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Dark day at Daily News

Zone coverage of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley will be eliminated, with resulting job losses via buyouts. The MediaNews bean counters have managed to almost make a pessimist of...

There's a website for everything

It really is the summer of adultery. I'm told this billboard has gone up at Wilshire and San Vicente (east not west) La Cienega and San Vicente my informant now...

Body confirmed as Blake's

The New York Police Department confirmed this afternoon that the body found by a New Jersey fisherman last month was that of missing artist Jeremy Blake. They're calling it a...

Literary awards season

PEN USA has chosen the winners of its 2007 literary awards for writers and journalists in the West. Among the local winners is Cynthia Kadohata, who won in children's literature...

Ford interrupts her bliss *

Our post earlier this month on Hollywood tabloidist-turned-author Marlise Kast and her pursuit of blissful contentment inspired Luke Ford to interview her for his blog. Or was it the picture?...

Two sides of Marion True *

Sharon Waxman of the NYT bureau here continues to blog about her book research around the Mediterranean (with a stop for a swim on the Greek island of Paros.) Her...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.31.07

Times story on Supervisor Burke's mansion catches the DA's eye, the city wants to count traffic better, and Green Dot founder Steve Barr thinking national again — plus a lot...

Rocky loses another spokesman

Jonathan Diamond is leaving the City Attorney's press office after a bit more than two years. He had been assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal, and plans...

Law day at LAO

From the email in-box: Quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to pay Brynn Cameron $15,000 in monthly support for the child they spawned together at USC. Corina Villaraigosa is already billed...

Friend signs off for Theresa Duncan

Editor and writer Glenn O'Brien pens a final entry at The Wit of the Staircase, adding photographs of Duncan and Jeremy Blake and some Steely Dan lyrics that were read...

Nomad lawyer back in town

Paul Karl Lukacs has concluded his traveling sabbatical from the life of a Hollywood lawyer. He blogged from Thailand during the coup, reviewed a book from Jakarta and dropped in...

THR taps Variety for editor

Elizabeth Guider, a 18-year vet at Variety who has been sliding down the masthead lately, has jumped to The Hollywood Reporter as Editor. Most recently she was an editor at...

Times reporter attacked on street

Geoff Boucher was in San Diego to cover Comic-Con when he encountered some toughs on the sidewalk in the Gaslamp Quarter. In the 15 years I have been writing for...

Ingmar Bergman, director was 89

Bergman, one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died on the Swedish island of Faro. Nine Oscar nominations, but no statue. NYT obituary, IMDB bio Also: Tom Snyder,...

A little housekeeping

Catching up on some business: If you saw today's L.A. Times story on the city's Historical Resources Survey Project, this will make more sense. I'm one of the advisers retained...

Corruption in the Housing Authority

Big weekend story in the LAT — a solid gotcha: L.A. official steered work to relatives Nearly $800,000 in contracts, often with inflated prices, went to family and firms with...

Two LAPD officers die off duty

This has been a bad day for the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective George "Mike" Selleh of the Mission station was killed about 3:30 am while riding his motorcycle to...

Remembering Wen Roberts

Nice personal piece on Wen Roberts, the sports photographer who died this week, by David Davis at SoCal Sports Observed. Roberts was probably the photographer who captured Jerry West in...

DN still sorry for Beetle Bailey

Editor Ron Kaye is still apologizing for cutting some comics beloved by the Daily News' declining (and apparently aging, based on their choice of comics) print readership. His latest editor's...

Home Depot foes threatened

Dakota Communications political consultant Rick Taylor didn't like having his tactical memo exposed by the group fighting a Home Depot store in the Sunland area. So, in a not so...

Friday desk-clearing

Summer time and the blogging is easy... Big story on KNBC at 5 pm with Controller Laura Chick accusing Playa Vista head Steven Soboroff of trying to bully her into...

From magazine to screen

Former LA Weekly publisher Michael Sigman has optioned the film rights to that piece about Washington lobbyists in Harper's by reporter Ken Silverstein, who posed as a customer to nab...

Morning lite

Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke admitted to the Times (after changing her story) that she doesn't live in the district where she represents most of black Los Angeles, but in...

How it works, Home Depot edition

A memo from political adviser Rick Taylor lays out Home Depot's plans to stack a City Council meeting next week with supporters of the store's desire to open a new...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.26.07

The mayor's leverage with NBC and Telemundo, a possible discovery of Jeremy Blake's body and the return of L.A. Sniper — and a whole lot more....

