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Posts Tagged ‘Don Bartletti’

Accused Bell City Official’s New Gig: Parking Lot Attendant

Man, oh man. If you’re looking for the flip side to the recent mostly-feelgood story of Ted Williams, the Columbus, Ohio homeless man who rocketed to fame via YouTube, we’ve got it for you, courtesy of LA Times city columnist Steve Lopez.

After being tipped that Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, the allegedly crooked Bell city administrator on payroll until recently for $800,000 a year, was spotted working as a parking lot attendant at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, Lopez cruised down to take a look. Sure enough, per the fantastically framed photo below, it’s him (great work, Don Bartletti!).

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SF Media Miffed They Got Shut Out of San Bruno…LAT Got In Though

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Joe Eskenazi at SFWeekly writes:

It would be hard to begrudge San Bruno police for moving to keep non-emergency personnel out of the neighborhood impacted by last week’s blast and fire. On Friday, police declared the incinerated areas a “crime scene,” which severely restricted access.

Again, a hard move to bemoan. And yet, by using the designation “crime” and not “disaster,” media access to the neighborhood has been largely curtailed.

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James Rainey’s Profile of Christine Pelisek

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LA Weekly’s Christine Pelisek is finally getting the credit she deserves for staying on the Grim Sleeper case (and beating the LAT at it). Good for her. The whole article by James Rainey is worth a read:

But that the terrible, slow-motion slaughter even became known to the public owes to the obsessive reporting of Pelisek, a star investigative reporter for the LA Weekly.

An inherently inquisitive Canadian with a knack for winning the trust of people unlike herself, Pelisek pushed to get authorities to tell her about their suspicion that the killings of seven young women in the 1980s might be connected to a skein of new deaths that began in 2002.

Note that when Rainey writes about the coining of the phrase “Grim Sleeper,” Jill Stewart is not mentioned by name – only as “the editor.” Ahem.

Photo credit Don Bartletti

LAT’s Robyn Dixon Named Winner of Batten Medal

robyn22.jpgAnd we thought only movie people were worthy of such honors.

This is a memo from Russ Stanton:

Stanton, Russ

Sent: Sun Feb 22 10:32:24 2009

Subject: Robyn Dixon, winner of the Batten Medal

Colleagues:
Robyn Dixon today was named the winner of the prestigious Batten Medal of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for her coverage of the political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

The award, named for the late James K. Batten, CEO of Knight Ridder Inc., recognizes “compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog.”

It’s not the first time Robyn’s reporting from Zimbabwe has placed her in exclusive company. Last year, she won a Robert F. Kennedy Award (the judges lauded her “extraordinary courage”) and a Sigma Delta Chi international reporting prize.

It would be hard to overstate the danger and difficulty of reporting in Zimbabwe. Robyn has made 11 trips there over the last two years, working undercover because foreign journalists are officially unwelcome. To avoid arrest, she entered the country by land whenever possible, chose out-of-the-way lodgings and tried to dress like a local.

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