LA Observed archive
for September 2007

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L.A. throws away traffic data

Transportation planners get mounds of daily data from all the sensors installed beneath Los Angeles streets, but they throw it all away after a few days. The Times reports that...

See what your neighbor gets paid

With another of its occasional Sunday packages railing about city salaries, the Daily News posts online a database listing the name and salary of all 8,500 workers at the Department...

Weekend shorts

Former mayor Richard Riordan endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president, despite feeling "Giuliani is too liberal for the solid, right-wing Republicans in California, that part of the party." Washington Post...

Dave Clark heads north

KCAL9 and CBS2 anchor Dave Clark starts November 1 as anchor of the top-rated morning news at Channel 2 in San Francisco. His email to friends says "I have spent...

Los Lobos steps up for Garfield High

The band will headline a benefit concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Oct. 14 to raise money for rebuilding the Garfield High School auditorium that burned down this year. A...

City Hall notes

Mayor Villaraigosa has dumped Department of Transportation chief Gloria Jeff and replaced her with longtime City Hall hand Rita Robinson. Jeff lasted a year and a half, after being presented...

Friday morning shorts

Sorry, big deadline looming. No time for more this morning. Mayor Villaraigosa tells interviewer Michael Eisner that he had a conversation with Sen. Hillary Clinton about his extramarital affair. Help...

Mural gone from 101 *

Emily Banneker at Blogging.la is bummed that L.A. Freeway Kids, the 1984 Olympics-era mural that adorned a south wall of the Hollywood Freeway (or Santa Ana, depending on your interpretation)...

Jumping into the Redeye biz

In his talk today at Town Hall Los Angeles, Times publisher David Hiller said he may launch a free tabloid patterned after the Tribune's Redeye in Chicago. The Reuters story...

LAT hires in Washington

Timothy M. Phelps, the Washington bureau chief at Newsday, moves down the hall to the Times bureau as the Washington investigative editor. Memo from LAT bureau chief Doyle McManus:...

Eating L.A. with Eve Diamond

Author Denise Hamilton and Eating L.A. blogger Pat Saperstein did a fun road trip recently, visiting many of the local dining spots patronized by Hamilton's lovelorn newspaper reporter protagonist, Eve...

Roggin and Simers are no more

Phil Wallace mourns the demise of the morning sports talk show with NBC4's Fred Roggin, the Times' T.J. Simers and Simers' daughter Tracy. Dan Patrick, the former ESPN Radio talker,...

Clarkson family hangs in

The family of Lana Clarkson said through its attorney that "we support the decision of the district attorney in this case and we will be present at the retrial. We...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.27.07

Spector reaction abounds, plus Dominick Dunne, Zev Yaroslavsky and a BIG gift to Claremont McKenna College — and Fishbowl LA as tool again....

Once around LA Observed

While I've been dilly-dallying on other projects and trying to get over a nasty cough, LA Observed contributors have been busy. Not Mark Lacter, though — LA Biz Observed is...

American (Apparel) in Paris

Readers of LA Observed are not just intelligent, discerning and sexy, they are also helpful (and well traveled, apparently.) David Hackett caught my mention last night of spotting the American...

Spector do-over

Phil Spector's homicide trial ended this afternoon in a mistrial, with the DA's office vowing to try again. The final count was reportedly 10-2 in favor of conviction. Earlier, the...

History week continues...

A 1,000-page manuscript, The Development of Los Angeles City Government -- An Institutional History 1850-2000, will be delivered to the City Council this morning. The researchers pored through the municipal...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.26.07

We've got Biggie Smalls, Antonio Villaraigosa, Frank McCourt, Derek Fisher and a bunch of other news topics. Click to head on in....

On the scene with Mary Beth

Blogger and former Daily Journal reporter Daniel Evans and his wife walked down to the corner store in Burbank tonight and spotted two TV news trucks. As they feared, the...

