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Friday desk-clearing

Bob Hertzberg is also sniffing around a challenge to Mayor Villaraigosa — or a run for city attorney against Jack Weiss — the former Villaraigosa friend and foe tells...

Book notes for BEA: Friday

Book launch 2.0, the video: LA Observed channel on YouTube NOTES: Marketplace ran a nice piece on Skylight Books expanding, featuring owner Kerry Slattery...BEA party roundup from the New York...

Does Hiller sing like Nero fiddled?

I'm happy for Times Publisher David Hiller that on June 5 he'll live his dream and sing the national anthem before the Cubs game at Dodger Stadium. (Back in February...

Ron Kaye's correspondents

Yesterday it was a freelancer who argues that District Attorney Steve Cooley has gone easy on Jessica's Law. Today it's Doug Dowie, who worked with Kaye at the Daily News...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.30.08

Lindsey cleared of influencing LAX contract Remember that ruckus a month ago over whether airports chief Gina Marie Lindsey intervened to steer a contract toward DMJM? Controller Laura Chick looked...

Lakers in the NBA final

They run away from the Spurs in the fourth period and win 100-92. Kobe scores 39. Next up: the Celtics or Pistons starting June 5....

Afternoon shorts

Sallie Hofmeister is the new business editor at the Los Angeles Times, reporting to the managing editor. LA Biz Observed Scary forecast about the financial future of newspapers, also...

Caruso pondering run against Antonio

Shopping-mall mogul and former Jim Hahn commissioner Rick Caruso says he's considering a challenge to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa next year. He tells the Times' Tina Daunt, for her Cause Celebre...

Oldest blog rookies of the year

Andrew Malcolm, the former New York Times correspondent and Laura Bush press secretary (as well as part-time Karl Rove assistant), talks about his conversion from L.A. Times editorial writer to...

Today in Parks v. Ridley-Thomas

Let's see, what's new: Cornel West, the author and Princeton professor of religion, will address campaign workers at the Ridley-Thomas headquarters at 6:30 pm. Both candidates replied to LAT questions...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.29.08

California Hall of Famers Gov. Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announce the latest honorees: Dave Brubeck, Quincy Jones, Alice Waters, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Theodor Geisel, Linus Pauling, Robert Graham, Jack...

Cool Hollywood conference opens Friday

"Moguls, Millionaires & Movie Stars: Hollywood Between the Wars, 1920-1940" will be at the Huntington Library in San Marino on Friday and Saturday. Panels will explore the rise of the...

Call to action over laid-off critic's suicide

Christopher Page killed himself three weeks after losing his job as a theater critic and editor at the at the East Valley Tribune in Phoenix. He was 29. Sasha Anawalt,...

Magazines observed

Los Angeles this month has Mark Lacter's profile of Gina Marie Lindsey, the head of Los Angeles World Airports. Another LA Observed contributor, David Davis, has a piece on U.S....

Lakers blogger took down blog herself

Laura Lane tells USA Today that she pulled her Blogspot site offline on her own. "I saw it was getting a lot of crazy attention," she says of her post...

Santa Barbara 8 lose a round

A federal judge has denied the National Labor Relations Board's request for an injunction ordering Wendy McCaw to immediately reinstate eight staffers fired during the big purge at her News-Mess....

Q&A with the obituary editor

Jon Thurber, the LAT's obits editor, gets some ink on Claire Hoffman's religion blog for Newsweek and the Washington Post. To me, one of the most desirable jobs in newspapers...

Blogger hates LA.com

Megan McArdle blogs at The Atlantic's website about life in Dean Singleton's declining SoCal empire. (Update: It's her blog, but ex-Singletonian Conor Friedersdorf wrote the post.) As a former employee...

Book notes for BEA: Wednesday

Working through the pile on my desk in advance of this week's BookExpo America at the Downtown Convention Center. Sascha Rothchild's piece on ending her starter marriage ran in the...

Today in Parks v. Ridley-Thomas

After Tuesday's Los Angeles Times endorsement of Bernard Parks, a tip came in claiming that the members of the Times editorial board actually preferred Mark Ridley-Thomas in the race for...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.28.08

Villaraigosa heading to Israel The mayor's third out-of-country trip is scheduled for June 11-18. City Hall types tagging along include Councilmen Jack Weiss and Dennis Zine, DWP CEO David Nahai...

