Big Changes Likely for LA Times Book Review
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The LA Times will hold its book fair at UCLA once again this year. But reports abound that the stand-alone Sunday Book Review will be cut back, merged with another section and published on Saturday. Circulation's lower that day, so that would save money. Will it lower LA's cultural profile? Also, a wrap-up of yesterday's school board elections---and California's new presidential primary next February, in which Independents can vote for a Democrat but not for a Republican. We'll hear about party rules.
Is the LA Times Book Review Biting the Dust? ()
The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review is one of just six stand-alone book sections still published in the United States. The Wall Street Journal says that number will shrink to five in the next few weeks, when the Times merges book reviews with editorials and opinion pieces in a 12-page tabloid. The new section will now come out on Saturday, when circulation is lower, so that would save money. The Times, which declined to participate in this program, says it's still committed to literature and will hold this year's Book Fair at UCLA next month. We hear from a former Times Book Review editor and the woman who helped launch the Book Fair.
Independents Barred from Republican Primary ()
With just 7% voter turnout in yesterday's election, all the incumbent LA City Council members who were up this year were re-elected. Richard Alarcón-- just elected to the Assembly last November-- will return to the Council. All four incumbents were re-elected to the LA Community College Board of Trustees, but the Unified School Board races are not all decided. Meantime, Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a new law that makes February 5 the date for California's presidential primaries. The change will give California a major voice it never had when the primaries were in June. Independents, the fastest growing bloc of California voters, will be invited to vote for a Democrat--but not, for the moment at least, for a Republican.
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