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Another new hire at LAT Calendar

Assistant Managing Editor for Arts and Entertainment Sallie Hofmeister tonight announced the second recent hire to fill openings on the L.A. Times entertainment team. We told you about Steven Zeitchik...

Beck juggles the lineup again

New LAPD chief Charlie Beck sent officers in the field his latest round of promotions and reassignments tonight. Captains Blake Chow, Bob Green and Mike Moriarty make commander, Sharon Papa...

Natalie Portman loves L.A.

She tells David Letterman she's liking life in Los Angeles....

Scratch 'Giant' magazine

Radio One is folding Giant as a print magazine after the current issue, which has Alicia Keyes on the cover. The name and some content will live on the web....

L.A. art is popular all over

arcomadrid.jpg Or maybe it's the willingness of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs to get involved as a sponsor. While a hundred or so Los Angeles writers, artists and speakers —...

In praise of Madame Wong

madamewongband.jpg While we're on a bit of a music jag, Esther Wong was the godmother of punk in Los Angeles. Her restaurant-clubs in Chinatown and Santa Monica would be in the...

Penner and soccer

Sportswriter Scott French was at the World Cup match in Pasadena in 1994 where Mike Penner first discovered soccer. The late L.A. Times sports writer bought a ball, started kicking...

Bob Keane, Del-Fi Records creator, was 87 *

ritchievalensalbum.jpg Unofficial word from a former Del-Fi employee on Facebook is that Bob Keane, the record producer who signed Ritchie Valens out of Pacoima in 1958, died over the weekend. Keane...

Mexico's biggest university now in L.A.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, said to be the largest in the western hemisphere, has operated out of the Mexican consulate here for three years. But now UNAM has...

Angeles Crest reopens

The highway is now open through the San Gabriel Mountains, though caution is urged due to crews clearing rocks and high winds....

LAT's "readers' rep" is leaving paper

Jamie Gold worked in the Readers' Representative's office at the L.A. Times for ten years, since 2001 as the main liaison between readers and the newsroom "on questions of accuracy,...

Call him Honorary Consul Dymally

Mervyn Dymally has held a lot of official posts -- Lieutenant Governor, congressman, assemblyman for starters -- and even though he lost his last election bid last year, he isn't...

Morning Buzz: Monday 11.30.09

Schwarzenegger's bad day at the track, Angeles Crest stays closed and an exit chat with CRA's Cecilia Estolano, plus more after the jump. From the long weekend: New Hollywood site...

LA Sketchbook: Small is beautiful

qqxsgJerryBrown-Field.jpg Steve Greenberg's first Jerry Brown cartoon for LA Observed, I do believe. Click the toon to see it bigger. More in the LA Sketchbook archive....

Snowy sunrise

snowysunrise.jpg This morning's view of the San Gabriels and Cucamonga Peak from Riverside, by Guy McCarthy of Watershed News. More Sunday snow pictures in his Flickr stream. Coordinates fixed...

Mike Penner's musical side

Kevin Bronson, the music writer formerly with the L.A. Times, remembers Mike Penner for more than his sports writing or his sexuality. They bonded over rock and roll. Penner was...

New Hollywood site seeks writers

Hollywoodnews.com expects to launch in January with former Los Angeles Times film reporter Robert Welkos as the editor and Carlos de Abreu as CEO and publisher. Welkos posted about it...

USC 28, UCLA 7

The Trojans dominated in a sloppy game by both sides, but what they'll be talking about for days (at least) is this: USC throwing a touchdown bomb one play after...

120 years before the Gold Line

capehornviaduct.jpg An elevated portion of the Gold Line today runs past the Capitol Milling Company plant in Downtown. From 1889 to 1896, the Cape Horn Viaduct also carried passengers past the...

Observing the L.A. River

larivernsheldon.jpg Noah Sheldon is a New York photographer with a show currently at the Cherry and Martin gallery on south La Cienega. While here this month, he made some nice photographs...

Street closures for Hollywood parade

Some streets are already closed for Sunday's Hollywood Christmas Parade, aka the parade that refused to die. Hollywood Boulevard from Orange Street to Highland Avenue and Orange from Hollywood Boulevard...

Guerrilla '5 North' sign replaced

ankromleonard.jpg Caltrans has quietly installed new directional signs over the northbound 110 freeway out of Downtown, in the process taking down one of Los Angeles' all-time great guerilla art installations. In...

Mike Penner, 52, believed to be suicide

Sad news at the Los Angeles Times website about one of their own. Mike Penner, the veteran sportswriter who in 2007 and '08 was known publicly as Christine Daniels, was...

