Quaids talk about the twins and Cedars-Sinai
Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, sat for a 90-minute interview with L.A. Times health specialist Charles Ornstein and said that Cedars-Sinai staff misled the new parents that everything was OK with their babies, when actually the hospital was trying to repair the damage from an overdose of the blood thinner heparin. "Our kids could have been dying, and we wouldn't have been able to come down to the hospital to say goodbye," Dennis Quaid said. LAT
DA Cooley up for a big pay raise
If the Supes do it, the District Attorney would be paid $292,300 and become the highest paid official in county government. LAT calls it a 23% raise, DN says 19%.
Antonio orders for Hillary at King Taco
Clinton has the edge over Obama with Latinos, partly because of backers like Villaraigosa and partly the state of black-Latino relations. NYT
McCain heads for Hollywood
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has a Jan. 31 fundraiser scheduled at the home of MGM chief Harry Sloan. W&W
LACMA director even talks to some local rag
Michael Govan has been quoted a lot about Eli Broad's decision to hold on to his art, and today he's interviewed in the L.A. Times. LAT
Airport commissioners go ahead with environmental study
The Board of Airport Commissioners approved a contract for an environmental study that could lead to reconfiguring of the north runways at LAX without waiting for a safety study by NASA that critics want. LAT
Improvements for Silver Lake Meadow
City Council President Eric Garcetti's website has his draft plan for day use of the area on the reservoir's northeast edge.
Fug girls observed
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself chat about the Fug phenomenon and their book coming in February. LAist
New design hire at LAT
Leslie Wilkinson joins the L.A. Times as Assistant Design Director for technology and nights, from the Charlotte Observer. LAT blog
Latest Singleton paper to pare down
The Pasadena Star-News announced a bunch of shifts in content that, without seeing the paper, only sound like cutbacks disguised as improvements.
Final Golden Globes note
On the cover of yesterday's L.A. Times Calendar section, the dominant photo showed a stagehand holding up a large gold "globe" and two unidentified guys watching him. I can't find it online, but the chap at left is Alex Ben Block, columnist for Hollywood Today. He emails a suggested caption:
Journalist Alex Ben Block of Hollywood Today.net makes way for one of the props still being moved around the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton ballroom literally seconds before the commencement of the one-off Cliff Notes version of the Golden Globe awards. Block occupied a seat at a center table as he watched the parade of beauty contest anchors on stage, while sitting in a chair which he is sure would have belonged to Johnny Depp if writers were writing and all was right with show biz.
Breakfast with Emma
Councilman Jose Huizar is the featured speaker at a breakfast gathering of Emma Schafer's Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum at the Wilshire Grand.
Another surfing book on the way
Michael Scott Moore has sold Bloomsbury USA a book about surfing, tentatively called "Sweetness and Blood." He has a sample in The Atlantic, on surfing in Munich, and the ex-Angeleno appears to be blogging now from Berlin. RadioFreeMike
Co-founder of the Mattachine Society dies
Kennith H. Burns, 81, was a founding member of the first gay rights organization in Los Angeles in the 1950s and rose in prominence after the ouster of leader Harry Hay over his Communist ties. LAT