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Weekend viewing: Bunker Hill, 1956 *

angels-flight-sheets-crop.jpg Five years before Kent MacKenzie made The Exiles, about Native Americans in Downtown Los Angeles, he made a 17-minute student film at USC showing everyday life in the Bunker Hill neighborhood in 1956.

Jimmy Blackman leaving Villaraigosa's staff

The last of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's original team of top advisors at City Hall, Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman, will leave on August 13.

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.30.10

Expo Line, Bell, Mitrice Richardson, Eli Broad's museum and more.

LA Sketchbook: The Bell tolls

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Bell residents also paying among highest property taxes

It turns out that the property tax add-ons levied by the City of Bell have its residents paying a higher rate than in any local city but Industry.

Police breaking up protest at Wilshire & Highland

Immigration rights protesters in chains have blocking the intersection for several hours, but the LAPD has issued a dispersal order. Media reports have the cops moving in to cut chains...

Cristiano Ronaldo is in town

cristiano-ucla-gossipgirls.jpg Ronaldo just finished up his first press conference at UCLA's Morgan Center. At least 15 TV cameras were there, more than a dozen still photogs rushed the stage when he came out, and a roomful of media types fired courteous questions.

One colleague's view of Eric Malnic, L.A. and the Times

Peter Hong worked with and admired Eric Malnic, the reporter and editor who worked at the Los Angeles Times for 47 years, bridging the Otis Chander and Sam Zell era.

More old L.A. photos: May Co. on Wilshire

may-co-escalator-lacma.jpg This photo isn't actually old. It was shot the other day inside LACMA West, showing a remnant of the circa-1940 May Company department store.

Attack of the L.A. smog archives

la-smog-1948.jpg Wired magazine culled some photos of Los Angeles smog from the L.A. Times archive at UCLA. Monday was the 67th anniversary of the infamous really, really black day when people looked around said dang, we have an air pollution problem here.

Caption error o' the day

Some of my email correspondents have been having some fun with this in today's L.A. Times Business section

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.29.10

Your smart phone says who you will vote for, plus more politics, news and media notes.

Placing a subway station in Westwood

Westwood-UCLA-Station-Slide2.jpg Say that Metro Rail ever reaches as far west as Westwood Village. It's going to need a station. But where should it go?

Local reaction on blockage of Arizona's SB 1070

Mayor Villaraigosa, KFI's John & Ken, Cardinal Mahony.

A bad review on L.A.'s new planning director

Mark Winogrond, who served Mayor Vilalraigosa as interim planning director and vetted his 2006 selection of Gail Goldberg, strongly rips the selection of Michael LoGrande as city planning director.

Mossberg stays with the iPhone, despite AT&T

walt-mossberg-wsj.jpg The iPhone 4 is still his choice, the WSJ's Walt Mossberg decrees.

How a California Watch story gets out

Editorial Director Mark Katches explains in a blog post how a recent California Watch project on the shrinking school day came to appear in newspapers, on the air and on websites around the state.

People want to be cops, it seems

A message from the new Twitter account of the California Highway Patrol's L.A. area division.

Sheriff's looking in Las Vegas for Mitrice Richardson

There have been credible reports of Mitrice Richardson sightings in Las Vegas and the L.A. County sheriff's department plans to hold a news conference there tomorro

NBC 4 gets a new VP for news *

VickieBurns-nbc.jpg Vickie Burns, named today as Vice President, News for KNBC, comes from WNBC in New York where she was Vice President of Content and Audience Development for NBC Local Media New York.

Eric Malnic, retired Times reporter was 73 *

Eric Malnic was a longtime mainstay of the Los Angeles Times Metro staff, as an assistant city editor and rewrite man on big stories, and late in his career as the paper's specialist on airplane crashes.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.28.10

More politicians jump on Bell story, CNN's ratings, Mordigan Nurseries, Magnolia Bakery problems and more.

Old Spice has been good for Isaiah Mustafa

old-spice-mustafa.jpg You Tube sensation and ex-NFL player Isaiah Mustafa talks to the Hollywood Reporter about the stardom of sorts that has come his way since he pitched Old Spice in the year's biggest online marketing coup not perpetrated by Apple.

