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You too can live with sexologist Susan Block

It's not too often you see an ad for a live-in editorial assistant, especially with the chance to "earn lucrative commissions doing telephone sex therapy." But then Susan Block is...

LA Observed makes it six years

formosakatzlopez.jpg Hey everybody, this month — meaning May — is our sixth anniversary. In post #1, I said I didn't know how active the site would be. Well, this is post...

No big changes at Los Angeles mag, editor says

Mary Melton, who takes over as editor of Los Angeles magazine at the end of June, tells me that neither the change at the top nor the financial pressures that...

LA Sketchbook: Wall of sound

sgPhilSpector.jpg News item: Spector gets 19 to life, led away. More from the LA Sketchbook by editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg. Click cartoon to view full-sized....

Spector gets 19 to life, led away *

The only wall of sound Phil Spector will be hearing is the night howls of a state penitentiary. He got 15 years to life for his second degree murder conviction,...

Vilma Martinez to Argentina

The trickle of local Obama supporters receiving appointments as ambassadors is not quite a flood yet, but it's reached stream status. The latest is Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Vilma...

McCain to endorse Whitman for governor

John McCain will do the deed at a Meg Whitman event today in Orange County. That will give her McCain, Mitt Romney and Pete Wilson in the early stages of...

Showcase Theatre on La Brea closed

showcaseregent.jpg It hasn't been called the Showcase for awhile now, and many longtimers still think of the movie house on La Brea Avenue south of Melrose as the Gordon. Doesn't matter...

Skipping the media middleman

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is adapting to the new media order by revamping his official website to be more newsy under the guidance of Joel Sappell, who used...

Trutanich names key appointments

City Attorney-elect Carmen Trutanich announced that former Speaker Robert Hertzberg and former District Attorney Robert Philibosian will co-chair his transition team. Jane Usher, the former president of the city planning...

Tweet o' the day

E! News' Ken Baker thinks about the why behind celebrity obsession? kenbakernow im trying to figure out why we are all so obsessed with jon+kate??? Baker is familiar to LA...

Hurts so good

Over at Run On, Sara Catania wraps up her career as a marathon runner for charity. I ran longer and faster than I ever have in my life and I...

LAFD chief retires

Mayor Villaraigosa's statement on Douglas Barry is after the jump....

LA Sketchbook: Prop. 8 loopholes

sgProp8Loopholes.jpg More by Steve Greenberg. Click on the cartoon to view it full-sized....

More unraveling at Los Angeles magazine *

The financial crunch at Los Angeles magazine that helped nudge editor in chief Kit Rachlis to step down earlier this month has claimed three more stalwarts. Senior editors Jesse Katz,...

Resnicks' land and water an issue

An investigative series in the Contra Costa Times up north says that an environmental program to benefit the delicate Sacramento-San Joaquin delta instead provided cash and cheap water for wealthy...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.28.09

Inside the Obama events in Beverly Hills last night, with names. Variety Local Obama campaign finance co-chair Charles Rivkin was nominated to be ambassador to France and co-chair Nicole...

The book Vinnie's going to hate

pullupachair.jpg Well, maybe Vin Scully will end up being glad Curt Smith went ahead with an unauthorized biography. But Scully has said often that he didn't want a book done on...

Follow up on 'The Scarecrow'

I've now read and thoroughly enjoyed Michael Connelly's latest book. In today's Times review, Tim Rutten calls "The Scarecrow" Connelly's best since "The Poet," and also the first novel to...

Lakers go up 3-2

Lakers 103, Nuggets 94. Game 6 is Friday in Denver....

At the Jesse James Hollywood trial

Natasha Vargas-Cooper, who is watching the murder trial of Jesse James Hollywood up in Santa Barbara for The Awl, grew up with killing victim Nick Markowitz in West Hills. The...

Tweet o' the day

Today's media tweet catches two of the top British journalists posted to Los Angeles taking some down time to follow the day's biggest story in Europe. mattgarrahan Watching Man Utd...

Nieman narrative journo confab is history? *

Author and journalist Scott Martelle blogs that he's been told that the annual Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism is shutting down. [* "Shutting down" was his original information, now revised...

Roxana Saberi to talk on NPR

The American who was released from custody in Iran will be interviewed by Melissa Block on "All Things Considered" on Thursday. The show airs on KCRW (89.9 FM) from 3...

LA Sketchbook: Prop. 8 flags

sgprop8flags.jpg LA Observed editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg responds to yesterday's Proposition 8 ruling, and the reactions to the decision. See more by Greenberg at the LA Sketchbook archive. Click on...

