- Author and LA Observed contributor Denise Hamilton is now writing a column on perfume for the Los Angeles Times magazine.
- Former Los Angeles Times columnist Tina Daunt will write about the convergence of Hollywood and politics for Nikki Finke's Deadline site, which increasingly gets contributions other than Finke's.
- Another look at David Kipen's Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, by the L.A. Times.
- Marc Ambinder explains what he won't miss about blogging as he moves into a new role for The Atlantic and the National Journal.
- eByline, the Los Angeles-based freelance marketplace launched in September by former business-side executives at the L.A. Times, has raised $1.5 million in its first round of funding from The E.W. Scripps Company.
- Joan Walsh is leaving as editor of Salon to write book and will be replaced in-house by editor Kerry Lauerman.
- Catching up on this: Former Herald Examiner photographer Chris Gulker died October 27 of brain cancer at age 59. He had been blogging about his disease and his life winding down.
- Boom: A Journal of California is scheduled to debut in March 2011 from UC Davis professors Carolyn de la Peña and Louis Warren.
- Spot.US has launched two complementary quality-of-life reporting projects based in Los Angeles and funded by the California Endowment.
Plus LA Observed on KCRW: This week's column, airing within the hour at 6:44 p.m., elaborates on my posts last week on California's east-west political divide. The Republican tidal wave in the election didn't break at the California border, it stopped closer to I-5. The column audio and text are up at KCRW.com and as always are available on iTunes.