This Road Trip Could Go Anywhere; LA Pols Cop to Corruption; KorAm Analysis; Has PSS Put LA Times on Ethical Edge?; Tough Cases From DRC to NB

What do you get when you cross “Wonder Woman” with “Thelma and Louise”? Who knows – but there’s an upcoming road trip with enough female firepower to inspire a screenplay that might fit somewhere between those two tales. Allred, Hill This one is a SoCal crossover, too. The cast includes …

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 …

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 …

$4 Million Question on Homeless Program; Ueberroth Still a Sport; Primer-Time for OC Mural; No Staples in Grand Magazine; Hicks Will Take Licks; Assessing EE

I’ll continue to question elected officials about the inexplicably favorable lease rate the City of LA will pay for space for a homeless shelter on Paloma Street … and the status of a $2 million gift from a developer to the office of 1st District City Councilmember Gil Cedillo … …