Ironman of Channel 4

schaubleironman.jpg KNBC reporter Chris Schauble has apparently been chronicling his training for an Ironman competition in Arizona. He accomplished his goal this week: "I didn’t cry. I screamed when I crossed...

Radio traffic reports fading away

Cellphones, GPS and the struggling economy are conspiring to begin the die-off phase for regular traffic reports on your car radio, says Daisy Nguyen at AP. (She could have cited...

Avery Clayton, curator of black archives*

News is spreading fast via email and Facebook that Avery Clayton died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving. He was an artist and executive director of Western States Black Research...

L.A. authors in Guadalajara

guadalajaraicon.gif LA Observed contributors Veronique de Turenne, Jenny Price and Denise Hamilton will be heading to Guadalajara in coming days (or are already there) for the big book fair, which has...

Frank McCourt claims cash squeeze

mccourtslogo.jpg Frank McCourt's latest court filing in the case of McCourt v. McCourt makes for interesting reading, judging by the stories from John R. Emshwiller in the Wall Street Journal and...

Villaraigosa to Guadalajara

Mayor Villaraigosa begins a four-day working trip to Mexico later this morning, meeting for breakfast with business leaders in Guadalajara and tonight giving remarks at the University of Guadalajara's Museo...

See from Malibu to Downtown

malibutodowntown.jpg This is how nice a day we had for Thanksgiving: Veronique de Turenne could see Downtown Los Angeles from the cove that Here in Malibu calls home. Multiple, larger views...

L.A. isn't Canada

richhammondnew.jpg Rich Hammond, the ex-Daily News reporter hired by the Los Angeles Kings, has been the only journalist accompanying the team on most road trips. This week they're in western Canada,...

Wanted: one film critic

Here's a hire that will be closely scrutinized and dissected, no matter who gets it: the LA Weekly is looking for a replacement for Scott Foundas. The L.A. Weekly is...

Happy Passedover

A day-after-Thanksgiving poem from Tony Peyser: My wife Kathy recently announced that She would not be bereft over A new holiday after Thanksgiving where Each guest brought a leftover. We...

In praise of Charis Wilson, muse

florasmall.jpg Author and Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch blogs that his "very first experiment in the deconstruction and interpretation of sexual imagery" took place when, as a child, he found...

All day on the SoCal rails

The inveterate urban explorers at Southern California Transit Advocates came up with a pretty cool Day After Thanksgiving outing this year: they will ride all four Metrolink lines on Friday,...

Thanksgiving Day in Los Angeles

mtwilsontksgiving.jpg It's about 79 degrees in Los Angeles, a little warmer in spots, with essentially no wind. Up on Mount Wilson, the light is sharp. Thanks for everything. Cam grab at...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 11.25.09

Quick roundup for getaway day: Roman Polanski was granted bail and possibly house arrest in Switzerland, but an appeal is pending. L.A. Now Pot dispensaries could continue to accept cash...

Have you seen La Brea Woman?

labreawoman.jpg Forensic artist Melissa Cooper says she created a facial rendering based on the Page Museum's solitary human skull, but she says the museum won't show her work out of fear...

Chicken Boy at Yosemite Falls

chickenboyatfalls.jpg Somebody had to represent Highland Park's favorite son in Yosemite Valley, and LA Observed was honored to make the introduction. That's Chicken Boy at Lower Yosemite Falls. Below is also...

The view from Copenhagen

commutingcopenhagen.jpg Los Angeles native Steve Caplan sold his house in the Valley hills to move to Copenhagen, where his wife is from, to work on the coming United Nations Climate Change...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.24.09

Color commentary all around on yesterday's LAPD brass shake-up, Schwarzenegger parks in the red, Sarah Palin and Latinos and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas dodges the media. Those and more after the jump....

Spray tan with the stars

This time it's the Wall Street Journal going behind the scenes of the hit show "Dancing With the Stars" on the front page. I'll leave it to you to decide...

Tesla chooses Downey over Long Beach

Tesla Motors will build its Model S, four-door, all-electric sedan in the city of Downey, the mayor there told the District Weekly....

Rallying around the old Weekly

Former LA Weekly staffer Pandora Young takes some thoughtful umbrage at the Dennis Romero blog post for the Weekly about last week's USC/Neon Tommy story on the Weekly. Young at...

LA Animated: sic regional transit

PacificElectric.gif More LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg...

LAPD memo: Beck makes some moves

New LAPD chief Charlie Beck has made his first substantial personnel moves. "The new organization includes six Direct Reports and the renaming of two Offices. I have made several selections...

