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Comes the darkness

Alas, our long virtual summer is over. Standard Time returns Sunday, so set your clocks back an hour. Read it and weep: the sun will set Sunday at 5 p.m....

AnsaldoBreda deal falls apart *

After the city built its plans for a Downtown clean-tech corridor around Italian rail car maker AnsaldoBreda, and the MTA bent over backwards to work with the company despite its...

WeHo Halloween goes big time

wehocarnaval2007.jpg The little West Hollywood Halloween strut along Santa Monica Boulevard has grown up. "What began as a primarily gay and lesbian event," says the official website, is now calling itself...

Meanwhile, Brown has a mess on his hands

That surreptitious taping of reporters' phone calls — apparently illegally — by a press aide to Attorney General Jerry Brown is causing quite a fuss in the Bay Area. The...

Gavin Newsom drops out of race *

He cites his family, but pundits are circling around bad poll numbers and faltering fundraising. "It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race...

Billboard settlement thrown out

Superior Court Judge Terry Green today ruled that the City Council's 2006 agreement that led to hundreds of new digital billboards all over the city was invalid because it exempted...

No charges in LAPD's May Day melee

District Attorney Steve Cooley's office announced today there was insufficient evidence of illegal actions by cops and commanders — merely "questionable tactics" — in the 2007 rampage by police in...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.30.09

No hate angle in synagogue shooting, a Burbank cop kills himself on the street, and Villaraigosa's unfunded subway dream after the jump — plus more. Also see today's Mark Lacter...

LA Weekly seeks blog manager

The job posting for a news blog manager at the LA Weekly calls for someone "who can break news, crack skulls as quickly as funny bones and develop a blog...

New blogger has advice for next chief

Former City Councilman Jack Weiss is the latest blogger finding a home on the Jewish Journal website. (There are 25 others.) His first (I think) post recalls when Gene Bartow...

LAT buys even more into celebrity 'news'

Believe it not, the Los Angeles Times has decided it doesn't wallow in (and get its ass kicked on) celebrity gossip enough already. The paper's website has moved a copy...

Nuñez damned with faint praise

This morning's L.A. Times editorial agrees with the state Fair Political Practices Commission that ex-Speaker Fabian Nuñez did not break the law in his travels and schemings with donor funds,...

Next TV vet done: Doug Kriegel

dougkriegelfield.jpg Longtime channel 4 reporter Doug Kriegel is hanging up his microphone tomorrow. The note circulated in the Burbank newsroom today calls together his colleagues "to tip a glass in Doug's...

Details from McCourts filing

mccourtslogo.jpg Bill Shaikin went through the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce filings, heard from the lawyers and turned up some interesting kernels that could loom larger in the legal fight that...

Ethics probes of Waters, Richardson

The House ethics committee voted to go to full investigations of allegations against Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Laura Richardson. "The votes on Waters and Richardson marked the first time...

Sitrick's sale *

I've nothing to add to Mark's post at LA Biz Observed on the sale of crisis PR shop Sitrick & Associates, announced today. * Well, there is this: The L.A....

Gawker catches Finke editing, again

Some bloggers, this one included, will make minor unannounced fixes shortly after a post goes up. Hollywood blog-meistress Nikki Finke takes it to a whole new level, as Gawker's John...

Forbes bureau killed, report says

Gawker's Valleywag says that the Los Angeles bureau of Forbes was eliminated in today's mass cutbacks across the magazine. The site says that staff writers Evan Hessel and Scott Woolley...

Chronicle embeds a message to Guv

The Flash Report's Jon Fleischman spots a coded message to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the margin of a San Francisco Chronicle editorial about the governor's embedded finger to Assemblyman Tom...

Disney's 'Skeleton Dance' (1929)

Produced and directed by Walt Disney, this is an animation classic with a capital C. It's the first cartoon in the Silly Symphonies series, animated by Ub Iwerks. I figured,...

Connelly finds a real mystery

connellyhongkong.jpg In his latest book "Nine Dragons," author Michael Connelly sends his signature character Harry Bosch to Hong Kong to hunt for his own missing daughter. Now, in a piece posted...

Jewish schools, synagogues alerted *

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an alert to all Jewish day schools and synagogues in the wake of this morning's attack in North Hollywood. The Jewish Journal has...

2 shot at Valley synagogue *

Police are investigating this morning's shooting at Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue on Sylvan Street in North Hollywood as a hate crime. Two Jewish men were shot inside the synagogue...

Andre Birotte likely U.S. Attorney

The L.A. Times' Scott Glover says it appears the FBI is doing the final vetting of LAPD Inspector General Andre Birotte Jr. for likely appointment by President Obama as U.S....

Guv's hidden message crosses the pond

Readers of The Independent in Great Britain will get their own report tomorrow on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's email finger sent to state assemblyman Tom Ammiano, with whom the governor recently...

Whither the news on WWLA

Media reporter James Rainey of the L.A. Times, USC Annenberg professor Felix Gutierrez and former LANG executive Steve O'Sullivan talk with Warren Olney about the meaning of the latest bad...

