I'm immersed these days in a big project unrelated to LA Observed that's taking up more time than usual — hence the slower posting and dearth of Morning Buzz entries. That's my excuse. Al Martinez has a more solid explanation foe why he won't be posting this week. He remains in a local hospital being treated for various maladies. He says he'd rather be writing — but you probably knew that.
Some news notes:
- City Controller Ron Galperin and Rep. Adam Schiff endorsed Wendy Greuel for Congress in CD33.
- “I can’t picture people talking about me 50 years from now,” Sandy Koufax said in a 1965 Sports Illustrated interview. Wrong. The Jewish Week
- Times of San Diego is a new independent regional news site for greater San Diego launched Thursday by online veteran Chris Jennewein, recently of AOL Patch.
- Amy Wilentz’s “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti” won the National Book Critics Circle prize in autobiography tonight: "a gritty, surprising memoir based on years of reporting from Haiti." Bookcritics.org
- "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt and "The Future of the Mind" by Michio Kaku are the hardcover bestsellers in Southern California this week. Bookweb
- Sarah Parvini started this week as a general assignment reporter at the Daily Journal. She previously was an associate producer at KPCC and an intern for Associated Press and Los Angeles magazine.
- A 36-year Orange County Register employee fired in October from her job as an advertising account executive filed a lawsuit this month against the newspaper and its parent company, Freedom Communications, alleging age discrimination. OC Weekly
- Equal parts retail hub, Silicon Beach hotspot and idyllic suburban enclave, Playa Vista approaches the completion of its great Westside experiment. The Argonaut
- Satire: Woman reaches 10,000 hour mark in crafting her OKCupid profile. Reductress
- ESPN columnist Jim Bowden says from spring training that all the inside access given to TV cameras for the Dodgers' new cable channel is proving to be intrusive on the players and staff. "There are cameras everywhere on the field, in the clubhouse and constantly following manager Don Mattingly, his coaches and players." ESPN.com