Schwarzenegger picks a Gov Lite

The interim Lieutenant Governor won't be Richard Riordan, or Robert Hertzberg, or Laura Chick...or even Janice Hahn. It's state Sen. Abel Maldonado, Gov. Schwarzenegger's favorite Senate Republican. Maldonado is from...

Zócalo goes to Guadalajara *

zocalologo1.jpg Zócalo Public Square is decamping in early December to the Guadalajara International Book Fair, with some assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles...

Local journo leaves the business

There could be a rush of these leaving the business items in the next couple of weeks when the L.A. Times drops its next, much-rumored layoff bomb. This one, though,...

Morning Buzz: Monday 11.23.09 *

Bratton may want his old NYPD job back, Meg Whitman is following the Sarah Palin act, and more evidence of political sleaze in the city's pension systen. Plus: how many...

LAT updates its social media rules

The Los Angeles Times has revised and reorganized its guidelines from last March that staffers are supposed to follow on social media networks. Political advocacy is still out, for instance,...

'East of West LA', the book

mccollistercafe.jpg Readers of LA Observed have seen Kevin McCollister's photographs of Los Angeles, first on his blog Jimson Weed Gazette, and more recently on its successor, East of West LA. His...

Studio PR in the Twitter age

Hollywood marketing has changed now that so many people willingly devour flakkery on Facebook, Twitter and blogs, a New York Times story says today: Social networks like Facebook and Twitter...

Reporter sort of does DWTS

The L.A. Times dusts off the first-person thing for today's Column One, promoting Tuesday's season finale of "Dancing With the Stars" by letting entertainment reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski go through...

Steve Barr leaving Green Dot schools

stevebarrkpcc.jpg The founder and chairman of Green Dot Public Schools is stepping down to work on “national education issues,” a spokeswoman for Barr said Friday. Barr will become chair emeritus of...

Peter Hong lands with Ridley-Thomas

peterhong.jpg When Peter Hong left the Los Angeles Times on a buyout during the last staff paring, he hinted at a gig to be named. It's this: the former real estate...

Newsom breaks silence (snippily)

OK, at least one more Gavin Newsom item. A day or so after the San Francisco Chronicle editorialized about Newsom turning into "a mystery man," he finally sat down with...

What Neon Tommy got wrong re: Weekly *

Quite a bit, according to the LA Weekly. Start with the Neon Tommy story's claim that the Weekly had just six full time editorial staffers: It left out music editor...

Morning Buzz: Friday 11.20.09

Beck's popular first order, Leiweke calls Trutanich's bluff, what it's like to be 33, gay and a deputy mayor, and the LAT's Rainey weighs in on Ruth Seymour. Plus a...

Oceanside, Afghanistan & the FT

semperfi.jpg Today's Financial Times carries a story from Oceanside, Calif. on the differences in opinion in town over sending more Marines from Camp Pendleton to Afghanistan. The story, by Los Angeles...

Janice Hahn, on the stump

Now that City Council member Janice Hahn is running for Lieutenant Governor, the pace of press releases is creeping up inexorably toward one a day. The latest introduces the new...

Busy news day at UCLA

Here's what I've been doing all morning: UCLA Newsroom. New posts at LA Biz Observed and Native Intelligence....

Yeah, the Newsom honeymoon is over

When San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the race for governor two weeks ago, one chapter of his political life ended and a new, stranger one began. The...

Spot.Us names editor for L.A.

Anh Do, a former columnist for the Orange County Register and vice president of Nguoi Viet Daily News (the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the U.S.), will be the managing editor...

LA Sketchbook: A Beck in Brattonwood

BrattonwoodBeck.jpg Click to view larger. See more by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive....

It's a new day at Curbed LA

curbedredo.jpg Curbed LA introduced a bold new look today, bringing the site more in line with others in the company's spreading empire, with more obvious links to the sister sites. We've...

No paradise in this cove

OK, Mark Gold of Heal the Bay, how do you really feel about the owner of Malibu's Paradise Cove getting a big break from the state's clean water regulators, despite...

Pork and the water bond

Patrick McGreevy likely wrote about Keith Brackpool and the Cadiz water scheme in the Mojave Desert when he was a City Hall reporter for the L.A. Times, given that Brackpool...

Ruth Seymour: 'A good time to go'

RUTH SEYMOUR by Marc Goldstein.jpg Lots of talk and kudos today for Ruth Seymour, who announced to her staff last night (see her note) that she will retire as head of KCRW. Larry Mantle opened...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 11.18.09

DWP has a new theory on water main breaks, Xavier Becerra in trouble with the Speaker, a book deal for Andrew Breitbart and more after the jump. Yesterday's posts are...