As the McCourts Turn, Wednesday edition

mccourtslogo.jpg The Dodgers have filed a friend-of-the-court legal brief siding (surprise) with Frank in the divorce proceedings with Jamie, and alleging that Jamie was fired from her $2 million-a-year job as...

OMG, Zell's dude gets another show

leeabramsshow.jpg Gawker can't contain its sarcasm about Sam Zell's bankrupt Tribune's latest gift to America's airwaves. Instead of just flying his prop job around the Midwest to have unhealthy lunches on...

Disney has big plans for Santa Clarita

Disney-ABC Television Group today told L.A. County that it will seek approval for a 56-acre production facility - including a dozen soundstages - on Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in the...

Trutanich 'doesn't understand the job' *

Scholar and political analyst Raphael Sonenshein was executive director of the Los Angeles Appointed Charter Reform Commission, wrote the book on Los Angeles governance, and understands how City Hall is...

Vidal on Polanski & Hollywood

John Meroney spent a couple of days with Gore Vidal at his Hollywood home and files his dispatch for The Atlantic. Vidal says, among other things, that concerns about Barack...

Book reading by flashlight

jessekatzbooksoup.jpg Last night's winds knocked out the power at Book Soup for the first half hour or so of Jesse Katz's launch party for The Opposite Field, his new memoir about...

Pat Harvey makes 20 years

patharveydunphy.jpg The duopoly is celebrating Channel 9 anchor Pat Harvey's 20 years this week. The photo of Pat with the late Jerry Dunphy came with the invitation below to everyone in...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.28.09

Fabian Nuñez cleared, Steve Lopez sees the gynecologist, an assistant chief comes to class and an interesting look inside the New York Times newsroom — plus Sam Zell's regrets and...

Police chief finalists named

The three candidates recommended by the Police Commission are Deputy Chief Charles Beck, First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell and Deputy Chief Michel Moore. Mayor Villaraigosa said he will begin interviewing...

Jamie files for divorce, has demands *

Jamie McCourt's divorce filing today says that she and Frank have a net worth of $1.2 billion, estimates the Dodgers are worth $800 million, says that they separated July 6,...

Sully on 'Airtalk'

The pilot everybody has now heard of, Chesley Sullenberger, was on KPCC's Airtalk with Larry Mantle in the 10:30 segment. He's fairly alarmist about the declining experience level of airline...

LA Sketchbook: Hail to the Chief

qqxsgBratton farewell.jpg More by Steve Greenberg...

McCourts fighting via 911 and TMZ now *

Turns out that Jamie McCourt called in a 911 emergency on Sept. 5 because Frank McCourt turned up at their Holmby Hills home at 10 in the morning — while...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.27.09

Pretty shocking numbers in the nationwide crackdown on child prostitution, Hollywood restaurateur booked in death of fetus, new political endorsements and Anderson Cooper's ratings in the tank — plus much...

Bono to Hilburn: Love the book

u2atrosebowl.jpg New author Robert Hilburn got a pretty nice shout-out for "Corn Flakes with John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life" at last night's U2 show at...

Shriver nabbed again, sorry again

TMZ's cameras caught Maria Shriver, the wife of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, parking her Escalade in a Santa Monica red zone for almost an hour. She released a statement this afternoon...

Wedding bells for L.A. journos

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed columnist Meghan Daum and staff writer Alan Zarembo, who recently broke the stories about Cedars-Sinai over-radiating 206 patients, were married yesterday. Pics and congrats all over...

LA Sketchbook: No Freeway Series this year

sgFreewayBlearies.jpg I forgot to post last night about the Angels being eliminated in another flurry of errors. Luckily, Steve Greenberg steps up. For more of his LA Sketchbook, visit the archives....

Amy Wallace and the anti-vaccine crowd

Amy Wallace, the editor-at-large for Los Angeles magazine, wrote recently at Wired about the controversy over the safety of vaccines. She frames it as more akin to hysteria on the...

Best Music kudo for scribe

bestmusic09cover.jpg Former CityBeat editor Rebecca Schoenkopf has a piece she wrote for the late weekly included in "Best Music Writing 2009," the annual edited by Greil Marcus. Schoenkopf also gets a...

Catching up with Miriam Pawel *

unionoftheirdreams.jpg Miriam Pawel was the editor in charge of local coverage at the Los Angeles Times during the first couple of years that John Carroll was the paper's editor. Her reign...

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.26.09

Bad circulation numbers for the L.A. Times, the mayor steps out with Lu Parker, new controversy around David Lizarraga and a media apology — plus more after the jump, of...

So L.A.: Designing for sale and show

meridithbaernytmag.jpg Meridith Baer furnishes and decorates homes specifically to hook potential buyers. A New York Times Magazine writer lusts after the image of a life she created — mountain bike included...

Adam Goldberg hates things about L.A.

As part of the promotion for his new movie, actor Adam Goldberg drives around Los Angeles pointing out some of the things he dislikes. Among them are the food,...