One of the ways it works in L.A.

Andy Fiscella owns industry bars the Dime and Winston's, recently added Crown Bar, and is known for banning Britney Spears at one of his clubs. In today's Hollywood, that all...

Tuesday media tips

Nikki Finke points a chiding finger at Defamer, Variety columnist Anne Thompson, LAT columnist Patrick Goldstein and Slate's Kim Masters for posting an erroneous item that she says began...

Azteca América leaves town

Veronica Villafañe at Media Moves reports that Azteca América Channel 54 is dropping its Los Angeles production and will host the Spanish-language newscasts in Mexico. Layoffs of 29 staffers came...

Lakers win, 93-91

Spurs don't get the foul call in the final second — even though Derek Fisher definitely made contact with Brent Barry's head — and the Lakers will come home to...

Lee Abrams memos again

New week, new pearls of official innovation-ness from Tribune's chief research scientist. The graduate of the FM radio school of higher thinking sent out 1,238 words this time. Before I...

Lakers blogger goes offline

Hmm, ESPN.com blogger Laura Lane's blog item where she calls the wife of Kobe Bryant insane — and talks about rumors of an affair — has gone off the air....

BookExpo comes back to L.A.

A huge chunk of the book world will be here this week for BookExpo America, which opens Thursday at the Convention Center and runs through the weekend. BEA, last here...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.27.08

Bad crash on Crenshaw Five people, including two children, died when a red-light runner sped through the intersection of Crenshaw and Florence. Two of the victims burned to death inside...

LA Observed's long weekend

Deanne Stillman, author of the forthcoming "Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West," posts a Memorial Day paean to Buffalo Bill Cody and one of his...

Sydney Pollack, filmmaker was 73

Cancer claimed Oscar winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades. Pollack won his Academy Awards for best director and best picture for "Out...

492 Californians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

The L.A. Times did an analysis and found the Californians who have died so far in the two wars included 208 who were married and 160 who were parents, leaving...

Reporter cussed out by Vanessa Bryant

Laura Lane covers the Lakers for ESPN.com. She wrote a mildly invasive item about that weird purple tutu thing that Vanessa Bryant wore on the floor the night Kobe picked...

If Zakaria gets this wrong...

Newsweek editor Fareed Zakaria packed them in at the Central Library's ALOUD series last week and his new book, "The Post-American World," is getting mostly good reviews. His argument that...

Fired editor's email to his (ex)writers

Alan Mittelstaedt sent his freelancers the news LAO reported yesterday — that he was canned by CityBeat. Under the subject line "Fired--again!," it contains the details that he got the...

Nailed the landing...on Mars

They were pretty happy out at JPL today after scientists guided the Phoenix lander to a spot near the north pole of Mars, just one degree of tilt off perfect...

Lakers stumble in San Antonio

Spurs win 103-84, making the series 2-1 in favor of the Lakers. If you're San Antonio, you have to think, hmm, twice we've built up 20-point leads on these guys....

Telemundo dumps anchor, loses exec

Lucia Navarro is out as anchor at Telemundo-52 after seven years, according to Media Moves, a blog that charts the movement of Latinos in the media business. Navarro was on...

Another exit from CityBeat

Alan Mittelstaedt, CityBeat's news editor and number two, was let go on Friday by Acting Editor Rebecca Schoenkopf. Something about the money being used for columns and freelancers. That's one...

Kobe speaking Italian

Old interview with SportItalia, but I know of at least one babe who fell in lust watching Kobe be so relaxed here in Italian. For that matter, Bryant was pretty...

Dilbeck family crisis

Daily News columnist Steve Dilbeck leads the paper today with a column about learning that his 14-year-old son had Type 1 diabetes. We took him out of school and when...

BBC reporter tries out the subway

David Willis' story was about Los Angeles commuters switching to the tube, if we can call it that, because of the high price of gas. This week I did something...

