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Tanaka slams Sheriff Baca as 'confused' and 'erratic'

paul-tanaka-wla.jpg Deposed undersheriff says that Baca used the department to hire friends and relatives, micromanaged, and ordered the hiding of an jail inmate from the FBI. None of these allegations were made while Tanaka served as a senior but controversial aide, Baca's team points out.

Garcetti, Zine try to pressure Tribune over Koch rumors

latentrance.jpg No one knows how seriously the Koch brothers might want to buy the Tribune newspapers — or how they might run them if they did become publishers — or even what kind of buyer the Tribune board is looking for. (If any.) But liberal groups have been campaigning on the prospect of a Koch-led LA Times, and now the candidates for mayor and controller have signed on.

New director at USC Annenberg changes his mind *

fosterDouglas.jpg Last Friday, Northwestern University journalism professor Douglas Foster accepted USC's offer to head up the journalism program here. On Sunday, he withdrew. Foster so far has had no public comment on the change of heart, or whatever it was.

Photo: Rob and Laura Petrie, 1963

dvd-mtm-shorpy.jpg Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, as Rob and Laura Petrie, in front of a studio audience during filming of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1963. Jerry Paris can be seen directing the episode.

Revenge editing is a big blemish on Wikipedia

amanda-filipacchi-fb.jpg If you have been following the ruckus over Wikipedia editors deleting women from the list of American novelists, and moving them to a separate list of female novelists, it keeps getting worse. Note also just how retrograde the trolls are who seek revenge via "edits" on Wikipedia.

Crash of 747 caught on dashcam in Afghanistan (video)

bagram-747-crash.jpg A National Air Cargo 747 flying for the US Mobility Command stalled and crashed soon after taking off Monday from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Seven crew members died in the crash, which was caught on video. See it inside.

X Games leaving Southern California after 10 years in LA

Is this more fallout from the turmoil at Anschutz Entertainment Group? Next year's X Games won't be local.

History of the Eagles released on disc (video)

eagles-grab.jpg The Eagles, started in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, grew out of the Linda Ronstadt, David Geffen, Troubadour club association that wrote several chapters of the future history of the music business. Capitol Record is releasing the "History of the Eagles" documentary that aired earlier this year on Showtime. Trailer inside.

Hey, come join us on Twitter

Thumbnail image for LAOtower.jpg LA Observed now has more than 16,000 followers on Twitter. We use the Twitter feed to post shorter items before they become full posts on the blogs, and also to pass along links to what we're reading. It's also a good way to get alerts when something new is posted at LA Observed. Follow

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.30.13

maria-shriver-grab-today.png What Peter Drucker might have thought of Greucetti. Greuel returns felon's donation. LAX runway vote today. Times endorses O'Farrell. Maria Shriver and Jillian Barberie get new TV gigs. LAT print circulation down again. Is LA "quivering" at the Koch brothers rumor? Plus Malibu Lagoon, crows, Angels and more.

Another newspaper home goes on the market

riverside-pe-bldg.jpg The Riverside Press-Enterprise is the latest California newspaper to decide that it no longer needs the cost and hassle of its own building. Riverside County has agreed to buy it for about $30 million.

Jason Collins raises hand, comes out as first gay player in NBA

si-cover-jason-collins.jpg Collins, who played at Harvard-Westlake School here in Los Angeles, played this season for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. He says today in Sports Illustrated that the Boston Marathon bombings accelerated his decision to tell the sports world he is gay.

California's new pollution map

calif-pollution-map.jpg In the new interactive map of pollution effects analyzed by zip code, the darker colors represent the worst cases. Notice the line of dark blue running the whole length of the Central Valley. America's breadbasket, as they say.

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.29.13 *

lolita-nbc4-thumbnail.jpg LA Times says "neither candidate is ready" to be mayor but endorses Garcetti. Independent spending in the race undercuts limits. Greuel's son, Garcetti's daughter. NYT trend alert. NBC 4 to look at police chases. Register hiring again. Bob Hope stuff goes on sale and more.

