Friday Hotsheet at 7:30 a.m.
The LAWeekly's hard driving news editor knows what she's up against: a town full of news, not a lot of people able or willing to report it. Even so, you have to think you can come up with a little more than stories about Santee High and a visit to a tough neighborhood. (As a matter of fact, Celeste Fremon, who also writes the blog WitnessLA, is coming off like the Weekly's LA obiter dicta-ress-in-chief of late.)
But what's the Weekly trying to do here, really? Lower it's median reader age a bit? City Hall may indeed be on vacation, but the business of the City is still being done...
There are plenty of Department-level City stories begging to be told this time of year. What about all the inner city pools closed in the middle of summer---how did that happen? (Just this morning, LAist has a PR-y take on the City pool situation, as though all's well). What do rangers say about Griffith Park trails? And there is a seedy Planning Department / development story to be told in nearly every census tract in the City. Zuma, get pitchin'. And it would be nice for Markland to pitch Jill some hard news too. He's ready.
Missed these letters the other day in the fishwrap of record on the Griffith Park Master Plan. Love this line: "Griffith Park personified as Manhattan's Central Park is pure LaBonge."
And downtown is Manhattan. Why does LA always have to be someplace else to be valid? Why can't it be LA?
The South Bay musselwrapper known as the Daily Breeze, which so many of you are so uncharitable towards does a little bit of Antonio astroturfing this morning, quoting a government researcher sympathetic to the Mayor's plan to sell off $58 million of City land.
"They're not thinking of the city overall," said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies - a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research group in Los Angeles.
"The city could lose millions of dollars from land that's not doing anything. To have it sitting there vacant is a waste of a very valuable resource."
Yeah. And how many of you have been known to lose money by holding onto real estate in Southern California?
If you haven't been here since yesterday afternoon, lots to catch up with, including both Zuma and yours truly on Sabrina Kay, Christopher Pak and Koreatown development.