Ruth Seymour retiring from KCRW

RUTH SEYMOUR by Marc Goldstein.jpg Ruth Seymour, who built KCRW into a National Public Radio power, sent a letter to radio station staffers last night saying she will retire at the end of February. She...

Real estate blog dies at LAT

The latest Los Angeles Times blog to fade away is L.A. Land, which never seemed to quite recover its mojo from last year's departure of originator Peter Viles. When real...

Angelyne sues city over missed fan mail

angelyneboardcrop.jpg The billboard one (and ex-candidate for governor) has filed what Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter calls "a hilarious, $500,000 breach of contract lawsuit against the Community Redevelopment Agency." Angelyne,...

Heikes hiring at LA Weekly *

heikesweekly.jpg The LA Weekly's editorial staff is down to six full-time employees: three editors (Drex Heikes, Jill Stewart and Tom Christie) and three reporters, according to a story at USC's Neon...

Broad's museum sites considered

Since we broke the news Friday night about Eli Broad's museum talks with Santa Monica, there have been copycat blog posts — plus a nice mention by Tyler Green at...

Neda's death in Tehran, on 'Frontline'

Tonight's "Frontline" on PBS "examines the life and death of Neda Agha Soltan," the woman whose killing on the streets of Tehran elicited a huge reaction around the world —...

Chief Beck endorses Roski stadium

New LAPD chief Charlie Beck lives in Walnut, the city that had resisted plans for an NFL stadium in nearby Industry. Walnut has made its peace with the stadium plan...

Gold Line culinary tour

The blogger known as the 99-Cent Chef rode the new Gold Line extension to East Los Angeles for Sunday's opening. Squash blossom quesadillas at Taqueria Las Cabañas were the gustatory...

Beck sworn in as chief of police

The City Council this morning unanimously confirmed Charlie Beck as chief of the LAPD. He was then sworn in by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and received the badge from Council...

More cuts at La Opinión

Staffers are saying that the design staff was called into a meeting yesterday afternoon and told that editorial and ad design are being outsourced to an agency in Mexico. La...

Big day on the LAT blogs

Memo from Tony Pierce, blog editor of the L.A. Times, about a traffic rush over the weekend that gave the paper's national politics blog its biggest day yet — and...

Alkon gets some ink

amyalkonpsychtoday.jpg Local advice columnist Amy Alkon's new book "I See Rude People: One woman's battle to beat some manners into impolite society” comes out this month and she showed up in...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.17.09

Beck's confirmation vote, Villaraigosa gets a Thai massage, Broad still talking museum with Beverly Hills and much, much more in today's catch-up buzz. Tucked neatly after the jump,. as usual....

MOCA gala photos

mocagagadancer.jpg Iris Schneider has posted her photos from MOCA's 30th anniversary party, including John Baldessari and David Hockney, Eva Mendes and Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga performing on a pink piano....

Road trip

I'll be poking around in the Sierras for a few days. Back on the blog Tuesday. Stay tuned at LA Biz Observed for updates from Mark Lacter. Recently posted around...

Boyarsky remembers Doug Ring

LA Observed columnist Bill Boyarsky was a friend of the late Doug Ring and describes his role in preparing Bill to be an effective ethics commissioner in City Hall, and...

Broad museum talking to Santa Monica

At the Broad Art Foundation's 25th anniversary event tonight in Santa Monica, there was talk that a museum for Eli Broad's art collection — formerly contemplated in Beverly Hills —...

Friday desk clearing

The Michael Jackson memorial cost the city $3.2 million in staff costs and overtime, and generated $4 million in increase economic activity, the city's chief legislative analyst said. DN...

Eyes on L.A.

My KCRW commentary today talked about two photographers of L.A. who approach their subject from different directions, Bruce Davidson and Martin Schall. It aired, as every Friday, at 4:44 p.m....

Looking at Scrubs magazine

scrubscover.jpg Marketplace has a story on the newly launched L.A.-based print magazine for nurses and the people who love them. The website includes a blog by Rebekah Child, a USC and...

Villaraigosa on death of Doug Ring *

From the mayor's office: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding the death of Douglas R. Ring: “I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend Doug Ring,...

Morning Buzz: Friday 11.13.09

Tough situation in the mid-city area, Susan Kennedy's future with Schwarzenegger, Playboy's possible sale and more after the jump — including a Larchmont shop trying to change the rules it...