Barry Obama at Oxy

obamaoxy.jpg Former Occidental College classmate Lisa Jack's circa-1980 photos of Barack Obama will be at the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood starting Thursday night. "I'm sure Hillary would have paid a...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.27.09

Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed cutting deeply into health and welfare, letting non-violent felons out of prison a year early and closing most state parks as a start on closing the...

Prop. 8 action this evening *

Looks like the most action by Proposition 8 opponents will be at 6 pm Downtown at Pershing Square, 7 p.m. in West Hollywood at the corner of Santa Monica and...

Tweet o' the day

Sounds like Los Angeles communications consultant Edward Headington has had a bad day, in a different way than you or I might have had a bad day: HeadingtonMedia word to...

Police commission prez steps down

Anthony Pacheco unexpectedly announced his resignation as of July 1, saying in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that he needs to return full-time to his law firm job. Pacheco...

Prop. 8 stands *

Vote of the electorate is upheld by the California Supreme Court on a 6-1 split, but the court ruled unanimously that existing same-sex marriages will also remain valid. Longtime Supreme...

LA Sketchbook: Supergraphic patriotism

sgsupergraphics.jpg See more by Steve Greenberg in his editorial cartoons archive at LA Observed. Click the cartoon to view bigger....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.26.09

President Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Souter opening on the U.S. Supreme Court. NYT, NPR The California Supreme Court will announce its decisions on appeals...

Sara runs the marathon

"I feel very, very, very good," Sara Catania posts after finishing today's Los Angeles Marathon. More at Run On. Race results: Kenyan Wesley Korir won in a race record 2...

Connelly's hero gets laid off, blogged

The-Scarecrow.jpg I just started reading Michael Connelly's latest Los Angeles mystery "The Scarecrow," and it feels hot off the presses. He's got the Rocky Mountain News shut down in Denver, newspapers...

Times: End LAPD consent decree

Federal court oversight of the LAPD that was agreed to in a consent decree nine years ago "has been a resounding success, and it should at last be allowed to...

Eli messages Antonio again

Past Villaraigosa backer Eli Broad hasn't sounded very positive toward the mayor lately, and in today's L.A. Times he seems to include Antonio Villaraigosa among the leaders who need to...

Lakers pull it out

Over on the LAO Twitter page tonight, updates on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tweeting his reactions to the thrilling Lakers finish and author Tod Goldberg confessing: "A special message to Trevor Ariza:...

Memorial Day flags

This was the morning when Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others placed something like 80,000 American flags on the graves at Los Angeles National Cemetery. The grounds undergo...

Sara plans to run

Sara Catania demanded a cortisone shot this morning — from a reluctant doctor — and will drag her bum knee to the starting line of Monday's Los Angeles Marathon. Will...

Friday desk clearing

Space Shuttle Atlantis might land at Edwards AFB this weekend — and sonically boom us all, twice — or it might proceed on to Florida. NASA With the state...

Taking issue with LA Mag's 'Failure' cover

lamagjune09.jpg Villaraigosa supporter and Occidental College professor Peter Dreier has some problems with the Los Angeles Magazine cover package that declared Mayor Villaraigosa a failure. (Whole story is online now.) Here's...

LAT magazine loses publisher, suspends weekly

The second publisher has departed LA, the monthly magazine inserted in the Los Angeles Times by the ad side's editorial staff. And the new weekly insert LAetcetera is suspending publication...

LA Sketchbook: Chainsaw massacre

sgchainsaw09.jpg See more by Steve Greenberg in his editorial cartoons archive at LA Observed. Click cartoon to view bigger....

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.22.09

Steve Cooley, Carmen Trutanich and David Zahniser analyze what the election results mean for the mayor and City Hall. KCRW/WWLA, KPCC/Airtalk Raphael Sonenshein guesses that "this train wreck is...

Tweet o' the day

The governor (or his ghost tweeter) is pretty busy on Twitter. Ironic, perhaps, that he takes refuge from the Sacramento budget storm at a community college, given how hard they...

Donald Sterling's 'disastrous tenure' at Clippers

ESPN the Magazine sizes up Donald Sterling in the new issue, detailing the disputed allegations about racial bias — the story begins with him being honored by the NAACP —...

'Largest gang takedown in U.S. history'

That's what the U.S. Attorney's office here is calling this morning's raids on Latino gang members allegedly responsible for violence against law enforcement and racially motivated attacks against blacks. There...

LA Sketchbook: Super Nuch

sgtrutanich.jpg Editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg sees the new City Attorney-elect Carmen Trutanich as a potential man of steel at City Hall. See more by Greenberg. Click cartoon to view bigger....