A tale of two counties in life expectancy stats

life-expectancy-map.gif Residents of upscale La Canada Flintridge live the longest of those in any Los Angeles County community: 87.8 years on average, according to a new report on life expectancy. Life expectancy is 15 years less in Westmont, an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles.

Ex-Burbank official dies on Northern California bridge

Kevin Jolly, 45, left as superintendent of the Burbank schools a few weeks ago to take over a troubled school district in Mendocino County.

Diana Nyad cleared by U.S. to go

diana-nyad-square.jpg What did you do today that challenged your comfort zone? KCRW sports columnist Diana Nyad is getting ready to swim from Cuba to Florida, a feat she couldn't complete when she was 28 and the best in the world at such extreme swims. She's now 60.

WeHo News has been sold

A controlling interest in WeHo News, the West Hollywood cyber newspaper, has been purchased by Mark Hundahl and David Stern, the partners in Frontiers Media LLC, which publishes the gay magazine Frontiers IN Los Angeles.

Mr. Lopez goes to the White House

When Nathaniel Ayers performed yesterday at the White House, it was only fitting that L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez went along.

Oops, somebody jump the gun? *

The URL on an L.A. Times blog item about anti-Semitism in California is long and ugly as such web addresses often are, but this one is revealing because it contains the phrase "embargoed-until-9-am-tuesday." The item was posted by the Times at 8:12 a.m.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.27.10

Republicans upbeat on Fiorina, Bell officials give up the money, reaction to LoGrande, the Battle of Los Angeles and more. Inside.

Afternoon media notes

My KCRW column this evening gives kudos to the Los Angeles Times for its city of Bell reportage, but also notes that high salaries there were possible in large part because the Times stopped covering small cities like Bell over the last decade or so. Plus media notes.

Beverly Blvd. cheapskate cheats meter of 30 minutes

parking-meter-towel.jpg Food writer Barbara Hansen watched last night as a guy pulled into a parking spot on a trendy block of Beverly Boulevard, wrapped a shirt around the parking meter and strolled away with two women. She got a photo.

CBS 2 /KCAL 9 make weather changes

Josh Rubenstein gets the title of Chief Meterologist for the two stations and will take over weather responsibilities for the 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. newscasts, plus other personnel moves.

What Villaraigosa says about his new planning director *

Here's the release from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office on Michael LoGrande, his new nominee to take over the city planning department.

Walking Man killed himself by drowning, coroner rules

The death of Dr. Marc Abrams, the popular Walking Man of Silver Lake, is now officially a suicide.

Roski won't talk about Downtown NFL stadium

Ed Roski, the real estate developer who wants to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry, made his first comments to the media since a rival stadium project emerged in Downtown Los Angeles.

Staying up in the name of art

bryan-frank-photo.jpg Channel 2 news photographer and blogger Bryan Frank just completed a marathon picture-taking trek through the area — "my little artisitic endeavor" — that he called 24LA.

L.A. Times "mainstreams' hate speech, its columnist argues

gregory-rodriguez-thumb.jpg Op-Ed columnist Gregory Rodriguez observes in the L.A. Times today that even as the number of illegal immigrants has been dropping fast, the rhetoric of America's haters gets more and more nasty.

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.26.10

Deja vu in the race for governor, HuffPost examined again, Tribune papers not close to giving up print, the Downtown stadium gets onto "Entourage" and much more for Monday after the jump.

Sunset Blvd. bridge, 1957

sunset-bridge-1957.jpg he Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway in Brentwood is being torn down, piece by piece, for replacement. When it was completed in 1956, the road was still being called the Sepulveda Freeway.

One singer's view of Rihanna

ashleigh-haney.jpg L.A. musician Ashleigh Haney, who I've mentioned here a couple of times, is back on tour as a backup singer for Rihanna, living the strange life of world traveler and stage-view witness to a pop culture phenomenon. She blogs about it.

Weekend desk clearing

Mayor Villaraigosa will name zoning administrator Michael LoGrande to be city planning director, and also talked to Rick Orlov about the Daily News' challenge to show he hasn'[t checked out.

Gathering for Silver Lake's walking man *

abrams-walk.jpg Despite reports that Dr. Marc Abrams was under criminal investigation and may have committed suicide, the community fixture known as the walking man of Silver Lake was honored Sunday by a gathering at the reservoir and a walk through the area.

See Los Angeles circa 1961

This Disney-made video on the origin of the California Institute of the Arts was made when the Music Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art were still being talked about and designed.

