The Skinny

Looks like we made a few waves last week when we passed along some intel that former Assemblyman Lloyd Levine had been named a VP at Verizon. Among those who were shocked to learn the news were the folks at Verizon, and the aforementioned Levine. As it turns out, we jumped the gun on that one. Levine said he has interviewed for the job, but has not been offered any position. We’ll let you know if that one changes…And a formal congrats to Evan Halper, who took over this week as bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times Capitol Bureau. Of course, on Halper’s first day on the job, the Times’ parent company, Tribune Co., filed for bankruptcy protection. Here’s hoping that’s not an omen…Capitol reporters are like panda bears — slowly slipping toward extinction. So when a new one comes along, it is something of a curiosity. But the press corps zoo is happy to welcome it’s newest member, Wyatt Buchanan of the San Francisco Chronicle, who is actually filling a spot that has been held open for months. Here’s hoping that means we’ve hit bottom.

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