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New time-lapse contender

Where Eric Spiegelman's weekend fire film has drama and altitude, Dan Finnerty's has flame. Lots of flame....

Dodgers trade for a DH

The Dodgers picked up Jim Thome and his 564 lifetime home runs — that's 23 more than Manny Ramirez — for a player to be named later. Thome has played...

Boyarsky: Questions for the mayor

INLA-cvr.jpg Bill Boyarsky has been absent from LA Observed since February writing a book and taking some vacation. The book hits stores in September — and looks truly gorgeous. "Inventing L.A.:...

Save the chicken & the Buick

I love this paragraph for what it says about the quirkiness of Los Angeles, or at least of the Tujunga area. Much more authentic and telling than the media meme...

Pyrocumulosity

smokecloudtj83109.jpg If it's not a word, it should be. TJ Sullivan's daily view from the Westside captures perhaps the week's most voluminous pyrocumulus cloud yet, dwarfing the InterContinental Hotel in Century...

'This is a very angry fire'

actonfireblevins83009.jpg Incident commander Mike Dietrich just told the 5 p.m. media briefing that the weather is still working against firefighters in the Angeles National Forest. "This is a very angry fire...

KCET bucks trend on TV fire news

While other local TV stations have been skimping on fire coverage, PBS station KCET is doing more than it ever has before: as of 1:30 p.m. today, Channel 28 is...

Aerial pyrotechnics

strudwickaerial.jpg I'll do a fire news roundup after the 5 p.m. briefing at Hansen Dam. Meanwhile, flying in or out of Los Angeles has been more visually dramatic during the fires....

Mt. Wilson cam not working *

The webcam on UCLA's tower in the Mount Wilson solar observatory complex has no picture right now. Not clear if the outage is traffic or fire caused. [* Update: Comes...

LA Sketchbook: California matchbook

sgCalifMatchbook.jpg Steve Greenberg weighs in on the early fire season. And please, close cover before striking. Click to view bigger and go here for the LA Sketchbook archive. Fires coverage gathered...

Villaraigosa statement on fires

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's face was not in evidence in the fire coverage this weekend — it has been a county, state and national forest show. But with the fire coming...

W Hollywood begins hiring

The new hotel going up across from the Pantages opens its recruitment officer, or "Talent Center," this morning at 11. "Available positions range from Whatever/Whenever Agents to Style Supervisors, from...

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.31.09

Scaled-back Buzz this morning, due to news and other commitments. Mark is back at LA Biz Observed, with a note of thanks to readers. The Metropolitan Water District is picking...

Fire acreage doubles overnight

Wow. The Station Fire is now at 85,000 acres — and there have been no Santa Ana winds pushing this monster along. Some homes were lost last night near Acton,...

LAO video: Sunday night's fire briefing

What begins as a behind-the-scenes video of the fire camp and media swarm at Hansen Dam turns into an emotional briefing on the deaths of two Los Angeles County firefighters....

Mount Wilson still working

mtwilsoncam831090054.jpg View to the west from the Mt. Wilson Solar Observatory tower cam five minutes ago. Smoky, but operating. Click to embiggen. Earlier at LA Observed: Mt. Wilson in danger (with...

Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47
Arnaldo Quinones, 35

The two firefighters killed in a vehicle accident Sunday on Mount Gleason above Acton were identified by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Tedmund Hall, who lived in San Bernardino...

View of fires from space

firesfromspace83009.jpg Here is today's image from Earth Snapshot. Click it to biggify....

2 firefighters die on Mt. Gleason **

StationFireTJ83009.jpg Tonight's briefing at the fire command post at Hansen Dam began with deputy chief Mike Bryant of the county fire department announcing that two of his men died about 2:30...

Mt. Wilson in danger *

KNX News Radio just tweeted (and presumably reported on the air) that firefighters have been pulled off Mount Wilson: "Officials expect critical communications point to be overrun by fire about...

Freedom to declare bankruptcy

The parent company of the Register in Orange County is expected to become the latest newspaper company to slide into chapter 11, the Wall Street Journal reports today. Freedom Communications,...

Fire at 32,000 acres *

stationfirelineactonknbc.jpg * Updated through the afternoon The fire front in the San Gabriels stretches 19 miles east to west, with containment essentially at nil. Previously evacuated area in La Cañada...

Broad takes another swipe at Antonio

The weekend interview on the Wall Street Journal opinion page is with Eli Broad. In a discussion about education reform, Broad offers this explanation for why his Broad Superintendents Academy...

Channel 9 covers fire at Welk's home

Channel 9's fire coverage in the 9 o'clock hour included several minutes with reporter Dave Lopez on the battle by firefighters to save the La Cañada Flintridge home of the...

KNBC takes the most Emmys *

The local Emmy awards were handed out tonight at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, and KNBC came away with more than any other station. Channel...

Weekend's best fire video? *

stationfireflamesjablon.jpg Los Angeles lawyer web content producer Eric Spiegelman, an LA Observed reader from way back, made a time lapse video — 90 minutes in 24 seconds — of the smoke...

