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December 30, 2008
Noting the deaths of prominent, newsworthy or interesting Los Angeles figures and of LA Observed's colleagues in the media is a regular thing we do here. There seems to be...
Bob Benoit, photographer Mr. Blackwell, fashion figure Manuel Bogran, Breeze carrier Bernie Boston, photographer P.J. Corkery, editor Elmer Dills, TV restaurant critic Bill Drake, radio executive Clay Felker, editor...
Art Aragon, boxer Buzzie Bavasi, baseball man John Buttera, hot rodder Billy Consolo, player Dock Ellis, pitcher Craig Fertig, USC star Georgia Frontiere, owner Ed Justice Sr., motors Pete...
Ron Boltz, announcer Bernie Brillstein, manager Bud Browne, filmmaker George Carlin, comedian Warren Cowan, publicist Gene Evans, fireworks showman Johnny Grant, honorary mayor Charlton Heston, actor Bobbi Holtzman, director...
Forrest J Ackerman, archivist Tina Allen, artist Arthur C. Clarke, author Philip Conisbee, curator Michael Crichton, author Bo Diddley, rocker Elaine Dundy, author Patricia Faure, art dealer Robert Graham,...
Randal Simmons, LAPD SWAT "It wasn't until I saw the 10 o'clock news that I fully appreciated how many people lined Vermont and Slauson to greet the procession escorting...
Snow-capped peaks, sailboats and sea lions: just another winter day in L.A. The video features the Marina Peninsula and Marina del Rey, Ballona Lagoon, Santa Monica Bay and Santa Catalina...
December 29, 2008
Los Angeles author Howard Rosenberg (the former LAT critic) and his co-author Charles Feldman were booked on KRON TV in San Francisco on Jan. 3 to talk about their new...
Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock and other legends, died today at Sherman Oaks Hospital. He was 70 and had suffered a heart...
To save a very small number of bucks, the Los Angeles Times has again decided to close the building's historic entrance — and to block public access to the carefully...
Ellie Nesler came to public attention in 1993 when she shot and killed the accused molester of her son during a hearing in a Tuolumne County courtroom. She was convicted...
Tibby Rothman writes at The Venice Paper that artist Robert Graham, who died on Saturday, was a Venice patriot: "The last time I saw him, he was at one of...
Staffers at the Daily Breeze came in to find the writing on the wall — OK, technically, the memo on the men's room door. The memo from Media News Group...
D.J. Waldie picks up on my post on Jane Ellison Usher's resignation as chair of the city planning commission and runs with it at his KCET blog. He starts with...
In Sunday's New York Times Style section, Rep. Linda Sánchez recounts leaking the news of her unmarried pregnancy to the LAT's Patt Morrison — "I thought, we need to sort...
The Great White Steamer that ferried visitors from San Pedro to Catalina Island for a half century has taken its last voyage. Mexican crews have begun demolishing the partly sunken...
December 28, 2008
Took my honey to her first Lakers game tonight, and she wasn't disappointed. The Lakers romped over the Warriors 130-113, Kobe scored 31 and our seats were close enough for...
Random stuff emerges as I pare down my desk piles to make room for the new year. Here's video featuring L.A. singers Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla, who gave Leonard...
The Venice sculptor Robert Graham died Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after being ill for six months. Born in Mexico City on Aug. 19, 1938, Graham moved to...
Glendale police were alerted that a RAV 4 seemed abandoned. Turns out it was rented by Covina Santa killer Bruce Prado on Dec. 19 and was due back yesterday. His...
December 26, 2008
Still no positive IDs released since the bodies were badly burned, but officials think that Bruce Pardo's ex-wife Sylvia and her parents perished in the house. Pardo had not worked...
December 25, 2008
An image a day of a happy year in Highland Park from Stuart Rapeport, music by Timothy Sellers-Artichoke....
The victims of Bruce Pardo found in the Covina home he set afire include his ex-wife and her parents, who owned the home. At least two children who were shot...
Bruce Pardo, 45, showed up dressed as Santa Claus at a Christmas Eve party of his estranged wife's family, opened fire with a handgun and set the house on fire....
