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for April 2014

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Kings to meet Ducks, and D'Antoni gone from Lakers

dantoni-grab-espn.jpg The LA Kings made a bit of NHL history night and now will face the Ducks in the playoffs for the first time ever.

Clippers win by 10, lead series 3-2

clippers-jordan-crawford.jpg It's probably reaching to say we're all Clippers fans tonight, but I choose to believe most are happy to hear that the Clips beat Golden State.

KCET brings back a form of 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg New season begins May 14 with some of the old team and some new faces. Expect a show that's more like the KCET website than the TV series that won all those awards.

Sterling banned for life by NBA

we-are-one-clippers.jpg In a fast-spinning day of news out of the Clippers and the National Basketball Association, some highlights stand out.

Jerry Brown back behind the wheel of his Plymouth

brown-plymouth-fb.jpg Gov. Jerry Brown posted this photo to Facebook Monday. "Back to the future! Cruising in my old blue Plymouth."

NBA commissioner to speak ahead of Clippers game tonight

Thumbnail image for clippers-jerseys-dumped-espn.jpg With the Donald Sterling situation continuing to spin out of control, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a morning press conference at which he's expected to announce the league's initial action against the Clippers owner. Mayor Eric Garcetti has shifted his schedule to hold a presser right after.

Politico making an LA move

state-capitol.jpg Two of Politico's bigger names are relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast. It sounds less strategic and more about personal situations.

Bad news coming from Toyota in Torrance on Monday

toyota-torrance-kabc.jpg The only question is how bad. A Texas newspaper says many of the jobs appear headed to West Plano, outside Dallas.

Streetscape: La Placita

la-placita-front-door.jpg Front door of Iglesia Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on Saturday morning.

Mayor's Instagram account captures his side of LA

meg-walktowork-good-sam.jpg Garcetti has been using his personal account to post pics from inside the rope lines and events such as his walk to work on Wilshire Boulevard a few weeks ago. The NYT takes notice.

Answer: No the NYT can't

nyt-mag-grab-33cd.jpg Question: Can the New York Times Magazine cover LA Westside politics without saying "Botox Belt" or "Nate 'n Al's"?
sterling-naacp-twitpic.jpg Occidental College professor Peter Dreier asks, aptly, why was the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP planning to give Donald Sterling its Lifetime Achievement Award on May 15? How could the group not know about Sterling's past of racist comments?

Donald Sterling really exposed as the village idiot this time

sterling-stiviano.jpg After Sterling's latest racist comments sweep the media, President Obama and Mayor Garcetti comment, Magic Johnson said he will never attend another Clippers game, and the Clippers themselves played and lost.

Los Angeles Review of Books marks three years

larb-blog-logo.jpg Editor Tom Lutz notes the milestones after three years since the first review was published on a temporary Tumblr site, and points out the review is now entirely on its...

Security beefed up (a tad) in LA Times building *

lat-security-memo.jpg Memo to the staff from Eddy Hartenstein after last week's police incident says "the situation that transpired with a VXI employee on Friday night has been a cause of concern to us all."

New LA Times tech editor will work from Bay Area

Russ Mitchell will guide coverage of Silicon Valley and tech companies, and write for the paper's Tech Now blog.

The Reagan-Nixon line in SoCal baseball

reagan-nixon-line-nyt.jpg The New York Times data team used Facebook data to map the baseball team preferences of the country, focusing on those borders between fans loyal to one team or another. Kind of fascinating, despite the lame name.

Former Robinsons in BH for sale again

Thumbnail image for robinsons-bh-hess.jpg The site at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard, just west of the Beverly Hilton hotel, would come fully approved for construction of a luxury condo project, says the LA Times.

LA Times loses another reporter to BuzzFeed

Thumbnail image for buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest staff writer to jump ship at the Los Angeles Times is Metro projects reporter Jessica Garrison. Read the farewell memo inside.

Times adds a veteran reporter in the Valley

Former national correspondent will double the allotment of Times staff to the Valley. Wonder if this move is Register related? Meanwhile, in Orange County the Register partners with a local startup newsroom.

