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 …

Reason to Wonder: Will Soon-Shiong Stick With LA Times?; What Sotheby’s Price Might Say; UCI’s Cup Runneth Over; Frankie Goes to Canada

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine aimed for the funny bone in his keynote address to the LA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the group’s annual Distinguished Journalists Award. He might have hit the heart of a larger matter. Pearlstine Pearlstine earned chuckles with a jab …

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. …

Hot Brand Out of DTLA Retail Picture? Banksy Swings on Broadway; Huizar’s Missing Money Trail; Ming Hsieh Confronts Caruso on USC’s Marshall Mess; Eye on Industrial

The much-ballyhooed arrival of tech accessories brand InCase to Downtown L.A. for its first-ever brick-and-mortar retail shop appears to be in question … Tarantino Word on the streets of OC and L.A. says that new leadership of InCase’s parent company Incipio Group—which is based in Irvine, and didn’t respond to …