Terminator, top and bottom

latfront52109.jpg Gov. Schwarzenegger leads the news at the top of today's Los Angeles Times front page, while an ad for the newest Terminator movie takes up the bottom of the page....

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.21.09

More post-game election pondering: Deep cuts inevitable now, affecting services of many kinds. LAT, Bee, LAT (on schools), Rough & Tumble, DN, Which Way L.A.? Calls for a constitutional...

That's a hot sauce

srirachasauce.jpg Today's New York Times food story on our legendary local Sriracha Chili Sauce has been the subject of some chatter on blogs and Twitter, and I even got an email...

Tweet o' the day

Like many reporters, La Opinión political columnist Pilar Marrero spent the day calling election analysts. PilarMarrero I asked a political science professor today: I am calling to ask what to...

And now Trutanich's statement

From the desk of Carmen Trutanich: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Last night, the citizens of Los Angeles took a gigantic leap toward changing...

Usher asks for patience with Trutanich

Top Carmen Trutanich adviser (and future City Hall East staffer?) Jane Usher sent a letter to the new City Attorney-elect's supporters thanking them and urging them to be patient with...

Appreciating Lee Solters

Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein says he'll miss the occasional calls from the longtime publicist, "one of the last remaining links to the Damon Runyon-esque era where you could...

Anna Wintour has a turkey burger

annawintour.jpg The day after she was featured on "60 Minutes," the editor of Vogue was spotted at Tavern in Brentwood eating dinner at a table of four without any paparazzi in...

LA Sketchbook: Union idol

sgunionidol.jpg More by Steve Greenberg in LA Sketchbook. Click on the cartoon to see it bigger. Steve Greenberg bio and email...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.20.09

Election aftermath LAT, NYT, WSJ, Bee, CalBuzz Arguably the end of an era in California politics – the Schwarzenegger era. Anthony York/Capitol Weekly Carmen Trutanich's victory margin over Jack...

Props lose, so now what? *

Gov. Schwarzenegger conceded defeat two hours after the polls closed, and said Democrats and Republicans must now work together to close a $21 billion budget deficit. The five budget propositions...

Aftershock or ?

That was a 4.1 preliminary magnitude shaker at 3:49 p.m., also centered under the Hawthorne area like the bigger one on Sunday. No damage reports to speak of, so far....

Tweet o' the day

Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz is in Los Angeles this week to do Bill Maher etc. If you see a drowsy guy on the corner outside Television City, might...

Howser & Soboroff, together again

jacobhuell.jpg No, it's not a law firm. It's Huell Howser and Jacob Soboroff meeting for coffee at Intelligenstia 2½ years after they first circled each other on video at the Cornfield...

Jennifer Hudson to sing here for Obama

Next week's "Evening With President Obama" at the Beverly Hilton, the president's first major fundraiser since taking office, has added some name entertainment: Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire....

Nieman for Kevin Sites

The former CNN correspondent who reinvented himself as a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist for Yahoo was named one of 24 new Nieman Fellows at Harvard. He's the only one from...

LA Sketchbook: Cortines to staff

Cortines.jpg More in LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg. Click on the cartoon to see it bigger. Steve Greenberg bio and email...

Email, eshmail

Yeah, email sent to me after 10:30 a.m. or so yesterday until about 10:30 today is lost in the ether. Send again if you'd like me to see it. Sorry....

Garcetti gets a promotion

Rick Orlov notes that City Council president Eric Garcetti is now Lt. Garcetti in the Naval Reserve, up from ensign....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.19.09

Note: The server consumed a whole bunch of my email yesterday, and looks to still be suffering indigestion. Please resend if important. Atlanta rapper Dolla, 21, was the person shot...

Ensign Garcetti snarls *

At the city council's meeting today on the impending budget cuts, council president Eric Garcetti apparently was noticeably pointed in defense of colleagues who felt roughly handled in comments last...

Scully turned down Yankees job

Back in 1964, Vin Scully was offered the top job broadcasting New York Yankees games, replacing Mel Allen. Tough call back then for the New York native, but he explains...

Tweet o' the day

With lots of careers ending today at William Morris and Endeavor, Hollywood writer Michael Oates Palmer gives a shout out to his now-unemployed agent: palmermix My agent was a casualty...

Lee Solters, PR rep was 90

Solters at various times represented Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson and other celebrity clients, says Nikki Finke. She reports that Solters died in his sleep at home, and gets...

Hiller finds life after LAT

Former Los Angeles Times publisher David Hiller has been appointed president and chief executive of Chicago's McCormick Foundation, which has been the charitable arm of the Tribune Company. Hiller worked...

