LA Observed archive
for July 2015

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American Journalism Review to cease publication

ajr-screen-grab.jpg AJR has been published for 38 years. The print magazine shut down two years ago.

Alan Cheuse, novelist and NPR contributor, dies at 75

alan-cheuse.npr.jpg Cheuse was injured in a crash near Santa Cruz two weeks ago.

Trains moving in Santa Monica after 60 years (video)

expoline-clear-train-sm.jpg An Expo Line test train rolls where old tourist cars and freight trains used to run -- and where an Edison cameraman of the 1890s took some of the oldest footage of the LA area.

It's baby lizard season in Los Angeles

baby-lizard-nhmla.jpg Most of the hatchlings you will see now are either Western Fence Lizards or Side-blotched Lizards. But you never know.

Steve Lopez: Garcetti too often is 'weaselly'

garcetti-wakeland-doting-gary.jpg The narrative of Mayor Eric Garcetti as an overly cautious waffler continues to take hold.

Ted Rall dropped by LA Times over blog post about LAPD*

ted-rall.png The paper says the editorial cartoonist's post had factual inconsistencies. He says the Times buckled to pressure from the police department.

15 minutes with Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi (video)

zaidi-molly-knight-grab.jpg Molly Knight interviews Zaidi on stage at the Doha Goals Forum here in LA.

Two urban LA coyotes collared by National Park Service

coyote-dtla-nps.jpg Female C-144 has cubs in the Westlake district. Male C-145 ranges around the Silver Lake area. There's a new urban wildlife blog too.

Boston drops out of Olympics running, so LA may be in

olympics-sussman.jpg As LA-based 3 Wire Sports urged last month, Boston is no longer an obstacle to Los Angeles getting the 2024 Summer Games.

Secretary by day, sumo wrestler by night

Jenelle Hamilton is a local secretary, grad student, single mom and Girl Scout leader. And a sumo fighter.

Monday news and notes: July 27

KeyPeele.jpg Times editors give another letter grade. CBS2/KCAL promotes Amber Lee. Key and Peele to end their Comedy Central show. More politics and media notes.

Spanish-language KMEX and KVEA lead the local Emmys

local-emmy-winners-2015.jpg It wasn't even close. The top LA newscasts last year were all in Spanish, the judges said.

Special Olympics re-lights the Coliseum cauldron

oly-caludron-burns.jpg The Special Olympics World Games are here all week: 6,500 athletes from 165 nations, the largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics.

Portrait: 35 of the women who say Bill Cosby raped them

cosby-accusers-nymag.jpg New York Magazine got 35 of the 46 women it counts as having come forward with allegations about Bill Cosby to sit for photos. It makes an impact.

Scott Foundas jumps from film critic to film exec

scott-foundas-twitter.jpg Variety's chief film critic is moving to Amazon Studios as an acquisitions and development executive.

Norman Lear lip-synchs for his 93rd birthday (video)

norman-lear-at-93-grab.jpg As for getting old, he sings, isn't that the goal?

LA Times changing up in Mexico City

tracy-wilkinson-lat.jpg After eight years, bureau chief Tracy Wilkinson is moving to Washington and Beirut bureau chief Patrick McDonnell and others are headed to Mexico. "We're doubling down" in Latin America, a spokeswoman says.

Kaj Goldberg moves to KTLA's green screen

kaj-goldberg-ktla.jpg KCBS and KCAL weatherman has left the duopoly for rival Channel 5.

LAPD officer gets jail, ex-detective arrested as bank robber

mary-ocallaghan-cbsla.jpg Bad day for the Los Angeles Police Department image.

Thursday news and notes: Superheroes and more

Mathews-super-obama-600x400.jpg Biden was in town. Ex-LA Times reporter takes a job in City Hall. Fernando Valenzuela becomes a citizen. And California's hangup on superheroes. Plus more.

Supes vote to raise LA County minimum wage to $15 too

hall-of-admin-sign.jpg The action brings the county in line with Los Angeles City Hall. Over to you Long Beach, Glendale and Santa Clarita.

Letter grades for electeds begin with Galperin

galperin-grade-grab.jpg The LA Times editorial board wants Controller Ron Galperin to think bigger and be noisier.

New book on big science by the LAT's Mike Hiltzik

lawrence-cyclotron.jpg The business columnist provides a new biography of Ernest Lawrence, the Berkeley physicist who played a big role in the envelopment of atomic weapons.

