HERE are a dozen L.A. blogs where you should be able to follow local politics before it happens: Blogdowntown.com – Will success spoil Eric Richardson’s handsome venture? Early posts had an edge, but a lot of recent print media attention has made this blog more chamber of commerce-y. Remains poised to be a leader regarding downtown development issues.Blogging.la – Sean Bonner’s mothership veers toward the hyperreal at times, but Mack Reed, David Markland and Will Campbell all help to push it more toward civic politics than offered at lots of other culture-based group blogs. Many there are especially interested in public transit issues. Boifromtroy.com – Scott Olin Schmidt offers daily proof that Gay Trojan Republicanism can exist and even flourish in L.A. Now a group blog. Has no UCLA equivalent. Centralcitye.blogspot.com – Don Garza is one of the city’s best at stitching in how local politics affects personal life – especially on Skid Ro – er, in Central City East. Insidesocal.com/friendlyfire – The opinion scribes here at the Daily News have done something newspapers rarely do: They have put together a blog that looks, reads and feels like an actual blog. In the insouciant mix at Friendly Fire are valuable political items, often overlooked in print and elsewhere, and Patrick O’Connor’s cartoons. A blog that uses Photoshop to full advantage, in fact. LA.curbed.com – Local politics and real estate go together like an empty lot and a developer dreaming of 40 units. This blog has maintained its integrity with arm’s-length distancing and lots of honesty about the market here. A great group all around. LAist.com – Now the key cog of the New York-based Gothamist.com empire. The general interest L.A. hipster blog that skews towards thirty-somethings is nearly infallible on pop culture, but light on local politics, rarely challenging city political figures. LAObserved.com – Los Angeles news and sense of place, filtered, with healthy doses of leaked Spring Street e-mails, edited by oft-scolding L.A. media nannypoo Kevin Roderick. Also a group blog, including City Ethics Commish Bill Boyarsky. Loteriachicana.net – A popular blog written by a popular young Latina, Cindy Lu, often about Latino and Latina identity politics and being caught between classes and cultures. Lukeford.net – Everything you would expect from a loose-lipped, fearless Aussie expat and former skin-trade observer who converted from Adventism to Judaism and who keeps getting tossed out of synagogues. Told the locals that the mayor had separated from his wife back in January. Mayorsam.blogspot.com – Everyone in City Hall reads Jaycee nabob Michael Higby’s Valley-based local politics blog, often unhinged, often spot-on, featuring the likes of Higby, civic hyperactivist Zuma Dogg, and bloggers “Antonio Watch,” “Red Spot of Reason” et al. The cast of characters in comments often makes the show for some, and breaks it for others. WitnessLA.com – Before today’s abominations of justice become tomorrow’s political headaches, they pop up here, at author Celeste Fremon’s blog on street-level justice and injustice.– JM160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!