintendent's farewell piece in Current: Adios, and good luck. He doesn't mention Villaraigosa except to say "I do not know what will happen if the legislation that the mayor is proposing passes in Sacramento."

Wedding bells: Former LAT City Hall reporter Matea Gold, now covering media in the paper's New York bureau, makes Sunday's New York Times Weddings and Celebrations page for her marriage to Jonathan Lenzner, an assistant Manhattan district attorney. They met during the 1999 Bill Bradley campaign for president.

Guilty or not: Indicted former City Hall commissioner Leland Wong "is a symbol of all that's wrong with Los Angeles' politics," says a Daily News editorial.

Inside job: The Department of Water and Power got a lot of heat for paying Fleishman-Hillard $3 million a year for outside PR help. Now they are hiring a Director of Public Affairs who comes much cheaper.

Well looky here: Maria Robles, the wife of Speaker Fabian Núñez, was given a $125,000 contract to organize conferences for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Sacramento Bee reported. The AQMD, of course, has numerous issues before the Legislature.

On the way back: Paralyzed LAPD officer Kristina Ripatti is deep into rehab just two months after being shot.

Live Emmy coverage: The Envelope, TV Week, Variety.

From Himalayas to ABC: Xeni Jardin's reports on technology and the Tibetan diaspora for NPR, Wired and her home base at BoingBoing were covered on the online version of the ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

Valley robberies: The New York Times covers the Ski Mask Bandit spree and mentions The Valley Inn, Barone's and Ca’ Del Sole.

Excused: The Sparks were eliminated from the WNBA playoffs by Sacramento.


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