Euna Lee signs book deal

glamoureuna-lee-laura-ling_.jpg Euna Lee and Laura Ling continue to go their separate ways. Today in New York, Broadway Books confirmed it has a deal for Lee's account of the Los Angeles journalists'...

Doug Ring, 65, found dead at home *

Developer, lawyer and philanthropist Doug Ring was discovered at the Brentwood home he shares with his wife, former City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, the L.A. Times' news blog says. Ring and...

Swooning over Dudamel

dudamelirisnyt.jpg LA Observed contributor Iris Schneider has a gorgeous audio slide show of Gustavo Dudamel images on the New York Times website. The accompanying story by Daniel J. Wakin discusses Dudamel...

Sandra Tsing Loh confesses some more

sandratsingloh.jpg In the December issue of The Atlantic, author Sandra Tsing Loh discusses two books about the concept of bad mothers and expands a little on her current situation. Remember, in...

Hartenstein takes on another gig

As Mark noted at LA Biz Observed, L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein has been named non-executive chairman of Sirius XM Radio. He has been a director of the company. His...

Making of the Nadya Suleman story

octomoshoot.jpg Good piece coming in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine on the media studio that is the La Habra home of Octomom Nadya Suleman. Seems like there is always a...

Meet James Goldstein (again *)

jamesgoldstein.jpg Chances are you have seen James Goldstein around town — and how could you miss him and his python cowboy hat? He shows up at fashion events and courtside at...

Art/Life 'more than a magazine'

artlifecover.jpg LACMA staffer Maggie Hanson blogs that one of the best things about her job as stacks manager of the museum's research library is getting to share rarities like the complete...

Foundas switches sides

LA Weekly film editor and chief film critic Scott Foundas is moving to Lincoln Center in New York as associate program director. His responsibilities will include the New York Film...

LA Sketchbook: Dodgers his and hers

qqxsgDodgers HisHers.jpg Click to view larger. More by Steve Greenberg...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 11.12.09

Back from the holiday with a reading of the Jerry Brown tapes, a conspiracy theory about Charlie Beck, big layoffs at Current TV in L.A. and more after the jump...

Art Laboe still spinning records

Really nice Column One by Esmeralda Bermudez on Art Laboe, the disc jockey who has been taking requests and sending out dedications to L.A. low-riders for 50-plus years. He's now...

Mixed message from LAT

Not a month removed from the last newsroom layoffs, and with editor Russ Stanton talking openly about another round of staff cuts coming in December, the Los Angeles Times is...

Theater critic critiques the critic

Don Shirley, a theater critic in Los Angeles for many years, including many at the L.A. Times, is now writing for L.A. Stage. He wasn't real thrilled on Sunday to...

Howard Jacobs, AIDS activist was 45

West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeff Prang announced the death of his former deputy this morning. Karen Ocamb has more....

Paging Dr. Fielding

Last night on KCRW's Which Way, L.A.?, Warren Olney noted that Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, declined to take questions directly from...

Brown pelicans taken off endangered list

The feds have formally removed pelicans from the endangered species list, hailing the bird's recovery as evidence that the species law works. Brown pelicans were declared endangered in 1970, when...

AD leads list it would rather not be on

archdigestcover.jpg Even I've heard the rumors that Paige Rense's days as supreme leader at Architectural Digest are numbered. This will surely fuel such talk: AD led all Conde Nast monthly magazines...

Agassi's agony continues

agassicover.jpg Former tennis great Andre Agassi took his woe-is-he book tour tonight to NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Nice shout-out at the top of the segment for Los Angeles magazine...

L.A. Public Media Service hires up

The new "radio and multimedia service directed to an ethnically diverse and underserved 25-40 year-old demographic" — funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and managed by Radio Bilingüe —...

HuffPo's pitch to L.A. bloggers

If you receive an email with the subject line "An Invitation from The Huffington Post Los Angeles," you are one of the legions being offered the chance to blog for...

Hollywood Reporter about to be sold?

The Wrap's Sharon Waxman says The Hollywood Reporter "and several other Nielsen entertainment titles are set to be sold to James Finkelstein’s News Communications Inc., owner of 'Who’s Who' publications...

LA Weekly takes a blogger

Dennis Romero, who has been a staff writer at the late Tu Ciudad magazine, the late CityBeat and the Los Angeles Times, has recently been anchoring the LA Weekly's news...

Jamie McCourt denies affair

The ousted Dodgers CEO gave her first interview since the divorce papers were filed to Times columnist T.J. Simers. She said in the hour-long sit-down that she was never with...