December 24, 2008
Camille Johnston, who left as the Dodgers' director of communications in 2007, lands with the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the...
December 23, 2008
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art will announce today that it accepts Eli Broad's bailout offer, will not merge with LACMA, director Jeremy Strick has resigned and former...
December 22, 2008
I'm going to ease back on posting to once or twice a day — or as needed — through the holidays. There will be a lot of maintenance going on...
Contributors to the Obama inauguration fund are being wooed with the promise of hard-to-score tickets to the Washington events around the January 20 festivities. New cheaper packages have been added...
Arthur Spiegelman, called by Reuters one of the wire's "finest writers and longest-serving correspondents," died at home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 68. From the Reuters story: He...
Los Angeles magnet schools can continue to use racial balance as a factor in deciding who enrolls, a state appeals court ruled. SF Chronicle An LAPD veteran who operates...
L.A. Youth, the newspaper "by and about teens" in Los Angeles, has posted video of a recent roundtable among teenagers from diverse backgrounds. "We thought what the teens had to...
December 21, 2008
Should a new public school in Carson be named for Cesar Chavez or slain LAPD officer Randal Simmons, as originally proposed? Daily Breeze Add Sen. Gil Cedillo and the...
Ron Kaye, the former Daily News editor who is reinventing himself as a political activist, at the end of a long blog rant about the city's solar energy boondoggle: "I...
"Weekend America" ends with the Jan. 31 show. Thirteen full- and part-time positions will be affected, says the release from American Public Media in Minnesota. American Public Media is proud...
December 20, 2008
Friday was the last day at the paper for Times Poll director Susan Pinkus and assistant director Jill Darling. The latter sent around the newsroom an email saying the poll's...
My KCRW segment on Friday nominated Jane Ellison Usher's resignation as president of the city planning commission as the recent L.A. story that will reverberate the most in local politics....
December 19, 2008
Mark Lacter and I are taping KNBC News Conference in Burbank, plus I have a trio of KCRW segments to record for the holidays, plus regular work. So slow posting...
At yesterday's discussion of Tribune's bankruptcy and other journalism cuts at USC, L.A. Times editor Russ Stanton was asked by one of his staffers about the latest newsroom gossip that...
The New York Times reports that the Museum of Contemporary Art board reached a preliminary agreement on Thursday to accept Eli Broad's financial rescue offer, while the L.A. Times adds...
State Sen. Gloria Romero says to count her in on the derby to replace Hilda Solis in Congress. Solis will be Barack Obama's labor secretary. Other names being tossed around...
All five members of the Temple City city council and the city manager testified before the Los Angeles County grand jury this week in a probe into allegations by a...
The former FBI official who secretly confirmed reporting by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal of the Nixon Administration died Thursday afternoon up in Santa Rosa. From...
December 18, 2008
LA Radio.com reports via email alert, based on sources, that program director David G. Hall has exited the stations. The Orange County Register also has it, with speculation that Hall...
Google News still returns just one hit for coverage of Sen. Barbara Boxer's presser yesterday in Culver City (see Morning Buzz.) But there was also a report by Kitty Felde...
Just about every news photographer I know has a favorite spot to go grab the obligatory snowy peaks behind downtown Los Angeles shot that news desks want every year or...
Looks like there will be an opening in the ranks of local Latino Congress people after all. Word out of Washington is that Rep. Hilda Solis will be nominated as...
He's in Pakistan, of course. Baca was reported to have met with officials in Karachi yesterday on a five-day visit in the country. From The News: Sheriff Baca heads the...
Channel 2's Christina McLarty says Tom Hanks excluded cameras so they had to kill a story on him signing last night at Village Books. McLarty blog The Times catches...
December 17, 2008
Shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Dodgers. All that media noise about him being close to signing with the Braves? Bluff calling that...
Heavy snow (by SoCal standards) has closed highways in and out of the Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains and of course over the Grapevine on...
Roger Snoble announced today that he will leave soon after seven years as CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Release after the jump....
The saga continues. A city councilman in South El Monte says that mayor Blanca Figueroa not only works unusually late (getting national attention) but actually lives at the city hall....
