Don't go looking for the new Los Angeles Times blog that was supposed to launch today as part of a new website, California Politics, per managing editor Doug Frantz's memo here last week. It's nowhere to be found — or rather, all that's there is a dummy page [since taken down] with some test posts dated this afternoon, the beginning of a link roll, a political quiz and a bio of the Sacramento bureau's designated blogger:
Bob Salladay has covered California governors and state politics for 10 years. He has worked for the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, the S.F. Chronicle and L.A. Times in their Capitol bureaus. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley in history and Northwestern University in journalism. He covered the election of Gray Davis (twice), the 2000 Florida presidential recount, the 2003 recall and the Schwarzenegger administration. A native of Sacramento, he has lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Chesapeake, Virginia.
Frantz's memo had raised expectations, saying that today was the day and that "Joel Sappell and his Web crew have worked overtime to get the site ready to launch just as the political season heats up. We're sure you will find Stephanie Ferrell's design an exciting and elegant platform for our work....We are convinced California Politics will demonstrate how the marriage of newsroom and Web site can benefit the newspaper and, most important, our readers." Well, maybe some day. According to New West Notes, launch of the blog (and I guess the whole site) has been put off until next week while they polish the concept.