January 1, 2010 | 2:31 pm
A Syracuse grad and a Pennsylvania native, Mark Medina loves every minute of the California cool vibes and the always perfect weather, even when Angelenos occasionally freak out over the drop of rain and cloud in the sky. Before arriving with The Times in Sept. 2008, Medina had done extensive reporting and multimedia work with various publications, such as the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Syracuse Post-Standard, The Washington Times, Inside Lacrosse magazine and the York Daily Record. Medina has covered all sports, among the highlights including once following Tiger Woods for 18 holes, covering the Syracuse men's football, basketball and lacrosse teams, attending Redskins training camp and helping out with The Times' 2009 NBA playoff coverage. Nothing tops the latter experience as well as his current gig with running the Lakers blog.