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Posts Tagged ‘Gregory Rodriguez’

How Zócalo Public Square Got Its Start at ‘Snooty’ LA Gathering

Last week, we highlighted Ken Layne’s great remembrance piece for The Awl about humbly launching LAExaminer.com in 2001 and almost carrying over his pioneering news-blog efforts into print. Now, on the occasion of website Zócalo Public Square’s 10th anniversary, founder Gregory Rodriguez has shared an equally delightful trip down memory lane.

He explains that around the time Layne and Matt Welch were building out LAExaminer, he was happily working on his own stuff and only occasionally venturing out of the house to network. It was during one such rare 2002 sojourn that everything turned:

I wasn’t thinking about that [subconscious need for creative brethren] in 2002 when I accepted an invitation to attend a snooty LA gathering of writer types. I was honored to be a part of the mix, looking forward to some interesting conversations. Instead, a small, untoward comment would wind up shaking me out of my solitary life.

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Zócalo Public Square Ramps Up Editorial Operations

There’s a lot going on these days with Zócalo Public Square’s web presence. In the past few months, a trio of very impressive journalists has come on board full-time and next week, the eight-year-old company will move to larger office space within its current Koreatown headquarters.

Joe Mathews, formerly a political reporter with the LA Times, came over to Zócalo in January to head up California coverage, while T.A. Frank segued from Washington Monthly to become ideas editor. A month ago, they were joined by managing editor Megan Greenwell, from the Washington Post. As if that weren’t enough, the group’s off-site editorial director since fall is Andrés Martinez, previously editorial page editor at the LA Times.

“We started on the ground,” executive director Gregory Rodriguez explains to FishbowlLA via telephone. “Most of our revenue is based on events. We began by partnering with foundations and other cultural institutions, who wanted us to convene events and create ancilliary materials.”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

32739997-07213459.jpgNew Beginnings: Another school year starts, and so, inevitably, does another O.J. Simpson trial.

42211757.jpgIraqis Are Just Like Us. Fat: Tina Susman has found one of the most remarkable stories we’ve seen about the consequence of the war on the Iraqi people. Maybe we haven’t brought them true American democracy, but we have brought them American obesity. U.S.A!

203sdfdsfasd90559.jpgCult of Personality: Gregory Rodriguez examines the new American ideal: candidates who sell us on their histories, rather than their triumphs and transformations. We’re not sure we buy his argument (John McCain has a pretty big “overcoming adversity” storyline), but it’s an interesting read all the same.

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20390559.jpgParadise Found: Gregory Rodriguez writes a sweet valentine of a column about why we all love and hate Los Angeles … all with nary a mention of traffic or bleach bottles! Quite a nice feat of non-cliched editorializing.

31866358-22171202.jpgCruisin’ For a Bruisin’: Scott Collins describes Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s response to Hollywood’s woes as “a girlie man performance,” urging the governor to do something about the “runaway production” problem L.A. faces. He makes excellent points, but does Collins really want to call the Terminator a wuss?

40288133-22163350.jpgSurf Turf Wars: Malibu surfers are being accused of beating up a pap and throwing his camera in the ocean.

LAT in 90: Don’t Bug Me

The Los Angeles Times, condensed.

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Breaking: Actors Act
Neil Patrick Harris will be so glad when he’s got something else to talk about.

What Wat Thai Temple Trouble?
The answer is obvious: valet parking. (And couldn’t Deborah Schoch get more than one cranky neighbor agree to be quoted?)

Take Your Kumbaya and Stuff It

Gregory Rodriguez deviates from the official LAT “rich cultural diversity” guidelines. Expect a counter-point piece.

Andres Martinez Joins New America Foundation

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Andres Martinez is joining the New America Foundation, as an Irvine Fellow. The former LA Times editorial page editor left in a huff after publisher David Hiller squashed a special edition edited by Brian Grazer. He’s joining former West editor Rick Wartzman and Gregory Rodriguez. Based in Santa Monica, Martinez’s mission is to :

focus his writing on how global interdependence affects the daily lives of Californians. He’ll be exploring the disconnect between attitudes toward globalization and its reality on the ground and asking whether politicians and the media sufficiently understand California’s place in the global economy.

Translation: op-eds about off-shoring by people whose jobs will never be off-shored.