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Veronique de Turenne, who writes the Here in (the) Malibu blog for LA Observed, is a journalist, published playwright and essayist, and was the book critic for NPR's news show, "Day to Day." She has been a staff writer at the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star News and Ventura County Star and is a longtime contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Variety, Salon, Buzz, Wahine and Los Angeles Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune's book section. One of the highlights of her career was interviewing Vin Scully in his broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium, then receiving a handwritten thank you note from him a week later. She lives 100 yards from the western edge of the continent in Malibu's Paradise Cove. Email
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A lot of sports, a spot of art, a rare whale sighting, and the good news that Kevin returns from vacation this week.
Continued turmoil at the OC Reg, comings and goings at our local papers, and info on some offerings from SoCal Connected, just because.
Temps are a bit cooler, surf's a lot bigger, Joe Biden is snarling traffic, and the Slate Culturefest is headed to LA.
A new Sunday magazine makes its debut in some major SoCal newspapers this weekend, and deadline changes at the OC Register mean bad news for both the paper's sports department and its sports fans.
Feds review LA County jails, Hong Kong protestors get some LA love, more NFL-To-LA rumors, and a pop-up cafe with cats. (And yeah, a weather story, because good grief it's hot.)
Bell Gardens updates, CicLAvia details, NYT staff cuts, and a coyote on the roof. Keeping the home fires burning while Kevin's on the road.
Dodgers clinch(!), Aaron Kushner talks to USA Today, the biggest Craftsman in LA is for sale, and it's adios to Red Medicine.
In a farewell email, the OC Reg's bureau chief in Washington says the parent company is closing its DC outpost.
Imported wind power, the Port of LA Fire, an Airbnb tax conundrum, and LA gets bicycle libraries -- a few links and updates to help pass the time until Kevin returns.
The list of layoffs at the OC Register, which began yesterday in the wake of the closing of the print edition of the LA Register, continues to grow, according to OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano.
Saturday is Coastal Clean-up Day, the 14th annual, if anyone's counting. Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are taking the lead in our...
It's Thursday and Kevin's returning today so here are just a few tidbits to get things started: They might not be able to say yea or nay on that early...
Looks like Janice Hahn, who has served on the LA City Council for the last eight years, has set her sights on Sacramento again. From Phil Willon at the LAT:...
A coyote nabbed Jessica Simpson's dog:And her fans are rallying:Well, maybe not all of them:...
It took seven long hours but the LA City Council managed to find consensus on that controversial union worker retirement plan. The decision? To decide later. David Zahniser and Maeve...
It's Wednesday and what? No new outbursts to report? Emotional ones, no. But two more water mains burst in the San Fernando Valley overnight. And what do water officials have...
Make that apples in this case, as the offspring of two local writers make publishing deals. First, 19-year-old Emmett Rensin, son of LAO's own David Rensin, has made profitable use...
It's a newsy Tuesday in which leakers assure us Barack Obama called Kanye West a "jackass" and George W. Bush referenced Hillary Clinton's fat ass. Ahhh, the joys of civil...
Brace yourselves for a shock -- D.J. Waldie, whose lyrical writings about his hometown have earned him awards, honors and the title 'the bard of Lakewood', is stepping down from...
Remember that early retirement plan Antonio Villaraigosa helped craft with labor unions earlier this year? Seems it's looking a bit iffy. Here are David Zahniser (Hi Dave!) and Maeve Reston,...
It's Monday (sorry) and the Station Fire continues to burn. Three weeks, $90 million and 160,000 acres later, with full containment in sight, news reports turn to living conditions at...
As Discovery astronauts readjusted to earth's gravity, scientists at JPL in La Canada Flintridge (yes, despite Pasadena datelines, the research facility isn't actually there) levitated some unhappy mice. From Reuters:...
In case you haven't heard, that explosive boom that rattled windows and more than a few nerves yesterday afternoon was Discovery, the space shuttle, landing at Edwards Air Force Base....
It's the 8-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and while the memorial at Ground Zero remains mired in money woes and petty (are there any other kind?) politics,...