Boston Globe tick-tock of the hunt for bombing suspects

boston-globe-ticktock-logo.png The Boston Globe this weekend published the staff's reconstruction of the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Haven't seen it all, but what I've read and watched looks pretty impressive.

Rolling Stones rock Echo Park

stones-echoplex-screengrab.png Some senior citizens played for an hour on Sunset Boulevard last night. Fans waited all day for tickets. Those who got in had a great time. Video and the set list inside.

Four and out for the Lakers season

lakers-grab-finalgame2013.png The Lakers put up almost no fight Sunday against the Spurs at Staples Center. Dwight Howard got tossed for picking up two technical fouls, and Pau Gasol spent the last few minutes sitting on the bench next to Kobe Bryant, who was in a suit and on crutches. The season, and possibly an era, is over.

Leiweke moves to Toronto, will compete with Anschutz

Thumbnail image for anschutz-at-kings-blues-noahgraham.jpg Tim Leiweke, who helped build the Anschutz Entertainment Group brands in LA — Staples Center, the Kings and Galaxy, plus more — was named president and chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. That's the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team, its arena, the NBA's Raptors and FC Toronto of Major League Soccer.

Dennis McCarthy column returns to Daily News (and more)

Thumbnail image for dennis+mccartthy+DN.jpg He will contribute one of his human interest columns a week to all of the LA News Group papers. McCarthy retired in January 2012 after 30 years in the DN.

Morning Buzz: Friday 4.26.13

city-hall-from-lat.jpg Big NEH grant for Tom Bradley documentary. Robo polls in the mayoral race. Hillary Clinton coming. Sheila Kuehl makes it official. LAPD drunk driving checkpoints are back. Why "nerd prom" isn't cool. A book on Rupert Murdoch. Tsunami debris hits Northern California and injuries thin out the Lakers even more.

Magazine asks: why isn't prolific serial killer dead?

Kraft Opener.jpg Randy Kraft was arrested almost 30 years ago with the body of his latest victim in the front seat of his car, and photos of many other victims under the Toyota's floormat. The computer programmer was convicted of 16 murders and linked to 65 others. He's still languishing at San Quentin, now 68 years old.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.25.13

Thumbnail image for 405-wilshire-volvo-fedbldg.jpg Delays and cost overruns on the 405 project: surprise! Bloomberg pumps another $350,000 into LA race. Anti-busing figure dies. Times endorses Galperin. Want $125 to do exit polling? What could go wrong for the Koch brothers. Items about Noel Greenwood, Michael Copps, Philip Dixon, Lisa specht and more.

Lu Parker hits the banked track

lu-parker-derby-twitpic.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker is doing some time on skates with the Derby Dolls for a piece on Thursday night's 10 p.m. news on Channel 5. "I try to conquer the track," she tweets.

Tamale on Whittier Boulevard put up for sale

the-tamale-lapl.jpg The piece of progammatic architecture in East LA known as the Tamale was listed for sale this week: $459,000 with adjacent house.

He had the tallest bike at Ciclavia (video)

Richie-and-Tall-bike.jpg Richie Trimble's two-wheeler rose 14.5 feet and barely fit under the San Diego Freeway overpass on Venice Boulevard during Sunday's Ciclavia. “Everyone looks at you like your nuts and they’re right!,” he says.

The Wrap loses its publisher to rival Finke and Penske

Stacey-Farish-crop.jpg Stacey Farish, publisher of The Wrap since November of 2011, has jumped to Deadline's print magazine, Awardsline. She also becomes vice president of PMC Entertainment. Score one for Nikki Finke.

Obama coming back to Los Angeles June 7

Thumbnail image for obamajam-creshts-1011.jpg Mark your Obamajam calendars. President Obama will fly in for a series of Democratic fundraisers, including a luncheon at Peter Chernin's home in Santa Monica.

Northridge kidnap fugitive captured in Baja

Summers gave up without incident and "police confirmed his identity through the Superman logo tattoo on his chest." Heh. He is scheduled to be pushed back across the border today.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.24.13

lariver-sign-zevweb.jpg South Bay victims of LAPD's Dorner frenzy get $4.2 million. New charges against Assessor Noguez. Latest in Greucetti. Rod Wright heads to trial. Coldwater Canyon reopens. NYT changes on 'illegal immigrant.' In Los Angeles Magazine this month. New SoCal bestsellers and the LA River bikeway gets a boost in Universal City.

