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  1. Alan Mittelstaedt Says:

    What an enormous talent. It was a great day for journalism several years ago when Steven decided to try his hand at trial coverage. He brought the keen eye of a theater critic to the courtroom, developing characters in high-profile trials like no one else in L.A. He made murder entertaining. His exit is a huge loss for the L.A. Weekly.

  2. bunkerbuster Says:

    How about this for standards, Marc.

    How about when you set out to slam someone, you pick up the phone and call them up. Pretty basic, no?

    Instead of assuming there’s something nefarious behind Mikulan’s ouster, why couldn’t you have just called him and asked? Takes 15 minutes. Or five.

    If Stewart published a hit piece on you with as little reporting as yours on her, you’d have a major fit, and it would be justified, save for the fact that it would make you a real hypocrit.

    A lot more reporting and less unsubstantiated character assassination might leave you in a much better position to discuss journalism standards…

  3. Marc Cooper Says:

    You are truly an idiot Bunkerbuster. Ive worked with her in three different venues and in one of them was part of a decision to terminate her position. What would yoy have liked me to call and asked her? Do you agree woith me, ma’m that you have no standards? Must be something wrong with my software. Thought I banned you a long time ago. Must have decided it wasnt worth the 60 seconds of my time.

  4. R. Iafolla Says:

    I had a chance to get to know Steve when we covered the first Pellicano trial. Professionally, I was sort of jealous — we both saw the same events, but my dry daily dispatches paled in comparison with what he filed at the Weekly. His stories were biting and funny and smart and, as Alan noted, keenly conscious of the courtroom as stage. On a personal level, his presence day in & day out at Royball Federal Court was a godsend. For all the moments of high drama in a trial, it’s still basically a grind. Steve is every bit as bright and witty as his writing would indicate, and his jokes, observations, and turns of phrase helped keep me sane lo those many weeks. Anyhow, Steve blogging was like using a Ferrari to deliver pizza. He deserves, and will surely find, a better venue for his talent.

  5. Name Withheld Says:

    Heikes has been brought in to create an advertorial situation with the help of the publisher and ad director. He was involved in the Staples/LA Times Magazine advertorial affair as well.

    In addition, the long time freelancers for the Weekly are grumbling
    about being frozen out replaced by LA Times folks. Since the
    takeover by Mr. Heikes of LA Times fame late August, he seems to be on a
    spending spree to employ his old LA Times mates. When they worked for the
    Times these same people wouldn’t wipe their asses with the Weekly but now
    that they have mortgages due and kids in private schools, Heikes is
    determined to see that they get paid. We know “alternative” has sadly
    declined as Coop has reported but now the Villagers are overrunning the limited print world
    available in LA. Here are three more former LA Times folks now on the
    Weekly payroll for this issue:
    Amy Scattergood
    Dani Katz
    Christopher Miles

    {Posted Regarding Last Week’s Cover Story and three articles regarding the amazing conductor – see this week’s edition – PAGE THREE FULL PAGE AD FOR DISNEY SYMPHONY. Prediction: you will begin to see cover stories on movie stars and more movie ads. Editorial will be tied into ads.}
    Letter to the Editor:
    You know, nothing speaks louder to the pain of almost everyone here in Los
    Angeles, the unemployment, the evictions, the bankruptcies, than a cover
    story about classical music. Wait! Excuse me – THREE articles about
    classical music! I wonder if that happened during the first Great
    Depression? Well, the new LA Weekly seems to be going down a different
    path. It is helping the unemployed all right – the unemployed from the LA
    TIMES. Always priding itself on being the thorn in the side of mainstream
    journalism, the new LA Weekly, now under the direction of an 18 year
    veteran of the LA Times is doing what is necessary – helping out former LA
    Times writers to the chagrin of former freelance LA Weekly writers. In
    addition, those new writers apparently without LA Times credentials seem to
    be from other cities far, far away.
    Seems as if the “villagers” have decided to feed at the trough they once
    mocked- alternative journalism.
    Heres the tally from the last two issues:
    Oscar Garza —-LA Times
    Chris Pasles —-LA Times
    Drex Heikes—–LA Times
    Peter Jamison – San Francisco resident/SF Weekly writer
    Robert Wilonsky – Dallas Times-Herald and Dallas Observer
    Gustavo Turner—writes for Providence Phoenix mostly
    Dennis Romero —Former LA Times Staff Writer
    Nate Berg – Planetizen? WTF?
    Diana Ljungaeus –Executive Director of the LA Press Club
    Honorable Mention to Samantha Peale a novelist who through no fault of her
    own, for some reason gets to review her own book, “Essential Beauty.”
    Keep up the good work.
    We’ll be out of this recession in no time and hopefully you guys can go
    back to work for “regular” newspapers.
    Comment by name withheld from los Angeles on Sep 25th, 2009, 03:13 am

  6. Marc Cooper Says:

    That’s a fascinating take Name Witheld. Adds lots of insight and, yes, a bit of irony as the Timesers who never let the word Weekly cross their lips now board the tugboat!