Mandatory evacuations in Altadena now

stationfirealcorn82809.jpg The city La Cañada Flintridge has been emailing out expanded mandatory evacuation areas all morning as the Station Fire spreads unchecked, now over 7,500 acres. Authorities now want to clear...

Villaraigosa names 11 commissioners

Still on the point of Mayor Villaraigosa rebooting for the second term, his office has released the info on 11 newly named commissioners. Armand Arabian, the former Associate Justice of...

LA Observed on KCRW

Today's segment discusses the rebooting of the Villaraigosa administration with the exit of chief of staff Robin Kramer and addition of Jeff Carr and Jay Carson. The commentary airs at...

Dave Laut, Olympic medalist, slain

Dave Laut, the athletic director at Hueneme High School, was found shot to death last night in the yard of his Oxnard home. He was 52. Laut, a UCLA graduate,...

100 live psyllids found in Norcal

A detection dog working with inspectors found a package at a FedEx depot in Sacramento that contained at least 100 live Asian citrus psyllids, including juveniles and adults, the L.A....

Jackson was killed, coroner finally says

The Los Angeles County coroner has finally released its official ruling that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide — meaning that he died at the hands of another person. Manslaughter...

TMZ caught back-dating a post

The Smoking Gun was the first site to post an old police mug shot of John Mayer, but for awhile there TMZ claimed it was first — and looks to...

Angeli, missing A's back on Gold's list

I wasn't alone in being surprised that Evan Kleiman's Angeli Caffe, a family favorite at our house, was dropped from Jonathan Gold's annual list of 99 essential restaurants. Emails and...

LA Sketchbook: Ted Kennedy

sgTed Kennedy.jpg Steve Greenberg's take on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. See more by Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive....

Morning Buzz: Friday 8.28.09

Fires and more Villaraigosa shakeup follows lead the news and notes tucked after the jump. Follow LA Observed updates on Twitter through the day....

Fire raging on Palos Verdes *

pvfirektla.jpg Channel 4 has cut into programming to cover a wildfire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula that looks to be starting to burn buildings. The fire was reported just before 8...

Ahwahnee still closed, but no rocks

Thumbnail image for yosemiterockplume.jpg Yosemite National Park says the historic Ahwahnee Hotel will stay closed until Friday at 4 p.m. while geologists puzzle over whether any more rocks are likely to crash down from...

Mayor makes gang czar his chief *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's first major staff shakeup goes like this: Rev. Jeff Carr, his Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development who has been taking a more prominent administration role,...

99 essential local restaurants *

Jonathan Gold's latest compilation for the Los Angeles area includes some newcomers and a nod to the city's changing eating scene: This year especially, an essential L.A. restaurant may not...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.27.09

Shakeup in the mayor's office and more, tucked after the jump. Mark Lacter remains on hiatus at LA Biz Observed. Follow LA Observed on Twitter....

Zell's bondholders want to probe deal

Tribune Co. bondholders want the bankruptcy court judge in Delaware to let them scrutinize the 2007 sale to Sam Zell, saying provisions in the "fraudulent" deal led to the company's...

Rock slide in Yosemite Valley *

yosemiterockplume.jpg The Ahwahnee Hotel has been evacuated due to a rock fall in the Royal Arches section. About 300 guests are affected. No one has been hurt, although some cars have...

Microsoft apologizes for Polish black-out

msftads.jpg Yeah, Microsoft is shocked and dismayed at its own Photoshopping of an African American man out of its Polish website. We pointed out the original yesterday; here's Guy Adams, the...

Jasmine Fiore's car found in WeHo

The murder victim's missing Mercedes was recovered in the parking lot of the Trader Joe's on Santa Monica, according to law enforcement sources cited by the L.A. Times....

Ellie Greenwich, songwriter was 68

elliegreenwich.jpg For those who keep score, we have our third newsworthy passing of the last 24 hours. Greenwich collaborated with Phil Spector and Jeff Barry on a bunch of hit songs...

Dominick Dunne, writer was 83 *

Dunne is the father of actor Griffin Dunne and wrote extensively about the Los Angeles murder of his daughter, the actress Dominique Dunne. He also wrote best-selling books and produced...

Good news and bad on citrus psyllids

Those Asian citrus psyllids trapped in Orange County last week tested negative for the greening disease that has wiped out citrus industries around the world. But one of the insects...

Air quality alert due to fire

It's been exceptionally clear out near the beach this week, but today from Downtown or so east the drifting smoke from the brush fire above Azusa has spurred an official...

John Beard to anchor in Buffalo

The former Fox 11 anchor reports on his website that he accepted a job anchoring the 5-7 and 11 am newscasts at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. He writes: The station has...

Cardinal Mahony on Ted Kennedy

Add Cardinal Roger Mahony to the legions releasing official condolences and praise on last night's death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. From the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony...