THR adds Roger Friedman

The Hollywood Reporter announced that former Fox entertainment reporter Roger Friedman will join the trade as a senior correspondent based in New York....

LA Sketchbook: Train wreck

sgtrainwreck.jpg More in LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg. Click cartoons to see bigger. Steve Greenberg bio and email...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.18.09

Former Speaker Willie Brown says Sacramento is in "total panic" believing the tax props will lose on Tuesday's ballot, and he blames years of bad decisions by the governor...

Free advice for Mayor Villaraigosa

Thumbnail image for lamagjune09.jpg Los Angeles Magazine's cover package calling Antonio Villaraigosa a failure as mayor also includes suggestions from a dozen SoCal experts, observers and advocates of various ilk. Author D.J., Waldie, for...

Lit props to Venice Paper

When Elmore Leonard was researching his new novel "Road Dogs," Venice Paper publisher Tibby Rothman showed him around Venice for a few hours. Now she's in some of the book's...

Quick week in review

malibuthong.jpg We had a pretty good week for exclusive posts around the LA Observed blogs — news scoops and observations by our great contributors. And, wow, next Monday Sara Catania actually...

Earthquake in L.A. *

shakemap517.jpg Earliest magnitude is 5.0, centered in the Inglewood-Hawthorne area. The number may change, of course. There have also been at least two measurable aftershocks, a 3.1 and 2.5. USGS, SoCal...

Keeping drive-in culture alive

drag_me_to_hell.jpg Dennis Cozzalio, the cinemaphile and baseball obsessive who blogs at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, is sponsoring a group outing to the Mission Tiki Drive-in in Montclair. (The...

Lakers by 20 at the half *

51-31 after two quarters. * Final: 89-70. Tacos....

Downside of smaller, more pressured staff?

I keep getting notes from readers about mistakes in the L.A. Times and on its website, including today's subhead gaffe saying the Hubble Space Telescope got new* telescopes rather than...

Vu Nguyen, reporter was 34

vunguyen.jpg The Daily Breeze education reporter died Friday night after being taken off life support with his family by his side. Here's the Daily Breeze story and blog post by his...

Emmis release on Rachlis departure

Emmis Communications back in Indiana has put out a release praising Kit Rachlis' nine years as editor of Los Angeles Magazine and his successor, Mary Melton. "Kit has done a...

Kit Rachlis steps down at Los Angeles Magazine

Here's the email Kit Rachlis sent about his departure as editor of Los Angeles. Mary Melton moves up from number two. Hi, When Emmis granted my book leave last year,...

LAX continues to embarrass

Dwell magazine's June issue rates San Francisco's new international terminal the best airport in the U.S. Los Angeles International is pegged as the country's absolute worst: Los Angeles is the...

LA Sketchbook: Ballot bubbles

sgballotbubbles.jpg Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to LA Sketchbook for a second day in a row. Tells you something about what's in the news. As always, click on the cartoon to...

'We're in the Money' toned down

With the financial news not so rosy, "Marketplace" tapped L.A. composer and musician Joe Matzzie to craft a "more melancholy version" of the classic tune "We're in the Money" that...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.15.09

Gov. Schwarzenegger threatens drastic cuts at the state level, in some cases even if the props pass on Tuesday. Rough & Tumble, WWLA, Airtalk Candidate for governor Meg Whitman...

Beverly Hills Adjacent, the book

bhadjacentcover.jpg Haven't seen the book yet, but I like the title. "Beverly Hills Adjacent" is a debut novel with strong local flavor and media bloodlines: it's by Jennifer Steinhauer, the New...

Daily Breeze reporter on life support

Vu Nguyen, who is 34, suffered cardiac arrest while playing in a weekend soccer game in Santa Monica. The Daily Breeze staff story says that Nguyen is hospitalized in a...

Garbage time

The Lakers blew it in Houston again, losing 95-80 and looking bad doing it. This is a potential championship team? The Rockets, minus the big center Yao Ming, have forced...

Joel Stein tries to save hockey writing *

With the Anaheim Ducks getting set to play a deciding game 7 tonight in Detroit, I have to say that — for me — there aren't too many sports scenarios...

Tweet o' the day

In the world of foodies and food writers, today's big news is that Frank Bruni is turning in his Amex card as the restaurant critic of the New York Times....

Antonio, then and now *

lamagsav.jpg On the right, how Los Angeles Magazine played Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the cover in December 2006. My piece on the mayor was a mix of skepticism and marvel at...

Follow on Zimans and Chu fundraiser

Judy Chu's consultant Parke Skelton tells LA Observed that the reason Richard Ziman's name was belatedly taken off the invitations for this week's Chu fundraiser at Ziman's home is that...