Weston and the Tropico years

Noted photographer Edward Weston preferred smallpox and poverty to Los Angeles, as he says in a new post at Native Intelligence. But he made some of his most admired images...

Left, right and write

Half of the team at KCRW's Friday afternoon staple Left, Right & Center have sold new books. Matt Miller, author of The Two Percent Solution, placed The Tyranny of Dead...

A swing and a miss

In a piece at Artnet called "L.A. Confidential," writer Emma Gray surveys local galleries and also gives credit to journalist Jori Finkel, a sometime contributor to the New York Times,...

Antonio in the garden for sale

Prints of Patrick O'Connor's cover cartoon in the Daily News' Sunday Viewpoint section, "An Illustrated Guide to L.A.'s Summer of Scandal," have been offered for sale by popular demand. You...

Breeze morale 'very, very low' *

One of the writers at the San Pedro blog Life on the Edge details some of the withering away occurring at the South Bay Daily Breeze since Copley sold the...

New Beverly Cinema stays dark (or not *)

Sherman Torgan's son posts on the theater's website that programming is cancelled until further notice: Sherman was my father and my best friend, and his passing has left me and...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.25.07

Brynn Cameron versus Matt Leinart, that Spanish burglar goes down, and the names of the LAT managing editor candidates. Plus more inside....

Catching up on Duncan & Blake

The L.A. Times got around to chasing last week's story on the suicide of Theresa Duncan and possible death of Jeremy Blake, leading with the angle that other reports have...

Firefighter falls through burning roof *

An LAFD firefighter was rescued tonight after plunging through the roof of a commercial building on fire in the Jefferson Park area. He was saved by other firefighters and taken...

Arthur to be new LAT #2 *

The losing candidates are apparently being told that John Arthur is getting the Times managing editor nod after all. A few weeks ago his name circulated, but after that he...

Power outages hit web

Recurring outages in the South of Market Street area of San Francisco have knocked Craigslist, Netflix, Technorati and other websites offline at times this afternoon....

Ex-L.A. priest arrested

George Miller, who is 69, was the subject of a legal tussle over access to files kept by the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Cardinal Roger Mahony's...

Goldstein's killed column

The bug at the bottom of the Calendar front in today's Los Angeles Times says columnist Patrick Goldstein is on assignment. Not true. His The Big Picture column for Tuesday...

Lindsay Lohan booking photo

I'm guessing she won't get any rehab endorsement deals any time soon....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.24.07

Is a young Spaniard L.A.'s most prolific home burglar? Should there be laxer rules for building downtown? Did Greece win in getting back an ancient wreath from the Getty? Those...

Lohan arrested again

Lindsay Lohan, fresh off a second stint in rehab, was booked in Santa Monica this morning on suspicion of drunken driving and felony possession of cocaine. She also got nabbed...

Columnist eyes Daniels warily

San Bernardino Sun sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge seems to have a bit of a thing about Christine Daniels, the transgender sports scribe for the L.A. Times. Oberjuerge encountered Daniels in...

One more Best of LA *

The August issue of Los Angeles is the annual Best of LA theme job. This time 196 is the magic number, don't ask me why. The picks go from best...

In the Garden of Telemundo *

The Sunday Viewpoint cartoon showing Mayor Villaraigosa frolicking naked with Mirthala Salinas in the "Garden of Telemundo" is now online at the Daily News website. That's Cardinal Roger Mahony...

Our dirty air from China

Nice of a little overnight rain to clean the sky. This time of year our murky air is mostly old-fashioned smog, stuck in the basin and cooked by the summer...

This is what they're proud of?

The L.A. Times PR staff has taken to sending pitch emails to journalists bragging about stories the paper wants credit for breaking in the Sunday paper. Pickings must have been...

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.23.07

Mayor Villaraigosa's thank you campaign, a candidate in the 5th council district and entries on a whole lot more. Click for the Monday buzz....

Don't see this every day *

The cover of Sunday's Viewpoint section in the Daily News is a full-page color illustration showing a naked and grinning Antonio Villaraigosa, fig leaf strategically in place, taking a bite...

Latest Valley secession try

A portion of Reseda with large lots wants to rename itself Reseda Ranch to help fend off developers and instill some community pride. If the City Council agrees to let...