LACMA gets $150,000 for film

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Time Warner Cable in partnership with Ovation TV have each committed $75,000 to help the Los Angeles County Museum of Art "extend continuous film...

Bob Long retiring from KNBC

boblongyoung.jpg More transitions at Channel 4. Longtime TV news figure Bob Long has announced his retirement as VP and News Director at KNBC. There are lighter and more serious versions of...

LAT loses Ralphs inserts

I received a few emails yesterday from people wondering why their usual Tuesday Ralphs coupons weren't in the printed Los Angeles Times. Todd Everett blogs that he may have some...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.26.09

News and notes are tucked away after the jump. Mark remains away at LA Biz Observed; follow LAO on Twitter through the day....

Dodgers lead shrinks to 2

The Dodgers still have the best record in the National League technically, but they haven't been the best team for awhile now. Tonight they met the hottest team around, and...

Berkow back in the news

Michael Berkow, the former head of LAPD's internal affairs unit, has resigned as chief of police in Savannah, GA to join a division of the company that recently hired LAPD...

Chris Brown's attack on Rihanna

TMZ has the blow-by-blow, so to speak, of Rihanna's awful night in Hancock Park. If you didn't think Chris Brown had a violence problem before, you will after reading it....

Lila Downs has to cancel

liladownsflowers.jpg Singer Lila Downs had an emergency appendectomy on Sunday and has to beg off her Thursday date to perform for free at Santa Monica Pier. Randall Roberts has the details...

Too black for Poland (or Microsoft)

msftus.jpg Look who Microsoft PhotoShopped off of its business productivity web page in Polish. After the jump:...

Leila and Jason land at KTLA

jasonmartinezimage.jpg So yesterday's news about the new anchors at Channel 5 left unresolved what would become of the current 10 p.m. anchors Leila Feinstein (a holdover from the Hal Fishman era)...

Waxman: How Congress works

waxmanbook.jpg Rep. Henry Waxman talks to guest host Marc Cooper on KCRW's Politics of Culture at 2:30 p.m. today. The main topic is the congressman's new book, "The Waxman Report: How...

Why 101 traffic was worse on Sunday

Always allow one plane length between cars on the freeway, LA Daily wisely suggests....

Bookseller nominations

Finalists are out for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association awards for 2009. Nominees include "Losing My Religion" by ex-L.A. Times reporter William Lobdell, "The Wonder Years" by Rick Rickman...

LA Sketchbook: Bernanke's recession

sgCalifjobless.jpg © Steve Greenberg. May not be reused without permission of the artist Check out more of Greenberg's LA Sketchbook cartoons in the archive....

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.25.09

Today's news and notes are hidden after the jump. Follow Mark Lacter and Kevin on Twitter....

Investigation of Delgadillos ends

All that stuff about Michelle Delgadillo's business dealings was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco and will not lead to any charges, according to ex-city attorney Rocky...

Those Ohlman rumors were true

recano.jpg Ever since Micah Ohlman left Channel 7 last spring there has been talk of him landing at KTLA. Well, now he has. Ohlman, the nephew of ex-KNBC anchor Paul Moyer,...

Rosie, R.I.P.

rosie.jpg Sad news at Chicken Corner. Rosie, who decorates the blog's banner, has gone to the big farm in the country at age fourteenish. "Rosie's dog friends included Oscar the Dog...

TMZ ID's blonde in Jenkins case

TMZ says the manager of the motel in Canada where suspected killer Ryan Jenkins hanged himself identified Jenkins' former fiancee as the woman who dropped him off and paid for...

Michael Jackson had lethal drug levels *

The coroner found a potentially lethal amount of the anesthetic propofol in Michael Jackson's body, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed today in Houston. The L.A. Times has a...

Manny hears boos

Thumbnail image for mannyjg120.jpg There were few boos after his drug suspension, but with the Dodgers losing most of their first-place lead the beat writers all note that Manny Ramirez was booed at home...

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.24.09

Today's news and notes are hidden after the jump. Mark Lacter will return later this week at LA Biz Observed. Follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

LA Sketchbook: Bikini babes

sgbikinianchor.jpg © Steve Greenberg. May not be reused without permission of the artistThis is only a guess, but I suspect KNBC's hiring of East Coast tabloid favorite Alycia Lane spurred Steve...

California Watch names its team

The investigative reporting operation launched to fill in where newspapers such as the L.A. Times don't go so much any more will announce on Monday its staff of 11 reporters,...

Ryan Jenkins found dead in Canada

The suspected killer of model Jasmine Fiore, Jenkins' ex-wife, apparently hanged himself in a motel room in Hope, British Columbia. CNN, LAT...

Glamorous magazine life

lamagscenes809.jpg Los Angeles magazine's website has posted a short slide show from behind the scenes of a recent fashion shoot in West Hollywood with photographer Hugh Kretschmer. Also in Los Angeles:...