Legendary Zanja Madre revealed in Chinatown dig

zanja-madre-william-bolling.jpg A portion of the "Mother Ditch" that supplied the pueblo of Los Angeles, later encased in brick, has been uncovered and will be removed.

In praise of John Muir

tuolumne-meadows-lao-fb.jpg Today on the weekly KCRW segment they asked me to talk about John Muir. Can do!

Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros. as chief flack

DeeDeeMyers-chair.jpg Myers' Clinton ties could be a factor if Hillary Clinton runs for president. Before she became the first female press secretary at the White House, Myers worked in LA City Hall.

Griffith Park mountain lion found sick, possibly poisoned

p22-april-2014-nps.jpg Remember those stunning photos of P-22 in National Geographic? "He doesn't look like that anymore," National Park Service researcher Seth Riley says now.

Jay Z in the house

jayz-garcetti-office.jpg Brooklyn's most famous music mogul is at City Hall this morning to announce plans for a festival downtown this summer.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14

Thumbnail image for prosser-sidewalk-jg.jpg The races to replace Waxman and Yaroslavsky, sidewalk money goes unspent, Garcetti and Jay Z to announce DTLA festival, sheriff's use of force rules, and no subway entrance at 2nd and Spring because Tribune has development plans. Plus more.
la-register-first-nicolosi.jpg The editorial in the first issue of the new Los Angeles print newspaper, out today, says the Register's opinion page "aims to infuse a new perspective into the political and public policy debate in our community and lead the charge for a new generation of liberty-minded, free-market intellectuals."

New sports biz website in town

field-of-green-grab.jpg The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.

Snowden stories win Pulitzer for Guardian, Washington Post

Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpg The Boston Globe wins in breaking news for its coverage of the Boson Marathon bombings. The New York Times wins in both photography categories. There are no local winners, but several LA Times finalists.

Yasiel Puig's harrowing journey from Cuba to Dodger Stadium

puig-lamag-pugliese.jpg Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.

Register arrives as Tribune undercuts the Times

la-register-staff-lortiz.jpg The LA Register debuts Wednesday: staff of 40, available in 5,500 stores and newsracks. Still waiting for evidence that it will make a ripple in the LA news cycle, let alone thrive as a business. Meanwhile, things don't look so great at the Times again.

Let's meet Saturday at the Festival of Books

april-bill-bookfair.jpg Come by and chat at the Angel City Press booth between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Plus: Tonight's winners of the LA Times Book Prizes.

LA Register called an audacious move for these times*

laregister-facebook-grab.jpg Longtime media watcher Rem Rieder talks to Aaron Kushner about next week's launch of the Los Angeles Register and observes that starting up a new newspaper on the turf of an existing paper (or papers) was a bold statement in the best of times. The LA Register lands on Wednesday.

Mayor says he's all about back to basics

garcetti-after-SOTC-bk.jpg In his first State of the City speech, Garcetti doesn't make much news but lists some early accomplishments and some plans.

LA 2020 Commission makes recommendations

Thumbnail image for city-hall-with-palms.jpg Before Mayor Eric Garcetti could give his first state of the city address this afternoon, the LA 2020 Commission appointed by Council President Herb Wesson stole his thunder a bit by announcing yesterday the civic group's ideas to improve LA. But that's OK, because everybody sounds underwhelmed.

Chris Cortijo, LAPD motor officer was 51

Chris-Cortijo-lapd .jpg Officer Chris Cortijo of the Valley Traffic Division died today of injuries he suffered when his motorcycle was hit by a DUI suspect in Sun Valley on Saturday.
la-mag-grab-broad.jpg Broad tells Los Angeles Magazine the city needs "better political leadership and better citizen and corporate leadership than it’s had." He also confirms he is still trying to buy the LA Times.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.9.14

Affirmative action politics in Sacramento. LAPD shooting suspect is a gun nut, at least. Ex-DWP chief lands at Edison. Mickey Rooney dies broke and estranged. Plus more.

