Media people

Weekend news and notes

  • LAUSD schools evaluated using the L.A. Times' newly adopted "value added" method of looking at test scores often did better, or worse, than under other performance measures.
  • Fomer Bell city manager Robert Rizzo became the owner of several thoroughbred horses while he was the highest-paid city official in the state.
  • As many bloggers are learning, falsely defamatory remarks online can land you in court for real.
  • Here's one way TV writers and show runners get their revenge out on critics and other people who wrong them.
  • Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel will, at $578 million, "mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever," says AP.
  • Favorite headline of the day: Big rig tosses carrots near Grapevine, sparks fire
  • Filmmaker Thom Andersen protests Los Angeles car culture in "Get Out of the Car," his new "34-minute sketch of Los Angeles and 'response to my last movie.'"
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department unveiled a newly informative website that, among other things, tells you how many calls have been answered in the last hour.
  • The state of California has, finally, formally expressed its "deepest regrets" to Americans of Italian descent along the coast who were treated as "enemy aliens" during World War II.
  • Jack Shakely, president emeritus of the California Community Foundation, suggests in an op-ed that PBS "market itself as a network to cable and satellite providers rather than having each individual affiliated station across the country offer itself for free." In other words, become the PBS Channel.
  • Al Martinez wonders, not surprisingly, on a drive along Ventura Boulevard: who is this Piken guy whose name is on so much real estate in the Valley?
  • Los Angeles Alleys is a photo blog on the topic of alleys from City Hall deputy Jeremy Oberstein.
  • Louise Roug, the former L.A. Times Iraq correspondent who's now an editor at the Daily Beast, has a new book out in Danish ("Hvad Der Ikke Slår Dig Ihjel") and will be having an opening champagne reception in Copenhagen this week.
  • Former KTLA anchor Terry Anzur, now doing news on KFI on Saturday mornings, recently returned from training journalists in the Maldives.
  • Steve Harvey recalls when an oil well divided traffic lanes on La Cienega Boulevard on the block where Beverly Center now stands.
  • CBS correspondent Harold Dow, who spent a decade in the Los Angeles bureau before taking a key role in "48 Hours" and other shows, died at age 62.

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