LA Sketchbook: Carly mask

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Daniel Schorr, longtime commentator was 93 *

Schorr joined NPR as senior news analyst after being let go by CNN in 1985.

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.23.10

Bell's officials resign, city manager Rizzo faces drunk driving charge, Arianna not moving to New York, more on the Journolist flap, Ron Kayes hates transit and hearts the Valley, and the Times gets ready to write about the river.

Gawker: Arianna is Gotham bound *

Arianna Huffington is moving to New York City, Gawker says based on unidentified sources.

An editor signs off with what worked

jerry-sullivan.jpg In this week's final issue of the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, founder and editor Jerry Sullivan completes the difficult last task of closing down a local newspaper.

Facebook group honors walking man of Silver Lake

walking-man-silver-lake.jpg Rico Gagliano of radio's Dinner Party Download has started a Facebook group proposing that the path around Silver Lake Reservoir be re-named the Marc Abrams Memorial Loop, in honor of the walking man of Silver Lake.

Back to L.A. from Copenhagen

commutingcopenhagen.jpg Steve Caplan moved his family to Copenhagen last year to work, explore and blog. Now they are returning. His thoughts.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.22.10

Cortines makes his exit plans, John & Ken turn against Meg Whitman, mixed week for Andrew Breitbart, defense fund for Richard Alarcon and the death of Silver Lake's walking man.

Piece of old Melrose Avenue in Japan

burgie-beer-ufo.jpg If you believe interesting things happen to interesting people, you'll love this story from Mark Frauenfelder, author and co-founder of Boing Boing.

Umpires erred in last night's Dodgers loss *

It turns out the Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton should not have been forced to leave last night's game when substitute manager Don Mattingly visited the pitching mound twice during the same inning.

Journo listserv a gift that keeps giving for the right

The email listerv for mostly liberal journalists that used to be called Journolist is in the news again, this time over remarks by KCRW's publicist and producer.

KPFK to make 'urgent changes' in programming

All programmers at KPFK just received a long email from the boss asking them to either urgently grow their audience (and their money-raising for the station) or to voluntarily take their shows off the air or cut the length.

HuffPost's 'massive manhunt' that wasn't

Many news outlets are reporting on arrests in the Trousdale Estates murder. Only the Huffington Post headline, though, screams "massive manhunt" -- even the story doesn't back it up.

L.A. Times adds a science writer, finally *

Eryn Brown will be the paper's general assignment science reporter, though she won't be one of those newsroom specialists who brings expertise to a beat.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.21.10

The new California chief justice, Nathaniel Ayers goes to the White House, Fiorina changes her mind, DWP defends its money hoarding, Lindsay Lohan's 13-day sentence and more.

Bringing the Expo Line to life *

Mark posted this earlier at LA Biz Observed, but everybody I've shown it to loved it so much here it is again.

Dodgers find, truly, a new way to lose

Dodger Thoughts has the whole sordid story: "If you thought the collapse against the Yankees was a nightmare, if Sunday's meltdown at St. Louis brought you to your knees, those games have nothing on tonight's 7-5 loss."

Afternoon media notes

Some notable items from the pile.

USC names Pat Haden to be athletic director

The former Trojan and L.A. Rams quarterback takes over from Mike Garrett on Aug. 3, the same day that USC's new president takes office.

Blogdowntown takes a gamble on print *

blogdownton-weekly-cover.jpg Blogdowntown Weekly, which debuts Aug. 5 , will show up on Thursdays "focused on calendar and lifestyle content for Downtown."

Lohan media throng ready and in place *

lohan-court-throng.jpg Looks like dozens of media on hand at the Beverly Hills courthouse, awaiting Lindsay Lohan.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.20.10

Coverage plan for Lindsay Lohan's jail hearing, dubious City Council fundraising, dubious CRA media advice, outrage in Bell plus much more.

Villaraigosa makes teachable moment out of bike fall

Maybe it's more like a flackable moment, an easy way to throw a bone to bicyclists.

Bratton hearts NYC

Ex-LAPD chief Willim Bratton tells KPCC's Kitty Felde that he's enjoying his new life in the private sector.

Supervisor Knabe gets behind the wheel of MTA bus

County Supervisor Don Knabe is the chair of Metro this time around and, as such, learns how to drive a bus.