Two weeks after David Houston took over abruptly as editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, I'm hearing a lot of unhappiness out of the newsroom. Houston has reportedly been...
Our natural disasters are less deadly than the extreme heat and cold, flooding and tornadoes that hit elsewhere, a study finds. LAT Revolving door leadership at Los Angeles World...
December 16, 2008
California Editor David Lauter rebutted former reporter Anita Busch's comments yesterday in court tying the L.A. Times to convicted private eye Anthony Pellicano. Lauter, who emailed the response to Patterico,...
My post this morning about adulterer matching service AshleyMadison offering $1,000 to a satisfied customer willing to appear in disguise on Channel 5's Morning News brought an email update from...
Word out of KCBS/KCAL is that there have been layoffs today, including assistant news director Jim Hattendorf. Also, the copy desks of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, San Bernardino...
Pilar Marrero at La Opinión reports that Rep. Xavier Becerra pulled his name from consideration as U.S. trade representative. Column en español. (And now in English, partially, at Politico.) So...
The Jewish Journal, breaking new stuff on the local side of the Bernard Madoff story, is blogging developments at Swindler's List....
LACMA's board came out today and proposed in writing that the museum merge operations with MOCA. Here's a story by the LAT and the release from LACMA. Also, on KCRW'S...
The president of AshleyMadison.com, the love match service that urges clients to have affairs, is offering $1,000 to a satisfied customer to appear with him on KTLA Channel 5. KTLA...
The Los Angeles Times website is dropping the MyLATimes feature for organizing stories as of Dec. 22....
Financier Bernard L. Madoff's alleged $50-billion Ponzi scheme reaches deeply into Southern California's Jewish community. Extensive coverage in the Jewish Journal, cited in today's LAT story. Plus: Variety, Day...
Cable outage; will post soon....
December 15, 2008
At today's sentencing of Anthony Pellicano, former Los Angeles Times Hollywood reporter Anita Busch — she's also the ex-editor of The Hollywood Reporter — accuses the Times of collaborating with...
Ex-Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison. LA Biz Observed Las Lomas project in the Newhall Pass appears to be dead. Ron Kaye The...
Officer Sanders was killed this morning on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights when struck by a car while he was tending to a traffic accident. Sanders leaves a...
I guess it was personal with Carina Chocano. [Or not. See note.] Two months after laying her off, the Los Angeles Times today named a new second film critic to...
There's been enough rain from this storm that the Sepulveda Basin in the Valley was closed as a precaution. DN Metro will unveil today the new TAP rechargeable transit...
December 14, 2008
Get a look at Rep. Loretta Sanchez's holiday card for this year. It reportedly costs her campaign contributors $130,000 a year to produce the season's greetings. Latino Politics Blog...
I observed more WTF? head scratching over the L.A. Times' layoff of Calendar writer Scott Timberg this fall than over just about anybody. So no surprise he shows up today...
December 12, 2008
Jane Espenson has been part of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Battlestar Galactica," most notably, and also has written episodes of "Angel," "Gilmore Girls," "Ellen," "The O.C.," "Star Trek: Deep...
Political consultant Sue Burnside denies she was hired by candidate Ben Austin to circulate his petitions: "I was on my honeymoon in South America." Sausage Factory Controller Laura Chick...
In today's LA Observed commentary on KCRW, I call on Eli Broad — or any other philanthropist "who sees the value of smart, independent reporting unhindered by ideology, corporate influence...
Mayor Villaraigosa has appointed investor and former Warner Bros VP (and Clinton Admninistration staffer) Sean Burton to the citywide planning commission. Also: Attorney Justin Sanders to the Community Redevelopment Agency...
Village Books struggles to get by in the little shopping district of Pacific Palisades, but things seem especially grim on that street this year. The bookstore has loyal fans, though,...
Charley Steiner will only do radio on next season's Dodger games, pushing former pitcher Jerry Reuss out of a job and opening a vacancy for a TV play-by-play announcer for...
From the Daily News: An editorial in Tuesday's paper, "Turf war costly," incorrectly reported that the City Attorney's Office hired an outside law firm to sue the city controller in...