Chloe Sevigny 'hates' LA like a New Yorker (video)

chloe-sevigny-moca-grab.jpg In this film made for MOCA TV, Chloe Sevigny bitches about everything in LA and pees in front of the camera — it's amusing and moreso when the twists occur at the end.

Councilman-elect Bonin names his chiefs of staff

molnar-mclennan.jpg Chad Molnar will be the chief of staff to incoming Westside city council member Mike Bonin. Laura McLennan will be deputy chief of staff. Both work for Councilman Bill Rosendahl, as did Bonin.

June Mountain to reopen next snow season

june-mountain-run.jpg June Mountain, the once-popular ski area that is about 30 miles beyond Mammoth up highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra, did not open this past winter. But June will be back later this year, the operator announced.

All's not well in the New York Times newsroom

abramson-nyt.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor of the LA Times who is now #2 at the NYT, is at the center of a story about criticism of the leadership of executive editor Jill Abramson. "Just a year and a half into her tenure...Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom," says Politico.

Road rage vs. cyclist in Beverly Hills (video)

Beverly Hills police are asking for help in identifying the driver of this car who appears to deliberately pin a bicyclist against a trash dumpster in an alley off Wilshire Boulevard.

Is who will buy LAT bigger than who will be mayor?

Thumbnail image for latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg Harold Meyerson, the former LA Weekly political columnist, argues in a Washington Post column that the choice of the next mayor is only the second-most important local question in Los Angeles these days.

Marcus on KCET: 'I feel like I had a great run there'

bret-marcus-current.jpg Marcus was KCET’s chief content officer and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until last week's layoffs. He hints that the award-winning 'Connected' team hopes to stay together somewhere else.

Morning Buzz Tuesday 4.23.13

emilys-list-mailer.png Greucetti debates again. Emily's List goes negative against Garcetti. Competing marijuana measures on the ballot. LAPD motor officers acquitted. LAX evacuation order blamed on worker. UCLA bans tobacco, and more notes.

William Wilson, art critic was 78

Wilson was a Los Angeles Times art critic from 1965 until he retired in 1998, and the chief critic for 20 of those years.

Don Barrett takes over as Register's radio columnist

don-barrett-register.jpg Barrett is the longtime Southern California radio hand and author who has chronicled the trends and comings and goings in local radio at for 16 years. The Orange County Register approached him to take over for Gary Lycan.

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.22.13

amy-wallace-wellness.jpg Voting begins in mayoral election. Villaraigosa to release budget this morning. LAPD clams up on DUI checkpoints. SAG-AFTRA cuts 10% of staff. GLAAD gives out media awards. Some LA reading plus Los Angeles Magazine's working-out editor and a Mexican food icon dies.

Ciclavia got a bit backed up

cicLAvia_April_2013_crowd.jpg Many fans are loath to say anything negative about Ciclavia, but USC physics professor Clifford V. Johnson — as enthusiastic a supporter as there is — has some constructive criticism after Sunday's mass turnout across the Westside. One, there were too many bike traffic jams. More inside.

Noel Greenwood, retired senior editor at LA Times was 75 *

Noel Greenwood was the editor in charge of local and California coverage at the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s and some of the '90s, I believe. He hired scores if not hundreds of the journalists who passed through the Times and went on to populate newsrooms around the world. Greenwood died today at his home in Santa Barbara of prostate cancer complications.

Garcetti opens 10-point lead, Greuel campaigns with Clinton

Thumbnail image for greuel_vs_garcetti-THR.jpg A new USC Price/Los Angeles Times Poll in the mayoral race is good for Eric Garcetti and bad for Wendy Greuel. The poll of 500 likely voters finds Garcetti in front, 50% to 40%, and with leads among Latinos, younger voters and women. Greuel also is not getting the solid base in the Valley she hoped for. Details inside.