Is it the economy, or just the Times? *

lat-employment-link copy.jpg Oops. The link on the Jobs & Employment headline of the Los Angeles Times home page right now goes to the paper's obituary page.

Kings lose out on big free agent they craved

Big-time scorer Ilya Kovalchuk is going back to the New Jersey Devils, spurning a lengthy courtship by the Los Angeles Kings.

Charges against cab driver not appropriate, mayor says *

av-bike-accident-linder.jpg Villaraigosa saus he was wearing a helmet when he went down, by the way.

But what does he really feel about HuffPost?

In a very long post explaining why he is leaving Scienceblogs in the wake of the network selling a sponsored blog to Pepsi, Bora Zivkovic considers the blogosphere options for science writers and immediately rejects the Huffington Post.

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.19.10

Radar Online's Mel Gibson bump, an ethics commissioner wants to know more about the mayor's tickets, Border Patrol numbers, an un-Christian pastor in Temecula and much more for a Monday.

Dodgers have an ugly weekend in St. Louis

This shaming won't be soon forgotten. "This one was tough, very tough," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after Sunday's loss.

Mayor has surgery on broken elbow *

A day after breaking his right elbow in a bike fall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa went over to Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center on Sunday for surgery on his injured wing.

James Gammon, character actor and stage stalwart was 70

james-gammon-imdb.jpg Gammon's first television credits were in the 1960s in westerns such as "The Wild, Wild West," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke" — though he also showed up on "Batman," "Charlie's Angels" and...

'Disengaged' mayor has checked out, Daily News says

The Daily News says Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gone AWOL and kicks off a series of editorials "calling out Villaraigosa for his apparent lack of interest."

Walter Moore's role in L.A. Clean Sweep questioned

While it's way too soon to know whether political activist Ron Kaye's campaign to mount City Council challenges will gain any traction, electoral or otherwise, the make-up of his organization has already sparked controversy.

Villaraigosa breaks elbow in bicycle fall *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was riding in a bike lane on Venice Boulevard in Mid-City before 7 p,.m. tonight when a taxi pulled in front of him.

Weekend desk clearing

News, media, politics, blogs, food and more.

How Jewel dishonored karaoke

Joshua Joy Kamensky, the ex-City Hall press aide turned screenwriter, argues that Jewel's videotaped stunt in Santa Monica for Funny or Die (below) wasn't funny. And worse.

Mayor to help out Lu Parker's pet project

lu-parker-project-foto.jpg KTLA reporter has launched her Lu Parker Project, it has a website, a logo and a flack, boyfriend Mayor Villaraigosa is taking part in the kickoff event, and there's a story on the L.A. Times website.

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.16.10

It's safe to speed in Arizona again, John Edwards the movie, Ron Kaye's political aspirations, the L.A. River's kayaking biologist speaks, the LAT's Emmy nomination and a KTLA reporter heads to Iraq to work for the government. Details inside.

Broad's Bunker Hill museum gets approval of CRA

av+broad.jpg Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch praise the choice of Grand Avenue for Eli Broad's modern art collection.

Garment & Citizen closing down

garment-logo.jpg Editor and publisher Jerry Sullivan has been notifying supporters and others all day that the July 23 issue of the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen will be the weekly's last.

Grim Sleeper suspect dropped hints all along

Lonnie Franklin Jr. would share violent fantasies about prostitutes and say they deserved to die, according to neighbors.

Top ten lobbying firms at L.A. City Hall

MAPLight has culled the top ten lobbyists for 2007-2009 (by client payments) and who they represent out of the City Ethics Commission's reports.

Doc, better run some hormone tests on that ship

wtc-nydn.jpg The AP quotes scientists ordering "endocrinology" on that old ship unearthed in New York.

For those who like their politics verbatim

California Watch's site called Politics Verbatim compiles the actual words spoken by the candidates for governor in a searchable database.

L.A. geography baffles the Times again *

lat-blaze-graphic.jpg The Times' website refers to a fire on Bronson Avenue in Hollywood as in "the Hancock Park area of the Hollywood Hills."

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.15.10

Big heat coming, big salaries in Bell, the 1988 press conference and reward on the Grim Sleeper, a bureau chief leaves, plus Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown, Ronald George, Bill Bratton, Joe Berlinger, Rachelle Spector and more.

