Will Distractions Trump Westwood VA?; OCMA’s Mayne Material; Chinatown Stumble for Cedillo; Kroenke’s Over/Under

LA buzzed with word that representatives of President Donald Trump visited Downtown last week to size up homelessness in the heart of the city. Leave the hand-wringing coverage to the legacy media, and the political gamesmanship to elected officials and whatever nonprofits that play along. I urge anyone with sincere …

Something Wrong With Huizar’s Latest Picture; Forever 21 BK Break for South Coast Plaza?; Calle Adds GM at LA Weekly; Are Homeless Gentry’s Preference in Echo Park?

This item continues the theme that LA’s politicians and other public officials tell us all we need to know about the culture of incompetence and corruption that envelops the City of Angels. The latest example comes with what appear to be offered as before-and-after photos from the office of 14th District …

LA vs. OC in Battle of Billionaires; Garment & Citizen Finds Home at Huntington Library; Calle Keeps Quiet; LAHSA’s Tell; Mathews Looks at Leviathan

A battle between billionaires has spilled over the LA-OC line and will play out in San Diego, where there’s still plenty of politics to come before a new operator is named for the 13,000-seat Pechanga Arena. Anschutz, Samueli Call it LA Kings owner Philip Anschutz versus Henry Samueli, who counts …

SoCal Comfort: Baby Boomers Get Millennials; What Santana Didn’t Say; Red Flags on Case of OC Auditor; LACMA Gets Snap

The Baby Boomer cred rolled in from Downtown LA, the San Gabriel Valley and Irvine – a trio of top executives with enough gray in their hair and tailoring on their frames to look distinguished and command some deference in the ballroom of the Hilton Orange County Airport. The lineup …

How SoCal Counters Trumpism; Check Cedillo in Chinatown; UCI Claims Top Rank, Research Record; High OCTANe; Nisei Week Wackiness

Forget the talking heads of cable TV, yakkers of talk radio, blowhards of the blogosphere and thumbtacks on Twitter – everyday life in SoCal consistently makes the case that President Donald Trump’s loose language about immigrants from Latin-American lands is a disservice to the country. We hear a lot from …

Memo to Cedillo: It’s About the Money; Gascon Leans Toward Go; Arizona Influences on LA Media; Dunn’s Blue Note, Other OC Notes; Homage to Bukowski?

This simple inquiry went to a staff representative of 1st District Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo on the afternoon of July 16:  My questions pertain to the $2 million that Atlas Capital Group reportedly agreed to give to a fund controlled by Councilmember Cedillo through his public office.   …

Does Feds’ Focus on Money Laundering Point to Paloma Street? Weird Times in Chinatown; LB Update; That Kohlhaas Character; DTSA’s Design

The local legacy media all but overlooked a crucial note in reports of the latest raid of LA City Hall by federal agents, who most recently hit the joint on July 22, when they added the City Attorney’s office and the headquarters of the Department of Water and Power as …

Did DTLA Just Peak? OC Gathers Around Cancer Care; Garcetti Goes Ghost; GOP Women Aim to Reclaim; Guzman Swaps LB Port Duties for Costa Mesa Job

There’s one item about midway through this column that addresses the ongoing erosion of the public trust in Los Angeles. Federal agents emphasized the point as this piece was being prepared for publication, extending an ongoing probe to the LA City Attorney’s office and Los Angeles Department of Water and …

LACERA Serves Public Trust With Side of Rice; Oaktree Caution & OC Mortgage Mess; Pimco Power Hire; LAHSA’s Lapse & More

A public office is still a public trust. All public servants – elected, appointed and otherwise – are subject to that truth. The simplest and most profound way public servants can prove and maintain their respect for the public trust is to be transparent in operations and open in communications. …

Gascon’s Red State Cred; Can OC Shelter All Homeless Vets?; Huizar’s Whereabouts; LA CAN’s Star; Chapman’s Contrarian; Flanigan’s Foot Leather

Here’s some significant background to fill out reports touched off when San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said he is considering a bid to unseat Jackie Lacey for the same post in LA next year. Gascon, Lacey Gascon was a key member of LAPD’s command staff when William Bratton was …