Gastrokid cookbook

gastrokidbook.jpg Hugh Garvey, features editor at Bon Appetit magazine here and a food blogger, has a new cookbook out called "Gastrokid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast-Food World." Self-explanatory...

Top of the ticket

The female orgasm story from 2008 has made it to the number one spot on today's most viewed and most emailed lists at the Los Angeles Times website....

Maybe Thomas Jane had a late night

When "Hung" star Thomas Jane showed up at the KTLA studios this morning, he got out of the limo in bare feet, says a Channel 5 insider who adds he...

Correcting the story in Pasadena

Occidental College professor and local progressive leader Peter Dreier has a pretty interesting blog post at the Huffington Post detailing how parents and school officials got the Pasadena Star-News to...

Downtown's illegal animal trade

bunniesdowntown.jpg While crackdowns on counterfeit clothes and DVDs get more attention, Ed Fuentes reports at Blogdowntown that "the Fashion District's illegal animal trade continues unabated." The photo is by Fuentes. According...

Trying to like L.A. Live

The Amateur Enthusiast is a blog devoted to drinking and dining in Downtown by political strategist Glenn Gritzner. In today's post, he struggles to bring his fellow Enthusiasts around on...

Olbermann vs L.A. Times blogger

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and the L.A. Times' Andrew Malcolm, who increasingly seems like a Fox News embed writing the paper's main politics blog, are going at each other. I have...

Downside of food trucks

Workers are losing their jobs at restaurants on the Miracle Mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard as customers opt out for lunch trucks. "We all average $15,000 to $18,000 in rent,...

LA Observed on KCRW

My four-minute segment today (back after two weeks off) veers from a weekend train trip up to Santa Barbara to confess why I don't care whether the Century Plaza Hotel...

Interim head of LACCD named

Tyree Wieder, who retired last summer after 14 years as president of Los Angeles Valley College, was tapped as interim chancellor of the entire district. She takes over for Marshall...

KFWB lays off 14 staffers *

The fallout continues from the station's decision to emphasize conservative talk radio over news at 980 AM. AFTRA was notified of the KFWB pink slips this morning. Former Fox 11...

Zell sells the Cubs, finally

Tribune Co. said today that it has an agreement to sell the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field to the Ricketts family, which is paying about $800 million. Chicago Tribune...

Editor: LAT not at NYT level

artleyvideo.jpg Los Angeles Times editor in chief Russ Stanton acknowledges in an interview that "I don't see us as a direct competitor to the New York Times any more. They have...

Save the Dutton's building?

duttonapplause.jpg Investor Charles T. Munger's latest plan for the Barry Building in Brentwood is to tear it down, build underground parking, then put in a shopping center that shares the courtyard...

How online news traffic works

latmostviewed82109.jpg The #2 most viewed story on the L.A. Times website this morning is a health story from February, 2008 explaining the key to female orgasms is "how far a woman's...

Talking with those ex-LAT entrepreneurs

Scott Martelle and Brett Levy are the former Los Angeles Times journalists running The Journalism Shop, the new co-op in which they and a selected group of other ex-LAT staffers...

Parting ways with Crux L.A.

Journalist Donnell Alexander has been talking recently about he and his fiance being the "founding curators" of an upcoming Los Angeles culture website called Crux L.A. Well, that honeymoon is...

When the Beatles came to L.A.

beatlesatbowl.jpg Along with all the other L.A. milestones this summer, this week is the 45th anniversary of Bob Eubanks and KRLA bringing the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl. Steven Cuevas had...

LA Sketchbook: Reviving MLK

KINGHospitalANIM.gif © Steve Greenberg. May not be reused without permission of the artist News item: the county Board of Supervisors moved forward with a plan to ask the University of California...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.20.09

News and notes are hidden after the jump. Follow updates here or on Twitter during the day. Mark is on hiatus at LA Biz Observed....

Corrections o' the month

These corrections are notable mostly because 1) they are both about stories that ran in 2006, 2) both corrections were not published until this month, and 3) both ran in...

Another journalist hits the books

This morning we noted a new reporter-turned-law student at UCLA. Now it's been pointed out that Frank Mickadeit, a columnist for the Register in Orange County, is also starting law...

KNBC defends Alycia Lane

AlyciaLane.jpg After yesterday's initial wave of clucking over Channel 4 hiring Alycia Lane as weekend anchor, KNBC came back with a statement saying "We're aware of her background and have looked...

Dodgers sign unpopular pitcher *

angelsbox.jpg How desperate are the Dodgers for pitchers? They have signed a righthander named Vicente Padilla who was cut this month by the Texas Rangers, a team trying to make the...

Zooey tweets

zooeytwitter.jpg Zooey Deschanel, the co-star of the current L.A. paean "[500] Days of Summer," has broken down and sent her first Twitter blurb. Her link goes to the site for her...

Hiatus at LA Biz Observed

Mark's mother Helen Lacter passed away Tuesday evening in Plantation, FL. She was 96. Posting at LA Biz Observed will be intermittent over the next week or so while Mark...