L.A. as capital of expensive jeans

The latest media to discover the luxury denim industry in downtown L.A. is the New York Times, which focuses Wednesday on Bread Denim and draws the obligatory bigger meaning: Its...

Beckhams buy PCH

Writer Frank Coffey's spoof site eTrueSports.com is now in video on YouTube....

Wendy's turn

Wendy McCaw finally took the witness stand to defend her reign of error over the Santa Barbara News Press. She contended that two veteran reporters were fired because of biased...

Panning the Advocate's Clinton cover

The Advocate, feeling pretty good after celebrating its 40th anniversary, is proud that news features editor Sean Kennedy scored an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton at the recent Logo/Human Rights...

Prove your kids are yours

The Tribune Company has come up with a new tactic to cut costs and annoy the hell out of its employees — again. It seems that everyone on the staff...

Yom Kippur showdown in Hancock Park

Tom Tugend in the Jewish Journal has more details on the incident where city building inspectors ordered an Orthodox shul to halt its services on the eve of Yom Kippur,...

Charges reduced for Marion True

As the NYT's Sharon Waxman forecast in August, officials in Italy are dropping their civil case against former Getty antiquities curator Marion True. It's tied to a resolution of the...

KRLA Beatles history

Don Barrett at LARadio.com has uncovered several file folders with contracts, memos and other documents that show how KRLA deejay Bob Eubanks came to present the Beatles' first Los Angeles...

'Call Sheet' is no more

KPCC put its weekly Hollywood journalist roundtable segment Call Sheet on hiatus several months ago — not, I hope, because I guested on it a couple of times. Now the...

Where's Jacob Soboroff?

Our erstwhile video contributor has a couple of gigs taking away his time and his physical presence from L.A. One pursuit, as executive director of Why Tuesday, bears some fruit...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.25.07

A director gets jail, Dodgers beat writers finally tell what they know, two more Marina eateries fail and it's awards day: Emmys, Ovations, genius grants and a stamp for Ruben...

Mystery L.A, photo

Larry Harnisch at The Daily Mirror blog dug this photo out of the Times news archives and asks, what are these guys doing? The year, 1957, is a big...

Mirthala's new assignment

If Mirthala Salinas stays with Telemundo Channel 52 it will be as the station's general assignment news chaser in the Inland Empire, not as the star political reporter and sometime...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.24.07

Proposals to fix neighborhood councils, Mayor Villaraigosa's few thousand trees initiative, Seymour Hersh on blogs and much, much more for a catch-up Monday morning....

Tennie Pierce gets $1.5 million

Mayor Villaraigosa signs off on a deal brokered by Council President Eric Garcetti. It's less, obviously, than the $2.7 million Pierce and the City Council agreed to last year, but...

Scenes from Camp Spector

Reporters assigned to the Phil Spector trial have to do something while they're waiting on the jury. Steven Mikulan covers the scene in the LA Weekly: In the courtroom, a...

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.21.07

Geffen and Spielberg, Lincoln Place, Mary Mapes on Dan Rather and a whole bunch of other topics covered today. Click to go on in....

Candid words from NBC4's boss

At a Radio and Television News Association panel of news directors last night at UCLA, Bob Long of NBC 4 got most of the laughs — and sounded the most...

This month in Los Angeles

Steve Oney profiles Adam Carolla in the October issue, in which editor Kit Rachlis calls Carolla "the most provocative talk-radio host in Los Angeles, the quintessential Valley guy [and] an...

Claiming credit for a journalism cliche

The only thing lamer than the new LATimes.com feature where reporter William Lobdell writes about pretending to do stuff that other people do for real is that former Breeze columnist...

Cooper picks up a gig

Marc Cooper is joining the Huffington Post as special correpondent and will direct coverage of the 2008 political campaigns for OfftheBus.net, a co-venture of the Huffington Post and NewAssignment.net, NYU...

