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SoCal in NYC—From Herald Square to Harlem, Highland Park to the High Line, Haddad’s Hustle to Mazzo’s Hooky

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time in Manhattan, where I seemed to bump into SoCal wherever I turned, starting with a …

More Questions on Ethics, Homelessness Programs in LA | Santa Ana Sideshow Obscures Case of Crooked Cop | Crenshaw’s Millennials Missing | About Brandman’s New Brand

Here’s the latest question about the ethics of public officials and homelessness programs in Los Angeles, prompted by emails among employees of the City …

Bargain Basement for DTLA High Rise? | Gehry’s Roman Road Should Lead to LA River Park | Kim’s Ambition | City Hall Hate Speech | SCNG’s Tardy Solidarity | About HK

Informed sources tell me that Downtown LA could soon get some help for its gap-toothed skyline, with talks about a bargain-basement deal for the …

Carter’s Tourniquet | County Concedes Conflict of Interest | LA Plaza Doubles the Fun | Just So in OC | Beanie Babies to Bocce | Has LA Times Gone Algorithmic?

Critics from various quarters are bashing U.S. District Judge David O. Carter’s order for the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles …

Sickly Silence This Side of Pacific | Non-Profit’s Inside Game | LA-OC Riptide as Waters Trims Porter’s Sails | Korek Gives Mid-City Museum Plug from UK | RIP Cuevas

It’s notable, here and now, that the silence of LA’s civic leadership in regard to public corruption pales in comparison to some courageous displays …

Feds Take Credit, Leave Vacuum on Streets of Santa Ana | Hope of the City Gets Artsy | Nixonian Cover for ‘Trumpoids’? | OC Still Red

Expect another shoe to drop in the case of a Santa Ana Police Department officer who recently pleaded guilty to federal charges of taking …

Ruscha Is OK | KCRW’s Other Ethnic Problem | Did Paloma Deal Violate State Law on Architects? | OC Black Chamber’s Template | Hoshi in FT | Soon-Shiong Shuffle

An overlooked fact about LA-based artist Ed Ruscha: He’s a proud Okie—and anyone in SoCal who isn’t familiar with that reference should Google the …

Ares Hands Neiman Mess to Pimco, Keeps E-Commerce Star | Westfield for Sale? | City of Hope OC Gets Social | Irvine Crayon Eater Crosses Over

The same recent bankruptcy deal that made investment titan Pimco in Newport Beach a co-owner of struggling luxury retailer Neiman Marcus also secured LA-based …

Garcetti Mum on Latest Link to Huizar | DTLA Primer Points to Tough Times | Moreno Ghosted on Trump Endorsement | Needleman Creed & SanTana Cobb

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti refuses to answer questions arising from an email that points to more questionable ties to Councilmember Jose Huizar, who …

Twitter Asks, Pac Council Answers, Beat Cop Raises New Questions | Catholic Response in OC | Danger in Cypress Park | Rabe to Redford to Ponti | Roy Warns Golden Boy

A skilled garment industry professional who lives in Downtown LA and goes by @mean2greenstrz on Twitter recently wondered why vehicles used by cops in …