No surprise that the sordid tale of now-former OC assemblyman Michael Duvall has gone viral. Just a few minutes ago, a google search brought back thousands of hits. We've got...
It's Thursday -- just one more day to the weekend. (Why is it that short weeks always seem longer?) In case you missed Mark's posts about the brouhaha yesterday, Assemblyman...
That's it for me on the front page of LAO. Kevin comes back tomorrow and will, no doubt, fill in the gaps in things I missed. Thank you all for...
Here's NASA's shot of SoCal's fires as seen from space. No wonder the South Coast AQMD wants us all to stop breathing so hard. Oh -- and from LAist: A...
And now, some stuff I missed because I was actually working. Let's start here at LAO: Today's biz headlines (Japan is in recession) and an answer (hah) to the subprime...
It's official -- Jason Bentley's the new music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW, taking over for Nic Harcourt, who announced his exit earlier this month. (Here's...
Oh no -- LAO Lite again? Not to worry, Kevin gets back tomorrow and things return to normal. Meanwhile, there's news: Of the three wildfires now burning in SoCal,...
We're not in the habit of running adoption notices here at LAO, but since I can't even begin to count the number of times Gustavo Arellano has made me...
First, some good news. Remember Lauren Beale, who edits the Times' real estate section? Though her name made the list of the 75 editorial employees cut from the newsroom last...
The worst of SoCal's many fires are in Orange County (above), where more than 150 homes have burned and 1,000 more are in harm's way. OC Register Lots of first-person...
Dear Glendale, Not enough smoke in the smoke-choked air for you? Not to worry! Those fireworks we planned for the Christmas tree lighting on Saturday night which, in a burst...
Why am I blogging on a Saturday night? Because PCH to Santa Monica, where I was supposed to meet friends for dinner and a movie, is a parking lot. An...
That's the word from the National Weather Service, which expects high winds in LA County to last until 2 p.m.. Meanwhile, fires now burn in Montecito, Sylmar, Corona and Brea....
Chief Tribune innovation honcho, Lee Abrams, was in town this week for a Press Club event and, in addition to this YouTube video, left a flurry of news stories...
Between the Times' photogs and picture editors, they've got some great fire photo galleries on the site. But just as remarkable are civilian shots like this one. Here's a link...
The strong smell of smoke woke me and we've got another fire. In Sylmar this time, driven by what the LAFD called near-hurricane-force winds. At least 2,600 acres burned and,...
The latest stats on the Tea fire in Santa Barbara County stand at 2,500 acres burned, more than 100 homes destroyed, and more than 1,800 news items that mention Oprah...
Oops -- the NY Times' travel section on Sunday will have a piece about visiting Santa Barbara, our own Mark Lacter points out. One week from tomorrow: the Great Los...
Martin Eisenstadt, who has a blog but doesn't actually exist, is a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy, which also doesn't actually exist. None of which...
There's a cottage industry of black humor and killer irony at the Times thanks to Lee Abrams' smug memos, with their hefty helpings of hubris tinged with Tourettes. Here's one...
Talk about a power vacuum. The LA Times Washington bureau is no more. What we get instead is a Tribune Washington News Bureau which, as Kevin blogged earlier, will feed...
Even as water-dropping aircraft dip into low reservoirs in the Santa Barbara area, residents have been asked to cut their water use to near-zero. Wash your face and brush your...
The fire in Montecito, now called the Tea fire, has burned 1,500 acres and destroyed at least 80 homes in the high-priced enclave. (Insurance execs are losing serious sleep right...
Mandatory evacuations as a wildfire races through the Santa Barbara area, tears through Montecito. Winds gusting to 50-plus mph. Power out in parts of the city. Stories from LA Times,...
First more than a thousand anti-Prop 8 protesters gathered at the Mormon temple in Westwood. Now, after employees reported receiving an envelope filled with white powder, the temple has been...
Here's another body blow for our hometown paper -- Virginia Ellis, the Times' Sacramento bureau chief, is retiring. She'd been planning to leave last year but, when asked to please...