Reactions on Theresa and Jeremy

Consecutive reader comments on Gothamist regarding the suicide of Venice blogger Theresa Duncan (and the apparent death of her lover, Jeremy Blake) illustrate the poles of emotion we expect from...

'Hands off Mirthala'

Earl Ofari Hutchinson blogs at Friendly Fire: Telemundo officials say that they will make a decision within the next few days whether to fire Mirthala Salinas or not. They shouldn’t....

Comics always win

When will newspaper editors get it? If you cut comics, readers scream — always. Sometimes by the thousands, costing you more in goodwill and circulation than whatever you hoped to...

Just another soccer match

David Beckham may be no Gretzky, but he'll do. Photo: AP Photo / Kevork Djansezian via Yahoo...

WeAd is the black WeHo

Writer and activist Jasmyne Cannick blogs that her neighborhood of Historic West Adams is more than big houses and the Ray Charles studio: I kid you not, most of the...

Weekend shorts *

Updated at the bottom through the weekend... Former LAT religion writer William Lobdell describes his born-again awakening, attempted conversion to Roman Catholicism and finally his disillusionment with God and religion...

Sipchen on the Times

Bob Sipchen left the L.A. Times last month after working as an education columnist, editorial writer (where he won a Pulitzer Prize) and founding editor of both the Current and...

Theresa Duncan, filmmaker was 40 *

A medical examiner in New York told perfumer Anya McCoy that the autopsy results will be known in about six weeks. McCoy says that Jeremy Blake, Duncan's longtime boyfriend, found...

Quick ticket giveaway *

Free wine and eats! For Saturday evening's Extravaganza of the Senses on the 20th Century Fox lot, benefiting the Los Angeles Free Clinic, we can provide a couple of pairs...

More local media movement

In addition to yesterday's flurry of moves, and a couple of others we broke the news on Tuesday (and Monday), here are the latest transactions: The Times grabbed OC Weekly...

Possible news on Theresa Duncan *

Writer, filmmaker and perfume aficionado Theresa Duncan has not posted at her Venice-based blog, The Wit of the Staircase, since July 10. She gave no indication of taking a break,...

Beckham ♥'s La Opinión

David Beckham is giving La Opinión exclusive Spanish-language access for print and the web, the paper says. Content and photos will be in the paper tomorrow, with video on the...

Times goes north for consumer columnist

David Lazarus is joining the L.A. Times in August to write a Business section column. Let's hope the San Francisco Chronicle, his current employer, knew before the house ad popped...

Mexican envy

Today's arrival of Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! column in the Sacramento News and Review was greeted by three stories in that upstate alt-weekly, including a dishy tell-some piece by...

Bonds hits two

Barry Bonds clubbed home runs number 752 and 753 today in Chicago, leaving him two behind Henry Aaron....

New Beverly Cinema owner dies

Sherman Torgan died yesterday of a heart attack while bicycling in Santa Monica. Hollywood Elsewhere, LAist and GreenCine Daily have reports....

Times on flack alert

Glenn Bunting took the buyout from the L.A. Times last month and signed on at Sitrick and Company. Guess he makes his old colleagues nervous. Check out this email that...

High-end burglars working the hills

Two or three men dressed in black and ski masks have targeted Bel-Air, Holmby Hills and Encino in the evenings and on weekends. Their take in the past year includes...

Media movement *

Alan Mittelstaedt, who left the LA Weekly in the Jill Stewart changeover, joins CityBeat today as News Editor, the same title he had at the Weekly. Dean Kuipers went...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.19.07

Big sale at the Archdiocese, Babydol Gibson shows up at the criminal courts building and a first review of Harry Potter — plus Victoria Beckham in the Valley, Matt Groening...

The California menace

Author and Pomona College alumnus Verlyn Klinkenborg has another of his Editorial Observer pieces about California in today's NYT. The subject this time is the forecast that our fair state...

Santa Barbara Newsroom shuts down

The union-backed project employing eight former reporters at the Santa Barbara News-Press to cover local news didn't make it. The staff posted a note saying that after three months, they...

Big new mall for the Valley

Westfield plans to erect a $750 million outdoor retail complex connecting the Topanga and Promenade malls in Woodland Hills. Included in The Village will be a 300-room hotel, 150 condominiums...

That story on Nikki Finke *

I'm told that Women's Wear Daily confirms in today's paper that editors pulled a recent story on Hollywood journo Nikki Finke off the paper's website. (It's not on Lexis/Nexis or...

Blogging for cash

Business Week has a story focusing on more than a dozen bloggers who are making decent money with their sites, including the L.A. women behind the juicy GoFugYourself. "For Heather...

Payday for Laurel Touby

The onetime maven of media mixers sold mediabistro.com today for $23 million. The buyer is Internet research firm Jupitermedia, which wants the company for the revenue from jobs ads and...

Tribune deal 'huge catastrophe'

Strong words from financial analyst Jim Cramer at The Street.com about the pending Tribune Company sale. Make that red flags and warning sirens: You have to feel terrible about what's...

City Hall press room exit

Art Marroquin is leaving City News Service for the Daily Breeze, where he will take over the LAX and Port of Los Angeles beat. That's a major beat for the...

Measure R upheld

Lots of L.A. city council members are happy about this — a judge rejected a challenge to the ballot measure that extends their term limits. Voters in Los Angeles passed...

Wald steps down at Channel 5

KTLA News Director Jeff Wald informed his department this morning that he's leaving the station to spend more time his family. Wald's wife died suddenly last December, and he has...

The evolution of J.R. Moehringer

Newly reunited at Los Angeles Magazine with his former editor Kit Rachlis, Moehringer explains at the end of a long profile of an obscure musician he admires how it was...

Lacter is back, baby

His kidney stone left the building, so Mark Lacter is back at the LA Biz Observed desk. The Morning Headlines led today with the Dow dancing with 14,000. Mark also...

Obama funder at Oprah's manse

Invitations have gone out for a Sept. 8 Barack Obama fundraiser at Oprah Winfrey's home in the Santa Barbara area. The ante for entry is the usual $2,300, but those...

Murdoch has tentative deal for WSJ

There's an agreement in principle for Rupert Murdoch to buy Dow Jones for $5 billion, but the Bancroft family's approval is still too close to call. It goes to a...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.17.07

The Cardinal Mahony show tops the news, with District Attorney Steve Cooley and the newspapers all over his case. Also a chat with Aaron Sorkin, and more when you click...

LA Weekly assigned new music editor *

The staff at the LA Weekly was informed that Kate Sullivan is out and the new music editor is Randall Roberts, who was sent west from Village Voice Media's Riverfront...

Villarsalinas in NYC

NBC 4 led tonight's late newscast with a five-minute piece by Ana Garcia reporting that Mirthala Salinas got the only one-on-one interview with Mayor Villaraigosa during a trip to New...

Ellroy comes to Zócalo

Zócalo has added a new speaker for September: author and Angeleno James Ellroy. They say he'll discuss "60 years of the secret history of Los Angeles in raucous, freewheeling and...

Mahony takes some questions

Chris Weinkopf at the Daily News opinion blog gets Cardinal Roger Mahony on the phone. Sample: I pressed him further: What is he taking responsibility for? What specifically did he...

Front page ads hit Chicago too

The Tribune begins them soon too, and there the memo trying to convince everybody that readers really want them comes from the publishing group president. Times staffers here got their...

'Which Way, L.A.?' turns 15

The half-hour that Warren Olney hosts on KCRW at 7 pm Monday through Thursday "remains an abiding presence in the landscape of local news," Sean Mitchell writes in a freelanced...

Around LA Observed

Elsewhere on the site: David Davis has a good interview with David Zirin, the provocative progressive writer who is author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise...

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.16.07

Cardinal Mahony apologizes but doesn't satisfy, the mayor skips out on personal questions, and much more in a good rich Monday installment of Morning Buzz. Click for entry....

Bragman speaks

Howard Bragman of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, co-founder of what used to be Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, talks with the Los Angeles Business Journal's Anne Riley-Katz about being a celebrity PR...

'Damage control'

Dan Laidman, the Copley News reporter at L.A. City Hall, throws another entry on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pile of undesirable press clippings in today's San Diego Union-Tribune: When Mayor Antonio...

Going deep on Nikki Finke *

Jacob Bernstein, offspring of Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein, tried in the July 6 Women's Wear Daily to comprehend the Nikki Finke phenomenon. He writes that "Finke has vaulted to...

Archdiocese to settle *

Associated Press reports that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles has agreed to pay at least $600 million to settle legal cases with hundreds of Catholics who say they...

L.A. woman in Paris

Laurie Pike, the style director at Los Angeles Magazine, lives here but owns three flats in Paris and runs an English-language blog for ex-pats and visitors. The New York Times...

Mr. Mayor, tear down that fence

Fed up with delays in opening the filled-and-waiting swimming pool at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, activists have posted their own Craigslist ad to help the city hire the necessary...

Front page ads coming to LAT *

Publisher David Hiller just dropped a "mid-year business update" on L.A. Times staffers that has fresh bad news: "Revenue was down 10% in the second quarter, and cash flow down...

Antonio booed at Beckham event *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heard boos when he stepped to the microphone at today's media debut of new Galaxy member David Beckham in Carson. It really came through on TV, and...

Who's leaving the LAT Poll

Director Susan Pinkus, who's staying, issues a statement after the jump. In addition to the senior staffers she names, something like 90-odd interviewers who work as needed when there is...

Waxman blogs from far, far away

Sharon Waxman is on leave from the Hollywood beat at the New York Times bureau on Wilshire to write a book about museums and the international antiquities market. She's currently...

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.13.07

Beckhams hit L.A., David Zahniser's first Times byline and more — just click below for the Morning Buzz....

Why the Times missed Watts in '65

While researching his forthcoming biography of the late California political leader Jess Unruh, Bill Boyarsky delved into the story of how reporter Paul Weeks covered the civil rights era at...

More trouble at KPFK

Sheri Epstein, the assistant to KPFK General Manager Eva Georgia, will file suit this week in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging race and disability discrimination and retaliation, say lawyers for...

Striking the right tone

With all the gushing about David Beckham and his wife coming to town, it's nice to see the Venice-based eTrueSports — "Dedicated to taking scraps of truth and turning them...

Times goes enviro in Biz

Abigail Goldman has covered the retail beat for the Times' Business section even though she loathes shopping. They are moving her to a newly created beat "focused on the crossroads...

LANG feature section debuts Monday

The new chain-ified print version of LA.com will run in the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Press Telegram and other papers in the group, says Laura Stegman at her PRLosAngelesMediaMoves blog....

Images of an older Downtown

Motivated by yesterday's fun video of Broadway shot in the 1980s, Los Angeles photographer Robert Pacheco sent along his photo essay of Downtown in the 1970s. In his black-and-white...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.12.07

Antonio makes Jay Leno's monologue again, plus cameras at stop signs now (not put there by traffic cops) and much more. Click to head on in....

An overabundance of flackage

Ross Johnson of Sitrick and Company did such a good job promoting Tuesday night's premiere party for Captivity that he had bloggers falling over themselves to pre-hype the event, got...

Another food blog in town

The Daily Dish is blog number 25 at LATimes.com, not counting the phantom USC sports blog that hasn't appeared yet. The DD carries contributions from pretty much all the staffers...

L.A. Times Poll cut way back

Editor Jim O'Shea informed the staff today that eliminating the Times Poll operation came up during the recent round of staff cuts, but that he decided instead to keep a...

Broadway in 1988 (or 89)

It's not as classic as Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles, but a YouTube user named Meadowlawn has posted a video of downtown's Broadway district as viewed from a car heading...

Legacy of Lawnchair Larry

Kent Couch of Oregon flew 193 miles on a lawn chair attached to helium balloons, emulating the startling 1982 flight over San Pedro by the late Larry Walters. Here's the...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.11.07

Ron Burkle's move on the Wall Street Journal, Italy's snit with the Getty and the passing of a longtime L.A. journalist. Those items and more after the jump, so click...

Antonio makes Leno, sort of

No, not on the couch like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just in the monologue, which Leno opens this way tonight: Welcome to Los Angeles. Or as our mayor calls it, "Sex and...

Fujioka lands at county

Former Los Angeles city administrative officer William Fujioka, 55, was hired today by the Board of Supervisors as the county’s chief executive officer, at an annual salary of $310,000. He...

Time catches up with Charles Lane

The actor whose familiar face graced these pages last year died Monday night at home in Brentwood. He was 102 years old. In January 2006, we and a couple of...

LAPD cop arrested

Hector Villalta, a rookie officer in the West L.A. station, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of sexual assault. A female companion complained the assault occurred after they came home from...

The judge who left in a rush

Today's Daily Journal front page carries the story of Ted A. White, an attorney who quit abruptly as a $115,000-a-year immigration judge in Los Angeles before completing his first year....

Around LA Observed

Here's some of what you can find around the site today: Paddle boats will remain for rent at Echo Park "as long as I am a councilmember," Eric Garcetti says....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.10.07

The mayor tries to stay on message, the $165 million Beverly Hills estate, another bookstore closes...and more. Click to go on in....

Did you get your disinvite?

Ex-UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin apparently took a cue from the airlines and overbooked his own wedding. He has been scheduled to marry Mary Jarou on August 17 in front...

We have a winner

Amy Alkon, the syndicated Advice Goddess and blogger, was the first reader to identify Charles Dickson's Martin Luther King Memorial in Watts. The sculpture bears the text of King's August...

Chris Stanley out at KNX

LARadio.com reported that longtime news reporter and anchor Chris Stanley was escorted from the radio station last Thursday after "a major blow-up of some sort." KNX program director David G....

Commissioner says leave her out of this

Some anti-Villaraigosa blogs have been gleefully spreading anonymous hearsay that city planning commissioner Sabrina Kay is another girlfriend of the mayor. At today's photo op du jour, he flatly denied...

Deaton hospitalized in Costa Rica

Department of Water and Power general manager Ron Deaton is in an intensive care unit in Costa Rica "with his family by his side" after suffering what a DWP statement...

New housing website

FourStory is "fact-based housing advocacy with a human perspective," and with fiction and a manifesto. It reads in part: This site had its genesis over a year ago with the...

Yes, another free monthly

The first issue of h Magazine has Julie Delpy on the cover, a piece on the Suicide Girls and Elizabeth Johnson in the editor's chair. She writes, "At h Magazine,...

Where is it?

There's a cool story behind this piece of street art located somewhere in Los Angeles. Be the first to email with the location and win an LA Observed Insider subscription,...

What's new with Antonio and Mirthala?

Today is supposed to kick off the next phase where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa repairs his image with a flurry of staged feel-good events, starting with another photo-op promise to fix...

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.9.07

We've got the next head of the Police Commission, Rocky Delgadillo, Cardinal Mahony, Tia Chucha, a "Jeopardy" appearance, even a wedding — and so much more. Click to come on...

Maviglio v. Cooper

Steven Maviglio, deputy chief of staff to Speaker Fabian Núñez, called the LA Weekly's Marc Cooper the state's worst political journalist on the state Democrats' website. Cooper calls it a...

Wartzman to run Drucker

Rick Wartzman, former editor of West magazine and the LAT's Business section, takes over Monday as director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. The institute runs programs and...

Lou Cannon rips McCaw a new one

Longtime journalist Lou Cannon sums up the case against Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw in a lengthy open letter that runs in the Santa Barbara Independent. It follows another...

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.6.07

It's Buzz Lite today: Reilly talking to Fox Former NBC Entertainment head Kevin Reilly is in talks to become chief of programming for the Fox network. Variety Good news for...

Line of the day

From Steve Lopez in the Times: If embattled City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has any sense at all, he'll call a press conference today and get some credit for never having...

Salinas placed on leave *

No surprise here: Telemundo Channel 52 today put Mirthala Salinas on leave while the broadcaster looks into the ethical questions around her affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "As we have...

Firefighter gets a tad more

Brenda Lee only received $2,500 in punitive damages today from the jury that earlier awarded her $6.2 million for suffering discrimination as a black lesbian in the Los Angeles Fire...

Speaking of L.A. books

Marlise Kast is a former Hollywood production assistant who began digging up dirt for The Globe at age 21. She now dishes about her three years on the tabloid beat...

Book sale of the week

A memoir, noted at Publishers Lunch: "Director of strategic alliances for global think tank, TalentSmart, Lac D. Su's THE CRIP WALK, a coming-of-age memoir about his life as a first-generation...

No fun at the fireworks

Erik Himmelsbach didn't enjoy last night's fireworks show at CBS Studio City. It set him back thirty bucks and he wants to share the experience: Like most Americans, we believe...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.5.07

Welcome back from the holiday. Click below for the Buzz....

Telemundo has issues with Salinas

Telemundo has been covering the mayoral affair and media ethics dust-up involving its own reporter, and seems very interested in hearing what listeners think. At the bottom of the web...

Holiday radio

KCRW (89.9 FM) has turned over most of its schedule today to specials on American music, leading this morning with the stories of Sly Stone and Paul Simon, followed by...

Affair goes national

I will be on NPR's Day to Day this morning talking with host Alex Cohen about fallout, if any, from the Villaraigosa-Salinas relationship. I think there will be some, for...

And now for something completely different

Jonathan Gold at his best, in a eulogy to Al Langer: Glance at their faces a moment after they bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich for the first time: thick...