Blogger faces the judge

Veronique de Turenne didn't take the official snail mail seriously until it talked about "warrant for your arrest" and "$950 fine." But all's well that ends well. Here in Malibu....

'Water and Power' goes to Sundance

Well, in a manner of speaking. Richard Montoya of Culture Clash has been named an Annenberg Film Fellow at the Sundance Institute to work on the film version of the...

No Morning Buzz today

Busy morning elsewhere. Light posting day....

TMZ apologizes for Ito video

TMZ.com ran a video clip of Superior Court Judge Lance Ito pronouncing O.J. Simpson "guilty as sin" of the Las Vegas charges — except it wasn't Ito. "A stupid mistake,"...

New schools blog

The Times lost its School Me blog and column when Bob Sipchen quit to edit the Sierra Club magazine in San Francisco and co-blogger Janine Kahn went to the OC...

The Juice is loose *

Just for fun I checked Google News to see how many news websites used "the Juice is loose" in their reports on O.J. Simpson making bail. Surprisingly few: just Access...

Dan Rather sues CBS for $70 million

He claims the network ruined his career. (You want to laugh, right?) Mark Lacter strikes the right tone: As defendants, the suit names CBS and its CEO, Leslie Moonves; Viacom...

Wrong Galanter

I was misinformed: Yale Galanter, O.J. Simpson's attorney, is not the former husband of City Councilwoman Jan Perry. That would be Douglas F. Galanter. I had it wrong in today's...

More Dodger Talk talk

Bill Plaschke's column today urges the Dodgers to quit haranguing KFWB host Bob Harvey over his post-game show. Here was the post I put up Monday about the team's Josh...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.19.07

Where Bill Clinton and Antonio Villaraigosa were when the lights went out in Brentwood last night, plus Southwest goes kid unfriendly, a new Times feature on mundane things and a...

Oops, they let it slip

A Craigslist job posting advertises for an experienced director of audience development for an unnamed downtown Los Angeles website. The employer is described only as "one of the biggest brands...

How's that South Bay traffic going?

In response to today's Breeze article on new computerized traffic signals across the South Bay, an LA Observed reader wrote to the Breeze reporter, Gene Maddaus: I noted in the...

US Weekly sued by ex-L.A. staffer

Jill Ishkanian is the ex-senior reporter in Los Angeles who quit US Weekly to form Sunset Photo and News and was accused last year of breaking into the magazine's editing...

Spector jury says it's stuck

Split is 7-5 (but we don't know which way) and the foreman tells the judge he doesn't think they can reach a verdict on Phil Spector's guilt or innocence. Judge...

Mothers Against Dubious Dining

Some 100 journalists and others who attended last week's Mothers Against Drunk Driving national awards luncheon in St. Louis came down with food poisoning. MADD's email to participants: I hope...

Parking stripe advertising

Oh my God. Spotted in Valencia (also seen over the weekend in malls all over the Valley.) Photo: Daily News / David Crane...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.18.07

Costly news for Wesley Snipes, a big reward in that infant murder, covering the Emmys like someone cares and more charges against Leland Wong — plus cold rain coming this...

New life for Silent Movie Theatre

New programming as The CineFamily launches Oct. 25 at the Fairfax Avenue theater, which gets a bigger screen, new projection and sound systems and leather sofas. Revival films will be...

Dodgers flack gets snappy

I got a note last night saying that Bob Harvey, who hosts the post-game Dodgers talk show on KFWB, angrily told yesterday of being berated in a phone call from...

OC loves Chemerinsky

The newly reinstated dean-to-be of the future UC Irvine law school will be next year's commencement speaker at the rival Chapman University law school. The dean there, John Eastman, has...

Barely surviving the BBC party

Daily News television blogger David Kronke had a bad run-in with some nuts (he's allergic) at this weekend's pre-Emmy tea thrown by BAFTA and the BBC. Kronke refers to himself...