Big business targeting Dymally

Business and tribal interests located far from the open Inglewood-Compton area Senate district have spent more than $715,000 in independent expenditures to elect ex-assemblyman Rod Wright over rival Mervyn Dymally,...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.23.08

Those were tornadoes yesterday in Riverside County Blamed for flipping freight cars off the tracks. LAT Most Californians oppose gay marriage They favor the constitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex...

Oops, a little outage

Sorry, LA Observed was down for several hours last night and today. Little domain registration issue... If you can see this, all is well. Thanks for everybody's concern. And check...

Obama hires a journalist

Linda Douglass, the former television reporter here who is now a contributor editor at National Journal, will join the Barack Obama presidential campaign as a senior strategist and "senior campaign...

Vin Scully on John Wooden

At yesterday's unveiling of a plaque for UCLA legend John Wooden at the Coliseum, Vin Scully told a fun story about how Wooden was one of the first people he...

Women of Disney

Jennifer Lerew, an animation artist who blogs at The Blackwing Diaries, has posted some photos of women who worked during the Depression at Disney's old Hyperion studio. in what I...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.21.08

LAX rated average — and that's good It's the highest score ever earned by LAX in the J.D. Power and Associates airport satisfaction study. Breeze Police commission wonders about union...

Rep. Laura Richardson a deadbeat?

Lots of people have gotten caught in the foreclosure vise — but Rep. Laura Richardson? The Democrat won last year's special election in the Long Beach-Compton area, loaning her campaign...

Hilary Rosen is back

The former chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America — and target of the Napster generation's ire — was named political director and Washington editor-at-large for the...

Changes coming to Zell's KTLA

I'm told that staffers at Channel 5 were gathered together for two all-hands meetings yesterday and told that ND Rich Goldner would exit today for that new job in San...

I can't imagine why they're mad

Officials at the California Science Center in Exposition Park are reportedly miffed about an email from a top doctor at the UCLA Medical School, putting down the museum's skills as...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.20.08

Mayor promotes Janelle Erickson She becomes deputy mayor for communications (from senior press secretary) and Sean Clegg leaves the Villaraigosa Administration to become a partner at Brunswick Group LLC in...

Spend the night on Mt. Wilson

I had no idea you could do this. Author Aimee Bender reserved the Mount Wilson Observatory's historic 60-inch telescope for the evening and took along two dozen writer friends and...

Frey's L.A. errors are easy pickings

Steve Harvey debunked some of author James Frey's so-called quirky facts about Los Angeles in his Only in L.A. column on Saturday. Author Frances Dinkelspiel picks up the cause and...

News ever more raw

LiveNewsCameras.com offers a wall of live news video from dozens of U.S. cities, and a "moderator" who monitors the hottest stories of that minute. At least, she's there during the...

Monday shorts

KPFK wants to broadcast "your big fat gay wedding," as the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano puts it. Navel Gazing Catch a photo of FishbowlLA bloggers Mayrav Saar (on the...

Mr. Innovation blogs again

My favorite part of Lee Abrams' latest pearls of wordiness emailed to Tribune's weary innovators is this, from Romenesko: Using my favorite music analogies--Imagine Newspaper CONTENT is a major artist....

Stuff God hates?

Jewish Journal God-blogger Brad Greenberg suspects the new Stuff God Hates blog is from the same Culver City writer who posts the very popular Stuff White People Like, just not...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.19.08

Messy police shooting in Long Beach Police say that Roketi Su'e attacked officers, was not subdued by Tasering and was grabbing at a baton when he was shot and killed....

Red-light cameras not used as intended

Most of the tickets issued off cameras in the city of Los Angeles — 80% — are for rolling right turns. Still legitimate violations, but not the super-dangerous red light...

Another unhappy Metro customer

D. J. Waldie rides the bus around Los Angeles by necessity but enjoys it less. The price of gas is pushing more people onto buses at the same time the...

Weekend shorts

California Supreme Court chief justice Ronald George gives a two-hour interview to the LAT's Maura Dolan and talks about the court's milestone same-sex marriage ruling: "I think there are...

Lakers advance, but phew

A 19-point lead shrank to three in the final minute, but the Lakers hung on to win 108-105 in Utah and go to the next round. Starts Wednesday at Staples,...