    What positions to Miles. Katz and Scattergood now hold at the Weekly? Staff or contractors?

    And how will this “professional culture” mesh with Stewart’s fever swamp news operation?

  7. bandwagonesque Says:

    I don’t pick up the Weekly any more or check out their pathetic website, so I wasn’t even aware about that hilariously bad Weather Underground story. That one would have been embarrassing even for the old New Times LA.

  8. Celeste fremon Says:

    Steve Mikulan was not only doing good and valuable work at the Weekly, he was doing the work that at OTHER PUBLICATIONS would take three staffers to accomplish.

    This is indeed a blow—and a bad omen.

    What Name Withheld says is very intriguing. One thing I would like to correct, however: if the Weekly gives any roll at all to Oscar Garza, they— and we—will be fortunate.

    Oscar is extremely bright, talented and a great editor (whom I’ve worked with at two publications), with a background that is quite eclectic. And unlike many at the Times who are still so 1st-&-Spring-Street-centric they cannot bring themselves to admit that the Weekly mattered even in its best days, Oscar has always had an eye toward the future of journalism, not the past.

    But Oscar Garza aside, this news about Steve M. is deeply saddening.

  9. GM Hoakster Says:

    Who cares! The Weekly has gone to shit years ago and I do not know many media buyers who take the NTM properties all that seriously anymore. It is a matter of time.

  10. Sprocket Says:

    This is a very sad day for the LA WEEKLY.

    I first met Steve Mikulan in December 2004 when he covered the Robert Blake murder trial. He was the first member of the accredited press to befriend me and acknowledge my trial coverage blogging.

    I met up with Steve again at the first Phil Spector trial, where he was kind enough to save me a seat in the second row, where I got to sit with other members of the print media. We became a tight group that sat together everyday and exchanged thoughts about the trial.

    Not enough words can be said about the wonderfully creative and witty stories he filed covering that trial. Even the defense team would come over and compliment him on his articles. Dominick Dunne was totally smitten with his pieces and couldn’t wait to read the next one.

    With the talent that Steve has I’m hopeful he will land on his feet where he’s appreciated and can shine for more readers to experience.

    Betsy A. Ross
    Trials & Tribulations Blog

  11. john l. raw Says:

    Long before I left journalism to make a lot more money doing something a lot different from daily journalism, I was a huge fan of Steve.

    It wasn’t because he was a warm, caring person in a business filled with desperate hacks.

    It wasn’t because he was the smartest person in the room.

    I was a fan because he came from the theater and GOT IT. He knew that a criminal trial where there was something at stake that drew skilled participants was, minus the boring parts of procedure, great drama. It’s a stage populated by mostly male lawyers who are convinced they are brilliant writers and actors, a cross between early David Mamet and later George Clooney.

    Most court reporting is about getting the facts right and the quotes transcribe accurately. A high school kid can do that.

    Steve, because of his training, understands all the subtext, which is what great courtroom drama is about.

    In a perfect world, a national publication (print, web, broadcast) would be tripping over its own feet to get Steve into the fold.

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  13. SideShow Bob Says:

    Johnny’s favorite film, ‘The Night of the Living Dead.”

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  14. Peter Hong Says:

    Steve Mikulan’s trial stories read like a Los Angeles version of Murray Kempton’s dramatic courtroom storytelling. His reports from the Phil Spector trial were gutsy and lucid. Steve, by his example, pushed others in the mass market press corps to be more ambitious — precisely what an alternative press guy is supposed to do, right ?

  15. Mikulan Fan Club Says:

    Here’s a comment left at

    Sprocket said:

    Steve Mikulan, staff writer for LA Weekly is a damn good writer. He’s unbelievably witty. You will read some of the most interesting prose from Steven. I first met him at the Robert Blake trial. If I’m not mistaken, that was the first trial he covered for LA Weekly. His coverage was so good, his editors had him cover Spector, where his writing just got better. Even Spector’s defense team read Steven, with Bradley Brunon coming over and commenting directly to him about his articles.

    Because of that great coverage, Steve now covers the local State and Federal courts for LA Weekly.
    Posted 10/14/2008 at 07:27:42 PM

  16. Anna Churchill Says:

    Nevermind fighting over dead horse. Dig this:

    This week, the new ‘Mike & Friends Blog’ section will be added to In additional to my blog, I have asked a few people, like Rep. Marcy Kaptur (the Democrat from Toledo who has deservedly become the star of my movie!) and Leah Fried (who helped organize the sit-down strike at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago), to blog here on my site. Here’s a sneak peek of my first blog post. Enjoy! — MM

    Sunday, October 11th, 2009

    Pilots on Food Stamps
    By Michael Moore

    We’re on the descent from 20,000 feet in the air when the flight attendant leans over the elderly woman next to me and taps me on the shoulder.