NYT drops TimesSelect

Columnists and other material that was behind the pay wall will be free as of Tuesday night. The New York Times is even opening up its archives back to 1986....

Irvine to Erwin: Never mind

Liberal legal scholar and pundit Erwin Chemerinsky will become dean of the new UC Irvine law school after all. Chancellor Michael V. Drake spent the week in North Carolina —...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.17.07

Where else do you get Tom LaBonge, O.J. Simpson and Sally Field in the same blog post?...

Ron Brownstein quits Times *

Another big exit from the Los Angeles Times, and another hit to the paper's national profile. Washington columnist Brownstein is joining Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic and National Journal,...

Weekend shorts

There's talk of UC Irvine's chastened chancellor re-offering the law school deanship to Erwin Chemerinsky. Orange County conservative Hugh Hewitt says the offer should be made. LAT, Register More...

Late Friday move

Marc Duvoisin, the LAT's assistant managing editor for writing and projects, gets a boost to deputy managing editor for all projects at the paper. Memo from Managing Editor John Arthur...

Next out at the Weekly

Friends are being told that LA Weekly staff writer Judith Lewis gave notice today and will leave by the end of the year, after finishing up some stories. That means...

Whale carcass beaches near Ventura

The dead blue whale drifting off the Santa Babara coast drew so many onlookers yesterday that U.S. 101 was blocked for a time. It rolled onto shore this morning at...

Bunch of new commissioners

Missed these in yesterday's flood of email — new appointees by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Cultural Heritage Commission and other city boards. Details after the jump....

Larry Stewart off TV-radio beat

Stewart has covered the sports side of TV and radio in Los Angeles since 1973, first for the Herald Examiner and lately in the Times. After today he's moving full-time...

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.14.07

Turns out Supervisor Mike Antonovich has a hand in the Erwin Chemerinsky debacle, more signs that water rationing is coming, and O.J. is questioned in Vegas — plus YouTube video...

Clearing out at the Weekly

When Jill Stewart was forced on the LA Weekly as deputy editor by headquarters in Phoenix, there was much speculation on how her politically charged editing style would sit with...

Work stopped at Playa Vista

A three-judge panel of the state's Second District Court of Appeal sided with local groups and the city of Santa Monica and ordered that construction activity stop on phase two...

Worst City Hall red tape story ever?

UCLA law professor Stephen Bainbridge blogs about applying to remodel his Los Angeles home and being informed by the bureaucracy that, on paper, his house doesn't exist. Nor does his...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.13.07

Some pretty amazing numbers on non-English speaking, more parsing of yesterday's Erwin Chemerinsky story, some City Hall moves and more....

California editor at LAT

David Lauter, a veteran of Metro and the foreign desk, gets the job as editor over all news coverage within the state of California. Different title than his predecessor: Janet...

Boyarsky on Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky went back to the ethics commission yesterday for the first time since his fellow commissioners didn't elect him president. In fact, nobody seconded his nomination. They didn't let...

Chemerinsky bounced from Irvine gig

Constitutional law scholar and media quotemeister Erwin Chemerinsky was all set to be named dean of the new UC Irvine law school — he even signed the contract — but...

Radar's Overrated 100

Radar Magazine's October issue offers a hundred of the most overhyped people, places and things — and L.A.'s own* David and Victoria Beckham make the top of the list and...

City vs blog in Claremont

Last week the political anony-blog Claremont Insider posted the pay and benefits totals for a whole bunch of Claremont city employees, based on year-end pay stubs found on the city's...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.12.07

Steve Barr gets Locke High, a late-night bill for Anschutz and more gang woes for the Valley. Plus a little imitation-cum-flattery from the New York Times....

Jon Stewart asked back to Oscars

Ratings for last year's Oscars with Jon Stewart hosting were abysmal, but the New York Times' Michael Cieply reports that he's the choice again. An announcement is expected Wednesday. I...