Times-USC poll finds Feuer ahead of Trutanich by 11 points

Challenger Mike Feuer is sitting pretty good with a month to go in the runoff race for city attorney. Trutanich would need to win a big majority of the undecideds to keep his job.

I'll be at the Festival of Books on Sunday

latfob-usc-2012.jpg I will be signing "Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles" and "The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb" at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Look for me at the Angel City Press booth and around the grounds.

SoCal Connected's Marcus among those out at KCET, reports say

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg Last month, Marcus was the main voice at KCET insisting that "SoCal Connected" was just between seasons and might be back. It looked remote then, given the station's financial mess, and looks even more remote now.

JPL suspends open house due to sequestration

jpl-open-house-2012.jpg "If budget considerations improve, JPL hopes to host an Open House at a future date, perhaps as early as fall 2013," the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

Sunday's cross-town Ciclavia: your guide *

ciclavia-map-42113.jpg The sixth version of Ciclavia is breaking out of the central city and extending west all the way to Venice Beach. Venice Boulevard and selected other streets will be closed to cars and buses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LA Times hands out newsroom awards for the year

latimes-entrance-300.jpg The Los Angeles Times editorial awards are a good window into which stories and efforts the editors liked last year. The awards can also reflect which journalists might be ascendant within the newsroom pecking order, and through the years have also been used to throw a few kudos to someone who is under-appreciated or nearing the end of a long career. Inside: This year's winners.

Caro, Boo, Kevin Starr among LA Times Book Prize winners

2013-kevin-starr.jpg The Los Angeles Times announced this year's book prize winners last night at USC's Bovard Auditorium, on the eve of the Festival of Books held this weekend on campus at USC. Kevin Starr, the California historian and former state librarian, received the Robert Kirsch Award. He had won the LAT prize in history in 2009. List of winners inside.

KCET lays off about 22 staffers, announces reorganization

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The merger last fall of Los Angeles public television station KCET with Link Media became more real on Friday. CEO Al Jerome, who took KCET out of PBS a few years ago, appears to remain.

Boston suspect captured in Watertown **

boston-capture-nyt-grab.jpg Police surrounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old "suspect #2" from the FBI's video of the Boston Marathon bombings. His brother died last night in a showdown with police. Inside: What is known from media in Boston.
boston-mourners-wapo-crop.jpg Vernon Loeb, the former investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times, has run marathons (61 of them) and covered the horrors of terrorism. But never on the same day until Monday.

FBI posts photos and video of two Boston bombing suspects

boston-suspects-fbi.jpg The video and series of eleven photos includes a request for anyone with information to contact the FBI.

Boston hockey fans sing the national anthem (video) *

boston-national-anthem.jpg Wednesday night's Boston Bruins game, first since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the Hawaiians say, chicken skin.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.18.13

bourdain-cnn-grab.png More sheriff controversy. Sparks fly between Greuel and Garcetti. New ad has Boxer, Riordan and Magic for Greuel. The pride of stories not done. New editors at Sunset and Boom. Eloise Klein Healy. More media and politics notes and Anthony Bourdain returns to LA.

Lakers win in overtime, avoid Thunder in playoffs

The Lakers get San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs, starting Sunday. The Clippers open Saturday at Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies after winning the Pacific Division.

AP said arrest in Boston imminent, Justice Dept. says no *

The wire service reported that a suspect has been taken into custody and will likely be brought into court. The Boston Globe also reported based on an official source that an arrest was imminent.

Floor waxer for the MTA lives a dream with Real Madrid

rodriguez-mourinho.jpg Abel Rodriguez would drive from his home in Fontana to chase balls for free at Madrid's summer practices at UCLA. On a lark he flew to Spain last month and sat in the snow beside the team's training complex for hours — until his luck changed. "Amigo! What are you doing here?" the coach asked.