Here we go again -- more hot and windy weather on the way. Guy McCarthy at Watershed News gathers the details: Just a few days after a cold front contributed...
One of my favorite assignments ever while at the Daily News (pre-web so I can't link) was a profile of Robert Jastrow, the brilliant physicist who, in addition to helping...
Anand Jon, the Indian-born fashion designer who has dressed celebutante Paris Hilton and singer Janet Jackson (big photo gallery on his still-live web site) faced a jury on multiple charges...
OK -- man, alligator, bar. The patrons freak out, the Huntington Beach cops get called to Johnny's Saloon, and even though this all happened on Saturday night, word about the...
Did anyone really think the same-sex marriage issue in California was over? According to a new story in Capitol Weekly, the move to repeal Prop 8 is already taking aim...
Yeah, me neither. But the Great SoCal Shakeout just got started so millions of our fellow Californians are role-playing the disaster, Metro trains are slowing down and, this being the...
Kevin's taking a break and here I am, doing my best not to break the blog while he's gone. See any bad links or (I do not have the copy...
Around LAO: Writers talks look bleak, job reports look better, the ports get bigger, and gas gets, if not cheaper, then slightly less expensive. Mark Lacter at LA Biz Observed....
Short and sweet: Tribune Co. uses $500 million in cash to reduce buyout loans and close the $8.2 billion deal by year's end. AP by way of Yahoo. Evacuation of...
A veteran copy editor has been fired by the News-Press after words from the gag front page traditionally composed for a departing employee's send-off ended up on the paper's Web...
I'm out here in the boonies where they've barely heard of the internets. Service is spotty and loading a page takes. A. Really. Very. Painfully. Long. Time. Which means minimal...
A few links to limber up those early-morning fingers: Triple whammy Big surf, big wind, big rain - a big week for weather. David Reyes in the LAT. Unsafe **...
Surf's (almost) up! Say adios to the Lake of the Pacific. Surfline sees a swell swell headed our way. Bonus link here. The games people play Vivendi's purchase of a...
Red Hen, LA's own indie press, is off to an auspicious start tonight with its new writers-in-conversation series, Monday Evenings at the Geffen. Authors Janet Fitch, Sarah Goodyear and Jennifer...
Dear Kevin, So you've decided to work for a few days from the Maui bureau of LAO? Excellent move. Overnight temps here in SoCal have dropped to a brutal 6...
Residents smelled smoke at about 3:30 a.m. Fire started in Corral Canyon, then swiftly spread wests due to strong winds, which have since died down. Mandatory evacuations from Corral Canyon...
Rising gas prices, tanking stocks, and a sinking feeling among TV fans as the writers' strike edges closer to reality. Mark Lacter has that (and more) in LA Biz Observed....
We now return you to your previously scheduled level of high-quality journalism. You know - actual reporting with depth, research, nuance, and fully dressed people. No more Governator references. No...
Just to prove my point this has been a weird week... Paris Hilton sues Hallmark over a "That's hot!" card. The Smoking Gun. Bisexual dating show coming to MTV. ABC...
Remember Francisco Linares, the South Bay homeowner sentenced to six months in jail for building a fence without a permit? No orange jumpsuit for him on Monday - if he...
The WSJ anoints Carpinteria as the new jet set getaway. (This after the NYT did the same for Oxnard earlier this summer.) Oops - 104,000 fewer new jobs than predicted...
Robot farmers, Arnie versus the GOP, nuns get the boot, Phil and Kobe agree, and a baseball card sells for $2.8 million. Bring weekend fun that much closer by clicking...
Janet Clayton says goodbye, and that "a cigar is just a cigar." To my dear friends and colleagues in Metro and around the paper: Jim and I are announcing today...
She writes a memo welcoming four new staffers (see below) to the LAT, then writes another memo, with her resignation. Mark Lacter at LA Biz observed has details, as well...
Four new multi-lingual reporters hired, according to a memo from AME Janet Clayton: Ari Bloomekatz, already on board, is a Spanish-speaking UCLA grad and intern-turned-staffer. Jean-Paul Renaud, from the South...
Less than a day after Mary Chagnon's fatal heart attack at age 90, her Hollywood landlord, eager to re-rent the apartment, stripped it of everything she owned. Illegal? Unfeeling? That's...
Police surveillance, valiant dogs, no more Mt. Whitney outhouses, and a view of KPFK that includes the word "hazmat". A deeply peculiar mix of stories near the end of a...
Mark Lacter's got Vanity Fair's Power List, and reaction to Apple's decision to drop prices for the iPhone. LA Biz Observed. Eric Savitz, who was in SF for Apple's product...
Patt Morrison's eponymous daily KPCC talk show, which shines a light on culture and politics, goes to two hours beginning Monday. More time means lots more stories for the popular...
Wonder what's in store at Disney Hall when Esa-Pekka leaves the building? Check out this video of Gustavo Dudamel, or as expat (and perpetually homesick) LA native David Kipen likes...
A KTLA anchor jumps ship, sheriff's deputies in the hot seat, Barbie's behind (not my words) and a "nasty, naughty boy." (Again, not my words.) All that and Britney, too!...
Some tidbits, because it's just too hot to write actual paragraphs. LAT's Douglas Frantz now at Conde Nast Portfolio, according to Romenesko. Car hits driver in Beverly Hills. Only the...
That streak of light in your rear view mirror this morning? Mark Lacter at work. On KPCC this morning, then in LA Biz Observed with a full helping of news...
Robert Greene blogs on the LAT site about why our city's birthday gets lost in the shuffle, and what it was like to take that long, long walk on Sunday....
Need an excuse to extend the holiday eating binge a few more hours? Our city turns 226 today. Cake for everybody! LA City Nerd has the details and links galore,...
Heat, fire, a blog fight, and a van that drives itself. A modest start to the short week. Ease your sunburned hand on over to the link....
Every writer should know about the web site, landandfarm.com. There is no better way to procrastinate motivate yourself. Here's Paradise Ranch, a 119-acre property once owned by Cecil B. DeMille....
How can you not click through to a post with a line like this: If a couple of college goofballs decide to produce a gangsta-rap video called "Produce Paradise," smacking...
An earthquake (4.7 today in OC) and a potato salad recipe at the ever-eclectic LAist. Another public SoCal beach you won't see this weekend. Or next weekend. Or any...
No banker's hours here at LAO. (Though we do go weekend casual.) Jenny Burman celebrates the reopening of an Echo Park cafe. David Davis puts Beckham's woes (and salary) into...
Injunction against sonar testing near Channel Islands suspended. A federal appeals court allowed the Navy on Friday to resume using underwater sonar blasts in anti-submarine warfare tests off Southern California...
A few fun holiday reads (and videos) to clear the palate between bbqs and brewskis: They say it there, it comes out here Inland Empire news anchor reports the local...
Parents talk about Kid Nation, high-flown sales pitches for 'artists lofts', and - we're shocked, shocked! - speculators make up the majority of mortgage defaults. It's LA Biz Observed...
Headed for the beach this weekend? Rather not swim with salmonella? Try Heal the Bay's new Beach Report Card texting service, launched yesterday. Say youre driving to Surfrider in Malibu...
A bison attack, Orwellian surveillance, hard times at King-Harbor, and it's hot hot hot in LA. Not a bad line-up for the last day of August. Join us......
Dear Kevin, It's a week into the new direction here at LAO and so far, not too bad. We've managed not to burn the place down and have even gotten...
Foothill Cities is looking for a few good bloggers. The San Gabriel Valley-based anonyblog (which has riled local city leaders with past coverage) invites citizen journalists to join the fray....
Labor Day crunch, KTLA land and buildings for sale, and seedy airport lounges. And more! Check in with Mark Lacter in LA Biz Observed. David Davis links to chats with...
LAT's style and fashion section, Image, finds a regular spot in the rotation with Booth Moore as editor and chief critic. Michalene Busico, deputy features editor who oversaw Image's launch,...
Feral pigs, bad spinach, no parking, and Antonio's got a thing for uniforms. Entrez....
Paul MacCready, the internationally acclaimed engineer known as the father of human-powered flight, died at his home in Pasadena on Aug. 29. He was 81. MacCready was perhaps best known...
Tidbits from the Times we missed the first time around. (Hey, can you think straight before sunrise?) Steve Lopez spanks the Governator for cutting mental health programs to save money,...
The great white shark living in a portable pen off the coast of Malibu for the last few weeks is now on view at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Outer Bay...
Mark Lacter's got details on rising temps, rising incomes, fewer Californians with health insurance, and more changes to Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers plan another $70 million in renovations on the...
The WSJ (kind of) starts a Sam Zell rumor, the CoCo Times wins a peek at paychecks, wacky guy starts Burning Man a bit early, and AT&T stops time. Who...
Francisco Linares, a South Bay resident who built "a fence, a retaining wall, a patio and a few concrete columns" is going to county jail for six months for doing...
That lunar eclipse early this morning was spectacular. Check out these lovely photos, shot by Travis Longcore, science director for the Urban Wildlands Group....
The bidding is open for Barry Bonds' record-tying/breaking home run ball. David Davis in SoCal Sports Observed has the details on what else is for sale in the mid-September auction....
Eva Georgia steps down as general manager A glowing memo for the embattled GM as she takes her leave. Here's LAT coverage on the background of the tumultuous tale, which...
Bumping jets at LAX, gardens on wheels on Skid Row, and Wonder Bread leaves LA. Enter for info....
Take a hike Nearly four months after a wildfire burned more than 800 acres in Griffith Park, three hiking trails in our lovely urban wilderness are open again, KABC reports....
It's a national contest, right? The Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) announces 42 winners in its Awards Competition 2007. They received their awards at a reception and banquet held on...
That's the news at Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood. A federal judge today has effectively blocked that subpoena for NYC journalist John Connolly's Verizon phone records which Anthony Pellicano's defense was...
Mark Lacter's on the job with new posts at LA Biz Observed. David Rensin has a new favorite viral marketing campaign for...All Bran? He explains in Native Intelligence. Jenny Burman's...
NYT beats the pack with the first story....
It's only Monday morning and already we've got sleight-of-hand in City Hall, a winning debut for the Dodgers' newest pitcher, a really big bus, a censored penguin, and a sentence...
Countrywide as boiler room? That's how Mark Lacter sees it in LA Biz Observed, where he parses the details of a NYT piece about the Calabasas-based mortgage lender....
Dip into the new post on Native Intelligence by Erika Schickel....
Jenny Burman has the details in Chicken Corner....
New art gallery in Westlake neighborhood According to the web site: rampART is a community art gallery in the flourishing art district near MacArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles. Focus...
Plenty, judging from the batch of e-mails that stacked up soon after Eric Estrin's request for something new to call the LAT. Some replies weren't printable, but most reflect affection...
Seems the best thing about Fox's series "Anchorwoman" was Mary McNamara's review of the dopey reality show. If you hate women, men, Texas, Los Angeles, television news and any of...
We've got news, opinion, gossip posing as news and (it's Friday!) a naked guy. Click click......
The wooden table from the board room at the New York Times sells to a Canadian antiques dealer for $5,000. (Globe and Mail) It is a 26-foot, four-pedestal mahogany dining...
Une petite update to this morning's item about Jason Reid heading off to cover football for the WaPo. The mention about the LAT's sports section losing two African American reporters...
A mix of news and, well, gossip, to ease you through the a.m.:...
Dear Kevin, We've been thinking it over here in the main office of LA Observed and we're taking the site in a new direction. Less LAT and more TMZ. Maybe...
Native Intelligence:
The open space around the Hollywood sign is now safe from developers.
Beloved indie booksellers have signed a lease at the Country Mart.
Hitting a few rapids on the way to kayaking the LA River.
How the LA Times, NY Times and Huffington Post are playing the nuclear crisis in Japan.
