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JM, Simulating Urbanism: Americana at Brand, 4.29.08


Moby blogs late-nite from LAX: " the lounge is filled with chinese businessmen eating noodles out of styrofoam bowls and sade (shar-day, remember her?)is playing on the lounge stereo. we're en route to monterey, mexico." Cool. Attention Kareem: this is what a celeb blog should be.

Can you believe the LAUSD is thinking about asking us for more money??!! They're building schools in meridians, they're taking a decade to build some of them, and they want more. How's this for a lead-in to a pitch for more cash: "Even though we are building 132 schools..."

Steve Lopez notes it when local officials like Admiral Brewer read his newspaper. Similarly, we note it when things from the blogosphere pop up in his column without acknowledgment. But if the Admiral really wanted to start communicating with people, he'd talk to bloggers, who are way better dialed into the grassroots (e.g., Neighborhood Councils, No 2 Home Depot movement, CityWatch, etc.) than the former fishwrap of record. We know who people get opinions from; it's not Steve Lopez, to whom they turn for compelling stories, but not for persuasive political polemics.


Markland notes that Matt Welch is in town to talk John McCain. Through Zocalo, the feed-the-hungry lecture series that people sort of show up to for the catering. I liked what Markland had to say about the potential "nightmare ticket": McCain/Clinton. I don't think that one would stand a chance, but McCain/Powell might.