Perky, peppy bloggers wanted

PeopleJam, a self-help website due to launch this month by Hollywood execs Robert Tercek and Matt Edelman, has already been dinged for the lame name and "sickly sweet" approach. Now...

The LAT's 'freegans'

If you didn't get enough of corporate exec-turned-dumpster diver Madeline Nelson in the lede of yesterday's L.A. Times front page story, you can always see more quotes from her in...

Change at Writers Bloc

Andrea Grossman's independent literary series Writers Bloc has become part of the Town Hall Los Angeles organization. Grossman will continue to select the programs, but there will be more promotion...

City editor at Daily News

Memo to the staff from Editor Ron Kaye: Everyone: I'm very pleased to announce that Judi Erickson has been named City Editor. She succeeds Barbara Jones who is coordinating content...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.11.07

Another outrage on Skid Row, NBC's plans to exploit its Spector juror, today's 9-11 commemorations and the new book on important Angeleno Franklin Murphy — and more....

Beverly Hills hits blog with search warrant

The city of Beverly Hills wants to poke around in the visitor logs of LAist because of comments to a post last week that detailed an encounter between an angry...

Correction o' the day

From the September issue of Los Angeles magazine: In Josh Kun's "The Ballad of Music Man Murray," which appeared in the July issue, it was indicated that Jimmy Durante appeared...

Now that's a skyline

Downtown's usually dark neon signs atop the old Rosslyn Hotel towers were relit last night for a film shoot. Eric Lynxwiler and friends rushed out to capture the sight. Via...

Jane Wyman, "at least 90" *

The Oscar-winning actress and former Mrs. Ronald Reagan (when he was a SAG Democrat) never let her true age be pinned down. Katie Harris reports at Bloomberg that Wyman died...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.10.07

The Phil Spector Show moves into its third act, in and out at City Hall, TMZ-TV goes live and the latest on paralyzed LAPD officer Kristina Ripatti — and much...

LA Weekly goes Westside

Talk about culture shock. The LA Weekly is leaving its longtime physical and spiritual home on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood for a sad stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard...

Riordan must like the Times OK now

Remember when former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan was so perturbed at the L.A. Times that he dallied with starting his own rival paper? He even produced a prototype of...

Wolinsky a survivor

Recent chatter in the L.A. Times newsroom had co-managing editor Leo Wolinsky in trouble with the forces of Tribune over his overtures to suitors Eli Broad and David Geffen and...

OK, if I have to

I'm jet-lagged and hacking loud enough to frighten the neighbors, but they tell me it's my turn to blog. Huge kudos and thanks to Veronique de Turenne, Jenny Burman and...

Undercover enthusiastic

Undercover Black Man gives free reign to his enthusiasm for Larry David on the eve of Curb's new season -- today's post also offers some stellar links and a treat....

Kevin Roderick, home again

We now return you to your previously scheduled level of high-quality journalism. You know - actual reporting with depth, research, nuance, and fully dressed people. No more Governator references. No...

Oddities

Just to prove my point this has been a weird week... Paris Hilton sues Hallmark over a "That's hot!" card. The Smoking Gun. Bisexual dating show coming to MTV. ABC...

It's bail time, not jail time

Remember Francisco Linares, the South Bay homeowner sentenced to six months in jail for building a fence without a permit? No orange jumpsuit for him on Monday - if he...

Around LA Observed today

The WSJ anoints Carpinteria as the new jet set getaway. (This after the NYT did the same for Oxnard earlier this summer.) Oops - 104,000 fewer new jobs than predicted...

Good morning 09.07.07

Robot farmers, Arnie versus the GOP, nuns get the boot, Phil and Kobe agree, and a baseball card sells for $2.8 million. Bring weekend fun that much closer by clicking...

In her own words

Janet Clayton says goodbye, and that "a cigar is just a cigar." To my dear friends and colleagues in Metro and around the paper: Jim and I are announcing today...

