FROM Steve Wasserman
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.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.
Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent' Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.