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 …

Mayne’s Style as Social Commentary; LA Goes La-La on Hong Kong; The Real Deal’s Reset; Madness to LABJ’s Method? Responses on VA Report

Thom Mayne put a twist on the designers’ typical all-black outfit when he made the trip from his office in Culver City to Costa Mesa for the groundbreaking on the $73 million home of the Orange County Museum of Art. A small, white question mark – with no further comment …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …