Ramallo moves up the hill
Villaraigosa press secretary Joe Ramallo is switching over to the Department of Water and Power as communications director. It "will allow the mayor to have a consistent voice coming from the agency," says Rick Orlov
in the Daily News.
Brewer victory tour continues
Superintendent-designate David Brewer heads to Watts this afternoon to visit 96th Street School, where Academic Performance Index test scores have risen 278 points. He meets the mayor finally on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Roy Romer gives an exit interview to Adolfo Guzman Lopez at KPCC
LAPD's flexible schedule
Officers like the 3- and 4-day work weeks that Mayor Hahn gave the Police Protective League, but we got screwed: response time is worse, overtime bills are higher and some area are short-staffed. The issue returns
to City Hall, says Patrick McGreevy.
Mind the gap
Rather than just extend the Green Line a few hundred yards, the MTA is talking about
a whole new light-rail line to LAX. Or is it just a way to boost the political fortunes of the Crenshaw line?
Starbucks by council district
Thom Mayne has a radical idea
Build a new Dodger Stadium at the Cornfield and pay for it
by erecting a new residential community up in Chavez Ravine. "Dodger Stadium will move - it is obsolete the way it is right now," says the architect.
Political junkies present
Raphael Sonenshein's new guide for the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles: Structure of a City Government, will be unveiled at a reception and Q-and-A Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo. KCRW's Warren Olney will moderate a panel that includes Prof. Sonenshein, William Deverell of the Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West and Connie Rice of the Advancement Project.
Lacey back in town
New Times' — oops, I mean Village Voice Media's — Mike Lacey is expected to sequester in his favorite Santa Monica hotel again this week and summon selected LA Weekly staffers for little pow-wows.
Defanging the press
Will budget cuts mean the end of investigative disclosures like NBC's expose on Rep. Mark Foley and the LAT's piece on Rep. Curt Weldon? Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post thinks it might
Not sold on L.A. Rex
Gratuitous violence and not enough story dashed the joy of reading the mystery by LAPD detective Will Beall, says Paula L. Woods in a Times review.
For a book set in 1998, he also shouldn't have used Hollywood and Highland as a setting.
Sandra and Jesse in a tree...
The Staples Center kiss cam zeroed in on actress Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James during yesterday's Kings-Ducks game. They took advantage to share a long smooch then flashed smiles for the crowd.
Didn't know that
Digital Hollywood hits Santa Monica