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Mayor de Blasio Covers Randy Newman

The LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers sparked a double-mayor-whammy on Monday.

As The Drudge Report and many others noted, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti dropped the F-bomb at the STAPLES Center portion of yesterday’s parade rally. A few hours later, with Garcetti watching from the Jimmy Kimmel Live couch (alongside Kings players Justin Williams and Alec Martinez), New York mayor Bill de Blasio beamed in from the losing coast to deliver a warbly version of “I Love LA.” All part of a friendly bet with Garcetti.

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Arianna Huffington Responds to Mayor’s LAT Suggestion

During a half-hour Wednesday sit-down with HuffPost Live Los Angeles co-host Jacob Soboroff, newly minted mayor elect Eric Garcetti at one point made a funny throwaway observation. Instead of Rupert, Charles/David or Eli, how about Arianna Huffington as the new owner of the LA Times, he mused.

FishbowlNY put in a request today to HP-HQ for Arianna’s reaction, but she {sniff} opted for the broader pulpit of Twitter:

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Pundits Agree: National Media Can’t Get LA Mayoral Spellings Right

Hey Angelinos? Did you cast a vote on Tuesday for Wendy Gruel?

That’s of course not how you spell either Angelenos or Wendy Greuel. But as Daily News reporter Kevin Modesti and LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick respectively note, that’s the way CNN.com and the New York Times had these two items written.

The since-corrected smudge in NYT west coast reporter Jennifer Medina‘s piece is, quite frankly, tantalizing. If Greuel’s last name were indeed more closely aligned with an oatmeal breakfast, just imagine the Oliver Twist-like campaign slogans she could be readying for her May runoff with Eric Garcetti:

“You say you want MORE from your LA Mayor? Vote for Gruel and you can always count on getting MORE.”

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Reporter Maps Out Explosive Growth of Hollywood Star Tours

At the beginning of 2011, those $40 to $60 van tours of celebrity homes and famous locales took a turn for the moon. The result, per a great article in The Hollywood Reporter August 10 print issue by Daniel Miller, has been new municipal regulations and often less than happy burgh residents.

Miller opens with a rather staggering bell curve (or should that be bell curb?):

While there were only a half-dozen or so companies a decade ago, observers say there are now as many as 40 such operators plying their trade in and around Hollywood. Some, like Starline Tours, are established firms with decades of experience; others are fly-by-night operators who troll Hollywood Boulevard in search of tourists. A canvassing of the boulevard July 9 by the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance found that 64 individuals representing 22 companies were hawking tours.

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Emerson College Breaks Ground on Satellite Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new $85 million Emerson College satellite facility in Los Angeles.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, councilman Eric Garcetti, Emerson College president Lee Pelton, Emerson alum Henry Winkler, and architect Thom Mayne were on hand. The 10-story building is expected to be completed in 2014.

“Today, we celebrate the first steps toward what will be an ambitious new endeavor that will further benefit our students, the fields we serve and the city of Los Angeles itself,” Pelton told the audience, per The Boston Globe. “In doing so, we extend Emerson’s distinctive curricular footprint across the entire continent, from the shores of one ocean to the shores of another.”

Photo Credit: Ed Menezes

Eric Garcetti Has a Twitter Doppelgänger

L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti has a pretty funny Twitter impostor. It might not be up to Ruth Bourdain standards, but it’s not “Santorum” either. Garcetti’s staff seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. “The tweets are harmless,”  Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb told the LA Times. “But we would hope people follow the authentic Eric Garcetti, so they’re getting accurate and helpful information.”

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Are the Oscars Headed to the Nokia Theatre?

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is looking into possibly relocating the Oscars from the Kodak Theatre to the Nokia Theatre starting in 2014, according to reports by The Hollywood Reporter (who first reported the story) and Los Angeles Times.

Preliminary discussions are underway between the Academy and AEG, the owners of the Nokia, which serves as home of the Emmy Awards and the American Music Awards. THR notes that the Shrine Auditorium and Music Center are also potential bidders for the film industry award show.

Hollywood would be the biggest loser if the Oscars end up relocating, according to the LAT:

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Sunset Junction Director Tells His Side of the Story

Michael McKinley, a co-founder and current director of the embattled Sunset Junction Street Fair, is starting to speak out in the wake of unflattering media coverage of the last-minute cancellation of his 2011 event. He gave his first interview on Sunday to Error.FM’s Bill Mahoney and posted a long comment Monday in response to Amanda Becker‘s September 1 LA Weekly story “Sunset Junction’s Failed Mission.”

McKinley, who posted under the user name 2Sides2EveryStory2, says Becker interviewed only one Sunset Junction supporter for the article but did not include any quotes from that conversation, as opposed to sourcing of various event detractors. He also shares this rather astonishing factoid:

[After no city fees for the first 27 years] Sunset Junction paid $23,000 in fees its 28th year; fees were not charged the 29th year, and four days before the 2010 event marking the 30th year, organizers were told they owed $263,000 before the street closure approval could be made. This is more than a quarter of a million dollars leveled at a non-profit who previously paid less in fees. It is ten times more than any other comparable citywide event. It is more than the Hollywood Bowl pays for a year of street closures and police and it’s more than the Oscars pay for their street closures and security. *Public record backs this up.

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Sunset Junction Music Festival CANCELLED

Despite some last minute scrambling by festival organizers to pay $141,000 in city fees, including asking for donations from a community already being charged $25 per ticket, this weekend’s Sunset Junction Street Fair is a no-go. Today the L.A. Board of Public Works voted to deny the fair’s needed permits.

Concert promoters LiveNation reportedly donated $100,000 to the cause, but organizers failed to bring the required funds to today’s board hearing.

From the LA Times:

[Eric] Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said the councilman supported the board’s decision and accused festival organizers of trying to “flimflam $400,000 from the taxpayers.”

“The fact that they came up with a large sum — not the full amount, but a large sum nonetheless — in just 36 hours, shreds their credibility even more. They should have spent the last 12 months coming up with the full amount.”

BuzzBands reports that several promoters are working to arrange fill-in dates for bands scheduled to play the festival, and promises more information when available.

LA City Council Adjourns In Honor of George Ramos

The LA City Council adjourned yesterday to honor the memory of former LA Times reporter and East LA native George Ramos, who died last weekend at the age of 63 in his Morro Bay home. Virtually the entire city government took time to offer their words about Ramos.

“George was a tenacious reporter and a brilliant story teller who always wrote from the heart,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “A proud son of the Eastside, he intimately captured the Latino experience in Los Angeles and never lost sight of the human dimension in journalism. He will be greatly missed but his legacy and enduring love for our City will live on through the many young journalists he mentored throughout the years.”

City Council President Eric Garcetti and the majority of the rest of the council offered their words as well.

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