The power of local bloggers has even surprised me. Besides the effect on hot button issuses, they now appear to be having more influence in areas that get very little attention from the media. For the first time, a local official told me that this type of discussion about Arnold Alvarez-Glasman has had an effect. Glasman is city attorney for a host of SGV cities. But according to this person, “the local bloggers may have did him in” from getting hired as an attorney for a local city or agency. Now, that may be overstating the case, but it’s the first time I have ever heard of a purely local blog-driven discussion having that much effect.