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The Smoke Police

We are surprised not at all that Santa Monica, that seaside haven of better-living do-goodniks, has taken the lead on enforcing the California Smoke Free Workplace Law, which on January 1 prohibited smoking in every bar in the state. Last week, a Santa Monica municipal judge found Elaine Pollock, owner......

The Smoke Police

We are surprised not at all that Santa Monica, that seaside haven of better-living do-goodniks, has taken the lead on enforcing the California Smoke Free Workplace Law, which on January 1 prohibited smoking in every bar in the state. Last week, a Santa Monica municipal judge found Elaine Pollock, owner......

Times Marketing Sprint

Lest we had any nagging doubts about the sincerity of L.A. Times publisher Mark Willes' promise to "break down the wall" between advertising and editorial at the paper ("with a bazooka, if necessary," he vowed), last Wednesday's Times reassured us. Wednesday, you will recall, was the day after the election,......

?Que Paso, Gloria?

In a world inured to shock-jocks and Jerry Springer, it's hard to imagine something new stirring outrage. But that is more or less what KTNQ 1020 AM, a local Spanish-language radio station, managed to do with its new billboard campaign. Promoting the station's talk-radio format, the ads feature such images......

Make Like a Tree

Two years after catapulting into the presidency of the Sierra Club, environmental wunderkind Adam Werbach, known for his love of Pez and MTV, is moving on. In a soybean-inked farewell to the club's half-a-million-plus members, the 25-year-old ticks off the requisite list of "special places saved" during his tenure, but......
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Music Reviews

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT Friends of Mine (Hightone) Among singer-songwriters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is a key figure, largely owing to his huge influence on Bob Dylan, but not only for that. His style melded equal parts Woody Guthrie, cowboy songs and hard country, and he was then (as now) a magnetic......

Scientology, cont.

Our friends with the Church of Scientology scored a major legal victory last week in their ongoing campaign to suppress dissemination of internal church documents on the Internet. A federal jury in San Jose ordered Keith Henson of Palo Alto, an outspoken Scientology critic, to pay $75,000 in damages to......

The New Hollywood Sinkhole

Where is Joel Wachs on the latest CRA giveaway? This time last year, the San Fernando Valley councilman (looking very much like a future mayoral prospect) was riding herd on the city's redevelopment agency to protect the $TK million public investment in the new downtown sports arena. And with the......

Buzz Killed

A few weeks ago OffBeat brought you news of the increasingly dire financial situation at Buzz magazine - irate creditors at the door, accountants in hiding, office supplies being rationed, their spinoff weekly folding. At the time, Buzz Inc. president Scott Kramer assured us that the magazine, after eight years......
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Music Reviews

POP PSYCHOLOGY: NICK LOWE'S BETTER TOMORROW NICK LOWE Dig My Mood (Upstart/Rounder) In nearly three decades of rocking, writing and producing, there’s very little that Nick Lowe hasn’t done. Launching the careers of Elvis Costello and the Pretenders (to name a few) and, a generation later, giving John Hiatt a......
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