Uh-oh, the Times thinks Gladstone's is in Malibu *

lat-gladstrones-malibu.jpg The LAT website moves Gladstone's up the highway to Malibu.

The McCourts: It's worse than you think *

"They hated each other from the moment they set foot in Los Angeles," a former high-ranking Dodgers official tells ESPN the Magazine. Good. Stuff.

Grim Sleeper suspect attacked in jail

Lonnie Franklin Jr. was handcuffed when he was slugged twice in the head by newly convicted killer Antonio Rodriguez.

Memo: Movie editor hired at L.A. Times

Julie Makinen, who left the Los Angeles Times awhile back to live in Hong Kong as deputy business editor of the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune, is returning as movie editor on the LAT entertainment desk.

Weekly: LAPD close to Grim Sleeper suspect in 1988 *

Another Grim Sleeper scoop from Christine Pelisek and Jill Stewart at the LA Weekly.

OK, one more Mel Gibson video edit

The trailer for "What Women Want," with new dialogue from Mad Mel. Er, allegedly from Mel Gibson.
California Chief Justice Ronald George will retire rather than seek to keep his seat on the state's high court in November's election, the chief justice just announced. The Republican appointee...

Downtown L.A., the punk years

L.A. journalist Anthea Raymond narrates interviews with players from the early Downtown music and arts scene.

KPCC picks a name for new Madeleine Brand show

mbrand-crop.jpg They're going with "The Madeleine Brand Show."

Olivia Munn in town to protest Ringling Bros.

oliviamunn-board-peta.jpg PETA is sending out alerts hipping the media to a 6:30 p.m. protest against the Ringling Bros. circus at Staples Center by Olivia Munn, the actress and Daily Show correspondent whose billboard adorns the Sunset Strip.

Dawson's moving off Larchmont, holding big sale

dawsons1940.jpg Dawson's Books, which began Downtown and is the oldest bookstore in Los Angeles, is giving up the Larchmont Boulevard location of many decades that its fans love so much.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.14.10

Arnold's job performance rating hits new low, Nikki Finke finally talks about "Tilda," ethics commissioners on the free tickets and more after the jump....

With apologies to actual residents of South L.A....

av-headshot-twitter.JPG Mayor Villaraigosa just came back from a night on the town with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The mayor's twitter account chirped a report.

City Hall media, Garcetti reach a meeting of the minds

It's taken until now to reach an accord over access, but reach they have. Excluded are bloggers, freelancers and other non-employed journalists unable to get a card from the LAPD.

LA Sketchbook: Lethal Weapon 2010

qqMelGibson2010.jpg Steve Greenberg weighs in on the mouth that roared.

Phone fight: Mad Mel and Christian Bale

You knew somebody had to do mash up Mel Gibson's and Christian Bale's rants. Now somebody did.

Civic Park in Downtown shows signs of life *

Christopher Hawthorne seems to like what he sees happening at the new park envisioned for the ugly mall that runs from the Music Center east most of the way to City Hall.

LAT hires its #2 Republican blogger for bigger role *

Jimmy_Twitter_bigger.jpg Well, you can't say the Los Angeles Times isn't fully embracing its odd and increasingly controversial strategy of going partisan Republican — and only Republican — in its national politics blogging.

Joe Torre on the passing of George Steinbrenner

joe-torre-sitting.jpg “I will always remember George Steinbrenner as a passionate man, a tough boss, a true visionary, a great humanitarian and a dear friend," Dodgers manager Joe Torre says in a...

Mad Mel owns the rights to 'Fahrenheit 451'

Ray Bradury says Mel Gibson is too busy with "that Russian girl" right now to move ahead with a film remake of his classic book.

Just call him Chief Gil Garcetti *

gil-garcetti-da.jpg Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti stood in on last night's episode of "The Closer" as the police chief of a certain major city who departs just before the department's new headquarters opens.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.13.10

Whitman's investment in Mike Murphy's movie career, Andrew Malcolm's flakkery again, LAT staffers warned about tweets, Polanski's victim still wants it to end, White House press secretaries in town, an arts blog dies and a books blog begins. Plus more, inside.

Downtown Art Walk in pictures

art-walk-july2010.jpg I gather July's Downtown Art Walk is always pretty sizable, given the time of year. But turnout at last week's walk was especially large, apparently.

