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Joseph Mailander Steps Down at Martini Republic

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Water-coloring, jazz-listening, horse track-attending, local politics-loving, cocktail-making, Joseph Mailander is stepping down from the blog he helped form, the Martini Republic.

LAist has the exclusive interview with one of our favorite LA bloggers who dares say something about the Yankees which we recommend that you ignore as we have done.

LAist: There appears to be some major changes in Martini Republic, namely I see that you are not the Editor of the site any more. Is that true?

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Joseph Mailander: Yes. Right now, Martini Republic is an editorial vacuum. My guess is that Alex will pick up the reigns, and lean on TS a bit for hands-on stuff, and that there will be uneven editing for a while, but people there will find a new-found respect for it.

But it's important, Tony, for people who might be surprised by this news to remember that I still co-own the site. As a matter of fact, I can see how I might be able to sell the site to advertisers as an owner in a way that I wouldn't as editor or participant. For instance, the site now might be willing to ditch the long-time "no political ads" policy.

Also I see that the Angeleno blog tab has been removed, is that permanent?

Yes. Angeleno blog was mostly me, and the Drinks blog was mostly me this past year, and I'll take the two of those with me, first to my new temp blog (which I admittedly put together in some haste last night---I don't really know how blogspot works yet), but later to a new project I have in the works.

Does this have anything to do with the violence in MacArthur Park this week?

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It does likely all have to do with the various torrents of spring, yes.

Does this mean that you will be spending more time on the Mayor Sam blog?

That's a good question. If I get the kind of readers I'd like at "mainbrace" and especially at the next blog, I'll probably be present at the Mayor's site about as much as I currently am, about twice or three times a week. But hey---if I fail at the new ventures, sure, I'll be there at LA's best political site more. I love MayorSam. It's a vital blog here in the City.

Over the years, which bloggers and commentors were the biggest pains in your ass?

that answer and 18 more including which LA street gang's colors he wears... after the jump...