Does DTLA Developer Sense Peak?; Credit Union Caper to Court; In Hussle’s Wake; Arts & Culture as Cautions

It didn’t take long for the latest designs of Irvine-based MVE + Partners to provide a test of the current market for upscale residential rentals in Downtown LA, with two recently completed high rises going on the sales block. Grace, Griffin The architecture firm oversaw the creation of The Grace …

Whither Hussle & Flow?; Howard’s Marksist Evolution; Census Brings Distinction for OC; LAX’s Big Number; Why White Matters

Condolences to family, friends and community members feeling the loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom and made a mark with more than music under his adopted moniker in South LA. It’s been a while since gang-related crime has gripped the city’s consciousness and prompted the …

Another LA-OC Connection on College Scandal; MVE on Move; Milken’s Global Fire Hose; About Public Participation; RIP Rocco

Confusion continues about links between Los Angeles and Orange County when it comes to the ongoing college admissions scandal. The LA Times gave the story the top spot on its front page of Sunday, March 30, calling out financial executive-turned-fraudster Morrie Tobin of Hancock Park. Tobin The piece reported that …

Critics Miss Mark on Green Book; Violin Tells Tale, Stone Passes Torch at City of Hope Gala; Fisher’s Other Transition Game; LA’s Political Aristocracy

Wesson I’ll get to the recent and provocative claim by a lawyer for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson that begs the question of just what sort of witness the politician has turned into when it comes to the feds and their ongoing investigation of City Hall … and …

FivePoint Makes Change on Newhall; Oaktree’s Marks, Karsh Firmly in Place; Business Press Soft on Scandal; Still Asking on Homeless Shelter

Kudos to the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. and Chief Executive Holly Schroeder for giving proper thought to who would get the megaphone at its annual forecast on March 14 – a trio of well-chosen speakers who were just as engaging and informative when they got together for a …

Straight Talk on CCA’s Shiny Object; Behind Kedric’s Blue Door to OC; Haddad, Horne Head North

First a few words about the plan hatched by 14th District Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and approved by his colleagues for an emergency homeless shelter at a warehouse at 1426 Paloma Street, on Downtown’s industrial edge. City documents indicate that a nonprofit entity called Home at Last Community …

Lack of Answers Raises New Question: Is Homeless Program a Slush Fund? Will Callahan Change Domestic Equation? Chemerinsky Keeps UC Irvine in Mind; Donahue Brothers Do Their Bit for KidWorks

I’ll start this one with a clear reminder that anyone who tells you that the people of Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California must either agree to any proposal to provide shelter for the homeless or turn their back on an emergency is giving you a false choice. …

HHHell in a HHHandbasket?; Harsher Spotlight for Spitz; LAEDC’s Allen, OCBC’s Dunn Join Sabbatical Trend; ASU’s Hollywood Insider; CCA’s Surprise

Add this to the growing list of questions about how LA City Hall operates – and take it as a cross-section of the growing concerns about corruption and continued frustration about the lack of significant progress of homelessness. I’m talking about the deal proposed by 14th District City Councilmember Jose …

Pacific Council Prompts Question: WTH on Honduras?; Hoag Classic’s 2-Market Approach; Clock Ticks on DTLA Streetcar; Questions for Huizar, Garcetti

President Donald Trump recently declared a national emergency as a pretext for building the “wall” he’s promised at the U.S.-Mexico border. Partisans and the courts can hash out the logic and legalities of such an attempt. I’ll instead recall a December 13 event presented by the Downtown-based Pacific Council on …

Ezra Klein, Paul Musco & Today’s Working Class; Will Daily News, Register Owner Get Gannett?; Gross, El-Erian Make FT Sandwich; More ‘Unusual Circumstances’ for Huizar

Here’s a different view of diversity, courtesy of a couple of speakers who recently took separate stages in Orange County. One is a thirtysomething son of a university professor. He got a college degree for himself, now makes a living as a political pundit, and still looks as though he’d …