Maria Shriver makes her return to journalism, after a fashion, interviewing philanthropist Wallis Annenberg in the new issue of Los Angeles. It's the magazine's first issue devoted all to women and almost all by women — there is a piece by Joel Stein — and they talk about the legacy Annenberg is leaving around the L.A. area. "It puts a smile on my face," Annenberg says. "When I go by that beach club in Santa Monica and see the cars parked there...money can't buy that feeling. It makes me feel very very fulfilled. If I'm depressed or sad, or self obsessed which is part of human nature, all I have to do is drive by that beach club and it changes my entire mood."
Power grid: The magazine also asked ten women — among them Controller Wendy Greuel, KCRW boss Jennifer Ferro, La Opinion publisher Monica Lozano and fashion designer Trina Turk — to name four others who they think are game changers. Among the choices, this one stands out. Greuel, who is running for mayor and will need to enlist some union support, leads her list of inspiring women with...Maria Elena Durazo, who heads the County Federation of Labor.
* Notably: LA Biz Observed's Mark Lacter also has a column in the issue looking behind the scenes at how Cirque du Soleil was convinced to come to Hollywood. And LA Observed contributor Cari Beauchamp has a piece in the issue as well.