Movie premieres moving Downtown?

The new Regal Cinemas' L.A. Live Stadium 14 debuts officially on Tuesday with the first showings of Michael Jackson's "This Is It." Variety sees the new Downtown cineplex — which...

LAPD's anti-death penalty writer

Sunil Dutta has been promoted to LAPD lieutenant since we last heard about his writing and opposition to capital punishment. He has an opinion piece this weekend in the Ventura...

What's in a byline?

annpowerswp.jpg Ann Powers is the pop music writer for the Los Angeles Times (currently living in Alabama, but that's another story.) She's been using that byline for many years since it...

Details of Polanski's 1977 rape

samantha_geimernydn.jpg Sunday's L.A. Times carries a story by staffer Joe Mozingo going back over the evidence that Roman Polanski drugged and raped 13-year-old Samantha Gailey in 1977. The most detailed description...

Mitrice Richardson possibly sighted

mitricerichardson.jpg Mitrice Richardson is the South L.A. substitute teacher who has been listed as missing since leaving the sheriff's station on the Valley side of Malibu Canyon on Sept. 17, following...

How McCourt fired McCourt

TMZ has the letter in which Dodgers owner Frank McCourt fired the other owner, Jamie McCourt, as CEO of the team — citing "insubordination, non-responsiveness, failure to follow procedures, and...

LA Observed on KCRW: Harvey Levin

harveylevinmug.jpg In today's radio commentary I argue we should all care about embarrassed cops obtaining the phone records of TMZ's Harvey Levin. The segment airs — as every Friday — at...

Bully for Trutanich

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich enjoyed a split decision this morning, getting a Daily News editorial in favor of his bully approach to governing, and an L.A. Times editorial that rebuked...

Anita Busch attackers plead out

anitabusch.jpg Jailed private eye Anthony Pellicano and his sidekick, Alexander Proctor, pleaded no contest today in that 2002 threat on reporter Anita Busch, who they thought was working on a story...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.23.09

MTA goes for the subway, Sheriff Lee Baca on TMZ, Trutanich vs. Leiweke and more. After the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and...

Soupy Sales, comedian was 83 *

Born Milton Supman, Soupy Sales became one of the enduring comic faces of 1950s and '60s television. His show, first in Detroit then in Los Angeles, was a hit with...

Big turnout for Nancy Daly

Friends and family of the late philanthropist and civic leader Nancy Daly heard heaps of praise last night at a memorial gathering in UCLA's Royce Hall. Times columnist Patt Morrison,...

Frank McCourt fires Jamie

Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Dodgers' front-office drama has taken a new turn, with chairman Frank McCourt firing CEO and estranged wife Jamie. She "was fired within the last...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.22.09

Leiweke vs. Trutanich and more politics after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

Reporter describes escape from the Taliban

The New York Times' David Rohde reaches the part of his serial story about seven months of captivity that recalls the night he escaped with an Afghan journalist....

Dodgers season ends

They didn't look any better tonight, losing 10-4. The Phillies are the National League champions after eliminating the Dodgers for the second year in a row. This time, at least,...

Eddy gets ahead of bad LAT numbers

Los Angeles Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein sent out a paper-wide missive today calling 2009 "a year of great progress" — he even calls it "an incredble year" — and makes...

Ellroy and Schickel, together

ellroyschickel.jpg Author James Ellroy sat for a Zócalo Public Square interview with LA Observed contributor Erika Schickel at the Hammer Museum, "discussing Ellroy’s reputation as a genre writer, as the Demon...

Going in style *

daunt3.jpg Everybody works through getting fired in their own way. Laid-off L.A. Times columnist Tina Daunt has been expressing her fashionista side at her blog The English Muse for the past...

More journos hire out as bloggers

The first is more of a website than a blog, by ex-Los Angeles Daily Journal editor Martin Berg. He's editing Where's Our Money? for Harvey Rosenfield's Consumer Education Foundation, billed...

Wallsten, Thornburg move on from LAT

Pater Wallsten, a star in the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau that became the Tribune chain's bureau, has jumped to the Wall Street Journal. He will cover national politics, "an...

Reaper hits Architectural Digest

Editorial cuts are going down today at Architectural Digest, according to a reader who emailed. On Monday there were six cuts in the Los Angeles office of Bon Appetit, according...

LAT banking on e-reader & web *

While the latest newsroom reduction in talent was going on, L.A. Times editor Russ Stanton was upbeat last night in a class at USC Annenberg. The professor, executive-in-residence David Westphal,...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.21.09

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....

Jack Nelson, journalist was 80

Jack Nelson led the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau during much of the time that the paper's reputation for national reporting was growing, and before that was known for his...

'Mad Men' goes to Rome *

madmenfranklinave.jpg The lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center downtown stood in for the Rome Hilton, circa early 1960s, on a recent episode of "Mad Men." Spotted by...

NYT switches up on Carpetbagger blog

David Carr retires his tuxedo after four seasons. The new New York Times blogger on the red carpet beat is Melena Ryzik. (She tweets here, by the way.) The paper...