Ask Paul DePodesta, but not about the Dodgers

Former Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta, now with the Padres in San Diego, has started an interesting blog — he knows a lot more about baseball than the sportswriters who...

Robert Mondavi, winemaker was 94

Appropos of not much, when my daughter was about nine months old Robert Mondavi stopped by our table at Mustard's, beside his winery in the Napa Valley, and offered to...

KCRW brings in celebrity DJs

This week's first wave of ten-minute pieces with guests talking about musical passions with a KCRW on-air host includes Conan O'Brien, John Cusack, Saffron Burrows, Garth Jennings and Jason Reitman....

NPR promotes Del Barco

Longtime Los Angeles reporter Mandalit Del Barco is getting a raise. The memo at National Public Radio: From South Central Los Angeles to Central America, she's been telling stories with...

Santa Monica axing ficus trees

Crews this morning began cutting down the disputed ficus trees on 2nd Street near Wilshire. Activists lost a court bid to block the city from removing the trees, which it...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.16.08

LAPD looking at those movie location motor 'cops' They don't actually work for the police, even though the look like they do. The LAPD wants to provide its own off-duty...

Anita Busch links Pellicano and Times

In an interview with Patterico blogger Patrick Frey, the victim of the dead-fish incident that helped spur the Anthony Pellicano prosecution voices concerns about ties between the convicted private eye...

Our evolving newspapers

Tidbits from the print world... The Daily News continues to lose journalists to other pursuits. But Councilman Jose Huizar gains a press deputy. Today's newsroom missives from Managing Editor Melissa...

Dodgers have a good day, but...

The Dodgers won today in Milwaukee, 7-2, and got home runs from Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent and Gary Bennett (with minor league veteran Luis Maza collecting his first hit in...

More local journos win innovation money

Cal State Los Angeles journalism students and faculty have been awarded a New Voices grant intended to support creative new citizen media projects. The team will "partner with community groups...

Gay marriage ban struck down

California's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the voter-approved prohibition against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Mayor Villaraigosa praised the ruling as the "right thing to do," and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said...

Pellicano convicted *

Verdicts are still being read, but former Hollywood private eye and muscle Anthony Pellicano has been convicted of all but one count of racketeering and conspiracy. (So much for being...

Return of recycled water

Stories planted this morning in the Times, Daily News and Wall Street Journal unveil Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's billion-dollar agenda to re-invent Los Angeles' relationship to water. Villaraigosa and DWP chief...

LA Weekly's People of '08

Profiled this year are, among others, Charles Phoenix, Pat Kingsley, Jill Leovy, Ben Goldhirsh, Karen Ocamb, Brooks Melchior, J. Michael Walker, Pau Gasol and Jordan Elgrably, co-founder of the Levantine...

Jamiel Shaw Sr. 'on a mission...I can’t stop'

NYT bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer talks to the father of slain teenager Jamiel Shaw Jr. about the hole in his life and his crusade to amend Special Order 40: “I...

Warren Cowan, publicist supreme was 87

Variety calls Cowan the "father of Hollywood press agents" and his firm, Rogers and Cowan, at one time "the biggest entertainment PR firm in the world, with a list of...

Marcus Allen walks away *

Under fire for his ties to lobbyists Arnie Berghoff and Harvey Englander, former Villaraigosa deputy Marcus Allen withdrew his name from consideration for the job of city administrative officer. He...

Napolitano in a bit of a spot

Imagine the mayor of Los Angeles, walking shoeless through Venice at night, kidnapped by a blackmailer who has compromising photos of the mayor and his honey. Then imagine the mayor...

Lakers take game 5

It was close until the final seconds, but they never trailed in the game. The Lakers go back to Utah with a chance to end the series in game 6....

Times fetes itself tonight

Every year the L.A. Times throws a party for the newsroom staff and hands out some cash prizes. In past years, these were overflow banquets held at the Beverly Hills...

Daily Bruin editors win $275,000

Anthony Pesce, next year's editor in chief of the student newspaper at UCLA, and photo editor/columnist Dharmishta Rood won a Knight News Challenge award to "create online publishing software geared...