The Chatsworth crash of Metrolink 111 was a legacy of "decisions two decades ago that -- knowingly or not -- gambled with passenger safety." LAT What Machine Project might...
December 11, 2008
The Paley Center for Media honored actor Carl Reiner tonight at the Hyatt in Century City, but apparently the main topic of conversation was the poor quality of the hotel...
KABC 790 talker Larry Elder announced on his show today that after 15 years, Friday would be his last day on the air. He followed with a statement on his...
Page never recovered from the heart attack she suffered earlier this month and died today in Los Angeles. Louis Sahagun in the LAT: Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with...
Planning commission president Jane Usher resigned, confirming gossip that swept offices this week, saying she needs a job and offering the mayor some advice in her exit letter. LAT,...
UCLA student Lina Chung isn't just heading off to Rome to study abroad. She's calling a much-needed break from living in Los Angeles. "I have been a faithful girlfriend, devoted...
Zócalo Public Square, the non-profit lecture series that "creates intellectual community across the nation by presenting smart ideas in an open, non-partisan, multi-ethnic space," has upgraded on the web in...
That 15-year-old San Pedro High School girl who reported two men tried to drag her into a truck [see Morning Buzz] has admitted making up the story. "She said she...
The state Air Resources Board votes today whether to require big-rig owners to add diesel exhaust traps and replace about 350,000 older, dirty engines. LAT Golden Globes nomination list...
December 10, 2008
Among the journalists laid off in today's announcement of cutbacks at National Public Radio are "Day to Day" co-host Madeleine Brand, "News & Notes" host Farai Chideya, senior correspondent John...
Gabriel Kahn, the deputy chief in the WSJ's Los Angeles bureau on Wilshire since the summer, gets the top job when Bruce Orwall heads for London next month. Kahn (they...
Patrick Goldstein blogs at The Big Picture that Manohla Dargis, who left the LAT for the New York Times in 2004, is seen as a movie killer. It's an open...
“Sowing Hope,” a series in the Merced Sun-Star upstate about efforts to open a medical school at UC Merced, is the first published project of the Center for California Health...
Here are posts at the blogs of Los Angeles-based National Public Radio shows Day to Day (posted by producer Steve Profitt) and News & Notes (host Farai Chideya) about their...
South El Monte mayor Blanca Figueroa has been given an 11 p.m. curfew. She's been known to stay in her office at city hall deep into the pre-dawn hours, but...
Hollywood financier Ryan Kavanaugh's arraignment on fresh DUI and probation violation charges has been put over to Jan. 22. By then, Sheriff Lee Baca's charity hopes that Kavanaugh makes good...
This morning the City Clerk held the random drawing to determine the order that names will appear on the March ballot in Los Angeles. Names starting with Z will lead...
Now that the Los Angeles Marathon has abandoned March (and Sunday), the Pasadena Marathon will grab the opening. The date is Sunday, March 22, 2009. Under the Dome...
A few miscellaneous items: Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein is scheduled to speak with Warren Olney tonight at 7:30 p.m. on "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW. He's also on KPCC's "Patt...
National Public Radio stations were just sent this memo about the cutbacks disclosed today, including the cancellations of "Day to Day" and "News & Notes" that LAO has been reporting...
Just about everybody, says law professor and former political consultant Susan Estrich in her column at the Cagle Post: The once mighty Times has managed to give almost everyone in...
Patrick McClenahan has been promoted to President and General Manager of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, effective immediately. He has been senior VP and station manager since the stations combined into a...
Word at NPR West is that vice president for news Ellen Weiss will meet with the staff of Day to Day after this morning's show goes off the air at...
Claude Brodesser-Akner, host of The Business on Mondays on KCRW, took a stand on the show against the resignation of Rich Raddon from the L.A. Film Festival over his support...
Mark Lacter points in his LA Biz Observed morning headlines to a column where Washington Post writer Steven Pearlstein calls B.S. on Sam Zell's claim that a "perfect storm" of...
Sheriff Lee Baca wants to charter a plane and fly 347 deputies to Washington to work four days on the Obama inauguration. Cost to Los Angeles County: $1 million....
