By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
Last week, final winners were announced in two journalism contests. The following Weeklyites took first-place AltWeekly Awards in a contest sponsored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies: Jeffrey Anderson for News Story, Short Form (a series of news pieces); Seven McDonald for Column (“24/Seven”); Jonathan Gold for Food Writing/Criticism; John Curry for Web Site Design; Kevin Scanlon for Photography (the People issue); J.T. Steiny for Cartoon (“Native’s Notebook”); and editors Gendy Alimurung and Linda Immediato, plus the Weekly staff, for Best Special Section (Best of L.A.). Second-place honors went to Dwayne Booth for Cartoon (“Mr. Fish”); Nikki Finke for Blog (“Deadline Hollywood Daily”), Daniel Hernandez for Media Reporting/Criticism (his piece on the L.A. Times’ Latino coverage); and Matthew Fleischer for Feature Story (“Navahoax”). And third-place awards were received by Christine Pelisek for News Story, Long Form (“Scourge of Skid Row”) and John Albert for Arts Feature (“Death, Drugs, Rap and Redemption”).
A day later, the Los Angeles Press Club gave out its Southern California Journalism Awards. Coming in for first-place honors were John Curry for Designer of the Year, Nikki Finke for Entertainment Journalist of the Year, Jonathan Gold for Entertainment/Criticism/Column (“Counter Intelligence”), the staff of the Weekly for Special Section (“Who We Are: People 2006”) and Libby Molyneaux for Headline Writing (“What Would Jesus Do This Week?”). The Weekly swept the last category, with Steven Mikulan taking both second place and honorable mention (“Rage Against the Sex Machine” and “Tête Offensive”). Also nabbing second-place honors were Christine Pelisek for Print Journalist of the Year, Kate Sullivan for Entertainment/Criticism/Column (“Rock & Roll Love Letter”), Daniel Hernandez for Hard News, and Paul Cullum for Entertainment Feature (“Death Race 2000”). Honorable mentions went to Steven Kotler for a piece about Heidi Fleiss, Josh Kun for his investigation into the mayor of Tijuana, and Nikki Finke for Entertainment Hard News.
Smarting Over Growth
Thanks for publishing David Zahniser’s critique of smart growth [“What’s Smart About Smart Growth?,” June 1–7]. We indeed need to understand how this promising paradigm is being used and misused. The article focused on how mobility may be the “Achilles’ heel” of density.
But the biggest flaw in how smart growth has been implemented is in the failure to conserve open space at the urban fringe. “Leapfrog” development is still dominant in most places, and vast amounts of farm and habitat land are being consumed in the “dumbest” way possible — large estate lots and ranchettes. Local land-use plans foster this pattern of growth, and planning tools like transfer of development rights remain unused. Thus, developers and local government have cherry picked the smart-growth paradigm to densify where the market will support it, and to continue to sprawl at the very same time.
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