No kidding, folks, there’s a bomb scare that’s choking off a chunk of Wilshire Boulevard right outside Variety’s offices in the 5500 block of the Miracle Mile. Near as we can tell, a stray briefcase was left outside the Organic to Go eatery on the the north side of Wilshire, right next to Screen Actors Guild headquarters, and that has the police hauling out the yellow Do Not Cross tape and blocking traffic at the intersection of Wilshire and Curson Avenue and for at least another two three blocks east on Wilshire. Yes, there are plenty of jokes flying around the Variety newsroom right now about people angry about one of our reviews, or a disgruntled SAG board member, etc. But the police are taking it all very seriously. Most surprisingly, to this observer who was buying a salad at one of the eateries as it was being shut down, is the fact that there’s nothing about this shutdown of Wilshire on the Web sites of either all-news stations KNX-AM or KFWB-AM, despite the fact that they are right next door to Variety and thus right in the center of all the action. Now that’s local news coverage for you.
Latest here is that police officers came through the Variety offices on the other side of the street from where the suspicious package is sitting, urging people to move away from the glass windows, just in case….