December 9, 2008
"Wall-E" is the best picture choice of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, with "The Dark Knight" the runner-up. Danny Boyle was picked as best director in 2008 for "Slumdog...
The Los Angeles Unified school board approved 5-2 a buy out of Supt. David Brewer's contract, clearing the way for Ramon Cortines, who had been the mayor's chief education adviser,...
The Loyola Marymount exit polling showed a 61% approval rating for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 58% in the Valley. Voters who were asked their choice in the mayoral election next year...
The director of "Nothing But the Truth" blogs some praise for newly laid-off Daily News critic Glenn Whipp and others who have lost their jobs, including Premiere's Glenn Kenney and...
Look up between 5:21 and 5:27 pm. The International Space Station will be passing overhead. Long Beach Report...
News item: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, arrested on suspicion of corruption, believed that Sam Zell planned to use "certain corporate reorganizations and budget cuts" to get the Chicago Tribune editorial...
Hector Tobar begins a new weekly column in the L.A. Times, adding in his editor's words a voice "whose frame of reference includes the experience and culture of Southern...
If the Los Angeles Times owes you money, you might have to wait a long time. Publisher Eddy Hartenstein told the staff yesterday that the Chapter 11 filing freezes pending...
December 8, 2008
Matthew Garrahan, the Financial Times' man in Los Angeles, updates the U.K. readership on all this hand-wringing out here about the L.A. Times. Excerpt: The speed of cuts implemented first...
NBC will announce that Jay Leno is getting a 10 p.m. slot when his "Tonight Show" run ends. NYT Political writer Joe Mathews offers five steps to victory over...
LAUSD chief David Brewer emerged this afternoon to say he wants the school board to exercise the buy out clause of his contract, but he apparently declined to answer media...
With all that's gone down at the L.A. Times on Sam Zell's watch, it's good to point out that the paper has retained most of its foreign-based staff writers (even...
Clout positioned itself as a lifestyle magazine mostly for gay and lesbian couples. The passage of Proposition 8, to go with the slumping economy, apparently cinched Clout's demise. From an...
The cover of the September "Best High Schools" issue of Los Angeles magazine was singled out by Time as one of the year's ten best. Art director Joe Kimberling and...
From Tribune's internal Q-&-A on the impacts of today's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing: How are severance payments affected? All ongoing severance payments, deferred compensation and other payments to former employees...
Christopher Lisotta at Frontiers magazine says that Marjorie Christoffersen, the manager at El Coyote who threw a few bucks to the yes of Proposition 8 campaign through her church, has...
Weston Naef, longtime senior curator of photography at the Getty Museum, will retire to curator emeritus status on Jan. 31. The Getty announced in a statement that after retiring, Naef...
Supt. David Brewer plans to make a 2 p.m. statement, media reports say. The Daily Breeze reports that Brewer will step down as head of the Los Angeles Unified School...
Mark Lacter has this morning's news at LA Biz Observed on Tribune filing for Chapter 11 protection. Here's chairman and CEO Sam Zell's statement to the staffs at the LA...
The Pulitzer board announced it will accept submissions of online journalism from "United States newspapers or news organizations that publish at least weekly, that are primarily dedicated to original news...
Bryan Olive, a staffer at the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, turned in his leased car last March. In August, the car got a parking ticket in Los Angeles. In...
I can now reveal* the answer to last week's first Where in Los Angeles am I? LA Observed Quiz. It's the statue of Harrison Gray Otis, the former Times publisher,...
Eduardo Bermudez, an officer in the LAPD's Pacific division, was arrested in connection with a rape that followed a department-sanctioned holiday party. LAT Five past secretaries of state gave...
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington today for a meeting with other big city mayors looking to tap into the flood of public works funds that an Obama Administration is...
December 7, 2008
New Los Angeles Daily Journal editor David Houston must feel the newsroom needed some rules. "Male reporters won't be required to wear neckties and there is no story quota. However,...
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association will get together Tuesday and announce its winners of the year's movie awards. The org has a newly freshened website — the group photo...
