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By week's end, LA is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation LA Times to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. 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.

OC Weekly -- R. Scott Moxley lampoons OC Sheriff Mike Carona's European vacation with his spring break buddies. The (unauthorized) photos are priceless. That's what you get for moronically drinking away public funds, Mike!

Downtown News -- Evan George profiles the Cornfield, or Rio De Los Angeles State Park, as it will officially be renamed April 21. Overlooked last week -- Sam Hall Kaplan waxes poetic on L.A. architecture in his op-ed that was originally slated for the canceled Brian Grazer-edited LAT Current.

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Malibu Surfside News wonders if Tuesday's 3.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Leo Carrillo State Park was an act of nature, or a more calculated coincidence, coming on the heels of a 12-hour State Lands Commission hearing regarding the controversial Cabrillo Port proposed by BHP Billiton LNG.

more from our beloved alt-weeklies after the jump.

photo of Jan. 20, 2005 Weekly cover via hexod.us' flickr.

Off-Ramp -- OK, so it's a radio weekly, but the Jon Rabe-hosted audio magazine covers LA as good as anything else. This week, an interesting look at 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel, the curly-mopped Venezuelan sensation tabbed as the LA Phil's new conductor. We also get to go tagging in South Central followed immediately by graffiti removal duty in Boyle Heights. Radio rules!

BH Weekly -- Amanda Parsons documents a former BH mayor's continuing legal troubles in operating and maintaining an animal shelter; Rudy Cole wonders why Gelson's and Whole Foods are being boycotted by some because of the stores' support for listener-supported KPFK FM.

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The L.A. Record, a brilliant poster-style weekly (also online) stacked with small-font reviews (last week) and previews (next week), features interviews this week with Eleni Mandell (at Bordello and Amoeba this week) and Deerhunter (tonight at The Echo).

Long Beachcomber has the lowdown on the LB Grand Prix, which continues through Sunday.

Happy First Birthday to The IE Weekly.