Afternoon shorts

  • 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, Curbed LA, Ron Kaye
  • John Hoeffel, who was an editor on the L.A. Times election desk, moves to State Editor. Also, Sacramento bureau reporter Dan Morain gets a new assignment on statewide stories. LAT memo
  • Chris Morris columnizes on the axing of his Indie 103.1 show "Watusi Rodeo." CityBeat
  • Speaking of CityBeat, parent Southland Publishing is trying to sell its historical landmark headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard and reportedly is cutting back New Angeles Monthly to quarterly.
  • Speaking of New Angeles Monthly, it has some new competition from Eastside Living L.A., which is having its launch party Friday at the Shortstop on Sunset.
  • "Day to Day" ran a segment on the show's own cancellation and the job prospects for laid-off staffers. NPR
  • "News & Notes" was more multi-culti than African American. LA Eastside
  • City News Service reporter Alice Walton was elected president of the Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles chapter.
  • USC Annenberg has scheduled an open forum on the Tribune bankruptcy, NPR cutbacks and other media news next Thursday at noon.

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