    “I’m listening to Lady Gaga,” I say as I remove just one of the ear buds. I know not this Lady Gaga, but her performance last week on SNL was fascinating.

    “The pilots would like to see you in the cockpit when we land,” she says with a southern drawl.

    “Did I do something wrong?”

    “No. They have something to show you.” (The last time an employee of an airline wanted to show me something it was her written reprimand for eating an in-flight meal without paying for it. “Yes,” she said, “we have to pay for our own meals on board now.”)

    The plane landed and I stepped into the cockpit. “Read this,” the first officer said. He handed me a letter from the airline to him. It was headlined “LETTER OF CONCERN.” It seems this poor fellow had taken three sick days in the past year. The letter was a warning not to take another one — or else.

    “Great,” I said. “Just what I want — you coming to work sick, flying me up in the air and asking to borrow the barf bag from my seatback pocket.”

    He then showed me his pay stub. He took home $405 this week. My life was completely and totally in his hands for the past hour and he’s paid less than the kid who delivers my pizza.

    I told the guys that I have a whole section in my new movie about how pilots are treated (using pilots as only one example of how people’s wages have been slashed and the middle class decimated). In the movie I interview a pilot for a major airline who made $17,000 last year. For four months he was eligible — and received — food stamps. Another pilot in the film has a second job as a dog walker.

    “I have a second job!,” the two pilots said in unison. One is a substitute teacher. The other works in a coffee shop. You know, maybe it’s just me, but the two occupations whose workers shouldn’t be humpin’ a second job are brain surgeons and airline pilots. Call me crazy.

    I told them about how Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger (the pilot who safely landed the jet in the Hudson River) had testified in Congress that no pilot he knows wants any of their children to become a pilot. Pilots, he said, are completely demoralized. He spoke of how his pay has been cut 40% and his own pension eliminated. Most of the TV news didn’t cover his remarks and the congressmen quickly forgot them. They just wanted him to play the role of “HERO,” but he was on a more important mission. He’s in my movie.

    “I hadn’t heard anywhere that this stuff about the airlines is in this new movie,” the pilot said.

    “No, you wouldn’t,” I replied. “The press likes to talk about me, not the movie.”

    And it’s true. I’ve been surprised (and slightly annoyed) that, with all that’s been written and talked about “Capitalism: A Love Story,” very little attention has been paid the mind-blowing stuff in the film: pilots on food stamps, companies secretly taking out life insurance policies on employees and hoping they die young so the company can collect, judges getting kickbacks from the private prison industry for sending innocent people (kids) to be locked up. The profit motive — it’s a killer.

    Especially when your pilot started his day at 6am working at the local Starbucks.

  17. Marc Cooper Says:

    Anna, PLEASE just post the link next time. Michael Moore isnt paying me to carry full text versions of his pieces. It makes it very difficult for anyone to read such a long comment. LINK LINK LINK

    That said, yes, it’s terrible how low paid these pilots are. One day I will tell you all the horror stories from THREE different people who worked for Michael Moore — not a very enlightened employer one might say.

    Let me also add that this piece is but thinly veiled self-promotion for Moore. One of the MAJOR reasons that not enough reviewers pay enough attention to all that “mind-blowing” data in Moore’s latest film –including low-paid pilots– is that Moore gums up the whole works by constantly inserting himself in the flick in the same old same shtick and it frankly blocks out much of the good stuff in his movie.

  18. erin aubry kaplan Says:

    I’m very saddened but hardly surprised about Steven’s ouster from the Weekly. For me, he was the main reason why I became a fan of the paper in the 80s and aspired to work there. His writing was smart and edgy and informed, but it had heart and thoughtfulness where so many others only had a kind of fashionable irony. His take on everything from theater to politics had a depth that reached all corners of the city, including media-starved south central and inglewood. I was proud to have worked with him. He was and still is an inspiration for me.

  19. Name Withheld Says:

    Here are this weeks new former LA Times writers who have replaced the LA Weekly’s freelancers by editor Drex Heikes. The LA Time Weekly is alive and well:
    Jeff Weiss
    Oliver Wang
    David Cotner
    That makes 10 LA Times folks writing since Heikes took over. Anyone see a trend?
    Sorry to see Steve go.

  20. dani katz Says:

    I was talking to Jay Levin earlier this evening, and he told me about this posting. Just to set the record straight: I’ve never been on staff at the Times. I’ve been freelancing at the Weekly since Joe Donnelly brought me on board, back in 2005. Oh, how I miss Joe Donnelly. And Laurie. And….and….

  21. Michael Sigman Says:

    Terrible but not surprising news. Steven was not only an amazing thinker and writer, but was a terrific union shop steward for many years.

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