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Posts Tagged ‘Tom LaBonge’

Fans Say Farewell at Sunset to the Late, Great Huell Howser

If you want to end your hump day with a smile, click on through to the first photo adorning the top of Nita Lelyveld‘s wonderful LA Times summary of yesterday afternoon’s Griffith Park Observatory tribute to the late Huell Howser. Taken by Brian van der Brug, it shows rows of people gathered on a hill, with the Hollywood sign in the background. Best thing about the pic? There was nothing Hollywood about the man being honored.

Lelyveld writes that some of those who made the Griffith Park pilgrimage were from faraway California small towns that Howser had covered. Others had equally fantastic connections to the roving KCET folk hero:

Lynne Green, 90, of Woodland Hills held court in high style in the first row of folding white seats, wearing a jaunty red hat decorated with a red feather and telling everyone she met about how, after she’d signed up at 80 for Buddy Powell‘s commercial acting class for seniors, Howser came to do a show on the class and “made me one of his featured speakers.”

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Magic Castle 50th Anniversary Celebrations Get the Daily Mail Treatment

Who better to write up coverage of the 50th anniversary plaque dedication and gala that took place Wednesday at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle than a correspondent who goes by the Twitter handle @MagicScribe and describes himself as “a sub-par journalist who can do a few card tricks.”

Mike Larkin certainly knows all the Mail Online tricks that have made his outlet the most trafficked newspaper website in the world and a staple of The Drudge Report. The outlet’s local brand of Web hocus pocus, tapped out assembly-line style at several westside offices, often includes a top-heavy celebrity headline and as many gigantic photos of Hollywood boldface as possible. In other words, no Tom LaBonge here.

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Anti-Snack Ordinance Killing LA Newsstands

Running a newsstand must be an extremely tough business these days, what with the dawn of the digital era. But, according to the LA Times, an LA ordinance makes life even tougher for newsstand proprietors–they’re not allowed to sell snacks or drinks. The Times spoke with Los Feliz newsstand owner Robert Kelly, who said city enforcers only recently began cracking down on the obscure code.

For years, [Kelly] made up for the lost revenue by hawking soda, bottled water, chips and other sundries. That is, until a code enforcement officer halted that practice over a year ago.

Kelly said he had no idea he was violating an old city ordinance that restricts newsstands to selling only periodicals.

“I was shocked,” said Kelly, who grew up near San Francisco and lives in an apartment above his newsstand. “The ordinance was never enforced.”

If any of you journos out there enjoy seeing your byline in print, you may want to contact your city council member and get her to change the ordinance. Tom LaBonge is apparently already considering the matter.

LA Marathoners Not Really Into LA Mayor

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At the starting line of the 25th LA Marathon at Dodgers Stadium yesterday, the crowd of roughly 25,000 runners gathered waiting for the horn that would be echoing through the all the adjacent neighborhoods as far off as Mt. Washington. The emcee announced Councilman Tom LaBonge and Councilman Ed Reyes and the crowd cheered. He announced the “celebrity” runners, The Bachelor Andy Baldwin and Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay to an enthusiastic reaction. Then the emcee announced the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and there was a deafening silence broken with a slight and quick “boo.”

A girl standing next to us remarked to her friend,”Yeah, nobody likes him.”

Pictured Mayor Villaraigosa and marathon owner Frank McCourt with winners Wesley Korir and Edna Kiplagat. Photo by Rich Cruse.

Did You Know Yesterday Was Mika Brzezinski Day in LA?

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You can learn a lot from Twitter. We had no idea it was Mika Brzezinski Day yesterday. Does that mean we all get belittled by Joe Scarborough for an hour? The councilman mentioned above is Tom LaBonge. Do we just let anyone from New York who’s on TV and wrote a book have their own day now? What are we Cleveland?

Pic after the jump.

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Love/Hate LA Short Film Contest ‘Get LA’

Chris Nichols LA Mag columnist is the first to tackle the “Get LA” film contest. And like most Angelenos, he pulls out the big guns. He writes:

When I was asked to create a short film for Los Angeles magazine’s Get L.A. competition, I called upon my obsession with L.A.’s past and its future. I asked 21 of the city’s optimists, futurists, and dreamers to perform what my wife dubbed a “tone poem” originally recorded for General Motors in 1956 as a paean to the world of tomorrow. Up for the challenge of reinterpreting this classic (and testing their vocal skills) were an eclectic group of Angelenos including City Councilman Tom LaBonge, architects Dion Neutra and Frank Escher, Los Angeles Conservancy executive director Linda Dishman, histotainer Charles Phoenix, and visual futurist Syd Mead. (There was also a spiritualist scholar, a Planet of the Apes-obsessed producer, and a 13-year-old filmmaker.) I filmed them all over the city, from the Museum of Neon Art to the Penguin in Santa Monica to the tract homes in Porter Ranch. I even commissioned an original score from SpongeBob SquarePants composer Eban Schletter. So sit back and enjoy my homage to the true City of the Future: Los Angeles. I’m looking forward to seeing your homage, too.

Contest info is here.

LA Churches Outraged at Hours Long Inconvenience One Day a Year

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Of all the cities with thriving marathons – Los Angeles is the one getting bullied by church groups to move the date. Yes, one Sunday a year everyone in LA had to put off their plans until noon. In a time when obesity and inertia are epidemics and tax revenues are at an all time low – the church groups in Los Angeles want to take on a couple hour delay in worship services.

So embarrassing.

They’ve set up a site, Save Our Sabbaths:

Tell the Los Angeles City Council and Councilman Tom LaBonge that you DO NOT want the Los Angeles Marathon to occur on a Sunday. We don’t want the LA Marathon to impact our day of worship with road closures and traffic congestion.

The marathon, which for 20 years was in February, was moved to Memorial Day this year for church groups. If the city council is re-visiting it this, the marathon this year wasn’t as successful as they hoped.

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