She dated Alex Padilla too

Mirthala Salinas got around in the club of Latino elected officials. David Zahniser, still at the LA Weekly, reports tonight that the mayor's current main squeeze previously dated Council President...

Salinas speaks

The Times' City Hall beat reporters who were beaten on the Villaraigosa affair, Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, recovered by the end of the day with a story that puts...

Mirthala and Fabian?

Eric Longabardi of ERS News.com reports that before Mirthala Salinas became involved with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she was the girlfriend of his good friend and close ally, Speaker Fabian Núñez....

Mirthala not pregnant, mayor says

Mayor Villaraigosa bristled at the question, but replied that his girlfriend of more than a year, newscaster Mirthala Salinas, is not pregnant. That had been the rumor in political and...

Garcetti remains council president

The city council voted unanimously today to keep Eric Garcetti in the president's chair. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel also stays as pro tem. Garcetti re-appointed Jan Perry to the position of...

Daily News editor to Antonio: Repent

Chris Weinkopf, editorial page editor of the Daily News, is a conservative and a Catholic. On the paper's opinion blog, he just called on Mayor Villaraigosa to give up his...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.3.07

Light day in the Buzz, since let's face it, most of the local buzz today will be about the mayor and the city attorney. Click for some news:...

Times: Rocky should resign

The Times editorial page calls Rocky Delgadillo "unfit" to be City Attorney and urges he do the right thing and resign. Under the headline "The honorable thing," the paper says:...

Antonio admits affair with Mirthala *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa confirmed, in the Daily News, the rumors that he has been in a romantic relationship with Mirthala Salinas, an anchor and reporter for Telemundo. Beth Barrett got...

Absent with per diem

Two Southern California legislators, Sen. Edward Vincent and Assemblywoman Nell Soto, have been away from the Capitol injured or sick for six months of the 2007 legislative session — but...

Nice game

The Dodgers on Sunday finally got the game they have been waiting for from young pitcher Chad Billingsley. He gave up no runs and three hits to the first-place Padres...

Geoff Kelly, journalist

Geoff Kelly edited at the Daily News and Times and most recently was on the desk at the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong. He died there last week after...

'Los Angeles' publisher bolts

Alan Klein, president and publisher of Los Angeles magazine since 2001, is jumping to Modern Luxury Media as president and publisher of Angeleno. Los Angeles, as I understand it, just...

RealTalk says it's alive

I keep hearing from LA Observed readers who pass along email from RealTalk LA saying the magazine is in dire financial straits -- suspended operations, bills unpaid, uncertain future. But...

'Out in Hollywood' turns one

Greg Hernandez writes the only mainstream media blog in town (that I know of) devoted to gay Hollywood. His Out in Hollywood on the Daily News website is also one...

Jamie Lee Curtis vs. reality TV

The actress uses her second contribution to the Huffington Post fray to decry the proliferation of "elimination-based" shows. "I understand there is a good side, a jubilant winner getting their...

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.2.07

We've got Rocky, Antonio, Paris, Orlov and Hymon, Robert Heinlein, Daniel Pearl and more — just a typical Monday at Morning Buzz. Click to come on in. (And thanks for...

Al Martinez explains his return

For the past few days, the Times has been promoting the re-appearance of columnist Al Martinez in the California section and, sort of, admitting that the paper feels it screwed...

'Greatest living treasure'

The Daily News went out front Sunday with San Bernardino Sun columnist Paul Oberjuerge's worshipful interview with Vin Scully, who has announced Dodgers games since 1950 — including eight seasons...

One reason traffic gets worse

All those residential and commercial developments that planners and politicians like to promote near transit lines make getting around harder, since most occupants choose to drive and the businesses attract...

So much for local control

This week's LA Weekly letters page is more interesting than usual. Aside from the reader feedback there's a box announcing "an immediate opening for a full-time staff writer," presumably to...
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Fauna observed
owl-in-yucca-vdt.jpgGreat horned owl perched in a yucca. Veronique de Turenne
Australian Ballet and more
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The Australian Ballet's recent visit reviewed, plus Mahler's Fifth by Dudamel and the LA Phil. Donna Perlmutter
Streetscape: East Hollywood
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Al Satterwhite's photos of Muhammad Ali
ali-satterwhite-secret.jpgDavid Davis talks with the photographer about shooting a key chapter in Ali's career and a Kickstarter campaign to put out a book. Interview