Harry Shearer doesn't sound happy about KCRW *

harry-shearer-thumb.jpg Shearer, the actor and multi-platform talent (and ex-reporter for Newsweek) whose weekly "Le Show" started on KCRW in 1983, has posted his version of how he learned the show was dropped this week from the station's Sunday lineup.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.17.13

fairfax-theatre-illo.jpg Kevin James endorses Trutanich. Emily's List puts up $400K for Greuel. Villaraigosa name checks Mitt Romney. Fairfax Theatre project approved. More questions about high-speed rail. Plus a new SoCal bestseller, two more deaths from meningitis, a local victim of the Boston Marathon bombs and the LA theater community pulls together.

Drive-by photos of LA street life

tergo-driveby-wired.jpg LA photographer Johnny Tergo has rigged up his Chevy Silverado's passenger window with a camera and strobe lights, and he catches some interesting sidewalk scenes. Hat tip to

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.16.13

sheriff-car-lao.jpg Wild allegations name Sheriff Baca. Greuel's budget plan. A missing story of "42." LA's top radio station, another newspaper puts its building up for sale and no Angeli pop-up for now. Plus more.

Digital billboards go dark across town

venice-blvd-billboard-dark.jpg All the electronic billboards I usually see on the Westside were turned off today. The companies that operate 77 digital boards in the city of Los Angeles, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor, were told by a judge to darken the signs by 5 p.m.

Boston explosions at a glance: what you need to know *

boston-explosion-police-globe.jpg Two bombs exploded Monday afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the city's Back Bay area. At least three are dead and 176 injured. Summary of the news is inside.

Sal Castro, Eastside educator and Chicano activist was 79 *

SalCastrolausd.jpg The high school social studies teacher gained legend status on the Eastside for his mentoring of Chicano students and for being arrested during the 1968 Chicano walkouts. The middle school on the campus of Belmont High was named for Castro in 2010.

Harry Shearer's 'Le Show' also leaves KCRW air

Thumbnail image for kcrw-icon-sohohouse.jpg KCRW announces a big revamp of the weekend schedule that drops 'Le Show' and 'Weekend All Things Considered,' adds the 'TED Radio Hour' and shifts some of the music shows. Harry Shearer, on KCRW since 1983, broke the news on Twitter this morning: "Any radio station in LA want to carry Le Show?" He will still be online.

Four Pulitzer Prizes today for the New York Times

California Watch and three LA Times staffers, including photographer Liz O. Baylen, were finalists for today's prizes. The national reporting Pulitzer went to InsideClimate News and there is a winner in fiction this year.

Quentin won't play at Dodger Stadium tonight

robinson-johnson-davis-dodgers.png Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and began serving an eight-game suspension by baseball for charging and tackling Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis urged calm in a tweet. And the team tried to turn the focus to Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated across baseball today.

Tom Schnabel goes off the air at KCRW, moves to web

schnabel-rhythm-planet.jpg After producing shows for KCRW for 34 years, including 20 years with a show on Sundays, Tom Schnabel announced that Sunday was his final live program on the air. He is moving to an on-line platform that KCRW is calling Rhythm Planet. He explains inside.

New Greuel ad: gun violence and Sandy Hook

Wendy Gruel's new TV spot in the Los Angeles mayoral race focuses on gun violence and says she will work with police and mental health experts to improve safety. She is shown driving and also mentions a murder-suicide at her family's hardware business. Watch inside.

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.15.13

bjorklund-lloyd.jpg Big money in the school board race. Porn filming all but stopped. Villaraigosa's legacy. Jenna Marbles. The new meningitis threat. Plus Campaign 2013, media and books notes including a local media wedding covered by the New York Times.

John Galardi, founder of Der Wienerschnitzel was 75

galardi-wienerschnitzel.png Another of Southern California's fast food pioneers has died. John Galardi was a student at Pasadena Junior College when he started working for Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell. Galardi opened his first hot dog stand on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington, next to a Taco Bell, in 1961.

Alan Zweibel on that Ebert review

roger-ebert-memoriam.jpg In last week's New Yorker, screenwriter Alan Zweibel graciously described the awful feeling of having Roger Ebert say of a movie he wrote, "North," that "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it." He also describes what occurred when they ran into each other years later in a Chicago men's room.