Levin takes to the radio

Following his toss-down of the gauntlet last night (reported first at LAO, I feel like saying), TMZ boss Harvey Levin guests tonight on "Which Way, L.A.?" to talk about the...

LA Sketchbook: Singing in the main

SingingMain.jpg I just heard interim DWP chief S. David Freeman say on Patt Morrison that the rash of water main breaks is all perception: the result of a quicker news cycle,...

Arts writer Diane Haithman out at Times

Diane Haithman has been writing in the Calendar section of the L.A. Times for a good long while. Most recently she has been doing a lot for Culture Monster, the...

Shepard Fairey lying again, AP claims

Associated Press has filed new court papers in its case against artist Shepard Fairey, and contends that in admitting his deception over use of an AP photo of Barack Obama...

MWD, LAT and Marathon Communications

The San Diego editorial writer who is upset that the L.A. Times blew off coverage of the Metropolitan Water District pensions controversy is intrigued by a new angle — that...

Layoffs begin at LAT

Tina Daunt, the former City Hall reporter for the Los Angeles Times who has been writing the Cause Celebre column about Hollywood politics, posted on Facebook that she felt the...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.20.09

Blogger offers three finalists for LAPD chief, Polanski staying put and more. After the jump....

Harvey Levin to sheriff: Fight's on

Venting in depth for the first time about official prying into his personal phone records, TMZ editor Harvey Levin tonight called it an illegal abuse of power — "a brutal...

Dodgers blow lead in 9th, Phillies walk off

Oh man. Jonathan Broxton took a 4-3 lead into the 9th inning, gave up a walk, hit a batter, and served one up to former MVP Jimmy Rollins. Just like...

Bonnie Fuller hires an editor, is hiring

Bonnie Fuller is the "tabloid maven," as Style Section L.A. puts it, who is revamping HollywoodLife.com as part of the fledgling Jay Penske media empire. Fuller has hired New York...

Walk-off win for Angels

Angels make it a 2-1 series on a Jeff Mathis double in the bottom of the 11th inning. Final score: 5-4. In Philadelphia: The Dodgers are down 2-0 to the...

Mikulan joins The Wrap

About a week after leaving the LA Weekly, Steven Mikulan has been inked to write a new blog for The Wrap to be called L.A. Noir. The site also announced...

Derby dolls land their book

downandderby.jpg L.A. media types who also skate — Alex Cohen of KPCC and Jennifer Barbee of Blood & Thunder magazine — have written "Down and Derby: the Insiders Guide to Roller...

NYT to trim 100 from newsroom

While we're still waiting for the latest axe to fall at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times says it will cut 100 people out of the newsroom. Buyouts...

Get used to Staples Center name

Staples has re-upped its deal for the naming rights to Staples Center — extending its original 20-year agreement into an "in perpetuity" deal. Staples turned ten this month....

Well, it sounds the same

teenreedweek.jpg An LAO reader forwarded this errant headline spotted this morning atop the L.A. Times books blog. The hed has now been fixed to Teen Read Week....

Mayor's trips cost you $20,000+

Reporter Eric Spillman of KTLA finally got the data he has been seeking on the public cost of providing security for Mayor Villaraigosa's trips to Africa (with Spillman's Channel 5...

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.19.09

Falcon and the snow job, interviewing begins for LAPD chief and more news and notes after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and...

Caruso: Don't stop LAPD hiring

delariosart.jpg Rick Caruso, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission when William Bratton was hired to run the LAPD, argues in a Visiting Blogger post at LA Observed that now is...

Dodgers go meekly, 11-0

Man, that was ugly. The Phillies jumped all over Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning, chased him in the second, and ran up their most lopsided post-season victory in team...

Rutten to Bratton: button it up

Times op-ed columnist Tim Rutten wants LAPD chief William Bratton to stop offering his departing wisdom about the way Los Angeles works. From today's column: The flaw in Bratton's reform...

Shepard Fairey admits lying in AP case

hopeposterAB.jpg The Los Angeles artist says in a statement that he actively tried to conceal which photo he worked from in creating his Hope poster of Barack Obama. It was an...

Friday desk clearing

The real reason David Hockney relocated from Los Angeles to Yorkshire is that the U.S. wouldn't allow his partner back into the country, Tyler Green says in chiding the...

Dodgers even the series, win 2-1

It was close, but the Dodgers eked out the win. Grrrreat start by Vicente Padilla, though Pedro Martinez was just a little bit better. The Dodgers bullpen was just a...

L.A. Archives Bazaar returns Saturday

The fourth annual gathering at USC of local historical organizations and archives is Saturday at the Davidson Center. The featured panelists this year include authors Alex Moreno Areyan, Jenny Cho,...

He's going to Abu Dhabi

Former Inland Empire sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge, who blogged his own firing in 2008, finally got a job back in daily journalism — in Abu Dhabi. It grew out of...

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.16.09

Anschutz, Schwarzenegger, Nahai and more, after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter....

