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Posts Tagged ‘Phil Willon’

New Assignments for Two LATers

The full memo is below:

David Lauter: New Metro assignments: Greetings all, I’m happy to announce two new assignments to key reporting positions. Phil Willon will become a roving state reporter based in Riverside, primarily covering the Inland Empire counties. Riverside and San Bernardino have always provided fertile ground for stories. That’s even more true now as the two inland counties have been among the regions hardest hit by the recession. Phil knows this territory well. To begin with, he lives in Riverside, so the new assignment will come as a welcome change from an arduous commute. He also spent several years as the editor of our one-time Inland Empire edition. That assignment came after turns in the San Fernando Valley and Orange County. Before that, Phil worked for the Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., and for the Tampa Tribune covering state government, then Washington. For the last two years, Phil has been our City Hall reporter, following the mayor through the election season and into his efforts to refocus his administration and grapple with the city’s deep budget problems. Now, Phil will take the experience he has developed and use it to produce probing, insightful journalism about a region struggling to regain its footing after a deep economic collapse.

Patrick McDonnell will move to City Hall, bringing reporting skills honed over many years and several continents to bear on one of our most important beats.

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Mayor V and His Love/Hate Relationship with the Press

It’s just weird. You’d think the randy mayor of the Entertainment Capital of the World would date actresses. But no he’s into members of the press.

LAT is reporting that recently separated Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is dating former Miss USA, Lu Parker currently on KTLA Channel 5.

Not that there’s anything wrong with loving your local anchors…but your print journalists could feel slighted. You know, and actually report stuff about your tepid tenure.

But our favorite bit from Phil Willon‘s piece in LAT comes at the end where Sue Otto, owner of Chevalier’s Books talks about when the pair come into her store:

When the pair [Parker and Villaraigosa] walked in, authors Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake were signing copies of their new book, “Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream — and How They’re Paying For It.” The two authors invited the mayor and Parker over, Otto said.

“They gave her a copy,” Otto said.


Previously on FBLA: Mirthala Salinas Kinda Sorta Tells Something in LA Magazine

LA Papers Weigh In on Mayor V’s Gubernatorial Chances

Daniel Heimpel‘s beat has been Measure B. He explains the implications of its failing for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

Villaraigosa is considering a run for governor in 2010, and, as L.A. Weekly has previously reported, he has spent much of his time as mayor focused on appearances at photo ops and other press-oriented events. Statewide polls have shown him trailing Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in a mock gubernatorial election, and Villaraigosa still suffers high negatives following an affair that ruined his marriage.

His re-election on March 3 was supposed to create a political boost for him. His huge campaign war chest frightened off any big-name rivals for mayor, leaving him a largely clear field for a re-election romp. As the Weekly learned last month, solar Measure B was rushed onto the March 3 ballot to burnish Villaraigosa’s image with voters around California.

David Zahniser and Phil Willon write in the LAT:

The election was a mixed bag for the mayor in other ways. His ally, City Councilman Jack Weiss, was forced into a runoff in the race for city attorney. His push for the solar energy plan known as Measure B stumbled despite a flood of 30-second television commercials that featured the mayor as the sole salesman. And Measure E, a plan to give taxpayer subsidies to businesses, was defeated despite support from Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton.

We think it’s funny that Mayor V nearly lost to gadflies because that’s what he is to the Obama Administration.