Street scene

What says Los Angeles better than a non-native jacaranda in full bloom and non-native water being spilled on the street to flow into the storm drains and out to sea?...

Quick roundup

I'm still tied up on a deadline, but here are some items in the news this morning: The Breeze's Gene Maddaus examines the Fox 11 report alleging Councilwoman Janice Hahn...

Kareem's blog goes indie

For the past few months Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted to a blog on LATimes.com. As of Monday, it has moved to Abdul-Jabbar's own website (with sound, so turn down your speakers.)...

100+ tires slashed in San Pedro

Vandals even got the tires on the local tow trucks, forcing delays in the Auto Club's response the next morning. Residents in several neighborhoods discovered they had all been victimized...

Sporadic posting

Busy day and a deadline week, so posting will be lighter than usual. Check our Mark Lacter's Morning Headlines at LA Biz Observed. This was also Mark's morning to make...

Tale of two books *

Actually it's just one book, the new novel set in Los Angeles by fabulist James Frey. But look at how differently it's being read. LAT Book Editor David Ulin holds...

'Scriptland' writer moves to Hollywood Reporter

Jay Fernandez will join THR as a senior film reporter to concentrate on breaking news, says Hollywood Wiretap. He has written the "Scriptland" column in the L.A. Times Calendar section...

LAT opposes initiative that Zell promotes

Proposition 98 is sold to voters as an anti-eminent domain measure, "but really carries the long-standing agenda of interests that want to extinguish rent control and block water and air...

Return of the Neon Cruise

We're getting back on the bus in honor LA Observed's fifth (!) anniversary. There have been a couple of thousand posts since the last time we teamed up with the...

Playboy goes a little gay

With its television revenue down $2.8 million already this year, Playboy Enterprises plans to offer 20 hours of softcore gay male programming to Time Warner Cable subscribers, XBIZ.com reports. The...

Lakers lose in OT, series tied

The Lakers made up a 12-point deficit in the last four minutes to even make it into overtime, but the Jazz rolled to a 123-115 win in Utah. Kobe shot...

Jamiel Shaw killed over gang ties not race, report says

Jamiel Shaw, the high school athlete whose murder has provided a new rallying cry for the right in the immigration wars, may have been killed because of his association with...

Janice Hahn vs. Fox 11

Councilwoman Hahn responds on her blog to the Fox 11 report that sided with two cops suing the city and tied Hahn to the mother of a Grape Street gang...

Friday desk-clearing

Lunchtime brawls at Locke High in South Los Angeles involved hundreds of students and led to four arrests, as well as a campus lockdown. Overwhelmed school officials called in...

Times responds to broadcasters

"In fact, we made no errors," John T. O'Loughlin, President/Targeted Media and SVP/Marketing for Los Angeles Times Media Group, writes to the head of the Southern California Broadcasters Assn. Here's...

Split decision

The Planning Report, the monthly about Los Angeles and So Cal planning and development published by David Abel, is letting its readers vote online on which of the following "in-progress...

Broadcasters dispute Times ad *

The president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association has a bone to pick with a recent L.A. Times house ad claiming the paper has more reach to offer advertisers than...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.9.08

Jimmy Fallon to take over for Conan O'Brien The SNL alum will slide in when O'Brien comes out here to take over for Jay Leno, Kim Masters says in a...

Bratton responds about London

Regarding yesterday's item from the Daily Mail about LAPD Chief William Bratton advising the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Bratton says there has been no contact between them: I have...

Ranking SoCal's newspapers *

I never know what to really make of this data, but Scarborough Research has released its 2008 Newspaper Audience Ratings Report. It aims to estimate, based on telephone surveys, how...

Long Beach's Jew-fearing professor

Cal State Long Beach psychology professor Kevin MacDonald is a hero of the anti-Semitic crowd for writing that Jews have evolved as a tribal elite that conspires against the interests...

Xaykaothao in Bangkok

Former KPCC reporter Doualy Xaykaothao showed up today reporting for National Public Radio from Thailand on the Myanmar relief efforts. Before joining KPCC last year, the Laotian-born Xaykaothao had reported...