Hockney's L.A. hiatus

hockneyinengland.jpg David Hockney, who moved to Los Angeles from England in 1964 and is as associated with L.A. as almost any artist, has been living back in Yorkshire with his longtime...

McCourts are in the house *

Frank and Jamie McCourt were in their respective corners of the owners' box for the first pitch at Dodger Stadium, the LAT's Bill Plaschke tweets: One day after announcing their...

El Tepeyac not going anywhere

eltepeyacsign.jpg The Rojas family has let me know that the accounts of El Tepeyac being up for sale have left out a key fact: the burritos are staying in Boyle Heights....

More LAPD not so confidential *

lapdrecordsoutside.jpg Looks like the Police Protective League is going to meter out these pictures a little at a time.* Still, their point is valid: should LAPD confidential records really be stored...

Fog over the Valley

fogwestvalleyveronique.jpg Veronique de Turenne was up and outside early this morning and caught this view across the West Valley from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains. She's got another view...

Lili Smith, activist was 15

Former president Bill Clinton wrote this week that "Lili Smith was a beautiful girl...taken from her family and friends far too soon." Smith is the daughter of political consultant Ace...

Where will Antonio sit tonight?

In the last series, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa alternated between Jamie's and Frank's rows in the owners' box beside the dugout at Dodger Stadium. Which side of the new McCourt Ravine...

Weintraub leaving Sacramento Bee

Daniel Weintraub, the columnist for the Sacramento Bee opinion pages since 2000 and before that a reporter in the capital, is leaving the paper on Friday. He will be starting...

McCourt legal drama 'going to be pretty ugly'

Let's just get this out in the open: yes, the families and the affected employees are certain to feel pain and be in turmoil. But for the media in town,...

Mikulan: blogging not his strength

"My strengths lay in writing longer pieces," Steven Mikulan says in a Neon Tommy story about his departure from the LA Weekly, where he was the main writer on the...

Daily Journal piece got Rittenband wrong

Laurence Rittenband was the Superior Court judge who handled the original Roman Polanski case, and if the recent documentary is correct, was going to undo a plea deal with Polanski....

LAT refugee gets a gig

Terry McDermott, a former national reporter at the Los Angeles Times, is one of four new CJR Encore Fellows named by the Columbia Journalism Review. [It's] a new initiative—the first...

Independent Spirit Awards leaving the beach

The indie film party is moving to LA Live and will be held in the evening, allowing for live late-night TV on the East Coast. Next year's awards are March...

Details of Nahai's deal

Former DWP chief David Nahai would be paid up to $27,300 a month from Oct. 7 through Dec. 31 to "provide consulting services and provide knowledge transfer" about the job...

Dodgers ownership not in play, says lawyer *

Frank McCourt is the owner of the Dodgers and the team would not be put up for sale, his lawyer says in a story the Times posted at 1:58 a.m.*,...

LAO Op-Ed: Boy Scouts & the LAPD

Police commissioner Robert Saltzman says the board is under pressure to let the Boy Scouts continue to run the LAPD's Explorer program, despite the group's violation of the city's policy...

McCourts 'lawyered up,' talking divorce

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the most detailed take on the separation of Frank and Jamie McCourt, citing "multiple major league sources" saying the McCourts "are in the middle of...

McCourts won't sit together any more *

Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt said tonight in a statement that they are separating. "This is a personal matter and they request that their privacy be respected,'' said the...

What Bratton will really miss about L.A.

langersschall.jpg The departing police chief rates at least one thing about Los Angeles higher than New York. After the jump....

Want to buy an Eastside landmark? *

eltepeyacsign.jpg El Tepeyac, the family-owned home of the Hollenbeck burrito, is up for sale. (The land, anyway. See below.) Around since 1957, the stand on Evergreen in Boyle Heights is rightly...

New TV editor at L.A. Times

It's Martin Miller, says Variety's Michael Schneider in a tweet. Miller is listed currently as an assistant entertainment editor in Calendar....

Board of Supes corrals reporters

I've mentioned several times how few reporters cover the county Board of Supervisors anymore, and how the pols would like a bit more attention. Nonetheless, the Supes have acted to...

State of the city, six views

The Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs tomorrow will unveil its annual state of the city report—six experts weighing in on aspects of Los Angeles' health. Economist Jack Kyser lays...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.14.09

Jaycee Dugard speaks, a possible lifting of the claims limits for the Chatsworth Metrolink disaster, KTLA's new set and and a whole bunch of media items. After the jump....

L.A. not so confidential

lapdfileslappl.jpg The Los Angeles Police Protective League says these boxes stacked near the employee entrance of the LAPD's Northeast Station are confidential personnel complaints against officers, "including names, serial numbers and...

Freak out and run — it's raining

Posted in May, but apt today. What happens in L.A. when it rains, the spoof — with some good lines and extensive UCLA scenery....

MWD tables big hikes in pensions, pay

The giant Metropolitan Water District buckled to public and media pressure and yanked off its board agenda for today new five-year contracts that "would have hiked employee pensions 25 percent,...

