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Lofts vs. industry downtown
What might seem like a tale of urban renaissance is actually at the center of a fierce battle brewing in downtown L.A. that pits the shiny new downtown against the gritty version that has long existed in the heart of the city," says Cara Mia DiMassa in the Times. At stake is the future of the city's industrial base. LAT
LAUSD payroll snafus
Worse than previously reported, Bob Sipchen says in his School Me column. But at least UTLA president A. J. Duffy has started talking to him. LAT
Monday politics columns
Hymon/LAT: San Pedro, parking meters.
Orlov/DN: Can't find on DN site.
Times endorses downtown air-rights scheme
Editorial calls warnings by planning experts not beholden to the developers who run City Hall politics "nonsense." LAT
New Daily News blog
Listed contributors to The Education Revolution are DN Editor Ron Kaye, editorial writer Mariel Garza and schools reporter Naush Boghossian.
Reporters and their bedfellows
Times columnist Ron Brownstein shifted from presidential campaign coverage because he is married to Eileen McMenamin, chief spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain. Brownstein's ex, Nina Easton of Fortune's Washington bureau chief and Fox News, is married to McCain media strategist Russ Schriefer. Matthew Cooper of Portfolio is married to Clinton ad strategist Mandy Grunwald. NBC's Campbell Brown is married to former Bush aide Dan Senor. LAT
'Goodnight Burbank' a hit on the web
Hayden Black's spoof of TV news has generated more than 2 million downloads, gotten a look from studios and earned praise from Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walter S. Mossberg. Times Also, Steven Bochco turns to the web. Daily News
Agenda at the News-Mess?
In a New York Times story on the National Labor Relations Board filing charges against Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press, her attorney Barry Cappello reveals his worldview of the fight. One wonders if it differs from McCaw, who actually, you know, owns a newspaper. "Mr. Cappello said newspapers are anachronisms, and journalists have failed to realize this. 'The meteor has hit. We’re watching the end of the industry,' he said. 'Journalists think they can write what they want when they want. I don’t know if that can survive in this age.'"
Dinner party for James Salter
The New York Times covers the Beverly Hills soiree at Wilt Chamberlain's former home, for guests such as Ricky Jay, Susan Orlean, Bruce Wagner and Merrill Markoe.
New rapid service
The Silver Streak buses will run between Montclair and downtown L.A. Times
Al Martinez meets Chicken Boy
It was more like a reunion at the Chicken Boy statue's home behind Amy Inouye's Highland Park studio. LAT
Saving the Cat
The downtown blog View from a Loft goes to bat for cultural landmark designation for the Felix Chevrolet neon sign and showroom.
Rethinking Cole's
Hipster Cedd Moses has taken possession and plans to close the downtown landmark for several months for a thorough kitchen makeover. "What will not change is the architecture, history and character of Cole's," he says. Downtown News
L.A. obituary
Marcy DeJesus, activist was 67
DeJesus was co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She died March 12 of renal failure. LAT

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