Critics Miss Mark on Green Book; Violin Tells Tale, Stone Passes Torch at City of Hope Gala; Fisher’s Other Transition Game; LA’s Political Aristocracy

Wesson I’ll get to the recent and provocative claim by a lawyer for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson that begs the question of just what sort of witness the politician has turned into when it comes to the feds and their ongoing investigation of City Hall … and …

FivePoint Makes Change on Newhall; Oaktree’s Marks, Karsh Firmly in Place; Business Press Soft on Scandal; Still Asking on Homeless Shelter

Kudos to the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. and Chief Executive Holly Schroeder for giving proper thought to who would get the megaphone at its annual forecast on March 14 – a trio of well-chosen speakers who were just as engaging and informative when they got together for a …

Straight Talk on CCA’s Shiny Object; Behind Kedric’s Blue Door to OC; Haddad, Horne Head North

First a few words about the plan hatched by 14th District Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and approved by his colleagues for an emergency homeless shelter at a warehouse at 1426 Paloma Street, on Downtown’s industrial edge. City documents indicate that a nonprofit entity called Home at Last Community …

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. …

HHHell in a HHHandbasket?; Harsher Spotlight for Spitz; LAEDC’s Allen, OCBC’s Dunn Join Sabbatical Trend; ASU’s Hollywood Insider; CCA’s Surprise

Add this to the growing list of questions about how LA City Hall operates – and take it as a cross-section of the growing concerns about corruption and continued frustration about the lack of significant progress of homelessness. I’m talking about the deal proposed by 14th District City Councilmember Jose …

Pacific Council Prompts Question: WTH on Honduras?; Hoag Classic’s 2-Market Approach; Clock Ticks on DTLA Streetcar; Questions for Huizar, Garcetti

President Donald Trump recently declared a national emergency as a pretext for building the “wall” he’s promised at the U.S.-Mexico border. Partisans and the courts can hash out the logic and legalities of such an attempt. I’ll instead recall a December 13 event presented by the Downtown-based Pacific Council on …

LA Warms Up to Frieze; OC’s Billion-Dollar Elephant?; Ray Chan/Raymond Chandler; Double-Check Huizar’s Homeless Deal; Best Banh Mi

Have you heard about the upcoming art show Frieze Los Angeles? The buzz so far has been confined to reports on the art and artists–no doubt the stars of the LA edition of the festival, which aims to gain traction alongside sister shows in New York and London when it …

Ezra Klein, Paul Musco & Today’s Working Class; Will Daily News, Register Owner Get Gannett?; Gross, El-Erian Make FT Sandwich; More ‘Unusual Circumstances’ for Huizar

Here’s a different view of diversity, courtesy of a couple of speakers who recently took separate stages in Orange County. One is a thirtysomething son of a university professor. He got a college degree for himself, now makes a living as a political pundit, and still looks as though he’d …

Office Tea Leaves: Will Hulu Leave SM?; Bird in Santa Ana; Stewart Observes; LA Media’s NY State of Mind; LB’s Happy Blues; Mural Message

Plenty to ponder from the panel that took center stage at AIR CRE’s So Cal Market Trends & Forecast on January 23 at the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown … KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek moderated the talk for the member-owned commercial real estate network’s 26th annual event, with a panel of …

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 …