LA Sketchbook: Fire Sale

sgfiresale.jpg Yesterday's news that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to auction off the historic Los Angeles Memorial Colisuem to help ease the state's budget mess caught Steve Greenberg's attention. As always,...

Upside to the downside at newspapers

Author Frances Dinkelspiel has noticed that ever since the San Francisco Chronicle laid off dozens of reporters, the number of author and artist features in the paper has gone up....

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.14.09

TV video shows an El Monte police officer kicking the head of a chase suspect who appears to have surrendered. Fox 11, LAT, SGV Tribune A Channel 2/9 camera...

Los Angeles Mag: Antonio a 'failure' as mayor

lamagjune09.jpg The June cover of Los Angeles Magazine, out in a few days, bears a portrait of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and one word blazoned in white ink across the page: Failure....

Can't make this stuff up

Eerily prescient headline from last July at Not the L.A. Times, Roy Rivenburg's spoof of his former employer's foibles: State sells San Diego to erase deficit Now today's headline at...

Looks like an opening on the airport board

During Monday night's fundraiser for Judy Chu at the Daphna not Richard Ziman home, city airport commissioner Christine Essel was pitched to the crowd as a candidate to succeed Wendy...

One Ziman's name deleted from Chu event

chuziman.jpg The boiling bi-coastal scandal involving Wetherly Capital Group, a New York pol and some Villaraigosa commissioners is likely the reason that Monday night's Beverly Hills fundraiser for congressional candidate Judy...

Tweet o' the day

Today's post is from an Angeleno whose Twitter profile describes him as a "digital marketing nerd and writer with a fondness for Hollywood, webseries, widgets and wine," retweeted by @LAWeekly:...

LA Sketchbook: A two-fer

sgadenhart1.jpg This cartoon was created by Steve Greenberg several weeks ago when the Los Angeles City Council was still debating whether to finish the elephant enclosure at the L.A. Zoo....

Who's killing the Daily News

Former Daily News editor Ron Kaye has been building up to this post ever since he got fired last year, I suspect. With Ed Moss departing yesterday as publisher and...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.13.09

Channel 4 devoted ten minutes on its 5 p.m. newscast yesterday to saying goodbye to retired anchor Paul Moyer, despite the memo last month saying there would be "no...

Tribune also facing IRS audit

Sam Zell's bankrupt Tribune Company is facing an Internal Revenue Service audit of the ESOP part of the transaction that allowed Zell to take control of Tribune. The IRS "disclosed...

LA police honored by Obama

Officer James Veenstra, who was wounded in the Feb. 2008 SWAT raid in the Valley in which officer Randal Simmons died, was honored at the White House Tuesday along with...

Lakers' lead after three periods: 40

Four oh. * Final: They win by 40. And in Anaheim, the Ducks just forced a seventh game in their NHL playoff series....

Tweet o' the day

In which we observe the media- and politisphere's embrace of micro-blogging, one tweet at a time. Today, The Wrap's Sharon Waxman gets out of town: sharonwaxman Headed to cannes, god...

WSJ staffers told to be nice online

I don't know which of these ethics provisions are new, but among those that caught my eye is the rule that "motion picture rights to articles written by news staffers...

Tribune can pay bonuses, but not severance

The bankruptcy judge just gave the Tribune Company permission to pay $13 million in bonuses to stop selected staffers from leaving, but said no to $2 million in pending severance...

Michael Wolff: Papers should die

Michael Wolff continues his ongoing rant about newspapers at Newser, arguing that most papers have surrendered their niche anyway and that better means of doing their job are readily available....

LAT hires ex-Variety scribe

Ben Fritz has been freelancing for the L.A. Times for about a month and will be a general assignment reporter on entertainment, writing the Sunday box office roundup and items...

Singleton to charge for some web content *

Hard to see how this would apply to Dean Singleton's barely breathing SoCal newspapers, but here's the memo explaining MediaNews' plans to come up with some premium content that readers...

LA Sketchbook: The Kindle

sgKindle.jpg More by Steve Greenberg Steve is the editorial cartoonist for LA Observed. Bio and email...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.12.09

An anonymous, no questions asked gun exchange program by the LAPD netted 40 assault-style weapons and a rifle with a grenade launcher among the 1,700 guns turned in. "We...

New news stream from NYT

Times Wire web page appears to deliver everything generated by the New York Times, in order and in one sentence plus a headline and link. The "river of news," says...

New faculty hires at USC Annenberg

Both new assistant professors come billed as multi-media journalists. Seattle Times news producer Robert Hernandez and new media researcher and author Andrew Lih, whose new book is "The Wikipedia Revolution:...