View Park gets an LA Times story, with some geo-confusion

view-park-palm-streets.jpg Some black residents of the hilly neighborhood off Crenshaw see an influx of white homebuyers as a problem. But is it really a Westside issue? (No.)

Scenes of DTLA in the rain

rain-angies-wieners.jpg During one stretch on Saturday, it rained steadily for two hours and lightning flashed across downtown. So why not some pics.

How did celebrating 'Clueless' become a thing?

stacey-cher-clueless.jpg A sampling of the media stories trying to find some meaning in the LA romp after 20 years.

Soboroff adds Shirley Temple's typewriter

shirley-temple-at-typewriter-ss.jpg An Underwood used by the late actress joins those of Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote and other famous typists in the Soboroff collection.

Bob Baker, 67, former LA Times journalist

Baker worked for the Times as a reporter and editor for 26 years. He also contributed to LA Observed in the site's early years.

Kim Masters: The man who saved my mom from the Holocaust

nicholas_winton-thr.jpg The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large and host of KCRW's "The Business" writes at THR today about Nicholas Winton, who died July 1 at 106.

USC to let Fox Sports sell naming rights to LA Coliseum

coliseum-early-lapl.jpg Fox Sports has been tapped to sell naming rights, for the first time, to Los Angeles' most historic sports venue, according to a report.

Rock and roll, sex and the Runaways

runaways-fowley-fuchs.jpg If you read one more long piece on the repercussions of last week's story about Jackie Fuchs and her account of being raped by Kim Fowley, I suggest Ann Powers' personal essay for NPR.

Can LA County solve America's voting problem?

ballots-received-laco.jpg Los Angeles is getting credit for trying to fix the technology side of the old-fashioned and embarrassing way that the U.S. conducts elections.

Sasha Frere-Jones joining LA Times as cultural critic

sasah-frere-jones-twitter.jpg The editors call Sasha Frere-Jones "one of the leading voices of our time on music, language and culture." He won't report to any of the arts or culture editors, however.

Singing the praises of LA's Chinese food

mark-bittman-la-kitchen.jpg "For Chinese food there's no place in the United States like Southern California," New York Times columnist Mark Bittman says in a new video from Los Angeles.

Seattle's Really Big One will be bigger than SoCal's Big One

subduction-zone-tny.jpg The deadliest and most destructive earthquake ever in North America will happen when the Cascadia subduction zone fully ruptures. If it does.

Gardena police finally release video of bad police shooting

gardena-police-grab.jpg Federal; judge ordered video released after requests by the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and Bloomberg.

Ex-reporter named Mayor Garcetti's press secretary

connia-llanos-fb.jpg Connie Llanos, formerly of the Daily News, works now for Councilman Curren Price and was a spokesperson for Wendy Greuel in the 2013 mayoral campaign.
Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Politics, media and place plus a few tweets of the day.

Hit by a car: Downtown, Westlake and Koreatown are worst

lat-hit-by-car-map.jpg LA Times analysis of accident records finds 817 intersections countywide the paper calls the "most dangerous" for pedestrians.

Josh Kun, Diana Wagman finalists for SoCal book awards

LDLA-cover1_9781626400283_grande.jpg "To Live and Dine in L.A.," "Life #6" and Brian Grazer's "A Curious Mind" are among the nominees.

My little PCH driving moment

reel-inn.jpg A first-ever experience for me on Pacific Coast Highway, on a Friday, in summer.
queens-of-noise-cover.jpg Her book does not include Jackie Fuchs' details of being raped by Kim Fowley, the band's creepy creator. Here's why.

Jackie Fuchs of the Runaways details rape by Kim Fowley*

jackie-fuchs-talia-herman-huffpo.jpg The bassist for the 1970s girl band had never talked about the long-rumored incident until now. She collected details from witnesses -- not including Joan Jett, who has yet to acknowledge what she saw.

Going to the Sierras? Carry chains!

yosemite-snow-july-ct.jpg It snowed yesterday in Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass and other higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

New Yorker does LA's backyard entomologists

30newSpeciesoffly-nhm.jpg Remember the post in March about the discovery of 30 new fly species in LA yards?

Mystery of the vacant Baldwin Hills oil field mansion (audio)

baldwinhillshouseext.jpg Fun piece by Anna Scott, a producer with KCRW's Press Play, on that house you can see among the oil wells off to the west of La Cienega Boulevard.