The actress plays a newspaper reporter not — repeat not, director Rod Lurie winks — based on Judith Miller in next week's new thriller, "Nothing But the Truth." Beckinsale and...
The Atlantic author Caitlin Flanagan and Benjamin Schwarz, the magazine's national and literary editor, weigh in on the post-Proposition 8 debate on today's New York Times Op-Ed page. In particular,...
The New York Times has posted a new staff story on the reports about Tribune's internal preparations to possibly file for bankruptcy protection. The nub: Tribune is in danger of...
When Danish fugitive Stein Bagger walked into the LAPD's Central Area station on Saturday to turn himself in, the cops were skeptical. Officer Jack Richter, in the LAT: "We've had...
Mark Lacter has been following the afternoon's developments on Sam Zell preparing to seek bankruptcy protection as soon as this week, if he can't renegotiate the loans that allowed him...
December 5, 2008
In addition to today's three Daily News layoffs, LANG has also eliminated the DN Travel section and reassigned the chain's sports editor, Kevin Modesti, to be a metro reporter....
I'm told that the mood at today's holiday lunch at the NPR West studios in Culver City turned dark as a rumor swept the place that "Day to Day" and...
Today's piece talks about the Carleton Watkins photographs at the Getty, kind of a companion to my post last night and Judy's recent piece at Native Intelligence. The four-minute commentary...
The Hollywood financier was arrested again for drunk driving, speeding and driving on a suspended license — back in October, while still on probation for an earlier conviction, the New...
Here's how AP announces the news: Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with...
I'm hearing at least three more newsroom exits today. Not sure where that leaves the Daily News, other than very thin. * Added: Glenn Whipp, film writer and critic for...
Memo today in the New York Times newsroom. From: Arthur Sulzberger JR. Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 11:36 AM To: NY TIMES NOTES; NY TIMES INTERNET; ALL IHTNEWS Subject: Our...
I think the actual range is 9 to 15 years, but it's kind of fun scanning the first page of Google News headlines: Simpson gets 18 years in prison for...
Tying Barack Obama's appointment of Xavier Becerra and Eric Holder to the Carlos Vignali commutation controversy from the Clinton years. LAT Times editorial calls Becerra a bad choice, describing...
Ken Gonzales-Day, a photographer and Scripps College professor, wrote the book "Lynching in the West: 1850-1935." He has traveled California trying to locate the actual trees used by lynch mobs....
December 4, 2008
Great story today on NPR's Day to Day about the homeless, junkies, addicted gamblers and others who live in the storm drains beneath Las Vegas, in some cases right under...
Variety has details on more than a dozen jobs cuts today at its rival Hollywood trade: The layoffs amount to a significant reduction in the paper's reporting staff. Also cut...
OK, so I finally caught on that all the retrospectives popping up one by one on the LA Weekly website were part of a special issue. I picked up the...
The L.A. Times has dusted off the dormant title of Metro Editor and moved veteran Steve Clow into the role as number two on local coverage. Most recently he had...
My duty is done for another year — such as it was. After forming a pool of 99 jurors for a 25-day trial in Dept. 107, the judge came out...
Former LA Weekly writer Matthew Fleischer, now a senior editor at CityBeat, debuts in the paper with a piece on the city of Maywood and its controversial mayor, Felipe Aguirre,...
Last night at the Beverly Hills Hotel, PEN Center USA gave a lifetime achievement award to multi-faceted writer Larry Gelbart and its First Amendment Award to the Writers Guild. Jesse...
The City Council temporarily stopped construction of the elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo to do more study. LAT, DN Supt. David Brewer's save his job tour took him...
December 3, 2008
The life of a local television news cameraman involves a lot of hurry up and wait. Case in point: this afternoon's (yawn) Grammy nominations concert, as Channel 2's Bryan Frank...
Hard science coverage, which the L.A. Times has been gradually downgrading for years, takes a back seat to health coverage. Space reporter John Johnson moves to National rather than go...
I can't remember the last time I posted media news out of our esteemed neighbor to the north, Kern County. (Though the recent Ry Cooder and Mister Jalopy adventure in...