Malibu's secret anti-paparazzi weapon

The seaside city has asked Ken Starr, dean of the Pepperdine Law School, to convene media and legal experts to help draft an ordinance that would control paparazzi swarms around...

Bratton gets a new gig

Looks like LAPD chief William Bratton could be traveling out of the city more than ever. The mayor of London just announced that he has signed Bratton to help advise...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.8.08

Council happy with Lindsey Councilwoman Janice Hahn says, "We have great confidence in Gina Marie Lindsey," but acknowledges the way contracts are issued at LAX could be better. LAT, DN...

Script Project: Mayor kidnapped!

In our developing L.A. noir story to beat them all, Mayor Russell Napolitano was snatched off the sand beneath Santa Monica Pier and thrown in a motorboat. He tried fighting...

Zell names a new COO

Perhaps Sam Zell realized his troubled new company needs a full-time boss, or maybe he just tired of his newspaper toys after a few months in charge. Whatever, executive VP...

Lakers win game 2

They go up 2-0 in their playoff series with the Utah Jazz, winning 120-110 at Staples Center. ESPN, DN/Inside the Lakers, LAT...

Make it three editors...

An add to yesterday's item on the tale of two ex-editors: current Times editor Russ Stanton also gets out on the town Thursday night, appearing as the featured guest at...

NYT layoffs memo

"We are not going to discuss numbers or the details of the staff reduction, nor will we be releasing a list of names," says editor Bill Keller. "All of those...

Connie Martinson donates archives

The host of the long-running "Connie Martinson Talks Books" gave nearly 3,000 tapes of her cable show to Claremont Graduate University. "It's a pretty extraordinary gift," said Rick Wartzman, director...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.7.08

L.A. limits McMansions Homes in the flats, but not in the hills, would now be limited to around half the square footage of the lot. The City Council also voted...

Kim named to head DONE

BongHwan Kim moved up from assistant to become interim general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment after last November's death of Carol Baker Tharp. On Tuesday, Mayor Villaraigosa put...

Glad that's cleared up

Never thought I'd see this disclaimer on an invitation in my email box: Views and opinions expressed by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan are not necessarily shared by the Ronald...

Darryl Strawberry, the book

You could say that former Dodger and product of Los Angeles Darryl Strawberry had the book thrown at him so often he should write one. Well, now he is. According...

She walked the line...

As an amateur admirer of mariachi, I enjoyed CityBeat's feature on the female ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. But I was stopped by the byline: Kamren Curiel, who I...

Tale of two ex-editors *

Take your pick: on Thursday, USC Annenberg fetes Michael Parks, the outgoing director of the Annenberg School of Journalism. He is the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Later...

Clinton cancels Wednesday's schedule

The pundits pretty much agree that Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has reached the realistic end, after she lost big today in North Carolina and perhaps won by only a...

Westwood Village never looked so good

Nice photo by Lawrence K. Ho of the Los Angeles Times, to go with a story today about Westwood Village merchants hoping that the opening of the new Palazzo complex...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.6.08

Limbaugh mistakes Villaraigosa for 'shoeshine guy' Rush Limbaugh gives his side of the restaurant meeting last year, where Bill Clinton brought over the mayor for an introduction: "I thought it...

Ace Smith observed, again

For a campaign strategist, does Ace Smith get a lot of coverage or what? In the LAT over the weekend, the consultant for Antonio Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign — and before...

Abrams brings his act to L.A. — and likes it

Tribune innovation czar Lee Abrams blogs that before coming to Los Angeles, "For years I have heard the Industry dirt on the Los Angeles Times. Got a lot of 'good...

Red light for Olympic-Pico plan

The city of Los Angeles has to complete a thorough environmental impact study before resetting the traffic lights to make parts of Olympic and Pico boulevards function as something like...

Another print journo gives it up

Ryan Oliver is leaving the Los Angeles Daily Journal for public relations. He'll work on the Police Protective League and U.S. Army accounts for Weber Shandwick Worldwide's Los Angeles office....

Book blogger's rep comes back to bite...or not

Mark Sarvas is often biting in his reviews and commentaries at The Elegant Variation, a point that Scott Timberg makes up front in his Q&A with Sarvas in today's LAT...