Amy and Samy and Ana Garcia

Thumbnail image for ana-garcia-at-city-hall.jpg Ana Garcia, the former KNBC anchor and investigative reporter, shows up on a new issue of "Kitchen Nightmares" interviewing the overheated proprietors of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas takes a selfie

mrt-selfie.jpg County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' Twitter account posted this pic of the boss grabbing a pic of his own after a meeting with young Jewish leaders in the Crenshaw district.

Day off today

I probably won't be posting today. Busy period on other projects.

LAPD officer shot and wounded inside West Bureau station*

A gunman opened fire inside the West Bureau station on Venice Boulevard and shot at least one officer. The wounded officer was reportedly wearing a ballistic vest that may have stopped some of the seven rounds.

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.7.14

soqui-wilshire-crop.jpg Hilda Solis. 2020 Report. State of the City week. Election day tomorrow in Long Beach. Injured LAPD officer needs blood. Riding Wilshire before CicLAvia. Ezra Klein's news website debuts. Plus more.

Mickey Rooney, actor was 93

mickey-rooney-young.jpg They don't make Hollywood careers like this any more. Rooney's IMDb credits span 1926 to 2014 (340 listings), plus two Oscars and four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Breitbart News launches a California push

breitbart-california-logo.jpg Breitbart CA will be about "stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment." Plus more.

Modernist William Krisel's iconic Brentwood home razed

krisel-home-shulman.jpg The iconic LA architect built his own midcentury masterpiece on North Tigertail Road. Krisel and the architectural preservation community were horrified to discover late last week that the home was being torn down.

AG Kamala Harris engaged to Los Angeles lawyer

kamala-harris-paul-chinn-sfc.jpg Douglas Emhoff went to USC law school, Harris to UC's Hastings College of Law. Both are 49 and have not divulged a date.

Anja Niedringhaus, AP photographer, killed in Afghanistan

gannon-Niedringhaus.jpg The Associated Press says that an Afghan police commander opened fire with an AK-47 Friday on two AP journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.
matt-kemp-crop.jpg The Dodgers open their home season this afternoon against the Giants, and they will have Matt Kemp on the roster. He will start in place of Yasiel Puig, benched for showing up late.

Letterman says he'll retire, and Garcetti jumps quickly (video)

letterman-grab.jpg David Letterman announces he will step down in 2015 and quips he always knew "when this show stops being fun, I will retire 10 years later."

Birotte appointed to federal court bench

Andre-Birotte-108.jpg President Barack Obama today nominated U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. to be a judge on the U.S. District Court

Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.3.14

westside-subway-logo.jpg More Chile and La Habra quake news. Westside subway gets judge's OK. City Hall's tax plan to pay for sidewalks and streets. Hertzberg endorses Shriver. Meningitis warnings for men who have sex with men. Owen Gleiberman out at EW plus moves at the LAT. And more, inside.

Joel Grover story on NBC4, Scientology book win IRE awards*

grover-in-harms-way.jpg Channel 4's investigation of tour bus accidents and Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" are cited by the judges, as well as an investigation into LA-area rehab scams. Details inside.

Zócalo Book Prize to Ethan Zuckerman

rewire-cover-zocalo.jpg "Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" is in the view of the judges 2013’s most illuminating and compelling nonfiction book about community and human connectedness.

Paper doesn't know beans about Chile

bh-courier-chili.jpg The Beverly Hills Courier emails a keeper headline to its readers about the huge earthquake on the coast of Chile.

Book 'Em Mysteries in South Pasadena to close

book-em-mysteries.jpg The mystery bookstore at 1118 Mission Street will close at the end of April after 24 years. Owners Mary Riley and Barry Martin are retiring.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.2.14

latino-americans-cover.jpg SCOTUS lifts some campaign donation limits. Struggle for control for the sheriff's union. Peabody Award winners. Possible sale of the Daily News chain? Plus more inside.
chile-quake-intensitymap.jpg Tsunami warnings were called for the upper west coast of South America, with warnings as far north as Mexico. But the tsunami threat has passed.
robinsons-bh-hess.jpg The long-closed Robinsons store beside the Beverly Hilton near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards is being razed (but apparently not today) to make way for a big new development called 9900 Wilshire. This mid-century modern Robinsons had a lot of fans.
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