Ummm, about Janet Clayton...

She writes a memo welcoming four new staffers (see below) to the LAT, then writes another memo, with her resignation. Mark Lacter at LA Biz observed has details, as well...

Staffing stuff at the LAT

Four new multi-lingual reporters hired, according to a memo from AME Janet Clayton: Ari Bloomekatz, already on board, is a Spanish-speaking UCLA grad and intern-turned-staffer. Jean-Paul Renaud, from the South...

Grim reaper

Less than a day after Mary Chagnon's fatal heart attack at age 90, her Hollywood landlord, eager to re-rent the apartment, stripped it of everything she owned. Illegal? Unfeeling? That's...

Good morning 09.06.07

Police surveillance, valiant dogs, no more Mt. Whitney outhouses, and a view of KPFK that includes the word "hazmat". A deeply peculiar mix of stories near the end of a...

RIP Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti has died. Violinist.com, which includes a link to the tenor's last public performance, writes: Luciano Pavarotti has gone to the great stage in the sky. He succumbed to...

Texan named publisher of Los Angeles Magazine

Amy Saralegui, who served as advertising director of Emmis Communications' Texas Monthly will replace Alan Klein as publisher of the company's Los Angeles Magazine. According to today's press release: Saralegui,...

Around the blogs (including this one)

Mark Lacter's got Vanity Fair's Power List, and reaction to Apple's decision to drop prices for the iPhone. LA Biz Observed. Eric Savitz, who was in SF for Apple's product...

More Patt!

Patt Morrison's eponymous daily KPCC talk show, which shines a light on culture and politics, goes to two hours beginning Monday. More time means lots more stories for the popular...

And now, a brief musical interlude

Wonder what's in store at Disney Hall when Esa-Pekka leaves the building? Check out this video of Gustavo Dudamel, or as expat (and perpetually homesick) LA native David Kipen likes...

Good morning 09.05.07

A KTLA anchor jumps ship, sheriff's deputies in the hot seat, Barbie's behind (not my words) and a "nasty, naughty boy." (Again, not my words.) All that and Britney, too!...

This and that

Some tidbits, because it's just too hot to write actual paragraphs. LAT's Douglas Frantz now at Conde Nast Portfolio, according to Romenesko. Car hits driver in Beverly Hills. Only the...

Around LA Observed

That streak of light in your rear view mirror this morning? Mark Lacter at work. On KPCC this morning, then in LA Biz Observed with a full helping of news...

More on LA's birthday

Robert Greene blogs on the LAT site about why our city's birthday gets lost in the shuffle, and what it was like to take that long, long walk on Sunday....

Happy Birthday, Los Angeles!

Need an excuse to extend the holiday eating binge a few more hours? Our city turns 226 today. Cake for everybody! LA City Nerd has the details and links galore,...

Good Morning 09.04.07

Heat, fire, a blog fight, and a van that drives itself. A modest start to the short week. Ease your sunburned hand on over to the link....

For sale

Every writer should know about the web site, landandfarm.com. There is no better way to procrastinate motivate yourself. Here's Paradise Ranch, a 119-acre property once owned by Cecil B. DeMille....

Again with the posting

How can you not click through to a post with a line like this: If a couple of college goofballs decide to produce a gangsta-rap video called "Produce Paradise," smacking...

Odds and ends

An earthquake (4.7 today in OC) and a potato salad recipe at the ever-eclectic LAist. Another public SoCal beach you won't see this weekend. Or next weekend. Or any...

Around LAO

No banker's hours here at LAO. (Though we do go weekend casual.) Jenny Burman celebrates the reopening of an Echo Park cafe. David Davis puts Beckham's woes (and salary) into...

Navy wins, whales lose

Injunction against sonar testing near Channel Islands suspended. A federal appeals court allowed the Navy on Friday to resume using underwater sonar blasts in anti-submarine warfare tests off Southern California...

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