Remembering Brendan Mullen

When Brendan Mullen came to Portland last year for a book event at Powell's, Nancy Rommelmann threw a party and introduced him around. She remembers her friend, who passed away...

Hey, at least she's not texting

shriver_cellphone_tmz.jpg Gotcha! TMZ's paparazzi have caught California First Lady Maria Shriver violating the state's hands-free law at least three times in the past few days. The last time came this afternoon...

LA Sketchbook: Living in the foothills

qqxsgMudslides.jpg More from Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 10.13.09

Roundups of the bill signings in Sacramento, a flash-flood watch and remembering the Staples Center issue of the LAT Magazine, plus much more after the jump. Also get today's Mark...

Do you smell chlorine?

There's too much chlorine smell in the L.A. tap water lately, blogs Atwater Village Newbie. He has collected Twitter reports from others as well. OK, maybe it's not the mysterious...

Phillies coming to town

The Dodgers will host the Phillies, starting Thursday at Dodger Stadium, in the league championship series. The Phillies eliminated Colorado tonight in Denver, setting up a replay of last year's...

Pols reach accord over LAPD size

Sounds like a compromise to me: City council president Eric Garecetti says there are eight votes to keep hiring enough recruits to match attrition from the LAPD, and Mayor Villaraigosa...

Annie Gilbar out, LAT takes back magazine *

Nikki Finke is reporting that Annie Gilbar was let go today as editor of the Sunday magazine published by the Los Angeles Times company, and that the magazine will return...

Brendan Mullen, punk promoter was 60

brendan-mullen.jpg Brendan Mullen, author and the founder in 1977 of local punk rock club the Masque, died today after suffering a stroke while celebrating his birthday on the road with his...

3-on-3 on Skid Row, for a year

skidrowbball.jpg Downtown News staff writer Ryan Vaillancourt spent a year reporting on the inner workings of the Skid Row basketball league, starting by getting himself into pickup games at Gladys Park....

America clouds over

noaanatlmap101209.jpg Nice image of the national weather picture — clouds almost everywhere but the Southwest — at the Chance of Rain blog. The blog also has a take on Gov. Schwarzenegger's...

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.12.09

It's Columbus Day, which means most people work and go to school, but banks, post offices, courts, libraries and federal, state, county and city offices are closed. Trash pickup in...

KNBC polling on LA Observed?

knbcharrispoll2.jpg One of our helpful readers emailed the evidence that KNBC is asking its readers to rate the station's staffed-up, big-deal but news-lite website alongside little old us: Thought you might...

Gov vetoes South Pasadena tunnel bill

There's no need for a special law banning options other than a tunnel for extending the 710 freeway from Alhambra to Pasadena, Gov, Schwarzenegger's veto message said. South Pasadena had...

Where's the Times on MWD?

That question is being asked by San Diego Union-Tribune editorial writer Chris Reed, who can't believe the L.A. Times has written repeatedly about the $82,000 David Nahai will get after...

L.A. Opera cleans out the closets

operasale.jpg Iris Schneider went to Saturday's parking lot sale of old costumes and props from the L.A. Opera warehouse. "They wheeled 2,500 costumes onto their parking lot and at 10 a.m...

Weekend reads

Good weekend. At least 268 children who had passed through the Los Angeles County child welfare system died from January 2008 through early August 2009, including 18 deemed "the direct...

Angels sweep out the Red Sox

The Angels staged a Dodgers-like 9th-inning, two-out rally against Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon and won today 7-6. Vladimir Guerrero had the key hit, then closer Brian Fuentes shut down...

Zocalo parties at Union Station

zocaloparty101009.jpg Zócalo Public Square took over the grand ticket hall at Union Station Saturday night for its first fundraiser, featuring the LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold, who praised Zócalo as an essential...

Dodgers sweep into next round, 5-1 *

ethierfurcalespn.jpg The Dodgers' champagne didn't have to travel to any extra cities this time. Vicente Padilla pitched a great game and the Dodgers swept away the Cardinals in St. Louis this...

Vroman's to buy Book Soup

The LAT's Carolyn Kellogg has the story: Pasadena's Vroman's is buying Book Soup on the Sunset Strip. She calls it somewhat of an odd pairing. The 115-year-old Vroman's is the...

Adelman won't face charges

Andrew Adelman, the former general manager of the city's Department of Building and Safety who was accused of raping a woman he met in a bar, won't be prosecuted, DA...

Exit at LA Weekly *

Steve Mikulan, the staff writer who has been the main writer on the LA Weekly's blog LA Daily, parted ways with the paper this afternoon. A newsroom source said Mikulan...

Lisker goes to the beach

liskerbeach.jpg In the second part of her series at Native Intelligence, Iris Schneider (and a CBS crew) accompany former prisoner Bruce Lisker to the beach. Earlier, Iris was along as he...

Spying on TMZ's phone calls

Did the Los Angeles County sheriff's department break the law by obtaining and poring over the phone records of TMZ editor Harvey Levin, looking for evidence that a deputy leaked...