Judge: 77 digital billboards must go dark Monday

digital-billboard-sfsaloon.jpg Los Angeles Superior Court judge Terry Green has ordered that Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor turn off most of their digital billboards in Los Angeles by 5 p.m. today. These are some of the signs that the City Council told the companies they could fire up as part of a controversial settlement deal in 2006 that allowed the conversion of up to 840 existing billboards.

No Kobe? No problem for Lakers

Thumbnail image for kobe-fb-profile.jpg Not that it was easy, but in their first game in awhile without Kobe Bryant in the lineup the Lakers defeated San Antonio on Sunday 91-86. The magic number for a playoff spot is one: one win by the Lakers or one loss by Utah. Meanwhile, Bryant's surgeon says all went well.

Kobe vents on Facebook at 3 in the morning: 'This is such BS'

kobe-fb-profile.jpg "All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times!" Bryant writes and ponders if this "is how my book ends." In seven hours, 328,565 Facebook users had liked the post and 70,608 had shared it. Plus: The history of NBA recoveries from torn Achilles tendons is not good.

Carlos Quentin suspended 8 games as Greinke heads for surgery

dodgers-padres-brawl-grab.png The fallout from Thursday night's costly little skirmish in San Diego is starting to become clear. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, the $147-million arm who is just starting his first season with the team, has to undergo surgery to stabilize his broken left clavicle. The guesstimate on a return to the mound is eight weeks. Plus more.

Kobe leaves game with 'probable torn Achilles' *

kobe-on-floor-achilles-lal.jpg The initial commentary has Bryant missing the playoffs (if the Lakers get in) and doubtful for the start of next season — if an MRI expected Saturday confirms the diagnosis. A very downcast Bryant told the media he knows: "I was just hoping it wasn't what I knew it was." A torn Achilles at age 34 can be bad, folks.

Jonathan Winters, comedy legend was 87

jonathan-winters-variety.jpg Jonathan Winters had one of those long, varied entertainment industry careers after working New York comedy clubs and moving to early television in the 1950s. "One of the great comedians of the 20th century," the LA Times says.

Morning Buzz: Friday 4.12.13

acedemy-museum-dome.jpg A dome for the May Company. Baca to face the feds. A blah Greucetti debate. What was Villaraigosa thinking on Social Security? A city of architects but not architecture plus more politics and media notes inside.

Greinke breaks collarbone in fight with Padres

dodgers-padres-fight-espn.png The Dodgers dominant pitching suddenly no longer looks so deep. Think months not weeks for Zack Greinke to be out.

'Los Angeles' rethinks 'Failure' cover: still not impressed

lamag-mav-failure.jpg Ed Leibowitz wrote the 2009 cover story for Los Angeles Magazine that pronounced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mostly a failure at the end of his first term. The cover image went a long way toward turning the mayor's media treatment at the time.

Alex Padilla announces run for secretary of state

alex-padilla-mug.jpg Padilla, the former president of the Los Angeles City Council, says that "last November, more than 10 MILLION Californians did not vote. I’m running for Secretary of State to change that."

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.11.13

jason-bentley-weekly.jpg Greucetti debate on Channel 7 tonight. Lancaster couple's run-in with sheriff's deputies. A gay leader in Watts. Plus Jason Bentley as LA's music director, federal status for the San Gabriels, new board members for MOCA and more.

Stanley Gold plans to go for a long, long drive

porsche-stanley-gold.jpg Gold didn't get to buy the Dodgers last year, which means he's free next month to drive one of his Porsche's 12,000 kilometers from Beijing to Paris. Much of the race is off road: think of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

Get divorced, get in the New York Times

dan-crane-homeredo.jpg Dan Crane, a freelance writer and musician who wrote “To Air Is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s Greatest Air Guitarist,” bought a house in Echo Park with his wife. He had to finish the renovation alone — but he gets a piece in Thursday's NYT Home section.

Gary Lycan, radio columnist was 68

gary-lycan-fh.jpg The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the paper reported this afternoon. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco posts a nice tribute: "the most difficult blog story I have ever written..."

