How SoCal Counters Trumpism; Check Cedillo in Chinatown; UCI Claims Top Rank, Research Record; High OCTANe; Nisei Week Wackiness

Forget the talking heads of cable TV, yakkers of talk radio, blowhards of the blogosphere and thumbtacks on Twitter – everyday life in SoCal consistently makes the case that President Donald Trump’s loose language about immigrants from Latin-American lands is a disservice to the country. We hear a lot from …

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 …

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 …

Fresh Face, Focus in LA County Race; K-Town’s Mural Deal; Knock Brings Boost for Pimco; Chapman’s A+; McDonnell’s Coaching Tree & More

There’s an update on the Paloma Street deal that brings an odor of scandal to the City of LA’s plans for a homeless shelter Downtown farther down in this week’s column, along with some notes on various other sources of stink at City Hall. Some other news on local politics …

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 …