Weekly archive
March 18 - March 24, 2007

Saturday, Mar. 24
Times media columnist Tim Rutten was fingered by Andrés Martinez (in Thursday's email to LA Observed) as one of the LAT staffers supposedly blocking innovation at the paper and purposely...
Petersen was a giant figure in Southern California car culture and created a large magazine and book empire, Petersen Publishing. He grew up around his dad's garage and in 1947,...
Friday, Mar. 23
Times Editor Jim O'Shea sent a missive around the newsroom this evening replying to Andrés Martinez's attacks emailed to LA Observed and posted earlier today. In his retort, O'Shea...
Mel Gibson cursed a professor at Cal State Northridge last night after a screening of Apocalypto,, which the professor had termed racist. ""He told her to 'F--- off lady,...
Travel editor Gary Warner of the Orange County Register bought this souvenir T-shirt at Holman Stadium, where the Dodgers play their spring training games in Vero Beach, Florida. Note that...
Abbreviated edition today, after the jump....
(* Update after jump: New email from Martinez reacting to Times editor Jim O'Shea.) After my post last night on his exit blog from the Times, Andrés Martinez asked me...
Thursday, Mar. 22
Kelly Mullens, the crisis PR executive whose love life has suddenly become newsworthy, is known for her recent work on behalf of homophobic "Grey's Anatomy" actor Isaiah Washington. Previously, her...
Native Intelligence contributor David Rensin adds his voice to those saying goodbye to a valued friend in Cathy Seipp, who died Wednesday: I met Cathy, along with Emmanuelle Richard, through...
Lost in the earlier flurry of posts about the resignation of Andrés Martinez were his verbal attack on the Times newsroom and veiled bitterness at Publisher David Hiller's plans to...
The former New York Post gossip reporter alleges that Beverly Hills gazillionaire Ron Burkle committed libel, emotional distress, interference in business relationship, injurious falsehood, abuse of process and civil conspiracy....
Executive Editor Matt Coker isn't moving north to Long Beach — he's going another 400 miles further. His email to what remains of the OC Weekly staff follows: From: Matt...
Brian Grazer's thoughts on the big issues won't be in Sunday's Los Angeles Times Current section, if there even is a Current stuffed deep into papers this weekend. But here...
I was locked in a meeting when the morning's dramas went down, but here's the bottom line. Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller, under heavy pressure from the news staff,...
CBS 2 news director Nancy Bauer Gonzales is well-known to LA Observed readers as the stickliest control freak to run a Los Angeles newsroom. Her memos banning scents and critiquing...
Bill Boyarsky played a prominent role in cleaning up the L.A. Times' ethical mess after the Staples Center scandal in 1999, serving as the conduit for ex-publisher Otis Chandler to...
We've got foie gras, rattlesnakes and a bunch of media and politics notes today. Come on in......
Bob Woodward is the Washington Post editor who was not on the 4 o'clock news yesterday on ABC 7. Bob Woodruff is the former ABC News co-anchor, severely injured by...
Times publisher David Hiller says in the morning paper that he might kill this Sunday's Current section rather than run an editor's note about how Hollywood producer Brian Grazer was...
Wednesday, Mar. 21
The Hollywood Christmas Parade is no more. Last year's 75th edition of the parade was the final one, organizers announced today. "This is a very difficult thing for us to...
There will be a public funeral for Cathy Seipp at 10 am on Friday at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills on Forest Lawn Drive. Denise Hamilton at Native Intelligence: "It’s hard...
Sunday's Current section in the Los Angeles Times will carry an editor's note disclosing some details of a romantic relationship between Andrés Martinez, the paper's Editor of the Editorial Pages,...
Cathy Seipp's public battle with lung cancer ended at 2:05 this afternoon. She was surrounded by family members and friends when she died at Cedars-Sinai. The Times' online obituary quotes...
Reader Lorna Herf and her husband — the ones who walked away from paying cash for a BMW because the dealer demanded a thumbprint — are taking a spin in...
President Bush gave Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a vote of confidence last night, but why let that ruin a good story? This morning's Daily Journal speculates on possible replacements for...
Is Los Angeles headed for racial conflict? That and more inside....
Tuesday, Mar. 20
Technically, I guess it's the booboo of the week because it was in last Thursday's LA Weekly issue. But I just noticed: The article “Nasty Battle for Classroom Control” [March...
Los Angeles New City Monthly, from the company behind CityBeat, will "celebrate the intellectual and cultural 'renaissance' of L.A.'s Eastside, from Hollywood through Silver Lake and Los Feliz and into...
The Communist Party USA has donated its archives to New York University. "Decades of party history including founding documents, secret code words, stacks of personal letters, smuggled directives from Moscow,...
I finally got around to Deborah Solomon's Q-and-A with Ron Burkle in Sunday's New York Times Magazine. He talks about Hillary, briefly glances off David Geffen and the L.A. Times,...
L.A.'s knockoff attempt at a "fashion week" appears to be losing its online sizzle. LA.com's blog is covering the shows and hoopla, but not the LA Weekly's Style Council, which...
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Monday, Mar. 19
LA Observed's man with the video camera, Jacob Soboroff, greeted the A380 Airbus this morning at LAX. Check it out at Native Intelligence: He's got interviews with the French pilot...
Michael Newman is the deputy editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times who starred in a minor media dustup this month over his observation, from the vantage point of...
You (and I) weren't crazy: the Times did launch a new enviro-blog last Tuesday and suspend it on Thursday. It will return in early April, though, deputy innovation editor Aaron...
Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index has become a go-to daily blog digest of editorial cartoons. Today, though, he commiserates about the incredible shrinking (except for the new Image section) Los...
Journalist and blogger Cathy Seipp has been bravely and publicly battling lung cancer for many years. (She was not a smoker.) Her daughter Maia Lazar, a student at UC San...
This is one of the Airbus A380's that took off in Europe this morning and are scheduled to land in the U.S. about 9:30 am. As we mentioned over the...
Start the new week with a jolt of news and observation. Click to enter......
Sunday, Mar. 18
Blogger Lorna Brown was all set to buy a new car at South Bay BMW. She and the sales team agreed on price, trade-in, everything. But when she put down...
Here are twelvish of the smartest, scoop-iest or most insidery posts from the past week here at LA Observed. Click here if you want the entire week of News &...
Next week John Humble, whose website I stumbled upon in 2005, receives a pretty nice honor for a living Los Angeles photographer: a show of his work at the Getty....
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