Internet helps Silver Lake man recover stolen '73 VW Beetle

jalopnik-stoplen-vw.jpg Jason Torchinsky, now 41, bought his 1973 Volkswagen Beetle when he was 18. So it kind of sucked when the car was stolen last week.

Something's growing b-i-g in Rancho Park

century-plant-meg.jpg Meg Sullivan and Steve Roe came home Sunday to find the agave in the front yard beginning to sprout the big reproductive thingy in the middle. Same for a nearby plant: two century plants sprouting at the same time. Anyone want to take pictures?

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.10.13

CircleArtsBldg-underhill.jpg State of the City and Greucetti coverage. The LA Kings on Twitter. More awards for California Watch. NBC4 tries again with Fred Roggin. Plus LA's new bestselling book, new book editor at the NYT and a walking tour of Venice modern architecture.

Villaraigosa's last State of the City moment

state-of-city-prep-flags-2013.jpg Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to deliver his eighth and final State of the City speech as mayor starting at 5 p.m. in Royce Hall at UCLA. His people are billing the address as a call to mayoral hopefuls Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel to seriously address education issues. He also gets personal about his life arc. Inside: full text of the prepared speech and the opening video.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 4.9.13

dr-george-fischbeck.jpg Power struggle in the Wendy Greuel campaign. Who's with Jerry Brown in China. Villaraigosa's final State of the City this afternoon. Plus the sea lion mystery continues, an honor for KABC's retired Dr. George Fischbeck and more.

Oops, LA Times mixes up its sports

baseball-point-lat.jpg After the Times refers to the Angels losing by a point, a reader on Twitter posts: "Dear large-market newspaper, please familiarize yourself with the language of baseball. Please." Deadspin joins in the mocking.

Annette Funicello, most popular original Mousketeer was 70

annette-funicello-bc.jpg America's 1950s darling was discovered by Walt Disney in a dance recital at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. After the original "Mickey Mouse Club" on ABC, she became popular again as a teen idol and in the mid-1960s "Beach" movies with Frankie Avalon. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she long ago lost the ability to walk or talk. Last year, Canada's CTV aired a superb report on Funicello and MS. Videos and links inside.

Greuel and Garcetti trade more endorsements of black pols

greuel-garcetti.jpg Controller Wendy Greuel will officially unveil the backing of Rep. Maxine Waters at a 10 a.m. media op on the City Hall steps. A couple of hours after Team Greuel alerted the media, Councilman Eric Garcetti's campaign posted to YouTube a video of Rep. Karen Bass endorsing him.

Tujunga Village taco wars heat up: Henry's gets a rival

henrys-new-place-dk.jpg Just days after Henry's Tacos opened in its new location on Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, the popular spot's old location on Tujunga and Moorpark has been leased: to a competing taco joint. Hmm, I wonder if the landlord had a hand in this?

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.8.13 catch-up edition

ebert-sun-times.jpg Gov. Brown chats before heading to China, ex-governor Schwarzenegger pushes climate change alarms, who in the California delegation to Congress owns a gun, moves in Campaign 2013, tips if you encounter a sick sea lion and today is the funeral for Roger Ebert in Chicago. Plus much more catching up.
alex-renteria.jpg Kate Linthicum, one of the City Hall reporters for the Los Angeles Times, had written about Alex Renteria two years ago for a feature on the opening of the building's newly opened Homeboy Diner. In Monday's paper she writes about Renteria again, this time as someone she had come to know and who became the subject of a tragic news story.

WSJ bureau in Los Angeles changes up music beat, and promotes

ethan-smith-wsj.png Erica Phillips moves up to full-fledged general news and politics reporter after most of a year as officially temporary. And Hannah Karp moves over from GA to cover the music beat.

Pico-Robertson meat market sold

Thumbnail image for doheny-glatt-kosher.jpg A quick update to the story of the Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market, which has been accused of selling meat that isn't as kosher as advertised.

Sherman and Berman, together this time, both endorse Greuel

Thumbnail image for ShermanANDBerman.jpg This has the looks of another quality endorsement day for mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. Plus: She and Eric Garcetti talk about City Hall finances. And Garcetti to roll out Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Taking a little break

krcolor.jpg Hey all, I'm traveling this week. They have wi-fi in Canada so I'll be posting a little bit here and there, but probably not in the mornings.

