Email Points to Priorities Besides Homelessness for Prop HHH; OC Marks Mendez; Quick Math on AECOM; MVE Gets Plaque, Perspective

Recently uncovered correspondence from a Downtown property owner to a member of 14th District Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar’s staff offers another indication that the $1.2 billion Prop HHH fund that’s supposed to address homelessness has turned into a slush fund for special interests. The email pertains to a …

Vets to Take Battle of Westwood to D.C.; Pac Council’s Impeachment Balancing Act; Brandman’s Shout-Out; Raj Under Radar; OC’s New Hotel Equation

You could be in for a jolt if you think the vets who expect the Veterans Administration to live up to its obligations in Westwood have left their fighting spirit on the field. Word around the 388-acre campus along Wilshire Boulevard has the vets preparing to deliver a scathing report with what’s …

No Urban Legend of Bren as Newport Faces Homelessness; Global Angelenos; Irvine Gets Shaggy; Vets Vent; Congrats to Oaktree

You could read this as a tale of the ultimate 1%er. Bren You could take it as a case of privilege and power, the wages of wealth disparity, a holdover of old-timey Orange County. Or you could consider this a story of a community in action under the umbrella of …

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 …

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 …