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 …

City of Hope Puts $1B Behind OC Plan; Rising’s Ties; Lucy’s Return, Tom’s Tiger; Pete’s Push

City of Hope has increased the budget for its first comprehensive cancer center beyond LA County by five-fold. The world-renowned cancer treatment and research organization now envisions a $1 billion project anchored by 190,000-square-foot office and research facility along with a hospital at FivePoint Gateway in Irvine. FivePoint Gateway: One …

City Controller to Probe Paloma Street Deal; Sudden Exit at $57B County Pension Fund; Inside Stuff on USC, UCLA Business Deans; Doti’s Extra Drama; Beutner’s Third Strike?

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin has taken a first step toward investigating the city’s lease agreement and choice of an operator for an emergency homeless shelter in Downtown Los Angeles. Galperin Galperin’s move comes in response to SullivanSaysSoCal’s coverage of an inexplicably favorable lease deal worth $1.2 million for the …

What Garcetti Won’t Say; Primer About Politics of Homelessness; Mazzo’s LA Menu; CJ Group AEG’s Seoul Sister; La Verne as Laboratory

I want to start this week by giving you all a chance to consider some basic questions that Mayor Eric Garcetti and his staff failed to address and the mainstream media left hanging last week in the wake of City Hall spin that included a claim of record progress despite a …

Counterfeiting in Mix on Paloma; 206 Open Acres in Santa Clarita Valley; Overlooked in OC Office Market; Friends Give Hebrew Lesson; Long Beach Fish Story; Buchan’s Portfolio

Add a case of counterfeiting to the incident of money laundering tied to the landlord in line to receive an inexplicably favorable lease rate for a portion of a warehouse the City of Los Angeles plans to convert into a homeless shelter. Questions about the background of Moiz Kaboud cropped up in …

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 …

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 …

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 …