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AOL Launches Hollywood Patch

Hollywood now has its very own AOL Patch site, and our initial impressions are good. Two exclusives headline the homepage – one about a Hollywood Farmers Market permitting flap, and one bringing word that beloved bar and restaurant Kung Pao Kitty is closing at the end of the week. No more cream cheese wontons!

The bearer of this bad news is Anna Bakalis, also the site’s editor. In her introductory post, she writes:

Along with a trusted group of freelancers, many of whom are veteran L.A. journalists, we’ll be regularly covering local issues that matter most to Hollywood residents, such as development, blight, traffic, parking, business growth and schools.

Contributors includes Tina Daunt, Steve Galluzzo, and David Markland. Familiar bylines are a good sign that Hollywood Patch won’t have to contend with the plagiarism allegations that have plagued some Patch sites.

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A Streetcar Named Social Media

David Markland at BlogDowntown.com offers a good lesson on how to turn Twitter dust into gold. Apparently, the folks who operate the Angels Flight twin streetcars on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles like to tweet under the guise of twin cars “Sinai” and “Olivet.”

Markland picks up on some recent social media chatter, all about whether or not the 25-cent fare, unchanged since 1996, should be increased. Writes Markland:

Finances are sound according to John H. Welborne, president of Angels Flight Railway Foundation, the non-profit that oversees operations. Still, he notes, “I’ll never say we’re not worried about continuing to find additional funding.”

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Blogger Party!

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The Los Angeles Chapter of the Online News Association is hosting a “Meet the Bloggers” party on Thursday at the L.A. Times building downtown.

They’re luring people with free pizza, awkwardly worded press releases and a chance to meet Luke Ford.

Um… despite their best efforts, we’re sure it’s going to be a happening event.

The group’s press release follows:

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