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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday Hotsheet: Around the L.A. blogosphere

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Remember ERSNews? Of course you do. Last summer, the city was captivated by a mayoral affair and investigative journalist Eric Longabardi was working overtime splashing tabloid-style exclusives on his website, annoying Mayor Villaraigosa’s press office, and seeking comment from the elusive Mirthala Salinas. He even knocked on the door of her Studio City condo, to find only a barking dog. The interview wasn’t meant to be.

Then, this past Saturday, she showed up at Longabardi’s doorstep:

I opened the door and there she was. Mirthala, the woman I had been seeking to talk with for so many months. I had tried her on the phone before, but she never called me back. She was there with her new husband, a man named “Yani” who I also recognized. More

What have become of L.A’s libertarians? Indeed, Los Angeles’ physical and political landscapes lend themselves to anti-authoritarianism, and yet, L.A. BlogFathers Matt Welch and Ken Layne have moved on. Others seem to have lost their edge. Joseph Mailander cites an interesting theory as to why, and offers reflection:

Recently I read an interesting passage in my summer reading, Francois Cusset's French Theory, which stated that the small-l libertarians won the battle for the Internet early on, but they lost the subsequent wars when their zeal for self-gratification steadily turned the place into a mere amusement park. Indeed, my experience is, every time you try to bring a modicum of gravitas to the Internet, you get booed off the virtual stage: amusement and insouciance is what the people want, as they wanted only bread and circuses in a previous Imperial time. More

Zuma Dogg reports that Councilmember Jack Weiss has missed the 10-day deadline to respond to a public records request. Stay tuned. Things tend to get interesting when people stonewall these.

Say, have you ever wanted to ask Councilmember Dennis Zine, Father Greg Boyle, Sheriff Lee Baca, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky what they’ve been reading this summer? Well, Celeste Fremon did the heavy lifting for you here and here. Friday, she promises District Attorney Steve Cooley, among others.

If you’ve been looking for a three-minute crash course on the history of the Daily News, Ron Kaye has one for you. And, if you’ve never hailed a cab before, Curbed LA links to a convenient guide. After all, starting today it’s legal—in Hollywood and Downtown.

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Blogger Unknown said:

Yup, the journalism here is changing. Have you seen this site? Belly laughs...


July 31, 2008 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma is half right and half wrong in commenting on his Public Records Act request to Jack Weiss. He wrote in his blog that Weiss must produce the records within 10 days.

Weiss doesn't have to produce the records in 10 days, but rather give a response in 10 days. The response could be the he needs more time to gather and copy all of the requested records, or that the request is unreasonable for some reason and he will not comply.

The fact that Weiss hasn't produce the response is something that he could be forced to do through a court order. But this might also be a source of income for ZD, who could sue and ask for gas money, damages, etc. He might even be able to do it in Small Claims Court when attorneys aren't allowed. Don't know how that works with elected officials, but wouldn't that be great to force Weiss to drag his butt into court?

July 31, 2008 8:45 AM  

Blogger solomon said:

Good catch, 8:45. Corrected.

July 31, 2008 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Father Gang Banger Boyle is probably reading the biography of PT Barnum.

"A sucker is born every minute"

July 31, 2008 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine is the biggest Hollywood groupie. This is ridiculous to have officers enforce a law to help movie stars. I agree with Bratton that if they behaved like grown mature adults we wouldn't have a problem.Zine wants an ordinance to protect the stars from photographers. Not on our dime ZINE. Get a clue you moron!!!

July 31, 2008 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:26, groupie or gropie?

July 31, 2008 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that guy demanding records today -- yeah, he's a real "insider," referring to "Jackie Weiss" and how he'd gotten such good help from Zine and Parks. (Funny, Zine is always on hand as the Patron Saint for Lost Causes -- as Zuma's personal advisor and instigator, ditto to those behind jamiel's Law and the paparazzi issue, taking on Bratton.) I'm sure with Zine's help, his path will be significantly smoothed when it comes to anyone on the Council who's not eager to make enemies of Bratton and the Mayor.

Without knowing anything about it, it sounds like a routine case and the guy is ignorant: days always refer to business days even in the banking or any legal world.

August 01, 2008 2:52 PM  

Blogger mary whoopee said:

Zine thinks he can spend a weekend riding up the coast ruining his kidneys w/ a bunch of mainstream shobiz has-beens on some Harley-sponsored "Kiddie Cancer Ride" as penance for being such a SELL-OUT to the Mecha Mob in City Hell. He thinks maybe if he acts all big and dumb and earnest and "humble-law enforcer-esque" Ossifer (sic) Dennis can don that stupid black leather vest {flaring out slightly w/ its sukoshi more room around the love handles} and run between political polarities for his own personal advancement. "Si se pay-day!" that's what Zine said to the "carwasherias" this last Wednesday...

August 02, 2008 2:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"run between political polarities for his own political advancement," with that flaring leather vest and all -- good turn of phrase to capture Zine, Rita.

Sounds like his chickens are coming home to roost, to use a more hackneyed expression: He thought he could get away with publicly dissing Bratton over SO40 and backing Antonio's opponents, and get their support just by sucking up to the "Mecha Mob" as suits him.

(Janice Hahn the other white idiot has complimented Zine on his move to the left -- not getting his self-servingly duplicitous game, since she's trying to play it herself; if you can't beat the forces that beat her idiot brother -- no less a panderer to ethnic groups than Antonio -- join them.)

August 02, 2008 7:17 AM  

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