Pico-Robertson roiled by charges of non-kosher meat

doheny-glatt-kosher.jpg Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats has been for years "the premier retailer to kosher consumers in this densely populated Jewish neighborhood" of Pico-Roberston, the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles says. But the store has had its kosher certification yanked by the Rabbinical Council of California after an investigative report on KTLA said that the store sold meat that was not truly glatt kosher, a higher designation than merely kosher. The scandal keeps expanding.
gary-cohn-fpn.jpg Gary Cohn, formerly of the LA Times, will write an investigative column. Plus: Variety falls for April Fools prank, LAT president promoted, Koch brothers and the LAT, Ellie nominations for Los Angeles and remembering the LA Examiner. Plus more.

Obama's no dummy: no endorsement in LA mayor race

Thumbnail image for av-obama-lax.jpg White House spokesman Jay Carney said today that President Obama doesn't plan to weigh in on the Los Angeles mayoral race. Both Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are Democrats and Obama supporters.
greuel-media-ucla.jpg An hour after Eric Garcetti unveils Kevin James as a new backer, Wendy Greuel delivers her 2.0 speech — revealing a new, feistier runoff approach and a promise to be more, yes, independent. "The game is on," Greuel says. Key points and full text inside.

AP style guide drops the term 'illegal immigrant'

Thumbnail image for border-fence-east.jpg For AP reporters from now on, and those many institutions that let Associated Press style be their guide, persons are no longer illegal but actions can be. It's the third time in about two years that Associated Press editors have revisited "illegal immigrant."

Sick sea lions situation getting worse, not better

casealions_nursery_mar10.jpg The mystery of the ill sea lion pups overwhelming rescue centers in Southern California has been upgraded to an official "unusual mortality event" by the National Marine Fisheries Service. More sick pups have shown up on local beaches so far in 2013 than in many previous years combined.

Garcetti adds Kevin James to his endorsement list

kevin-james-lamag.jpg Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has a 10 a.m. presser scheduled with Kevin James, the former radio talk show host who came in third in the March 5 city primary election. They are doing the deed outside the Van Nuys city hall, officially the Valley Municipal Building, on Sylvan Street.

Dodgers unveil their new era

koufax-dodgers-2013opener-gl.jpg Dodger Stadium showed off some improvements, Sandy Koufax made his return to Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch, and Clayton Kershaw shut out the Giants for the first win of the season — going all the way with just 94 pitches and no walks on opening day. Kershaw even clubbed his first career home run. Final score: 4-0.

More changes at The Wrap: Lisa Fung departs, Sneider in *

lisa-fung-wrap.jpg Executive editor Lisa Fung is the second former Los Angeles Times hand to leave the editing ranks of The Wrap in the past month. Also, Jeff Sneider of Variety re-joins The Wrap as a film reporter.

New time lapse video of Los Angeles

time-lapse-grab.png Nicely done time lapse of downtown and other parts of LA, day and night, from Alex Hallajian of Newport Beach.

Morning Buzz: Monday media notes

oc-register.jpg Took the weekend off and have a whole bunch of media items to catch up on. Remember, this is a slow posting travel week for me.

Al Martinez pens final column for changing Daily News

al_martinez-mug.jpg Between the Daily News and the LA Times, Martinez has written columns about Los Angeles for almost three decades. Last the year the Huntington mounted an exhibition of his collected work. Meanwhile, LANG is slapping the Daily News name on all of its papers.
Clinton fundraises in LA
kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Jim Henson Studios on La Brea became a presidential campaign stop on Thursday.
Brown declares disaster area
porter-ranch-sign.jpgThe natural gas leak above Porter Ranch now qualifies for various government actions. Story
Wet coyote
wet-coyote-vdt.jpgSpotted between the storms at Here in Malibu.
Performing arts with cheer
guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpgDonna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
Junkyard down
upick-firetruck-560.jpgAfter 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos