More bad press for Building and Safety
Andrew Adelman's department has given special treatment to "dozens of construction projects sought by political insiders, including nine current and former city commissioners and donors to the mayor and City Council," Patrick McGreevy reports
in the Times. Adelman refused to answer questions about his special-handling Case Management Unit where the connected go for service not available to the public, but a spokesman told the LAT: ""It's not who you are, it's what the project is."
Black political realities are changing
John L. Mitchell says in the Times that African Americans face challenges just to keep what they have
, as South Los Angeles goes more heavily Latino and immigrant.
Term limits and the lobbyists
There was more brouhaha Thursday over the City Council's term limits measure, which turns out not to have been written by the League of Women Voters and L.A. Area Chamber of commerce, but by the Sutton Law Firm — lawyers for the Los Angeles Lobbyist and Public Affairs Assn. Controller Laura Chick said that the measure should not go on the ballot and should not pass if it does. LAT
Chandlers v. Tribune
Mark Lacter at LA Biz Observed
comments on a Wall Street Journal story
about the Chandler family and Tribune holding talks to see what's left in their relationship. The WSJ reporter thinks there's essentially nothing left, while Chicago Tribune business columnist Phil Rosenthal writes
there may something close to detente happening.
Another new "background artist"
BBC correspondent David Willis's quest to make it in Hollywood takes him this time to Central Casting
, "tucked away on a sprawling suburban industrial estate, sandwiched between a wastepaper recycling plant and a steelworks."
Metaphorically it is as close to the heart of Hollywood as it is possible to get, geographically it is miles away - yet that doesn't stop legions of young wannabes from making the pilgrimage to this sweaty corner of the San Fernando Valley in hope it will provide them with a passport to fame and fortune.
Mother Jones editor fired
WGA keeps Young
Interim executive director David J. Young gets the job
at the Writers Guild of America, West.
Valley Inn robbery more aggressive than first described
Susan Abram reports in the Daily News that two handgun-toting robbers
in ski masks and gloves came in with a gun to the neck of a customer who had been outside smoking. "They jumped over the bar and held the bartender at gunpoint," [owner] Sophia Brodetsky said. "They told everybody to get on the floor. The were yelling and screaming, `Put your money on the table!"' Police are frustrated that robberies at Valley restaurants are rising, and the business community is now officially worried: "We're very concerned about it," said Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
The Sundance prize winner based in Echo Park is assigned to semi-retired ex-staffer Kevin Thomas
at the Los Angeles Times, but gets a good opening day push from Stephen Holden
in today's New York Times:
“Quinceañera,” a portrait of a Mexican-American family in Los Angeles, is as smart and warmhearted an exploration of an upwardly mobile immigrant culture as American independent cinema has produced. Set in Echo Park, a working-class Latino neighborhood in the early throes of gentrification, it has a wonderfully organic feel for the fluid interaction of cultures and generations in the Southern California melting pot.
Confronting a bad driver
After a woman gabbing on a cell phone almost rear-ended her, Amy Alkon chased her down, chewed her out and took pictures
Add Steve Whitmore
The Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman who is the son of actor James Whitmore did a brief stint as a Los Angeles Times copy editor before his law enforcement career.
Co-owner of Clifton's Cafeteria possibly murdered
Jean Clinton Roeschlaub, 83-year-old daughter of Clifton's founder Clifford Clinton, was found dead
under suspicious circumstances in her 16th-floor condominium in Glendale.
Today and the weekend
Put a face to the voice
Kai Ryssdal, host of "Marketplace," guests on tonight's "California Connected" on KCET to explain why Californians shouldn't over-invest in their homes.
Cortines and Delgadillo on "News Conference"
Laurel Erickson hosts the 9 am Sunday show on Channel 4 this weekend and has on Ramon Contines, who is the new education adviser to Mayor Villarigosa, plus City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Councilman Jose Huizar and analyst Raphe Sonenshein talking about term limits.
Around LA Observed
Earlier at News & Chatter
On the blogs
Denise Hamilton sees "Water and Power" at the Taper, and David Rensin — and his wife — find reading the paper a little too taxing.
LA Biz Observed:
How to sell stigmatized real estate and morning headlines.
SoCal Sports Observed:
Southern California's champions are one rung away from the Little League World Series and begin play today.
Where in L.A. is Chicken Corner? Jenny Burman explains.