New Yorker office 'not creepy,' Orlean says

Daniel S. Baum continues to Twitter his downfall as a contract writer at the New Yorker — he's getting into promises that either were or were not made by editor...

Afternoon shorts

George Sanchez, hired just last fall to cover the LAUSD for the Daily News, stepped up to be bought out Friday. Cityside staff down to nine reporters and columnist...

Tweet o' the day

Mark Lisanti manages to tie a personal grooming note into Hollywood. Proving he hasn't lost the Defamer touch. @marklisanti Just got the Dark Knight of haircuts: 30 minutes too long,...

Geffen tried to buy stake in NYT

Fortune.com reported the basic story that Hollywood mogul David Geffen recently sought to acquire the 19% stake in the New York Times that is held by hedge fund Harbinger Capital...

Vanity Fair offers to solve Calif budget mess

vfcaliftaxes.jpg Fix the basic unfairness of Proposition 13 that lets multi-million dollar mansions get away with lower property taxes than you or your neighbors pay and the state might not...

New titles at Yahoo news & sports

Yahoo has promoted Jimmy Pitaro to oversee what they call "North America Vertical Audience Experience," meaning he's in charge of News, Finance, Sports and a whole bunch more. That means...

LA Sketchbook: Arts High School

sgartshs.jpg Steve Greenberg is the editorial cartoonist for LA Observed. There's an archive of his cartoons on the site, and a page with his his bio and email contact. Click...

Register starts blog about itself

The Orange County Register's communications manager is hosting a new blog to tell the rest of the story [aka the good news] about the paper and newspapers in general. Very...

Morning Buzz: Monday 5.11.09

An appeals court in Iran freed journalist Roxana Saberi from prison. CNN, NPR, LAT The Service Employees International Union was included on a conference call between the Obama Administration...

Wow, Lakers being humiliated in Houston *

No Yao, no problem: Rockets lead by 29 after three quarters. And it really hasn't been that close. Is the series "over" because Yao Ming is hurt? Uh, no. *...

Isn't that Mayor Newsom?

avatwhcd.jpg Last night, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in Washington for the White House Correspondent's Dinner — though you wouldn't know it by the caption at the Huffington Post. Ouch. He was...

Comedian Mort Sahl 'found'

Sahl, who lives in Claremont, was reported missing by his wife on Friday, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune blogged this morning. An afternoon update says that Sahl, who turns 82...

In praise of In-N-Out

L.A. Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik writes that his life as a fast-food consumer pretty much ended once his kids could drive. But even back then, "I knew that all...

Caldera out over AF One flap

Former Los Angeles-area assemblyman Louis Caldera has had to resign as director of the White House military office over the controversy involving a flyover of New York for an Air...

LA Sketchbook: Pick a teacher

sgPickTeacher.jpg Here are more editorial cartoons for LA Observed by Steve Greenberg, plus his bio and email contact. Click on the cartoon to see bigger....

Fired New Yorker writer fires back

Dan Baum, a journalist who I believe lived and worked in California before moving to Colorado, is Twittering in 140-character dispatches about his departure from the New Yorker staff. At...

If you read just one more Manny column...

Make it Mike Downey's on the LAT Op-Ed page. Downey is the former Times sports and Metro columnist, and at least he has some fun with the sudden and, in...

New Calif. investigative reporting arm

The Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new statewide reporting initiative "to produce in-depth multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance...

Nice work if you can get it

Another angle to the now-controversial appointment of ex-Assemblyman Wally Knox to a $205k job at the Port of Los Angeles — an appointment blocked this week despite the mayor's desire...

Call it what you will

Most people who live or spend much time in San Pedro pronounce the community name as San Peedro, but not the recorded greeting on the new LAPD division's phone. There...

Tonight in Santa Barbara

News coverage of the Jesusita Fire is everywhere. Status report from Santa Barbara County Fire as of 11:15 p.m.: • 2,739 acres burned • 10% contained • Damage assessment in...

Mannywood to Juanwood

juanwoodshirt.jpg I don't see the t-shirts catching on, but maybe that's just me. The Manny-less Dodgers had plenty of bat tonight, but not enough pitching, and lost to the Nationals 11-9....

KPCC adds some public insight

Journalist Sharon McNary has been hired to launch Public Insight Journalism at Southern California Public Radio, a function she previously filled at "Marketplace." So what is that? "I'll be asking...

KTLA hiring, by the day

Live the glamorous life of a TV news per diem field reporter — meaning you work day to day and do whatever they say, just as if you actually have...

