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So Long Con; Mayor Appoints Interim Planning Chief

While we failed to receive our invitation to Con Howe's retirement/going away party at City Hall yesterday, we can't say we would have attended anyways, being that we have day jobs and stuff. But still, the invitation would have been nice.

Mayor Villaraigosa has wasted no time in appointing an Interim Planning Director until Con's permanent replacement is found. From inside City Hall we get the word that Mark Winogrond (pictured above), formerly of Culver City and West Hollywood, has taken the helm of the Planning Dept. for the time being. His first day is Monday. Our planning friend in the know had this to say: "AMAZINGLY incredible choice." For sure.