Murder just another chance to say 'naked' *

knbcgrab81909.jpg Channel 4's new website is a real piece of work. The lead story up now is about model Jasmine Fiore being killed and left in a dumpster. Look how they...

Don Hewitt, creator of '60 Minutes' was 86

The New York Times obituary says Hewitt "changed the course of broadcast news by creating the television magazine '60 Minutes,' fusing journalism and show business as never before, and who...

Details of mayor's Africa trip

KTLA reporter Eric Spillman stayed on his minor obsession with Mayor Villaraigosa's trip to Africa with Channel 5 colleague Lu Parker and has some new details. The eight-day trip, which...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.19.09

News and notes are tucked away after the jump. Also see LA Biz Observed and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

Jerry Brown and the anti-abortion 'martyr'

Calbuzz revisits the saga of Jerry Brown interceding to help jailed pro-life crusader Joan Andrews — a story that involves Mother Teresa, Schwarzenegger chief of staff Susan Kennedy (then field...

Gadfly wants money to go away

Self-described Glendale City Council gadfly Barry Allen will accept $100 checks asking him to continue his watchdog activities — or $100 to leave town. More at Jewel City Juice, the...

New ethics commissioner

Marlene Canter, the former school board president who clashed with Mayor Villaraigosa over his school reform plans, has been appointed to the city ethics commission by City Council president Eric...

Russia's man in Pasadena

Mark Saylor, the former L.A. Times editor who got his start in crisis PR at Sitrick and Co., has been hired to represent the Georgian breakaway republics of South Ossetia...

Most fun L.A. TV hire ever! *

AlyciaLane.jpg Alycia Lane is coming to Channel 4 on August 19 as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. She takes over as the weekend evening anchor from Kim Baldonado, who...

Red tape in Malibu

For want of a permit that officially is easy to get but that nobody seems to know how to issue, Veronique de Turenne has three parking tickets — and a...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.18.09

News and notes are hidden after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

McOsker takes a gig*

Tim McOsker, who was the chief of staff for Mayor James Hahn, is taking a leave from the Los Angeles law office of Mayer Brown to become Senior Director for...

Good story at stadium tonight

charliehaegerreuters.jpg A 25-year-old pitcher named Charlie Haeger made his Dodgers debut tonight — only his second major league start — and against the odds he done good. Not good enough, since...

LA Sketchbook: Tick..tick..tick

ZellClockAnimation.gif You can't do this in print! Steve Greenberg gets a little animated about Sam Zell. See the Greenberg archive in LA Sketchbook....

New L.A. music website

Bluefat is by John Payne, a former music editor of the L.A. Weekly. He calls it "a magazine for music, film and visual art devotees with open minds and a...

Why he roots for Mexico

Los Angeles journalist Daniel Hernandez, living temporarily in Mexico City, explains why he cheered for Mexico to beat the U.S. in soccer last week. Excerpt of a piece he posted...

Familiar name in LAT Sports

John Cherwa left the Los Angeles Times in 1995 to become sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. Most recently he has been in Orlando, but now he's returning to the...

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.17.09

News and notes are hidden after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

New food site

Former Los Angeles Times reporters are key players in Zester Daily, which bills itself as "the latest news and information from around the globe about all aspects of food and...

Governor's morning in Malibu

Veronique de Turenne tweeted this morning from upper Malibu, in sequence: Standing in line behind The Governator at Trancas Starbucks. Aha -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and his posse are on motorcycles,...

Esha Momeni comes home to L.A.

The Cal State Northridge grad student who had been imprisoned in Iran was interviewed last week on video by the school's Daily Sundial newspaper. Also in Daily News...

KPFK audience plunges

Marc Cooper, the former KPFK show host, makes a convincing case at his blog that the listening audience for the local Pacifica station has dwindled precipitously. He blames the drop...

Those two NYT editor's notes

The New York Times public editor opined today on the paper's troubled story involving Katherine Jackson and John Branca, the attorney for Michael Jackson's estate. In addition to needing two...

Zell's tenure at Tribune summed up *

Mark at LA Biz Observed picked up this morning's news out of Chicago about Tribune Company creditors trying to delete Sam Zell from any reorganization that comes from the bankruptcy....

Summer Friday

Light posting here today. There will be no LA Observed segment on KCRW this afternoon due to the station's pledge drive. Noted: I was on KPCC with Patt Morrison yesterday...

Fire union's scare tactics

Mayor Villaraigosa has a 1 p.m. media op to hit the firefighters union for its latest contract negotiating ploy: a mailer that uses photos from last year's Chatsworth Metrolink crash....

Squeaky Fromme out of prison

squeakytime.jpg Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is the woman who pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford in Sacramento in 1975. Before that, she was the Charles Manson follower who served as the...

Taser time

tasertime.jpg Photojournalist Jonathan Alcorn captured the conclusive moment when the suspect was shot with a Taser (or Taser-like) charge, bringing to a close today's lengthy standoff outside the Westwood federal building....