Derek Fisher suspended a game

The Lakers' guard who was hit with a flagrant foul in last night's physical game against the Rockets will miss game three in Houston. Fisher flattened the Rockets' Luis Scola...

LA Sketchbook: Mannywood

sgtorre.jpg The cartoon above is actually Steve Greenberg's second Dodger-oriented effort of the day. His first and happier sketch was inspired last night by the team's record-setting winning streak at...

Sean Harrigan resigns *

Sean Harrigan, president of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions board, resigned today a month after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking him to identify...

Media tweet o' the day

There were any number of candidates off the Manny Ramirez situation. Just to change the subject, here are a pair of Twitter sends from Lawrence Hurley, U.S. Supreme Court reporter...

If today wasn't already weird enough...

The woman who claims her adoptive father was the Zodiac killer has also claimed her biological father was JFK. OC Weekly...

Manny's performance enhancing drug? *

For sexual dysfunction, a source "close to Manny Ramirez" tells Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown and Steve Henson. Yahoo However, two sources said the substance Ramirez tested positive for was a...

Manny's statement

Released via the Major League Baseball Players Association: Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was...

Say it ain't so: Manny suspended 50 games

Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games starting today, the L.A. Times' Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez are reporting. "Ramirez is expected...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.7.09

The Steve Cooley connection behind City Attorney candidate Carmen Trutanich. LA Weekly The San Fernando Valley economy has pulled out of the recession but a holding pattern could continue...

20 homes burn in Santa Barbara on warm night

sbfirealcorn.jpg Driving home tonight from Downtown, the air grew freakishly warmer the closer we got to the beach. Ninety miles north in Santa Barbara, high winds kicked up Tuesday's wildfire to...

Lakers win a rough one, tie series

Derek Fisher and Ron Artest were ejected in separate incidents, five technicals were called in all, and in the end the Lakers beat the Rockets 111-98. Kobe scored 40. The...

Nick Ut honored tonight

nickutgirl.jpg Associated Press photographer Nick Ut receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists tonight at the Omni Hotel downtown. On June 8, 1972,...

Media tweet o' the day

A bit of snark this morning from L.A. Times media writer James Rainey: latimesRainey Getting ready for Kerry Senate hearing on future of journalism. I'm sure we'll have this fixed...

Holly McPeak leaves the beach

hollymcpeakretires.jpg The star of beach volleyball retires from the AVP tour, effective immediately. Hanging up her bikini, says the release: "one of the most celebrated and decorated professional beach volleyball players...

LaRouchies get a hearing in South Bay

The Carson city council spent a chunk of its meeting last night talking about Lyndon LaRouche's "Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007." The item was on the agenda at...

Council kicks back port job

Now this is interesting, given the perception held by some that Mayor Villaraigosa heads into his second term weaker than before. At today's City Council meeting, Councilwoman Janice Hahn raised...

LA Sketchbook: Parker Center compromise?

qqxsgParkerCenter.jpg Steve Greenberg is the editorial cartoonist for LA Observed. View his bio and cartoon archive. Click the cartoon to see it bigger....

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.6.09

latcomfront5609.jpg Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday that the time is right to debate legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California. SF Chronicle, Bee Rep. Jane Harman has toned down her...

Dodgers win again, tie record

Whoa, it's time to pay attention to the Dodgers. Tonight they tied a major record — set by the Tigers in 1911 — by winning their first 12 home games...

Remember when TV Week was in print? *

Mark has the goods at LA Biz Observed: TV Week is going online only. * Update: TV Week alum Michael Schneider blogs the history at Franklin Avenue. Also: Video story...

Media tweet o' the day

Toni Sciacqua, managing editor of the Daily Breeze newspaper in Torrance: dailybreezeME was just looking at a front page of the Daily Breeze from 1950. There were about 30 stories,...

Billboard moratorium extended

The L.A. City Council voted today to extend the citywide moratorium on new digital billboards and supergraphics. It runs now until June 24, while the pols continue to ponder a...

14 birds connected to his legs

birdsonlegtsg.jpg Two California men were indicted today on federal charges that they illegally smuggled Asian songbirds into the country. One man was stopped at LAX upon return from Vietnam and found...

Tying up loose ends on LAT moves

What we blurbed about in March is now official. L.A. Times reporter Tina Susman is moving from Baghdad to the paper's national bureau in New York. The memo from national...

Metrolink settles with Denise Tyrrell

Metrolink has agreed to pay the agency's former spokeswoman $135,500 to settle potential claims arising from her departure. Denise Tyrrell resigned last September after being criticized by some Metrolink officials...

Dom DeLuise dead at 75, TMZ says

The celebrity news site says that the comic actor died in his sleep last night at a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ The French Mistake scene in "Blazing Saddles" with DeLuise...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.5.09

A federal judge issued a TRO stopping the city of Los Angeles from taking action against unpermitted supergraphics erected on at least 18 buildings by Sky Tag. LAT The...

LA Sketchbook: Ancient Coliseum

sgColiseumUSC.jpg LA Sketchbook is by editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg. You can visit his archive of cartoons or contact Steve via email. Click on cartoon to see it bigger....

Afternoon news and notes

George Kieffer, partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and former chair of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, was appointed a University of California regent, according to Shane Goldmacher of...

Media tweet o' the day

From Howard Kurtz, media writer at the Washington Post and CNN host: HowardKurtz Work has interfered with tweeting all day. Thing about reporting is it takes time--phone calls, etc. Very...

New gibbon in town

gibbon2.jpg Tuk, a 16 year old pileated gibbon, has given birth at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Saugus. They can't yet tell the new arrival's sex — it's clinging tightly to...

LA Sketchbook: Supergraphics

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Morning Buzz: Monday 5.4.09

NBC picked up four dramas and two comedies for its fall lineup but "left several questions unanswered until later this month." Variety, The Wrap, Finke Rep. Jane Harman went...

The Soloist's Los Angeles and LAT

soloistscene.jpg "The Soloist," which I saw Saturday night in Los Feliz, worked well enough for me as entertainment, as a Los Angeles movie and as paean to the best role newspapers...

JPL blogged and YouTubed

jpl_open_house_2009_woman.jpg USC prof Clifford V. Johnson enjoys the annual, free Jet Propulsion Lab open house and blogs about this weekend's event at Asymptotia: "One thing that’s always amusing to me about...

LA Sketchbook: Off with their heads?

10percentCut.jpg More by Steve Greenberg Click cartoon to see bigger...

Ducks win, but it takes a long time

duckswinmarchant.jpg The Ducks went into the third overtime period today before beating the Detroit Red Wings, evening their second-round playoff series at one win each. Todd Marchant scored the game winner....

Weekend news and notes

That Long Beach State student and two other L.A. County residents are confirmed cases of the new H1N1 or swine flu. More local cases are expected, but the outbreak appears...

Moderate quake off Malibu

That thing that rolled through at 6:11 p.m. was a 4.4 preliminary magnitude quake located 4 miles NE of Leo Carrillo State Beach. SCEDC...

Scratch one KCBS/KCAL reporter

mcdade.jpg Mary Beth McDade is no longer part of the news team on the duopoly's website, and a station source tells me she's gone. No further details. Here's her former bio....

Dodgers react to Tony Jackson layoff

I've updated this morning's post about the Los Angeles Newspaper Group dropping its Dodgers beat writer. There's also this on the blog of Dodgers VP Josh Rawitch, who sits with...

Subtract another Daily Journal scribe *

Cortney Fielding, the Superior Court reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is leaving the legal paper to freelance and work on a documentary project. * Update: Catherine Ho, a...

LA Observed on KCRW

I continue the Getty finances and parking fee discussion, 4:44 p.m. on 89.9 FM, online in perpetuity at KCRW.com and via podcast at iTunes. Script is behind the jump....

LA media tweet o' the day

From our own TJ Sullivan: TJSullivanLA "Swine Flu" is supposed to be called "A(H1N1)" ... They thought about calling it "O(+>," but Prince tried that already. Follow LA Observed on...

An idea for food blogger ethics

Brooke Burton, who recently moved from Pizzeria Mozza to Suzanne Goin's new Tavern in Brentwood and blogs at Foodwoolf, and Leah Greenstein (SpicySaltySweet.com) have proposed a code of ethics for...

Dodgers beat down to two fulltimers *

Tony Jackson, the Dodgers beat writer for the Daily News, has apparently been laid off, per KABC post-game show host Josh Suchon and chatter at SportsJournalists.com. Jon Weisman reacts at...

LA Sketchbook: Antonio's Budget Diner

Antonio-diner2.jpg Steve Greenberg | site Who is Steve?...

Morning Buzz: Friday 5.1.09

At least seven May Day marches are scheduled today around L.A., including four in Downtown. LAT, DN Only 14 percent of registered voters approve of the California Legislature's performance,...

An L.A. blog that aims high

SoCal Minds is a new blog that bills itself as presenting "Intriguing research, ideas, activity, people -- tracked from universities, cultural-intellectual institutions in Southern California." Recent posts have come out...
Aon tower
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Don Shirley on CTG's new season
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