News and notes: Ridley-Thomas not running for mayor

Ridley-Thomas and more politics notes, DeAndre Jordan stays with Clippers, new hosts at NPR's All Things Considered and more.

Black Twitter beat at LA Times has people talking

dexter-thomas-twitter.jpg NPR, the Washington Post and Digiday are among the media outlets covering the LAT decision to hire a new reporter to engage with blacks who tweet.

Video Journeys closing in Silver Lake

video-journeys-grab.jpg Customers like the deep inventory of films in stock. THR's story drops names like Kyle Chandler, Steven Soderbergh and Keanu Reeves.

LA Supes take back the power they gave up in 2007

Thumbnail image for county-org-chart-1939.jpg Chief executive office is weakened and now if you run the hospitals or mental health services, you again have to report to an elected politician.

Serious crime in Los Angeles very much on the rise

lapd-car-left.jpg New LA Times analysis shows the downward trend in LA crime stats is over and that crime is up in all major categories except homicide.

Trump golf course here loses big PGA tournament too

trump-national-640.jpg The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is looking for another home, while conservative opinionist Jonah Goldberg calls out Trump for damaging the Republican Party.

Tuesday news and notes: Cosby, Trump, #USWNT

mike-kelley-buses.jpg Bill Cosby's old admission. Donald Trump coming to LA? Record audience for soccer as U.S. champions come to LA Live. Plus much more politics and media.

Report: Roll Call editor to take over LA Times politics

Christina-Bellantoni-softball.jpg Dylan Byers of Politico reports the hiring of Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni to be Assistant Managing Editor for Politics -- a title that does not currently exist.

Hector Tobar: LA's inequality hard to ignore anymore

homeless-virgil-avenue.jpg Los Angeles is becoming a metropolis of the developing world, the New York Times columnist argues.

City tries flashing yellow arrow at trouble intersection

yellow-arrow-grab.jpg The new-to-LA traffic calming tactic is in use at Venice and Robertson boulevards. Check out the instructional video.

Pilar Marrero returning to journalism from Solis' staff

pilar-marrero-fb-profile.jpg Marrero left La OpiniĆ³n in December after 24 years to work for new LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis. She's going to back to work on election coverage.

Scott Timberg on leaving Los Angeles*

casestudyhouse22a.jpg The journalist and author tried to make it work after being laid off by the LA Times. But it's more complicated than that.

LA Times adds three, including 'Black Twitter' reporter

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg S. Mitra Kalita, one of the paper's three managing editors, announced additions to the audience engagement team.

Post-holiday week news and notes

amartinez-alexcohen-kpcc.jpg Catching up on politics, media and place. Including a piece on KPCC's Latino audience.

Cantor's call of Carli Lloyd's long goal (video)

uswnt-locker-room-fifa.jpg On Telemundo, Andres Cantor took a couple of breaths to draw out for 38 seconds his call of the midfield goooooal! in the U.S. rout of Japan.

Access to Malibu's Carbon Beach a long time coming

malibu-overlook-vdt.jpg Jenny Price's very first post at LA Observed -- in 2006 -- began a series that agitated for access to the public Malibu beaches where wealthy property owners kept putting up obstacles.

Reimagining the funeral experience in LA

reimagining-funeral-home-calsunday.jpg Amber Carvaly and Caitlin Doughty, both 30, have ambitions to disrupt the funeral business.

Book notes: Deal for a book on Jerry Brown, more LA authors

jim-newton-lat.jpg Jim Newton will write the next book on Jerry Brown "and the creation of modern California." Plus Diana Wagman, Holly Madison, William Mulholland, Josh Kun and more.

LA Times sells front page masthead to 'Minions' movie*

lat-front-minions.jpg The Times breaks another advertising standards convention in bid to get movie ads back in the paper. Publisher Austin Beutner made the call.

Cory Doctorow has his reasons to trade London for LA

boing-boing-grab.jpg Subways. National healthcare. Curbs on surveillance and mass boycotts of standardized testing. Does he mean us?

LA disarray: Puig, Angels, Kings, Clippers...

puig-espn-mag-grab.jpg Yasiel Puig is thoroughly disliked in the Dodgers clubhouse, a new book says. And the Angels' general manager, Jerry Dipoto, may have cleaned out his office and left.
Thumbnail image for homeless-pico-closer.jpg On the eve of his second anniversary in office, the mayor faces a test on the homeless issue. He changed his tune last night on Warren Olney's show.
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