Crop of October cover.
Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place from various sources and the LA Observed in-box. Previous notes.
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Emmy Awards: "The People v. O.J. Simpson" won for outstanding limited series, and Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown won acting awards. Paulson brought former Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark as her front-row seatmate, name-checked Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, and thanked Clark for fighting the good fight. Host Jimmy Kimmel wondered if Simpson was watching from his Nevada prison and joked that defense attorney Johnnie Cochran was watching the scene from below... Emotional moments: Julia Louis-Dreyfus mentioned her father, who died on Friday. Patton Oswalt choked up when it was time to remember his late wife. Jeffrey Tambor's tribute to Garry Shandling and Henry Winkler's to Garry Marshall....TV reality: NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox shows won a total of four Emmys. HBO alone won six. Full list of winners
Immigration and Los Angeles Magazine: The October issue is billed as a special issue devoted to immigration — cover line: "It unites us. It divides is. It defines us." — with guest editor Jose Antonio Vargas. A party and conversation with Vargas was held Sunday at the Pacific Palisades home of former LA Times publisher Austin Beutner, who brought Vargas into the Times. His involvement won't discourage speculation that Beutner is interested in the for-sale magazine... It's the magazine's first single-topic issue. One story: Latinos for Trump.
Rams win! In Los Angeles! In the first Rams game in Los Angeles since 1979, the locals beat the Seattle Seahawks 9-3. Attendance at the Rams home opener was announced as 91,046 tickets sold, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a pregame concert, CeeLo Green sang the national anthem and LeBron James and Magic Johnson were at the Coliseum. You'll see media reports calling it the first NFL game in LA in 22 years — that's a reference to the Raiders leaving for Oakland and the Rams ditching Orange County in 1994 — but it's actually the first Rams home game in Los Angeles in 37 years. Added: The Rams did play the Raiders in the Coliseum in 1991 as the visitors... Plaschke column: After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud
Landmarking Bob Hope: The City Council voted 12-0 to stop demolition of a garage and studio on the former Bob Hope estate in Toluca Lake. Hope's daughter, Linda, had obtained a demo permit. The City Council wants to look at designating the property as a city historic-cultural monument, though to what effect is unclear. The property has been on the market for years. LAT, DN. Previously on LA Observed: Traffic jam in Toluca Lake: Bob Hope yard sale
Photographer Jane Schreibman spotted the second Chelsea bomb outside her apartment on Saturday night. When the police got there, they told her: "Run!"... No local winners of the 2016 Online News Association awards. New York Magazine was honored for that gripping Bill Cosby package... The dominoes fall at NPR from Renee Montagne's decision to stop hosting "Morning Edition." Rachel Martin (pictured) will join the weekday show, co-host David Greene will move to Culver City to take Montagne's chair, and South America correspondent Lulu Garcia-Navarro will take over Martin's current role as host of “Weekend Edition Sunday"... Politico: "In a show of joint defiance, the major television networks collectively voted to pull a camera and erase video of Donald Trump giving a tour of his hotel"... Margaret Sullivan in the Washington Post: It’s time for TV news to stop playing the stooge for Donald Trump... Also: how a split-up BuzzFeed sees its video-heavy future... GQ profile: Joe Scarborough Has Big Dreams (Including 'Trump: The Musical')... Ken Doctor asks: Are you ready to pay for a Netflix for podcasts?... The Guardian is cutting its U.S. news operation by 30 percent. "Course correction," the media outlet says... The Associated Press, Vice Media, and Gannett sued the FBI over access to information about the technology the FBI used to gain access to the phone of one of the San Bernardino terrorist shooters... Univision formally agreed to defend its new journalists from Gawker should they be sued while doing their jobs.
Steve Lopez visits in Palm Desert with Stu Spencer, Ronald Reagan's longtime campaign manager and past adviser to Republicans. He loathes Clinton and Trump, and says of the Republican nominee: "Mr. Trump, you're no Ronald Reagan"... A majority of California voters (51% to 40%) oppose Prop. 62, the death penalty repeal measure, in a new USC Dornsife-LA Times poll... City Council President Herb Wesson appointed himself caretaker of the City Council district in the Valley vacated by Felipe Fuentes... Retired LAPD sergeant Jim Parker, who leaked a recording of his controversial stop of “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts, filed a lawsuit to block the city Ethics Commission from releasing his police personnel records.... California needs to be better prepared for the Zika virus, state and local health officials say... Three multimillionaires stake a claim on influencing the state's ballot, at CalMatters.
People are talking about...
The Sept. 25 season premier of "Parts Unknown" on CNN will feature host Anthony Bourdain sitting down for a meal with President Obama in Vietnam... Vice News is delaying the launch of its nightly news show ‘Vice News Tonight’ on HBO until Oct. 10.... William Bratton ceremonially handed over control of the New York PD... Melissa Villaseñor joins SNL this fall as the show's first Latina cast member and she's from LA... What is it about the media overplaying so-called secession pushes? No, Venice is not going to leave Los Angeles — in the Valley it was an actual decades-old political movement and didn't succeed, in Venice it's just a few people talkin'... A new event series co-presented by KPCC In Person and ArtCenter College of Design will examine the intersection of technology, design and the human experience.
