Mayor appeals to car dealers, Madeline Janis steps down, Yaroslavsky takes a ride, Playboy moves back to Beverly Hills, Kirk Honeycutt out at THR and more.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will propose eliminating the city's business tax for auto dealers, and that Beverly Hills Porsche plans to relocate in Los Angeles. It would be only the second dealership to open in the city in 25 years, a period in which 95 auto dealers left Los Angeles. City News Service, City Maven
Madeline Janis will step down in February as executive director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. Roxana Tynan will take over. LAANE
LAX officials are looking at cosmetic upgrades to the terminals, including paint jobs. Daily Breeze
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky takes a ride on the Expo Line. ZevWeb
It's election day in cities and school districts across the county, and in L.A.'s 15th council district.
The Huffington Post announced its plans for coverage of next year's elections across several platforms including the Patch sites, under the banner of "Reclaim 2012."
Playboy magazine is moving back to Beverly Hills, to the former Hilton Hotels headquarters near city hall. It will consolidate the L.A. offices that are now spread between the Glassell Park area and the photo studio in Santa Monica. LAT
IndieWire has redesigned its site, not necessarily smoothly.
Kirk Honeycutt has been let go as a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter. Fishbowl LA
Here's how Sam Zell could benefit from a Tribune bankruptcy ruling. Chicago Tribune
J. Edgar Hoover's obsession with Jack Nelson, then the Washington bureau chief for the L.A. Times. LAT
Turns out none of the "experienced journalists" who churned out positive news stories on the obscure Central Basin Municipal Water District exist, despite having bios and pics online. LAT
San Diego hotelier Doug Manchester confirmed that he's considering a purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune from Platinum Equity, a Beverly Hills private equity firm. Voice of SD
Catching up from last week: The Wrap announced it has hired a publisher, Stacey Farish, who had been the Vice President for Media Entertainment on the advertising side at the Los Angeles Times. The Wrap
Rodney King pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence, stemming from an arrest in July in the Riverside area. AP
New parking restrictions around Runyon Canyon. Hollywood Patch
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight boxer, died of cancer at 67.
Hal Kanter, director, producer and Emmy Award-winning comedy writer was 92. LAT
Hollywood costume designer Theadora Van Runkle, 83. LAT