Busy day around LA Observed today

I was tied up most of Monday, but there were highlights from other contributors to the site — plus a new visiting blogger post. Click the links to check them out.

  • David Rensin's reward for opening the Los Angeles Times this morning was "a very nice review of a book I co-authored almost ten years ago." Proof that it's never too late?
  • Visiting blogger Greg Critser, the best-selling author who's working on a book about the science of modern city life, argues that a new study of environmental politics shows that the future of the Republican Party among the west's most dynamic population can be written with three letters: RIP.
  • LA Biz Observed was all over Gov. Jerry Brown's sober (some might say insane) budget proposal and the reaction. In addition to devastating higher education in California, Brown's plan would require voters to extend taxes and probably take Republican votes to even get on the ballot.
  • Mark Lacter at LABO also noted the political heat being turned up on behalf of the deal to lease out city parking garages in Hollywood, Westwood and the Valley.
  • Veronique de Turenne speaks up against the violent political invective some are tying to the shooting rampage in Tucson.
  • Cartoonist Steve Greenberg shoots an arrow into the heart of Blue Shield, punditly speaking.
  • Jenny Burman has an Audrey Hepburn moment in the window of Out of the Closet in Echo Park.
    • Plus: Just you try to reach the front door of Diesel Books in Malibu.

      Previously on LA Observed: Columnist Bill Boyarsky says that Brown is right to go after community redevelopment agencies.

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