Accidents up near red-light cameras

redlightcamerasign.jpg CBS 2's David Goldstein and team got the data from the city and found that instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's leukemia

kareemongma.jpg The Lakers' special coach and former great for the Lakers and UCLA made the media rounds Monday announcing that he is being treated for a rare form of leukemia. The...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.10.09

More on that secret taping of reporters by a Jerry Brown aide, Beck moves forward and the City Council is gone to Texas. Plus more, of course, after the jump....

Yaroslavsky as web news pioneer

zevblog.jpg That innovative new website for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky that we told you about in May has gone live. It features a blog by Yaroslavsky and stories about county news and...

Luc Robitaille in Toronto *

Video of the Kings' Luc Robitaiile speaking at his induction into the hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Canada. He didn't choke up until addressing his parents in French. Robitaille...

HuffPost urges its bloggers to think L.A.

The memo to bloggers from senior editor Willow Bay confirms what LA Observed previously reported about a December launch for the Huffington Post's Los Angeles vertical and the role of...

Burbank police chief opts to retire

I have no idea what is really going on at the Burbank police department, only that things seem pretty messed up. This afternoon, Chief Tim Stehr announced he would retire,...

LA Sketchbook: Water politics as usual

qqxsgArnoldPlumber.jpg Click on the cartoon to view it bigger, as always. More by Steve Greenberg....

Mark Cuban offers himself as Dodgers buyer

The team isn't for sale — yet — and Cuban has some imposing conditions, but the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks says, sure, he could see owning the Dodgers....

Man. Elephant. Wedding. Santa Monica

Sean Roderick was on busy Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica on Saturday night when she encountered a wedding procession, apparently Indian, with the groom riding atop an elephant. The video...

Metropolitan Home, RIP

methomecover.jpg The December issue of Metropolitan Home will be the last one, Hachette Filipacchi Media announced today, saying that resources will be focused on its Elle Décor title. Met Home editor...

New L.A. Marathon route

The Los Angeles Marathon has produced a Google map of the new course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, and this animated version:...

Morning Buzz: Monday 11.9.09

Sacramento's withholding tax increase, a new hit on Nikki Finke and fare hikes at Metrolink, plus much more after the jump. From the weekend: Mark Lacter on the Toyota scandal...

Here's a way to clean up billboards

Los Angeles can't even prevent illegal billboards from going up — mainly because City Hall don't really want to — but in Brazil, Sao Paulo has become what may be...

Boston checks in on Frank & Jamie

mccourtslogo.jpg The Boston Globe on Sunday went with a front-page story on the McCourts saga. Included is skepticism about Jamie's claim that she didn't know what she was doing when she...

Well, two mayors were there

I'm told the political chatter at Saturday night's big True Blue dinner at the new Police Administration Building — to raise about $2 million for the Police Foundation and honor...

Martin Schall, here in L.A. (again)

martinschallwithcamera.jpg Longtime readers know Martin Schall as the German creator of you-are-here.com, the great website of Los Angeles photographs. Although I've been posting since 2004 about the 42-year-old who runs the...

Bruce Davidson, around L.A.

runyoncanyondavidson.jpg The 76-year-old New York photographer is "among the leaders of a loose-knit new wave of photographers — including Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus — who emerged...

City Hall wedding bells *

Ben Golombek, the communications deputy to Controller Wendy Greuel, is marrying Meghan Loper, Public Policy Director at Majestic Realty, on Saturday out in La Quinta. Thus, he will be out...

Angeleno celebrates 10 years

angelenonov09.jpg This month's Angeleno is the magazine's tenth anniversary issue. The mag relives a decade of celebrity photography, highlights some fashionistas who elevated L.A.'s style in the 2000s and anoints as...

Be the hardest-working reporter in L.A.

Actually, Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Daily Press is hiring a GA reporter. Full-time there means 10 to 12 stories a week, some holidays and weekends, and "if there’s a...

Manny not going anywhere

Thumbnail image for mannyjg120.jpg Manny Ramirez has decided to take the $20 million and stay with the Dodgers next season, rather than opt out of his contract and look for work as a drug-tainted,...

60% don't want to vote again on marriage

The first L.A. Times/USC poll will run in Sunday's and Monday's papers and will cover a bunch of topics. Some of the findings the Times is teasing: 51% of Calfornia...

Lu Parker, Times pet blogger

Q: What's more bizarre than the Los Angeles Times having a blog for the paper's most inveterate staff animal lovers to talk about pets, animal causes and, of course, dogs...

Scribe nominates himself for Lt. Gov

Journalist Joe Mathews uses an Op-Ed piece in the Times to propose that Gov. Schwarzenegger appoint him for the vacant job of lieutenant governor. I know you're considering smart politicians...

LAO on KCRW: Optimistic about Beck

My take on the Charlie Beck selection — I hope he's the guy to finish off the old, unprofessional LAPD culture once and for all — airs at 4:44 p.m....

Around LA Observed

No time for the Morning Buzz today, but you should check out the new unemployment figures — worst since 1983 — at LA Biz Observed, plus Mark's morning headlines. Also...

Mayor hits the Runway

projrunwayav.jpg As Lifetime's "Project Runway" nears the end of its season in Los Angeles, tonight's final challenge was held at the Getty. The surprise guest greeting the contestants on the terrace...

H1N1 flu deaths detailed *

h1n1map.jpg The students at USC's Neon Tommy looked into the Los Angeles County deaths attributed to the H1N1 flu and mapped the cases — 57 since April, when it was known...

Sully to lead Rose Parade

US Airways pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger was named the grand marshal of the 2010 Rose Parade. Star-News...

Reading McCourts profile from 2006 *

* Couple of updates after the jump Author Pat Jordan's profile of Frank and Jamie McCourt ran in the LAT Magazine and talked about their rough reception in Los Angeles...

Obama names EPA chief for California

Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency covers California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 tribal nations. The new administrator is Jared Blumenfeld, director of the San...

LAT kills its Vegas blog *

I never understood why the Los Angeles Times made A Movable Buffet, by Las Vegas writer Richard Abowitz, one of its first blogs four years ago. But it did, and...

Jamie not reinstated to Dodgers job

In court this morning, Jamie McCourt's bid to be immediately reinstated as CEO of the Dodgers was rejected. Frank McCourt's lawyer dismissed her former role as "ceremonial" anyway (something they...

Rihanna starts to talk about that night

ABC has begun rolling out Diane Sawyer's interviews with Rihanna about the attack by Chris Brown in Hancock Park last February and her relationship with the violent singer. She talks...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 11.5.09

More analysis of Charlie Beck, plus the state's big water deal, blacks and pot in Pasadena, Andrew Breitbart and more after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at...

Flood zone in South L.A.?

kcetspot.jpg The top story on tonight's SoCal Connected makes the case that homeowners in South Los Angeles are being forced to buy expensive flood insurance based on flawed FEMA maps. Check...

KPFK shuffles the deck

New programming changes at Pacifica Radio's station: Ian Masters, the Australian journalist who hosts a provocative Sunday show, will air at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Activist and writer Earl...

Estolano leaves CRA

Cecelia Estolano has resigned as CEO of the city's Community Redevelopment Agency after 3½ years. Mayor Villaraigosa's release says she will join an environmental firm, Green for All. Estolano had...

Bay Area gets another news outlet

What happens in a region when the dominant local newspaper starts to die? In the Bay Area, first the New York Times comes in with local pages, and starting tomorrow...

No cameras at McCourts hearing

mccourtslogo.jpg The media advisory has gone out for tomorrow's Game One of McCourt v. McCourt: no cameras, thanks to a ruling by Commissioner Scott Gordon. "Once again, we are seeing the...

Axles of Evil on 'Oprah'

That, of course, is the roller derby name for KPCC's Alex Cohen, local host for NPR's "All Things Considered." She was on "Oprah" today in a piece on the Derby...

First email from Chief (to be) Beck

In the in-box, sent via the mayor's office email from "Chief Charlie Beck" with the subject line: I'm your new Chief and I want to hear from you. It's straight...

Two out at Entertainment Weekly bureau

Two members of the Los Angeles bureau are among 11 staffers laid off at the magazine, says a report....

City Council cuts pay of 800 workers

One furlough day every two weeks for department heads, policy analysts, council aides and some other non-union workers will save $2 million. The council's budget is still short by $100...

L.A. Times to do polls with USC

Six statewide polls will be conducted between now and the November 2010 election, to be called the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll....

What about the HerEx building?

All this talk of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner closing led Curbed LA to ask, sensibly, what has become of the plans to renovate the old...

Orso closing by Nov. 21

The Hollywood power lunch spot near the Cedars medical buildings on West 3rd Street is soon to shut its doors, after 20 years. “It’s not without some sadness and remorse,"...

Bratton to give an interview

brattoncolbert.jpg Barbara Walters maybe? Larry King? At least Jon Stewart? No, ex-LAPD chief William Bratton is Thursday's guest with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report....