Around the Timeses
NYT: The New York Times named a new second in command, Joe Kahn, who becomes managing editor two years after executive editor Dean Baquet did away with that role. Kahn is now "seen by many as an obvious successor." Deputy executive editor Susan Chira leaves the masthead to write about gender issues for both the news and opinion sides. Michael Slackman moves up to take Kahn's job as international editor... Get ready for more breathless coverage from weird quirky California. New San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller writes in Sunday Review that he's back covering the U.S. after 27 years abroad, and "I wander the streets of this city, my new home, like an enchanted tourist." So far he's wowed by easy credit, yoga, electric cars and the presence of more homeless street people than his children saw living in Asia.
LAT: Arts and Entertainment Editor Brenda Rodriguez has left the Times staff after just six months — no next job mentioned in her exit note. And county reporter Abby Sewell is leaving the Times to live in Lebanon and teach English to Syrian refugee children. She's also looking to freelance as a journalist... The well-received "Framed" series serialized over six days this month brought in a stunning 50,000 new subscribers to the LAT's daily Essential California newsletter, the Times says. Poynter looked at how Christopher Goffard's series was played online, and editor Davan Maharaj praised the project to the staff:
One of the most suspenseful, most widely read, most talked about and most admired pieces of journalism published by the Los Angeles Times. More than 3 million readers – and counting – have visited latimes.com to lose themselves in this page-turning tale of striving, revenge and ruin in the master-planned city of Irvine...Early indications are that we gained hundreds of subscribers and thousands of print readers. A prompt to sign up for the Essential California newsletter during the week of “Framed” netted 50,000 new subscribers, putting the total well over 200,000. Hearty congratulations and thanks to the tremendous team
Ken Doctor from early last week: Why doesn’t Gannett just drop its Tronc bid?
Media people doing stuff
Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine: "I Used to Be a Human Being. An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too."... Former LA TV guy Keith Olbermann will host a bi-weekly online series for GQ magazine called "The Closer with Keith Olbermann"... Zach Behrens, the former KCET and LAist editor who left journalism to do communications for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is heading to the Sierra for a temporary assignment at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks... Former Daily News editor Ron Kaye emerged from 21 months of blog silence to post that Hillary Clinton should step aside in order to prevent the election of Donald Trump: "Trump is the most dangerous figure ever to emerge in America and the conspiracy of consciousness of millions of like-minded people who have gravitated to him as their showman presents the most clear and present danger to most of us whatever our race, creed or color."
On the calendar: After 10 years on the radio, KPCC's "Off-Ramp" is having a live event, Sept. 29 at the LA Theatre Center. "Pretty much like the radio show, except you can see it and dance to it, and [host John] Rabe will wear a tie."... NYT bureau chief Adam Nagourney interviews Maureen Dowd on Thursday at Central Library's Aloud series.
Vin Scully era winding down: The Dodgers have scheduled a national media conference call for Monday morning, and a presser at the stadium before Saturday's game. Yes folks, this is happening... Vin won't do the playoffs if the Dodgers get in, and has a reason to end his career on Oct. 2 in San Francisco... Some attention too for Jaime Jarrín in The Guardian.
Zev Yaroslavsky comments on the late county supervisor Ed Edelman, at KPCC's Take Two. The documentary by his wife, "The Passions & Politics of Ed Edelman," will re-air Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE... Jesse Katz (pictured) talks about his Los Angeles Magazine article on Grand Central Market for KPCC's Off-Ramp... Bryan Stow, the Santa Cruz paramedic beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot in 2011, is walking with a cane and talking about his recovery. Amazing if you remember where he started: We try not to cry in front of him.
Buy west of USC: Jefferson Park and adjacent West Adams "have become some of the hottest real estate markets in the city. Flippers are active, bidding wars are common and sales prices have topped last decade’s bubble — a threshold surpassed by only certain neighborhoods, including the Westside and gentrifying neighborhoods in Northeast Los Angeles." LAT
Way west of USC: The 10-acre Owlwood estate in Holby Hills, formerly the home of Sonny & Cher and of Tony Curtis, sold for $90 million to a real estate developer. Wall Street Journal
Fighting bad algae: A small, exploratory dive off the Palos Verdes Peninsula launched an effort to curb an invasive algae species that has overwhelmed habitats along the California coast. The three-person dive was the first as part of a Sargassum Abatement project begun by Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Daily Breeze
Briefly: Porter Ranch gas leak issues are still far from settled, the Daily News editorial board says... An Armenian genocide monument, bearing the words of writer William Saroyan, was unveiled Saturday in Grand Park... It will soon be harder to take wedding photos at Pasadena City Hall... Eric Lynxwiler's 10 favorite hidden LA gems... 5 Metro Stations That Changed L.A. and 5 That Will... Collector John Kalish has created souvenir plates commemorating the Los Angeles River bridges near downtown Los Angeles... Former Dodger Hanley Ramirez is having a grand end of the season for the Boston Red Sox.
Looks more than ever that CNN is paying salary of a Trump campaign adviser for the right to talk to him on teevee https://t.co/icLA1JaJdI— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) September 14, 2016
Miss my dad, gone 13 yrs today. Here he is after I told him I got a ticket for driving 102 mph in his car. pic.twitter.com/G61xCQU1D4— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) September 12, 2016