The "House of Leaves" author leads a performance of his spooky novella, "The 50 Year Sword" at REDCAT on Halloween. How perfect is that?
Will it ever end?
Welcome back, Dave!
And there's still time to take part!
Der Meisterdude takes L.A.
Just a few pix
Love the beach? Then write a letter.
Any port in a storm.
So what do we do now?
And we're grateful.
It's a joke, right?
RIP
The LA Times' breaking news blog is one year old today.
California dreaming.
And then there was one...
How they played it
Where the public parties are.
We're lucky here in L.A. to live among the public works and civic monuments created by Robert Graham, who died...
Bad news buried in among the good news.
Thanks, Sam.
Love books, will travel.
A really short honeymoon for Barack Obama
A trio of thuds in the driveway (NYT, LAT, LADN) announce the real start of each day. Today, though, that's just not enough. Today, I need more.
A week later, starting to speak out.
Remember when retailers had the decency to wait until Thanksgiving to start the big Christmas push? That's when the symbols...
Do your part - click here....
Thirteen years and still going strong
The 101st Airborne escorted nine black students to an all-white high school.
Saturday's changing weather
The truth is out there.
Hooker stripper bondage shoes at Nordstrom. In gold. Just 495.00....
Oy! Vey!
The NRDC and Santa Monica Baykeepers want federal oversight for Malibu
Solstice sunrise in Paradise Cove. The first day of summer - cue the Beach Boys......
A California postcard
A poet works San Vicente Boulevard
Chocolate. In a fountain. Need I say more?
No wonder Craigslist kicks newspapers' butts...
Erika Schickel's very funny new book just got a rave review but she can't quite bring herself to write about it. Too self-serving, she says. Too me-me-me. So here's a bit about Erika...
Shore Books is a quirky new book store on Second Street in Long Beach.
My dad, St. Veronique, and The Dukes of Hazzard. No, wait, it really does make sense...
The brain trust at the LA Times lets some of its fine reporters loose on this World Wide Web thingy, which looks like it might, maybe someday, catch on. And then advertises the blogs like this.
Adios to the Dume Room, the last place to remind you that millionaire Malibu was once a working class town, a historical haven for outlaws and bootleggers and smugglers and thieves.
Retailers shove their hands so deep in your pockets, they give The Nutcracker new meaning.
A friend sent an irresistible e-mail: wanna watch scenes from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" in the cave where it was filmed?
First day of classes yesterday at UCLA and the place was packed. I've been doing some research on campus, learning...
So I went to the Lion's Club flea market in Malibu yesterday and the tiara I've been rendezvousing with for...
Ever since I lived in New Mexico, I have admired tarantulas. They have shape and heft and maybe it's all...
Native Intelligence
David Davis | Photographer Al Satterwhite shot Ali in Miami during his training sessions for both the Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier fights. Now based in Redondo Beach, Satterwhite is facing a Kickstarter deadline to publish a book of photographs of Ali from that time, many never seen before.
Donna Perlmutter | The Australian Ballet provided plenty of entertainment, but the "white" scenes were not so white. Our critic, however, was "gobsmacked" by the LA Phil's Mahler.
Adrienne Crew | LA Observed interviews Inglewood resident Toni Ann Johnson about her debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel.
Al Martinez | Martinez observes a normal moment in a world of chaotic uncertainties. He sees no advancing terrorists in his yard or tanks rolling down suburban streets. It feels good. It feels normal.
John Schwada | The death of any newspaper is a sad occasion. But it was personal when I learned that the plug had finally been pulled on the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | A long awaited state water bond will finally be decided on November 4th. LA could benefit significantly if Proposition 1 passes and the region acts as one to ensure it gets a fair share.
Phil Wallace | The Dodgers have hired baseball's best GM, says Phil Wallace, who used to work for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bill Boyarsky
Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver gave sharp and articulate performances in last Friday night’s debate, showing clear differences between the candidates for the Third District supervisorial seat.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
Pix from the plane, one of my favorite things: Marina Del Rey: Catalina: Two Harbors: Somewhere over New Mexico: Wildfire...