Barneys Warehouse Sale moves downtown

The store's annual clearance sale began in the Convention Center today....

Budd Schulberg and Watts

budddonna.jpg Donna Myrow, the founder and publisher of LA Youth, met the novelist and screenwriter Budd Schulberg soon after he launched the Watts Writers Workshop following the 1965 riots. He became...

Rachlis to USC Annenberg center

rachlisthumbnail.jpg USC Annenberg plans to announce tomorrow that Kit Rachlis, the former editor of Los Angeles magazine, will be a Senior Fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. As...

Hazy on Mt. Wilson too

mtwilsoncam81309.jpg This cruddy, albeit colorful, air we're breathing today extends up to Mt. Wilson at 5,700 feet. This is the hazy view from the 150-foot solar tower cam....

Van Nuys for cruising again

vnblvdmovie.jpg It took Van Nuys merchants, the Daily News and the LAPD decades to eradicate the Los Angeles tradition of cruising on Van Nuys Boulevard. They finally had to shut the...

Les Paul, guitar master was 94

"It’s safe to say that rock and roll as we know it would not exist without his invention," says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That invention? The solid-body...

Anschutz-Jacko connection

anschutz2008reuters.jpg Michael Jackson surrounded himself with unusual characters, from Marlon Brando to Bubbles the chimp, but in billionaire Phil Anschutz "Jackson may have found his most mysterious—and lucrative—partner" yet, writes Matt...

Reporter lands

Richard Serrano, a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, and before that on the LAPD beat here in L.A., is joining the Las Vegas Sun as a...

Laura Chick back in town

State inspector general Laura Chick, the former City Controller, will be interviewed by KCBS' Dave Bryan at today's lunch gathering of the Current Affairs Forum hosted by Emma Schafer. Besides...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.13.09

New police commissioner and more in the news and notes after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on...

2 editor's notes on 1 NYT story

The New York Times tonight added a second editor's note clarifying an Aug. 3 story about Katherine Jackson getting legal custody of Michael Jackson's children and raising questions about the...

L.A. Times.com redesigns

latdotcomredesign09.jpg Managing editor for online Meredith Artley used to work at the International Herald Tribune site, in the New York Times system. The new serif typeface — Georgia — will look...

Delgadillo gets a job

Former City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo began today as counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP in Los Angeles, in the firm's litigation department. He will have the leeway to continue his run...

Roger Wetherington, journalism adviser

Roger Wetherington -2009.pdf Roger Wetherington, who died July 26, had been the adviser to the student newspapers at Cal States Northridge and Long Beach. As such, he worked closely with a number of...

Nikki Finke has another payday coming

Sharon Waxman at The Wrap says that Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke stands to pocket $80,000 out of a class-action lawsuit against E-Trade for being tape recorded without her permission. Waxman...

Euna Lee writes *

She's still getting re-adjusted to life at home, but Euna Lee sent her thanks to supporters in a post on LauraandEuna.com: Knowing that you would not stop until we came...

Up close with Loteria Chicana

loteriachicana.jpg KCET's website has discovered the time-tested method for getting more attention from L.A. bloggers: profile them. Up this week is Cindy Mosqueda, writer of the venerable Loteria Chicana, which dates...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.12.09

News and notes are hidden after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

Bush, Clinton coming to L.A.

bushclintonjj.jpg Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will appear together on stage at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Feb. 22 as headliners in the American Jewish University's Public Lecture Series....

Michael Viner, publisher was 65

The president of Phoenix Books in Beverly Hills was 65. He died of cancer over the weekend. Viner has published or tried to publish several controversial books, including in 2003...

Stan Chambers celebrates 86th birthday

Video of the newsroom celebration from reporter Eric Spillman's blog at the KTLA website....

Autry drops expansion plan *

The Autry Museum of Western Heritage has withdrawn its $175 million expansion plans, citing in part the conditions proposed by Councilman Jose Huizar. What this means for the Southwest Museum...

City official under investigation in assault *

KFI's Eric Leonard is reporting online that Andrew Adelman, the general manager of the city's Department of Building and Safety, is being investigated by the LAPD as "the prime suspect"...

LA Sketchbook: the KFWB story

sgkfwb.jpg Steve Greenberg charts the evolution of KFWB, which gives up its all-news format in September to add talkers led by Dr. Laura and Laura Ingraham. Click the cartoon to...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.11.09

Today's news and notes, hidden after the jump, were delayed by a computer crash. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin...

Reading and writing about Lily Burk

LA Observed contributor Nancy Rommelmann, at her blog up in Portland, steps back and considers the murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk, the way she and others have written about it,...

U.S. Atty. Thomas O'Brien lands

O'Brien, appointed by President Bush and confirmed in Oct. 2007 as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, meaning Los Angeles, will join the L.A. office of...

KFWB going all-talk, dropping news

First big name signed for the new format, which begins Sept. 8: Dr. Laura, says the Register's Gary Lycan. He adds: "More details were still to be announced. Local news...