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 11.4.09

How Beck almost didn't get the LAPD job, plus more reaction and politics notes from all over. After the jump. Los Angeles County election results are here....

Villaraigosa introduces Beck

beckvillaraigosaintro.jpg Mayor Villaraigosa and police chief-nominee Charlie Beck came out of Getty House at 11:06 a.m. The police commission and other invited guests are gathered in front of the residence on...

Getty House show on hold: OIS

All three live news shows on local TV — on chanels 2, 4 and 7 — are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting and LAPD standoff in South Los...

Villaraigosa tweets: it's Beck

Mayor Villaraigosa at 10:16 sent out a Twitter post saying "Meet Charlie Beck, my choice to lead the LAPD," with a link to this bio. The Rev. Carr connection: Villaraigosa's...

Who is Charlie Beck? *

beckfilegrab.jpg KPCC News, KNBC and ABC7 have joined the L.A. Times in reporting they confirmed that Mayor Villaraigosa will name deputy chief Charlie Beck to run the LAPD. Beck was rumored...

LA Sketchbook: White smoke spotted

ChiefSmoke.jpg More by Steve Greenberg...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.3.09

LAPD veteran Charlie Beck is Mayor Villaraigosa's choice for police chief, the L.A. Times is reporting online. More buzz after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA...

HuffPost gears up in L.A.

Talk is of a Dec. 1 launch date for the Los Angeles edition of the Huffington Post, which has been interviewing for positions. Tina Daunt, laid off last month by...

HerEx is gone, but there's still pizza

The editors who work late in newsroom of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune got a little scare last night. The pizza joint that keeps them fueled didn't answer the phone....

D.J. Waldie on 'Opposite Field'

Now this is a book review. D.J. Waldie considers the latest book by another Los Angeles author, Jesse Katz, and says "The Opposite Field" is "a sweet baseball memoir with...

Doctor guilty in bike rage case

Dr. Christopher Thompson was just convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and other charges for stopping abruptly and causing injuries to bicyclists he had just passed on Mandeville...

Getty House gets star billing

gettyhousefront.jpg Mayor Villaraigosa plans to announce his selection for chief of police at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Getty House. Have you noticed how, since the mayor's new image shapers came in,...

L.A. Film Critics down to 11 full-timers

The layoff of Alonso Duralde from MSNBC means ten members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association have lost their gigs in the last 18 months, says David Poland at...

Jerry Brown aide resigns over taping

Scott Gerber stepped down as spokesman for the state Attorney General, saying he was guilty of "serious errors in judgment" for taping reporters' phone calls without their knowledge or consent....

Greene & Greene on the move

Eric Spillman of KTLA covers the night-time move through Pasadena of the 1912 Herkimer Arms Apartments, designed by Charles and Henry Greene. The building, apparently the only apartment house...

Melody's parents come to school

melodyrossballoons.jpg Channel 5's Lynette Romero had a report at the top of the hour from Wilson High School in Long Beach, where the distraught parents of 16-year-old Melody Ross spoke to...

20 years ago: 'So Long, L.A.!'

herexfinal.gif I mentioned today's 20th anniversary of the Herald Examiner's demise in the Morning Buzz below, but now former HerEx editorial writer Joel Bellman is circulating this snippet. It's the editorial...

Water main break in Van Nuys *

watermainbreak11209.jpg Dramatic geyser is blowing higher than the rooftops on Van Nuys Boulevard near Sherman Way. Screen cap is from CBS 2. * Noon update: DWP says the main, which broke...

Dodger Stadium work on hold *

mccourtslogo.jpg Renovation of the loge level at Dodger Stadium won't take place this winter, or as they're calling it around the stadium, the winter of the McCourts' discontent. For the second...

Jonathan Gold profiled in the New Yorker

Dana Goodyear's profile, almost a year in the making, calls the LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold "the high-low priest of the L.A. food scene." Subscription required to read the whole piece,...

Morning Buzz: Monday 11.2.09

Waiting until Tuesday for the new chief, more parsing of Gavin Newsom's exit, plus more after the jump — including anniversaries for the Sports Arena and the Herald Examiner....

Other weekend stuff

Clearing the decks for the new week: USC president Steven Sample announced that he would step down in August, after 19 years. Honors student Melody Ross, 16, was shot and...

Villaraigosa's Sunday

Mayor Villaraigosa summoned the three finalists for chief of the LAPD to Getty House for a second round of conversations and photo ops, then put out the word that he...

L.A.-themed costume of the day?

observatorycostume.jpg She's the Griffith Observatory. From Lianablog, via Eric Spiegelman....
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