Sunset curve the scene of bad accident

A head-on crash this afternoon involving a semi-truck and more than one car blocked all lanes of Sunset Boulevard for awhile at Bellagio Road, adjacent to the north side of UCLA in a spot called Dead Man's Curve in L.A. lore.

Pelisek explains how she came to Grim Sleeper beat

christine-pelisek.jpg LA Weekly writer Christine Pelisek takes her story on the origins of the Grim Sleeper to The Daily Beast.

Jon Thurber is new books editor at L.A. Times

Jon Thurber had been one of the Los Angeles Times managing editors, but only for the past year or so. On the books desk he replaces David Ulin, who recently...

Cooley reacts to Polanski decision

"I am deeply disappointed," DA Steve Cooley say in a statement on Switzerland's decision to release Roman Polanski rather than send him back to Los Angeles.

Derek Fisher stays with Lakers

Who knows whether that whole trip to Miami thing was a bluff, but Fisher announced he's signing a three-year deal to remain with the Lakers. "I have decided to continue...

Note to City Hall: Use the Bcc line on your email

The office of Board of Public Works president Cynthia Ruiz sent an invitation to local fashion people inviting them to take part in a meeting on the city's role in September's "Fashion Night Out," in partnership with Vogue magazine.

New Hollywood and media beats editor for NYT

Mary Jo Murphy has been an editor at at the New York Times' Week in Review section and on the metro and national desks. Plus morning media notes.

After real estate, a dearth of L.A. ideas *

Since the real estate bubble popped, "ideas have disappeared from the political landscape of Los Angeles," Jerry Sullivan of the Garment & Citizen argues in a piece at New Geography.

Mel Gibson goes on another rant

Radar Online has posted a longer audio clip of Mel Gibson berating girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva over the phone

Morning Buzz: Monday 7.12.10

Business tycoons push a Downtown street car, Ron Tutor talks, Schwarzenegger is lonely, eBay's contributions to Brown and more inside.

Polanski freed by Switzerland

roman-polanski-closeup.jpg Swiss authorities announced this morning that Roman Polanski has been set free from house arrest and will not be extradited to Los Angeles, citing a flaw in the U.S. extradition...

LAPD's new architecture, pro and con

lapd-valley-bureau.jpg Governing magazine's John Buntin surveyed the new architecturally distinct police stations the LAPD has been building this decade — and he found something missing.

Um, it's raining on the Westside

And for the first time all day, the sun is out too. Nice, if weird. The rain stopped after about five minutes....

KPCC adds an immigration blogger

KPCC has hired a reporter from the San Diego Union-Tribune to author a blog later this summer on immigration and "emerging communities."

Sunkin's pay at Dodgers' charity hits the news

The New York Times has a story about Howard Sunkin, the Dodgers senior vice president for public affairs, being paid $401,395 in 2007 by the Dodgers Dream Foundation — at a time when the team charity's budget was only $1.6 million.

Best LeBron newspaper page

lebroncleveland.jpg Visualeditors.com gathers up a bunch of today's LeBron James pages and nominates the Cleveland Plain Dealer's as best of show. Note the pointer to James' fingers and the label...

So how 'Despicable' is the Calendar section today?

Well, if you mean the movie, it's way "Despicable." An ad for the new movie "Despicable Me" covers the top and bottom of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section —...

Morning Buzz: Friday 7.9.10

What Villaraigosa could learn from Tom Bradley, what Jerry Brown has learned about Meg Whitman, and what Austin Beutner is learning about snubs of the City Council. Plus more, inside.

Summer might finally be coming

This was the 23rd straight day with the official temperature reading in Los Angeles below average, Mark Thompson just said on Fox 11.

LA Sketchbook: Medical marijuana illusion

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And the all-time record for Emmy noms goes to...

hector-ramirez-emmys-variety.jpg Nice little real Hollywood story on longtime camera operator Hector Ramirez, whose five Emmy nominations this morning gives him the career record.

Friday's L.A. Times could be more interesting than most *

For two reasons I'll be opening my Los Angeles Times early tomorrow.

American Apparel invades Thai Town

thai-town-apparel.jpg The arrival of an American Apparel billboard, plus new bars and shops, in Hollywood's Thai Town district is being taken as a sign of the hipster apocalypse.