LA Sketchbook: Outdated textbooks

sgoldtextbooks.jpg Steve Greenberg found the one possible upside to California's school textbooks growing more and more out of date. Click on the cartoon to see it larger. LA Sketchbook archive...

New federal judges for L.A.

President Obama has nominated Dolly Gee, managing partner at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn H. Nguyen to the U.S. District Court bench...

Lying down on the job? *

Tomorrow's correction today from a post on radio personality Don Imus at the L.A. Times' Show Tracker blog: Recently, he has devoted time on the air to discussing his prostrate...

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.10.09

Today's Buzz is tucked away after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

Another journalist checks out

Jennifer McLain has left the San Gabriel Valley Tribune to pursue a master's degree in public administration at USC. She posts at Leftovers from City Hall, the paper's politics blog:...

Weekend reads

In the latest first-person Column One story by a Times reporter, Molly Hennessy-Fiske writes about bonding with a South Los Angeles gang shooting victim. LAT Oscar Winner Budd Schulberg...

Prison riot makes NYT, gone from LAT *

nytchinoriot.jpg I got home from dinner and found a couple of emails pointing out that there's a bylined story about the Chino prison riot on the front page of New...

Community found dead, film at 11

northhillsfounddead.jpg Amusing omission on the Daily News website, submitted by a mutual reader who observes "the neighborhood has its faults, but it ain't thaaat bad." Police reportedly suspect a link to...

Music in MacArthur Park

levittiris.jpg Photographer Iris Schneider enjoyed spotting people having picnics on the lawn at MacArthur Park so much that she began taking pictures. Her audio slide show from the park's new Levitt...

Unedited video of Ling & Lee homecoming

The Asian American blog Epicanthus posts three videos of the Burbank arrival of Laura Ling and Euna Lee that has footage beyond what most of the media showed. Noted: Producer...

Artweek, RIP

The Bay Area art magazine Artweek has gone out of business after nearly 40 years of publication. The final issue was dated June 2009. From the website: A victim of...

'Julie & Julia' & the Crest

cresttpanorama.jpg Tonight's main showing of "Julie and Julia" ended with applause from the crowd at the Westwood Crest Theatre, but the first ovation of the night was for owner Robert Bucksbaum....

Schwarzenegger at Shriver's bedside

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the 88-year-old mother of Maria Shriver, is in critical condition at a Massachusetts hospital. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is there with the family, a spokesman said. Eunice Shriver,...

Bruce Lisker conviction overturned

Twenty five years after he was arrested as a 17-year-old for killing his mother in Sherman Oaks, Lisker must be retried or set free. The judge based her findings on...

Daily News goes for a new publisher

Jack Klunder was named publisher of the Daily News two weeks after leaving as circulation head of the Los Angeles Times. He starts Monday, replacing interim publisher Liz Gaier. Klunder...

TV taping this morning

I'm taking part in an episode of Channel 7's "Vista LA" in the MacArthur Park area this morning. There's no LA Observed segment on KCRW this afternoon due to the...

Unimpressed by KFWB in Hollywood

Variety columnist Brian Lowry isn't too smitten with the AM news station's refocus summed up in the ad slogan "Hollywood listens to KFWB." Honestly, I've tried, but I keep asking...

Bratton doesn't rule out NYPD

In an interview with the New York Daily News, LAPD chief William Bratton said he would not run for elective office, but left open the possibility that he would return...

Ethier clubs another walk-off homer

Andre Ethier ended a Dodgers game with a home run for the third time this season, and he leads the majors with five walk-off hits. "No, they never get old,"...

KPCC keeps Alex Cohen

The former NPR reporter and host who has been at the station temporarily has been named KPCC's host of its local afternoon broadcast of "All Things Considered." From the release:...

John Hughes, director was 59

The screenwriter and director known for the films "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" among others died today while walking in Manhattan. A...

Trutanich dunked

trutanichdunked.jpg New City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in the dunk tank at the office's family picnic held at the Los Angeles Police Academy. More photos, including District Attorney Steve Cooley dunked,...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 8.6.09

Today's news and notes are after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

LA Sketchbook: Bratton moves on

sgPalinBratton.jpg Steve Greenberg had a nice meeting with LAPD chief William Bratton in June about the LA Sketchbook cartoon on the naming controversy over the new police headquarters. I guess Steve...

New publisher at Daily Breeze and P-T

Linda Lindus most recently was publisher of the Daily News in Longview, Wash. Story in the Press-Telegram....

More questions than answers on Bratton *

More than three dozen journalists, nearly 20 cameras and city officials packed in the mayor's conference room for LAPD chief William Bratton's announcement that he's leaving for New York and...

NYT restaurant critic: Sam Sifton

samsifton.jpg Currently the culture editor, Sifton will replace Frank Bruni as the main restaurant critic at the New York Times — a job that still has a lot of national influence...

