We told you yesterday afternoon that Rebecca Schoenkopf became the third exit in a week from the OC Weekly, and said her farewell "Commie Girl" column would run today. Well here it is, slipped in under the noses of the Weekly's new overseers. "Iíve got a couple things cooking but nothing in the can," she writes. "Iíve got enough saved up for a couple-few months, as long as someone else is buying the drinks, but I could use a job, so call me. As long as itís not topless, Iíll consider all offers." Frank Mickadeit's column in today's Register praises Schoenkopf, who began at the Weekly as a 22-year-old copy editor. Bob Salladay at the LAT's politics blog also sends his regards.
- OC Rep. Loretta Sanchez quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today over a remark by Rep. Joe Baca, who defeated her as chair of the caucus. Sanchez says that Baca referred to her as a whore to Speaker Fabian NķŮez, although the Speaker now says he doesn't remember hearing the comment. Regardless, Latino politics on the Dem side in Congress are in an uproar.
- Press-Telegram sports columnist Doug Krikorian today describes being at a Seal Beach bar with buddies when Jimmy Werner, the brother-in-law of NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright, needs the Heimlich Maneuver. Sounds like Krikorian wasn't much help.
- Tonight at 11 pm on Channel 4, Joel Grover has another food-related investigative story — this one on produce market contamination.
- Chris Petrikin departs as senior VP of corporate communications for William Morris, which isn't much of a surprise since ex-Villaraigosa deputy Cecile Ablack arrived at a higher level in December.
- Also, a clarification from yesterday's snack. The magazine that Calabasas is morphing into will be known as Statement, eventually dropping Calabasas from the title.