Grim Sleeper's kill count could be larger

grim-sleeper-press-conf.jpg LAPD detectives are re-examining at least 30 unsolved killings of women in South Los Angeles to see if they can link the homicides to Lonnie Franklin Jr., the accused Grim Sleeper serial killer. Chief Charlie Beck says he they expect to tie more cases to Franklin.

Ex-cop convicted of manslaughter in Oakland shooting

Johannes Mehserle, who testified that he thought he fired his Taser not the gun that killed Oscar Grant, was convicted by a Los Angeles jury of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors and the family of victim Oscar Grant had wanted a murder conviction.

Talking seafood with the Gold brothers

seafood.panel-613x408.jpg Here is Zocalo's report on the panel we told you about, discussing the future of seafood.

Fun with L.A. Times writing cliches

Former LAT feature writer Roy Rivenburg zings a few parody arrows at the paper's current word stylists (and editors.)

Grim Sleeper suspect's mug shot *

grim-sleeper-mugshot.jpg Do you know this man?

Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.8.10

Emmy noms, new status for el Rio Porciuncula, Boxer's polling stats, the end of National Public Radio and more, all inside.

Magnitude 5.4 on that quake just now *

quake-map-us_index.gif Centered down below Palm Springs like the recent swarm, but certainly felt in Los Angeles. 4:53 was the official time. * Downgrade: Originally a 5.9, within 15 minutes of the...

Next: the Grim Sleeper media show

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested today — this morning actually. But tomorrow at 11 a.m., Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD chief Charlie Beck will front for a bevy of suits — including two statewide candidates — at a media op in the Police Administration Building to "announce the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Arrest reported in 'Grim Sleeper' serial murders **

The AP is reporting that the LAPD has arrested a man in South Los Angeles in connection with 11 serial murders, mostly of young black women, between 1985 and 2007.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.7.10

Brown-Whitman in a tie, Lohan's likely actual time to be served, Fox 11 camera operator gets $1.7 million, a new coach for the Clippers and more.

What Stephen Kanner meant to Westwood Village

IN-N-OUT-WW-KANNER.jpg A tribute that Westwood restaurateur and community leader Steven Sann wrote about architect Stephen Kanner, who died Friday of cancer at 54, shows how one architect can freshen and re-shape a place like Westwood (itself planned in the 1920s) while honoring its past.

Gold and Gold, mano a mano

j-gold-mark-gold.jpg Jonathan Gold — the enthusiastic fish gourmand — and his brother Mark Gold — the head of Heal the Bay — will be on the same panel tomorrow night talking about the sustainability of seafood. It's sort of a rermatch, if you remember their 2008 blog throwdown.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.6.10

Soon-Shiong buys up Brentwood, a Manson girl comes up for parole again, what to do about L.A.'s watering rules, the jury deliberates in Oscar Grant killing and an architecture obituary. Plus more as we return from the long holiday weekend.

Alarcon residency plot thickens

At least six of Councilman Richard Alarcon's staffers have received subpoenas to testify Wednesday in front of a grand jury looking into where the boss actually lives.

For Bruce Lisker, life goes on

lisker-bruce-lorraine-300.jpg It's approaching a year since Bruce Lisker got out of prison, freed after a judge ruled that he was wrongly convicted of killing his mother in 1983.

Pre-holiday desk clearing

Before I head off to survey the far-flung reaches of the empire for the 4th, some notes from the week.

Al Jazeera English opens bureau in Los Angeles

al-jazeera-logo.jpg Al Jazeera's man in L.A. is Rob Reynolds, who has been with the network since 2006.

All 5 Supes sign letter to Zell protesting fake LAT page *

Samuel Zell 07 01 10.jpg That four-page ad for Universal's King Kong attraction in the Los Angeles Times this morning really drove the Los Angeles County Board of Supevisors, well, ape.

Phil Jackson: I shall return

Count me in for one last season, the Lakers coach says after giving it some thought in Montana.

Downtown stadium side meets with legislative leaders

The powwow with AEG representatives included Speaker John Perez, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and Maria Elena Durazo, head of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, James Wagner reports in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

LAT sells page to Hollywood again *

latimessidebyside.jpg This time the full-page ad designed to fool readers for a few seconds is a mock version of the LAT Extra section — using the real nameplate and date but...
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.