Blogging his taco truck outing

Eric Stone coaxed novelist Christa Faust to leave the keyboard long enough to hit a few Eastside taco trucks the other night. He writes that "the woman can write. But...

Kavanaugh asks for 'catch and release'

Film financier Ryan Kavanaugh's company, Relativity Media, backed Columbia Pictures’ “Catch and Release.” Today's NYT uses that connection to lead into a story about Kavanaugh's lawyer trying to use connections...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.5.08

Latest media Latest politics Villaraigosa as L.A.'s Nero Urban scholar Joel Kotkin, no fan of the mayor anyway, writes that "As the city has continued to lose thousands of middle-class...

W visits Arianna

The May issue of W (with Cameron Diaz on the cover) proclaims Arianna Huffington more influential than ever, with her new book doing well and the Huffington Post "arguably the...

Bernie & Mark & Carmen Warschaw

On Saturday, candidates Bernard Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas squared off over what makes them different in the race to succeed Yvonne Burke on the county Board of Supervisors. Here's the...

New City Hall reporter

The Times is moving California political writer Phil Willon onto the Los Angeles City Hall beat. The memo from California Editor David Lauter waxes on a bit about the importance...

Sean Combs hasn't decided if he'll sue LAT

He actually sounds pretty forgiving about that whole Tupac Shakur business, while talking to Associated Press about getting his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and house-hunting in Los Angeles:...

LAO interview with Larry McMurtry

Nice Q&A by Deanne Stillman over at Native Intelligence with Larry McMurtry, the author and screenwriter who was in town this week to receive the Los Angeles Public Library Award...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.2.08

Ramon Cortines assumes de-facto control of LAUSD The mayor's advisor, not Supt. David Brewer, now has all responsibility for day-to-day operations of the district, says Naush Boghossian. "Brewer would have...

Script Project: We're still here

Writers who couldn't get enough of the Times' Birds of Paradise contest still have a place to strut their stuff. A better place even, since the LA Observed Script Project...

Buzzie Bavasi, baseball exec was 93

E.J. Bavasi was the last general manager of the Dodgers in Brooklyn (and their first in Los Angeles), then created the San Diego Padres and later presided over the California...

Big layoffs at Santa Barbara News-Mess

Blogger Craig Smith has details of the latest convulsion at Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press: 16 staffers, including the sports editor and life section editor. Sample: A memo from co-publishers...

Parks and Ridley-Thomas hit the sprint

There are four weeks weeks and change left until the June 3 primary showdown to decide who inherits the black seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. It's...

Times rewards Top of the Ticket

I've heard more grumbling than usual from the features side of the L.A. Times newsroom about the time and money devoted to this week's touchy-feely innovation session, facilitated by a...

Ports closed at L.A., Long Beach

Louis Sahagun reports for the Times that "thousands of dockworkers at all 29 West Coast ports, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, took the day off work today in what...

Archdiocese has objections to DN story

Yesterday's story in the Daily News about a Valley church that contributed money for the L.A. Archdiocese's sexual abuse settlement contained a line that made my ears perk up and...

LANG papers hit by technical snafu *

It wasn't just the Daily News that failed to come out in full this morning. All the Singleton papers except for the Breeze and Press-Telegram [nope, them too] appear to...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.1.08

It's May Day and you know what that means Three separate immigrant marches through Downtown starting at 11 am are due to converge in the late afternoon at Broadway and...
A blast from the 3-D past
garden-of-allah-model.jpgGarden of Allah model hits the market again. Details
Harvey House gets a future
fred-harvey-franklin-ave.jpgCedd Moses will take over Union Station's vacant diner space. Story
How hot was it?
bear-in-pool-monrovia.jpgWhy, it was bear in the swimming pool hot. Bigger
Don Shirley on CTG's new season
Paul_Oakley_Stovall-ctg.jpg Once again our columnist has to ask: where is LA in the upcoming schedule of the Center Theatre Group? Native Intelligence
Aon tower
aon-tower.jpgWilshire and Hope, downtown Los Angeles. Once known as the First Interstate Bank tower.