This morning's quake, another Hal Fishman tribute, MOCA admits what they denied last week, and unhappy departures at LA.com — plus Reggie the alligator gets his own show at the zoo.
No smoking in L.A. parks
Mayor Villaraigosa signed the ordinance banning smoking in all parks as of Sept. 8. DN
4.5 magnitude quake last night
It was more of a pre-teen than a baby just before 1 am, knocking some stuff off shelves but nothing serious. The quake was centered a little northwest of Chatsworth in the seismically active Santa Susana Mountains. LAT
MOCA admits Vuitton boutique
For some reason, last week the museum denied there would be a pricey Louis Vuitton shop included as part of an upcoming exhibit. Today the L.A. Times follows up. LAT, Modern Art Notes
CityBeat says Rocky should stay
The paper doesn't want the trouble of a special election to replace City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and for unknown reasons declares the calls for his resignation to be "sanctimonious." CityBeat
Dymally testifies after all
The assemblyman only claims the Fifth once in a trial over badges his office may have issued. Breeze
Blogger interviews Henry Waxman
The Hollywood Liberal chats with his congressman for 24 minutes about President Bush, the war and other topics.
Dodgers bring back memories
They have been shut out three games in a row for the first time since the 1966 World Series sweep by the Orioles. Dodger Thoughts
What's up at LA.com?
Editors are fleeing the new management structure, led today by Lonny Pugh and at least one another who has given notice.
"Prime News' honors Fishman again
KTLA began its news last night with another short report on the death of anchor Hal Fishman. Leila Feinstein and Carlos Amezcua read some more website posts from viewers and mentioned that funeral services would be private, with the possibility of a public memorial in the future.
Jonathan Gold on Riordan's Tavern
"It’s a sports bar that just happens to serve $43 rib chops, a genuinely old dining room tricked out to look like the old-timey backroom at Applebee’s, a place to sluice down crab cakes and flabby shrimp cocktails with Tanqueray martinis. Are the steaks worth the 300 percent premium over the similar steaks next door at the Pantry? It depends on how much you want to watch the Dodgers on a big flat-screen TV." LA Weekly
You can go see Reggie
The alligator that lurked in Machado Lake for a couple of yearss debuts today at the L.A. Zoo. DN
Finding Malibu's beaches
CityBeat goes along with LAO contributor Jenny Price and the Urban Rangers.
Los Angeles Mag revenue hits $20 million
Doubles in seven years, says owner Emmis, which claims a 17% profit margin for its city magazines. Story in Indiana says that Tu Ciudad has just turned a profit and that Emmis has acquired Orange Coast.