LA Observed archive
for October 2015

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garcetti-brooklyn99-grab.jpg Yahoo Politics profile says LA's mayor may be the future of the Democrats. Plus Garcetti on the set of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Grantland site killed by ESPN

grantland-grab.jpg It's effective immediately. Bill Simmons calls callous treatment of staffers "simply appalling."

Outside funding of LAT stories an issue*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Washington Post looks at the relatively new Los Angeles Times practice of accepting money from nonprofits, including Eli Broad's, to help fund education reporting.

Thursday news and notes

los-fezil.jpg Water flows in the LA aqueduct again. Vin Scully repeats next year is his last season. Los Fezil. And more.

Bill Dwyre first LA Times columnist to say he's going

bill-dwyre-fb.jpg Former sports editor announced to horse racing writers that he is retiring. Plus: Updates on the buyout and the T.J. Simers trial.

Valleywood's 26 acres of wrecked cars closing for good*

Googie-Arches.jpg AAdlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, an institution in Sun Valley for 53 years, has supplied or been in a lot of movies, TV episodes and music videos.

Columnist signs off: 'Keep reading your newspaper'

timm-herdt-fb.jpg Ventura County Star political columnist Timm Herdt, moving on after 31 years of Wednesday columns, pleads the case for print.
wnt-at-white-house-2.jpg The World-Cup winning U.S. national soccer team was honored at the White House today.

Tuesday news and notes

DC_EXPRESS-bacon.jpg A drone knocks out power. La Opinión endorses Kamala Harris. Media notes. And much more.

Monday news and notes

brie-larson-lat.jpg Catching up to news from politics, media and place. Plus more.

Austin Beutner at Columbia Journalism School (video)

austin-beutner-columbia-gra.jpg After listening to Beutner make his case now a couple of places, I'm starting to think that his firing as publisher of the LA Times might turn out to be a real tragedy for the paper.

Keith Richards sings for Merry Clayton (video)

merry-clayton-carole-king.jpg The session singer best known for "Gimme Shelter" and "20 Feet From Stardom" had both legs amputated below the knee after a freeway crash. She was honored last week at The Apollo in Harlem.

Hurricane Patricia approaches Mexico at 'incredible' strength

hurr-patricia-early.jpg Potentially catastrophic storm heading for Puerto Vallarta "now very close to the theoretical maximum strength for a tropical cyclone on planet Earth."
beutner-reliable-sources.jpg Austin Beutner makes a weekend appearance on CNN's "Realiable Sources," and KPCC examines if Eli Broad bought the LA Times.

Newsroom truth: first we procrastinate

daily-bulletin-moves.jpg "One trait of journalists is that we accumulate a lot of paper."

No, there is *not* a 99.9% chance of an LA earthquake

sylmar-quake-bridge-usgs.jpg USGS disputes the surprise claim that the La Habra area would endure a substantial quake in the next three years.

Mattingly leaving the Dodgers

mattingly-colletti-nickut.jpg The departure of the Dodgers manager is being described as a mutual decision. Sounds like he didn't really want to stay anyway.

LA Times buyout memo: 'We will get through this'

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The paper's California editor says "we are confident we can rebuild a Metro newsroom that continues to focus on agenda-setting journalism, watchdog reporting and aggressive coverage."

Coyote now being tracked along the LA River

coyote-146-nps.jpg C-146 stays close to the river in northeast LA, but the coyote recently tagged west of downtown has roamed as far as Hancock Park and back.
bruce-lisker-2015.jpg Lisker Chronicles update: The City Council first must approve the settlement. "It’s been a very emotional ordeal,” Lisker said.

News and notes for Wednesday

murdoch-bros-thr.jpg Biden won't run. DWP rates to rise. 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake. Media moves, the Murdoch brothers and more.

BuzzFeed newsroom: 58% women and 68% white

buzzfeed-editorial-pie.jpg "We now have more women than men working at BuzzFeed," Jonah Peretti says on his blog. They also are less white than last year.

Examining Los Angeles from within is all the rage

foc-cocktails.jpg Future of Cities: Leading in LA held its first public event Monday night, while Zocalo Public Square has been going deep on its home city.

Garcetti gets rough reception in South LA

screen-grab-cbsla-garcetti.jpg A community forum in Jefferson Park was cut short by protesters and, in front of TV cameras, the mayor was hustled out through a pressing crowd.

The women on the Clinton bus

hilary-clinton-press-corps.jpg At least 18 reporters on Hillary Clinton are women. "No one can remember a political press corps this heavily female," says Politico.

Monday news and notes

gjusta-sign.jpg Catching up on politics and media news, job moves and some notes on place. Including: Metro losing riders.

NPR news audience dropping and aging

npr-west-front-room.jpg It's not just print newspapers and TV news that are losing their audiences to age and digital platforms.

CicLAvia goes downtown Sunday for 5th anniversary

ciclavia-map-101815.jpg Fourteen events later, CicLAvia says it's the largest open streets event in North America.

Stephen Glass pays back Harper's for 1998 story

stephen-glass.jpg He sends a check for $10,000 along with an apology.

