Everything for the past week

A quick scan of all LA Observed entries posted in the past seven days, on all blogs
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Gary Leonard

Promoting Proposition 39

LAO_MarshallHS139 copy.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Veronica Street

Chapter 16. Tap Tap

veronica.jpg He was a criminal of course.

On bad opening night, Lakers' Randle fractures leg

randle-lakers-presser.jpg The Lakers' top draft pick this year, 19-year-old Julius Randle, broke his right tibia midway through the fourth quarter while driving to the basket in his first NBA game.

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air

ginger-chen-calls-sam-fat.jpg KTLA morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan accidentally calls Rubin fat, thinking her mic is off. Everybody laughs, the video goes global, but he has some reflections on it all.

We have a new worst sidewalk-vs-ficus example in LA

sidewalk-ficus-ben-lomond.jpg I'd say the ficus tree has definitively won this battle on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
holiday-mag-screenshot.jpg Holiday magazine sought to delight Americans with tales of "the cliff dwellers [who] cling precariously to the brush-covered slopes of the Hollywood hills, sharing the common perils of fire and flood."
Here in Malibu

Rinse and repeat

I know I've said this a few (hundred) times over the years but ooooh, pretty....

Chivas USA shuts down, but new LA soccer team coming

chivas-usa-logo.jpg Expansion team to be announced Thursday will reportedly be owned by an investor group led by Vietnamese-American businessman Henry Nguyen and include Peter Guber. Team won't play until 2017.
Read the memo

Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers

simril-lmu.jpg Renata Simril previously worked in City Hall for Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. She will be a senior vice president of the LA Times.
jolly-donuts-dn-crane.jpg The county calls him a John Doe, but on certain corners in Canoga Park he was known as Tuan Nguyen. "This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time," says a former LA Times reporter on Facebook.

Monday morning news and notes: 10.27.14

joan-kelly-dirt-pile-dn.jpg Jill Stewart to acting editor of LA Weekly. CHP's nude photos of suspects. CBC and KPCC host Jian Ghomeshi out over rough sex. Valley residents upset by mound of city asphalt. Plus politics notes, media notes and more obits.
Campaign 2014

Zev makes clear: he has not endorsed Shriver

shriver-flyer-zev.jpg Supervisor Yaroslavsky says he remains neutral in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, and he asked Shriver to stop claiming otherwise. Plus more politics notes.

Frank Mankiewicz: Democratic insider dies at 90

frank-mank-her-ex.jpg Mankiewicz died last week in Washington of heart failure. Among his many roles in public life, he announced the death of Robert F. Kennedy in the darkness of a Los Angeles morning.

Bryan Stow speaks on field before World Series game 4 (video)

bryan-stow-2014-world series.jpg Stow welcomes the fans and kicks off the game with "play ball!" The Giants won 11-4 to even the series.
Native Intelligence

Museum-quality zombies in Exposition Park

NHM Zombee presentation slide12 10-23-14 - Copy.JPG When the conversation turns to zombies, the buzz is all about bees.

Deborah Strang on her 'lovely, crazy' life in the theater

lao-newchairsusethis.jpg The veteran A Noise Within actor talks with LA Observed about the joys and perils of performing in two plays at once, her favorite leading men and what happens when you start a show while sitting on a toilet.
Here in Malibu

Eye on the ball

There is nothing the little border collie would rather do than to chase and catch (and chase and catch...
Al Martinez on Everything Else

The Topanga barking and howling show

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-sketch.jpg Martinez riffs on dogs, shifting family tenants in his house and why bible sellers are always in jeopardy at his front door.
Here in Malibu

Autumnal, too

A touch of gold in the sycamores deep in the Santa Monica mountains....
New at LA Observed
Ficus vs sidewalk
sidewalk-eaten-by-tree.jpgThis ficus has definitely won on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz. Bigger inside
blue-jackets-foligno.jpgMembers of the Columbus Blue Jackets wait for teammate Nick Foligno to be placed on a stretcher at Staples Center. He was OK after the game, won 5-2 by the Kings.
LAO_TyrusWong104 copy.jpgTake My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed. See Gary's archive.
Fauna observed
owl-in-yucca-vdt.jpgGreat horned owl perched in a yucca. Veronique de Turenne
Struckus House
struckus-house-door-kr.jpgSwiveling front door at the Al Struckus House in Woodland Hills. More photos

On the radio
News and public affairs interviews
The Madeleine Brand Show - KPCC 9-10 a.m.
Airtalk with Larry Mantle - KPCC 10-12 noon
To the Point - KCRW Noon-1 p.m.
Patt Morrison - KPCC 1-3 p.m.
Which Way, LA? - KCRW 7-8 p.m.
Left, Right & Center - KCRW Friday 2:30 p.m. Off-Ramp - KPCC Saturday noon
KPFK - Pacifica Radio
City Maven Radio Hour - Internet radio