Dodgers and Angels win

lorettapile.jpg The Dodgers' win over the Cardinals was especially thrilling — with two out in the 9th inning, the Cardinals up 2-1 and no one on base for the Dodgers, a...

'SoCal Connected' returns tonight

socalconnected10809.jpg I joined some media and blog folks at the KCET studios the other morning for a preview of the second season of "SoCal Connected," the PBS station's weekly news program....

Gourmet's problem was print

amandahesserforbes.jpg Food writer Amanda Hesser, who may be a partisan about this as a longtime print scribe transitioning to online, says Gourmet magazine's content was fine. It just existed in the...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.8.09

Schwarzenegger at a Democratic fundraiser, the coming initiative war and that South L.A. woman is still missing in Malibu Canyon. Those items and more after the jump. Remember, Mark Lacter...

Helmut Newton's people not amused

Alpha-Sumo1.jpg I've noticed the window display at Alpha Man in West Hollywood; so have plenty of others. And apparently the estate of photographer Helmut Newton doesn't care for the store's homage...

Dodgers start off with a win

dodgers10709.jpg It was a four-hour monster in which the teams combined to leave 30 men on base, but in the end the Dodgers opened the post-season with a win over the...

Bratton leaving on up note

Los Angeles magazine hosted one of its periodic breakfast gatherings with newsmakers this morning at The Foundry on Melrose, with LAPD chief William Bratton invited to give an exit interview...

Irving Penn, photographer was 92

pennfireman.jpg The iconic fashion and portrait photographer — most notably for Vogue — died this morning at his home in Manhattan. His death was announced by Peter MacGill, his friend and...

'Larger struggle' at DWP

A strongly worded Times editorial today frames the exit of David Nahai as head of the Department of Water and Power in the context of a "larger struggle" for control...

LA Sketchbook: Freeway series hopes

qqxsgFreewaySeries.jpg Click to enlarge. See more of editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg's contributions to LA Sketchbook in the archive....

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.7.09

More moves in Trutanich v. Greuel, cop cars from Australia and the Dodgers begin the playoffs — plus more after the jump. Mark Lacter is off for a few days...

California a failing state?

The most-viewed article in the UK's Guardian the past 24 hours has been a weekend piece from Los Angeles asking if California will become America's first failed state. For what...

Jason Martinez out at KTLA

Channel 5 confirmed that weekend anchor Jason Martinez resigned abruptly on Sept. 29 after just nine months at the station. Martinez had been tapped to anchor during the week at...

Paying two DWP chiefs

The Department of Water and Power commission made official the hiring of S. David Freeman as temporary general manager at $325,000 a year, while facing more political heat over paying...

Goldstein: Hollywood not pro Polanski

L.A. Times film columnist and blogger Patrick Goldstein says all the noise about Hollywood supporting Roman Polanski overlooks something. There's no petition going around with the names of the real...

David Byrne's L.A.

bikefleischer.jpg Matthew Fleischer was in the audience last week for Talking Heads founder David Byrne's appearance at Aloud to talk about his new book, "Bicycle Diaries,” and Los Angeles. The event...

Picking on Finke

With the chatter about Nikki Finke on high due to this week's profile in The New Yorker, Gawker's Richard Rushfield is offering $1,000 for "a recent photograph of the scourge...

Now comes the 'rock porridge'

debrisflowmap1009.jpg Over the weekend, La Crescenta author Bernadette Murphy had a nice opinion piece in the L.A. Times invoking John McPhee and his seminal writing on debris flows out of the...

LA Sketchbook: Riding the SoCal escalator

qqxsgEscalatorsSoCal.jpg More of editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg's contributions to LA Sketchbook are in the archive....

3 LAPD cops charged with perjury

Officers Richard Amio, Evan Samuel and Manuel Ortiz were accused by the DA's office of lying about evidence that led to the arrest of a drug suspect in Hollywood in...

Freeze on police hiring?

Mayor Villaraigosa's most non-negotiable agenda has been his push to hire 1,000 more LAPD officers, even as crime rates fall. The City Council has been pushing back, a little, and...

Snowfall in the Sierras

tiogapics10509.jpg Eight inches fell on Mammoth Mountain over the weekend with a "generous delivery of powder" in the Lake Tahoe area, and with that the winter snowpack watch begins. The start...

Nahai to keep salary through '09

Departed DWP chief H. David Nahai would continue to receive his salary through the end of the year under an arrangement considered by the Department of Water and Power commissioners....

Huffington launches a book channel

The Huffington Post — which, incidentally, has been interviewing potential staffers for its upcoming Los Angeles news site — today announced a book section. From Arianna's post: Since I was...

Gourmet's Reichl: 'Stunned, sad'

Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl tweets, sounds like she was surprised at magazine's demise: Thank you all SO much for this outpouring of support. It means a lot. Sorry not to...

Rushfield: LAT 'kind of tragic'

Now that he's jumped to be west coast editor for Gawker, Richard Rushfield talks about why he left as entertainment editor of the Los Angeles Times website — and why...

