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The Week in Weeklies

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By week's end, LA is littered with dozens of free rags. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, let us know, or better yet drop it in the comments section below.

Downtown News dedicated about half of its July 30 issue to the long-awaited opening of Ralph's at Ninth and Flower. The cover story is here with more here, here, and here. Kathleen Nye Flynn examined the so-called "Downtown Ordinance," that will be voted on in City Hall this week. The ordinance could dramatically alter zoning laws as well as development and affordable housing plans downtown.

In recent weeks LA Weekly did its own investigation into the ordinance and the Times had an intense point-counterpoint in which Councilwoman Jan Perry strongly objected to Douglas Ring and Diane Donoghue's editorial criticizing the ordinance. (An editorial in this coming week's DTNews examines -- and advocates -- passage of the ordinance.)

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Former LA Weekly news editor Alan Mittelstaedt came out firing in his new snarkily-delicious "LA Sniper" column for Citybeat. County Super Yvonne Burke might have avoided the controversy surrounding her out-of-district residence had she "moved into one of the vacant wings in the downsized King-Harbor Hospital" instead of.... Brentwood.

photo of Ralph's ribbon-cutting by Eric Richardson via flickr.

The Beach Reporter paid tribute to former Hermosa Beach mayor (and owner of The Mermaid -- everybody's favorite beachfront dive -- since 1954) Quentin "Boots" Thelen, who died July 24.

Pasadena Weekly shouted out to the weekly Bowling and Drinking Club at Eagle Rock's All Star Lanes in a great cover story by Lucinda Michele Knapp. And we thought karaoke was the only way to rock All Star Lanes -- these Sunday night socials have brought in great local bands for nearly two years.

Culver City Observer celebrated the return of West LA College's baseball team after 21 years. May their offense never be as brutally inconsistent as the Dodgers'.