Tidbits and blurbs on politics, media and news of the Los Angeles universe. Eli Broad explains his offer to MOCA has no strings, adds a kind of slap at LAT:...
Lynell George, one of this year's exiteers at the Los Angeles Times, shows up today on the LA Weekly website with a short essay about the 1992 Los Angeles riots...
Design improvements to Business, Sports, National and World, plus more databases and aggregation of (free) content from around the web, and the return of The Homicide Report, says Executive Editor...
Embattled LAUSD Supt. David Brewer is scheduled to be on KPCC with Patt Morrison at about 1:30 p.m....
David Willman, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2000 investigation into the FDA's approval of some deadly drugs, is one of the solid reporters to recently leave the former...
For all I know this was in the works before San Francisco Mayor (and potential 2010 rival for Governor) Gavin Newsom got all YouTube with his state of the city...
The attempted putsch of LAUSD Supt. David Brewer was put on hold because Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, the lone black member, did not attend the board's closed session. LAT, DN...
Esteban Armando Nuñez, the 19-year-old son of the former Assembly Speaker, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a 22-year-old college student at a party in San...
December 2, 2008
I hate to think what fresh traffic generation gimmicks these stats might encourage at LATimes.com, but the numbers are surprising. Even after all the photo galleries, reader pets, Oscar speculation...
Media and politics tidbits from around the greater Los Angeles universe. Controller Laura Chick is quoted on the CBS Evening News in a story about the impact of car dealers...
East Coast website DCRTV.com reports radio biz talk that CBS may be looking to swap its AM news stations in Los Angeles — KNX 1070 and KFWB 980 — in...
Actually, KPCC's Frank Stoltze did take note of the quiet milestone that District Attorney Steve Cooley began his third term yesterday. Cooley is the first DA in 70 years to...
SF Weekly writer Benjamin Wachs is trying to watch all 7.5 hours of State of the City videos posted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on his new YouTube channel....
Steve Hymon's Bottleneck blog is the latest Times staff blog to be folded into L.A. Now, which the paper is trying to deepen and finally build up in hopes that...
The school board will discuss buying out Supt. David Brewer, who is under pressure from "key civic leaders" — Richard Riordan and Eli Broad among them — to leave...
December 1, 2008
In the contest to become the mayor more likely to lose to Jerry Brown in the 2010 Democratic primary for governor, Gavin Newsom gets a leg up by releasing...
Politics, media and assorted news briefs from the greater Los Angeles universe. Heavy fog in Sacramento aborted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's flight from Santa Monica, so he made his fiscal emergency...
Susannah Breslin, the former Reverse Cowgirl turned Invisible Cowgirl (and back to Reverse Cowgirl) who we hadn't heard from much lately, does the honors and anoints BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin first....
"KTLA Morning News" anchor Frank Buckley chose not to sport an AIDS ribbon on today's show, got an email from a viewer about it, and decided to address the issue...
The Los Angeles Daily Journal newsroom was told this afternoon, in a very brief meeting, that editor Martin Berg is moving over to columnist and the new editor in chief...
The previous editor of the Los Angeles Times wonders at the Nieman Watchdog whether newspapers will deliver "the rich, hard-hitting storytelling that gives the news its infrastructure of shoe-leather journalism...
Writing at LA Eastside, Browne Molyneux calls on La Opinión and the Sentinel to launch their own community-based versions of the homicide blog that has been put on hiatus by...
Columnist Bill Boyarsky argues that the Dodgers should help pay the cost of the city's shuttle bus to Dodger Stadium from Union Station. It could cost the city $350,000 next...
You really can't see anything near the coast, and there's a fog advisory in effect until 9 a.m. as far as Downtown that is expected to be a factor for...
There was a big turnout Sunday outside Chabad House in Westwood for a memorial to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, who were killed in the Mumbai attacks....
Welcome back to the work week. Here's everything that has run on LA Observed since close of business on Wednesday. The blog: Channel 13 drops goofy news Where in Los...
Rick Garcia and Lauren Sanchez will no longer offer a lighter alt version of the news at 11 p.m. on KCOP channel 13. The new plan is for Fox 11's...
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