Ling and Lee, ahead of the media

for the camera.jpg Here is a reunion photo from inside the hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank this morning, before Laura Ling and Euna Lee met the media. Above, Lee and her...

Times: Bratton to leave, head security firm

Police chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have a 12:15 p.m. media availability in the mayor's office. The Los Angeles Times' Joel Rubin reports "Bratton is expected to announce...

Laura and Euna are home

Laura Ling and Euna Lee at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank this morning....

More cable tricks on Dodgers

With two out in the 8th inning, after the Dodgers scored their 17th run against Milwakuee pitchers, Vin Scully sighed and said, "You know, you would really like to see...

Ling and Lee coming to Burbank *

GiGi Graciette was just on Fox 11 live from Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, talking to Laura Ling's husband and setting up the arrival of Ling, Euna Lee and former President...

Feds probing payments to Huizar, Tokofsky

The story in tomorrow's Los Angeles Daily Journal, by reporters Ciaran McEvoy and Greg Katz, says the investigation involves payments by Voter Improvement Program Inc. Federal authorities are investigating Los...

'Enroute to Los Angeles:' Ling and Lee

lingleeinnk.jpg "President Clinton has safely left North Korea with Laura Ling and Euna Lee. They are en route to Los Angeles, where Laura and Euna will be reunited with their families,"...

Statement from Ling and Lee families

freelauraeunacrop.jpg "The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon. We are so grateful to our government: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the...

Laura Ling and Euna Lee chronology *

Selected previous items on Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the Los Angeles journalists for Current TV who have been held in North Korea since March 17. Pyongyang announced their special...

Ling and Lee pardoned, to be freed **

freelauraeunacrop.jpg Former president Bill Clinton met with Laura Ling and Euna Lee today in North Korea, according to ABC News quoting a government source. The meeting was described as "emotional." More...

Rushfield signs off 'Idol Tracker'

The LAT's Richard Rushfield has posted his final entry on the Idol Tracker blog where he's been spending most of his time the past couple of years. He's headed to...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 8.4.09

Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

LA Sketchbook: Westwouldn't

sgWestwood.jpg News items: Westwood movie future bleak and Westwood's Mann Festival RIP. Click the cartoon to view it larger. See more by Steve Greenberg in his LA Sketchbook archive...

LACMA wants to hear about film program

Perhaps stung by the strong critical reaction to the decision to rethink its film program, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has put up an online forum to take...

Bruins blogger exits Daily News

Sportswriter Brian Dohn's Inside UCLA was one of the, if not the, highest traffic blogs in the Daily News stable. He announced there that he's moving to New Jersey. Fall...

Free Dudamel tix: $1600

bienvenido_415x150.jpg The first tickets to hit eBay for the "free" Hollywood Bowl concert on Oct. 3 to welcome Gustavo Dudamel to the L.A. Philharmonic are offered at $1599.99 for four....

Hotel Bel-Air closing for two years

belairhotelpool.jpg The staff will be laid off September 30 for a renovation expected to last nearly two years, Sharon Waxman says at The Wrap. The hotel, owned by the Sultan of...

Bill Clinton in North Korea

freelauraeunacrop.jpg Former President Clinton is engaged in talks aimed at bringing home Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the Los Angeles journalists for Current TV held in North Korea since March 17,...

Eddy juggles the LAT business side

Publisher Eddy Hartenstein has memoed this afternoon on some tweaks in his executive lineup at the Los Angeles Times. Prominent is the rise of Scott McKibben to a new post...

Hefner sells Playboy Mansion adjacent

After he had kids with Kimberley Conrad, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the new family the 2.3-acre estate next door to the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills. The Hefners have...

Robert Hilburn goes online

hilburnlennon.jpg The L.A. Times' emeritus pop music editor has a memoir of his decades covering the business — "Corn Flakes with John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll...

Dead child and a high five

trutanichhighfive.jpg A judge today threw out a lawsuit against the city by the mother of Suzie Peña, the 19-month-old toddler killed by an LAPD bullet during a 2005 SWAT action prompted...

Newsweek on LA Weekly's 'Grim Sleeper'

The news magazine's Aug. 17 print issue gives the LA Weekly and reporter Christine Pelisek big props for diligent reporting on the serial murders in Los Angeles blamed on a...

LA Sketchbook: Domestic shelters

sgDomesticSheltersCA.jpg Another aspect of the governor's line-item vetoes that hasn't gotten a lot of attention. Click the cartoon to see it larger. See more in LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg....

Morning Buzz: Monday 8.3.09

News and notes are hidden after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

More ex-LATers try marketing

Couple of weeks ago it was former Los Angeles Times photographers starting a service to offer their freelance expertise. Now it's reporters and former associate editor Leo Wolinsky. "Highly skilled...

Westwood's movie future bleak

Today's L.A. Times follows on our Thursday night news about the Festival theater closing and adds a triple whammy of bad news for Westwood: Mann is giving up its leases...
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.