Morning Buzz: Monday 10.5.09

Clinton in town to endorse Newsom, H1N1 vaccine is coming and Adam Carolla's podcast, plus the return of Frosty, Heidi and Frank to the airwaves. Those and more are below...

Conde Nast to close Gourmet, others *

As part of Conde Nast's post-McKinsey restructuring, Gourmet magazine will become an online, TV and book publishing brand, with only Bon Appetit continuing to publish as a magazine. Also shutting...

Do you believe in miracles? *

After last night's flurry of hockey posts, a friend sent along this paean to the locker room speech given to the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, before the kids went...

Nahai separation sounds messy *

hdavidnahai.jpg In the media follows to Friday's exit of DWP chief H. David Nahai, the L.A. Times noted that his "support within Villaraigosa's office had eroded dramatically, and Brian D'Arcy, the...

The New Yorker v. Nikki Finke

finketny.jpg You know something's up when you wake up to Sunday morning email from Nikki Finke and the flack for The New Yorker, both flagging a story in the magazine that...

A Ninth to remember

bowlfireworks.jpg The capper of Gustavo Dudamel's Hollywood Bowl debut as leader of the L.A. Philharmonic last night was a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, accompanied at the end by fireworks....

Nancy Daly, activist was 68

Nancy Daly, who helped found United Friends of the Children after being disturbed by what she saw at MacLaren Children's Center, died of pancreatic cancer while riding back to Los...

Dodgers party, meet the Cards Wednesday

The 5-0 lead held up and for an hour the Dodgers have been spraying bubbly on each other and fans. The playoffs open Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, with the Cardinals...

Saturday night at Staples Center *

Gustavo Dudamel is making his long-awaited debut tonight at the Hollywood Bowl. The Dodgers are trying to avoid an epic collapse at the stadium. My choice of venues for tonight...

Eater LA redesigns

eatermap.jpg Curbed's food sites unveiled a chain-wide redesign and a national food blog, with an offer to pay other food blogs $25 to shut down and send traffic Eater's way. The...

Dodgers officially in trouble

The Dodgers lost again tonight and now lead the Rockies by just one game — L.A.'s smallest lead since April. The Rockies were 15 games behind the Dodgers in June,...

Bruce Lisker's new life

pennfireman.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider went along as Bruce Lisker went shopping at Target, which came to the Valley during the 26 years he was in prison for the murder...

David Nahai resigns from DWP *

Nahai, the former commissioner at the Department of Water and Power who Mayor Villaraigosa put in charge of the agency in 2007, has been in stormy weather almost the whole...

Rio gets the 2016 Olympics

Just to finish the thought, the IOC selected Rio de Janeiro over Madrid (and earlier Chicago and Tokyo.) Here's Phil Wallace's advance handicapping of the race at Native Intelligence....

Morning Buzz: Friday 10.2.09

Chicago falls out of the Olympic chase early, new models of arts journalism on display and AG Jerry Brown vows to look at ACORN and how its workers got taped....

End of the line for Felix?

A website that tracks the turmoil at General Motors puts Felix Chevrolet, the Figueroa Street landmark, on a list of dealers expected to close. I'm just passing it along; no...

Other shoe falls on Times-WashPost deal

The Washington Post announced that it will now partner with Bloomberg on a joint news service, combined online page of business news and transmission of Post stories on Bloomberg's financial...

Create a fake expense report

Use Expense-a-steak to generate some phony receipts, from a restaurant in midtown Manhattan via Virginia Postrel on Twitter. Hahaha....

Polanski filmmaker to DA: huh?

Marina Zenovich, who made the documentary about fugitive director Roman Polanski, says she's pretty surprised to hear former assistant DA David Wells claim now that he lied in the film....

Paley Center opens with hockey

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills unveiled its fall schedule, starting tonight with Wayne Gretzky, Bruce McNall and a showing of "Kings Ransom," a documentary by Peter Berg...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.1.09

Earthquakes in L.A. North, prayers for Samoa and hoopla for Dudamel below the jump, with much more of course. Mark Lacter's morning headlines are at LA Biz Observed. Also be...

Rihanna and Chris Brown, together still

rihannachrisbrownkiis.jpg David Allen spotted KIIS-FM's outdated wheels at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona and blogs, "Radio station desperately needs a new van."...
Campaign 2015 takes shape
city-hall-night-alt.jpgHere is the certified list of who is running for Los Angeles City Council, school board and community college board. Story
A tale of two Sugar Plum Fairies
joy-womack-iris.jpgJoy Womack comes to the Santa Monica Nutcracker from Moscow, Lyrica Blankfein from NYC. More
Reclaiming lost lives
IMG_1846 - Copy.JPGThe annual LA County memorial for unclaimed human remains makes a powerful civic statement. Ellen Alperstein
Honoring Robert Downey, Sr.
ace-hotel-swope-iris.jpgLouis C.K., Alan Arkin and Robert Downey, Jr. took part in a screening of 'Putney Swope.' Iris Schneider