Venomous sea snakes arrive with El Niño*

sea-snake-warning.jpg If you see a yellow-bellied sea snake, take pictures and report the sighting but do not handle this highly venomous creature. OK?

Scary video from debris flow near Tehachapi

hiway58-mud-cbsla.jpg Interstate 5 is bad, but there are A LOT of trucks trapped in the debris flow that covered Highway 58 last night. Intense video inside.

Dodgers season ends with whimpers

nancy-bea-retires.jpg Expensive does not equal championship quality and there are questions about the future of Mattingly and others. One longtime player is gone for sure.

Beutner gets an invitation to Columbia

columbia-beutner-invite.jpg Fired LA Times publisher Austin Beutner will speak on "the future of newspapers" a week from today at the Columbia Journalism School.

Judge admonishes Times managing editor in Simers trial

simers-register-pic.jpg Plus look who is on T.J. Simers' legal team: Stephen Glass.

Media notes for Wednesday

scott-shafer-kqed.jpg New politics editor at KQED. CJR cuts back print. Jean Sharley Taylor. And more.

More dysfunction at Tribune newspapers*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Executives at the LA Times and San Diego Union-Tribune say Chicago told them to make the financials look worse than the executives believed.

Dodgers live to play another day

box-score-dodgers-mets4.png That day is Thursday at Dodger Stadium for the fifth and final playoff game with the Mets. Winner plays the Cubs.

Lamar Odom found unconscious in rural Nevada brothel

lamar-odom-tmz.jpg The former Laker and Clipper is "fighting for his life" in a Las Vegas hospital. Ex-wife Khloe Kardashian is reported to be with him.
miguel-santana-ladtn.jpg He is a bean counter "actually worth writing about" and the point man in City Hall on the homeless issue, says the Downtown News.

Ansel Adams' Manzanar photos are in town

ansel+manzanar+calisthenics.jpg An exhibit of World War II camp photos at the Skirball includes images by Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake.

Computer science now the top major for women at Stanford

stanford-students-file.jpg In the heart of Silicon Valley, a milestone has been reached. Plus more progress at Harvey Mudd.

Dodgers lose big in New York: 13-7

box-score-dodgers-mets3.jpg Just like that, the Dodgers face elimination Tuesday night after blowing an early 3-0 lead and letting New Yorkers blow off steam about Chase Utley.

Hef says it's time: Playboy to drop nude pics

playboy-debut-marilyn.jpg Hugh Hefner agrees that his 62-year-old magazine should move on and adapt. The website already had.

Hunting the water guzzlers of Bel Air

moraga-vineyard.jpg The Center for Investigative Reporting got the story rolling. Now Steve Lopez is on the case.

Chase Utley suspended for two playoff games

chase-utley-reacts.jpg If upheld, the Dodgers will play Games 3 and 4 against the Mets one man down.

Chuck Berry and the Stones on Hollywood a Go Go (video)

rollingstones-hagg.jpg May 15, 1965 was a bigger than usual Saturday taping night in the KHJ Channel 9 studios.

POTUS here but should be lightest Obamajam yet

la-traffic-file-art.jpg The Times won't tell you because, one, it doesn't know LA as well as it should and, two, it hypes to attract web eyeballs.

Three more Santa Monica Mountains pumas found dead

p-34-dead.jpg This is the flip side of the healthy local mountain lions in the San Gabriels I posted about earlier today.

Photos: Fresh lion kill in the San Gabriels

fresh-kill2-martinez.jpg Robert Martinez's cameras stationed in the mountains above Glendora captured two more feeding lions — in color this time.

Vin Scully 'resting comfortably' after medical procedure*

Thumbnail image for vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Scully will miss the postseason that begins Friday night. He "is looking forward to returning in 2016," the Dodgers said.

Dorothea Lange photos of LA poverty in 1936

dorothea-lange-la-mexican-quarter.jpg A month before shooting her famous migrant mother, Lange documented the "Mexican quarter" before it was razed for downtown's Union Station.

Look who's hosting 'Trailblazing Women' on TCM

TBW_About_Collage1.jpg LA Observed contributor Cari Beauchamp brings her film historian chops to a month-long series highlighting female directors back to the industry's first years.

T.J. Simers being cross-examined in LA Times suit

simers-register-pic.jpg Trial continues in the retired sports columnist's $18 million claim of age discrimination and retribution for writing critically about the publisher's friends.

Media and book notes: More LAT, NYT, Bill Plaschke show

lat-front-10515-long.jpg An aggregation of news and notes from our in-box and other sources.
Thumbnail image for Malcom-margolin.jpg "For the right candidate, this presents an amazing opportunity to lead a nonprofit book publishing company in a period of growth."

Buyout offer now official at LA Times

lat-front-page-100515.jpg Almost everyone on staff at least a year can apply but there is a big inducement to leave for those eligible to retire.

Allan Hoffenblum, 75, leading California political consultant

allan-hoffenblum-mug.jpg Hoffenblum was a Republican strategist who created the nonpartisan and respected California Target Book.

Valley and Sacramento push back at Beutner firing

austin-beutner-coastalcc.jpg Two more letters to Tribune Publishing ask for a locally run LA Times. Plus: Joe Mathews writes Beutner was building a media-political entity that could be the future.
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