Index
Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Development, downtown Los Angeles: "Architects' proposed design for Arts District skyscrapers would transform neighborhood"; also, "Tower development is proposed for L.A.'s Arts District: an 'opportunity for density'" ....

***Development, downtown Los Angeles, Arts District....

* Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne):  "Architects' proposed design for Arts District skyscrapers would transform neighborhood"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Towering development is proposed for L.A.'s Arts District: an 'opportunity for density'"

Saturday
Sep242016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District election: "Sparks fly in race between Janice Hahn and Steve Napolitano for Board of Supervisors"; also, "Dueling legacies in the race to replace Don Knabe o Board of Supervisors" ....

***Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District election:  Janice Hahn, Steve Napolitano....

* Daily Breeze:  "Sparks fly in race between Janice Hahn and Steve Napolitano for Board of Supervisors"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Dueling legacies in the race to replace Don Knabe on Board of Supervisors"

Saturday
Sep242016

SACRAMENTO: Fair Political Practices Commission, California Democratic Party, Governor Jerry Brown: "FPPC probes state Democratic Party for donations to Jerry Brown"; "Political watchdog launches probe into California Democratic Party over Jerry Brown donations"; "Probe into state Democratic Party's ties to PUC, PG&E and other utilities begins" ....

Saturday
Sep242016

MEDIA: Orange County Register, moving out of Santa Ana: "Orange County Register moving headquarters from Santa Ana to Anaheim in 2017"; also, "O.C. Register moving from Santa Ana to make way for development" ....

***Orange County Register, after 111 years in Santa Ana, paper moving its headquarters to Anaheim....

* Orange County Register:  "Orange County Register moving headquarters from Santa Ana to Anaheim in 2017"

* Los Angeles Times:  "O.C. Register moving from Santa Ana to make way for development"

Saturday
Sep242016

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Beverly Hills): Beverly Hills Garden & Open Space Initiative: "China's Wanda Group accused of funneling foreign money into Beverly Hills ballot measure"; also, "Hotel Workers' Union Complaint Alleges Wanda Used Foreign Money Against Hilton Initiative"  

* Los Angeles Times:  "China's Wanda Group accused of funneling foreign money into Beverly Hills ballot measure" - From the LAT:

A labor union representing hotel workers filed a complaint Thursday calling on state and federal election officials to investigate the potential illegal use of foreign money in a heated Beverly Hills ballot measure that has pitted the owner of the Beverly Hilton against a builder controlled by the richest man in China. Unite Here Local 11, the Southern California chapter of a labor union that represents 270,000 workers across North America, accuses China’s Wanda Group of funneling cash to a campaign committee established by one of its U.S. subsidiaries to oppose an initiative in the November election.

The ballot measure would allow real estate investor Beny Alagem, owner of the landmark and union-friendly Beverly Hilton, to bypass the usual public review to build a 26-story high-rise that would be the tallest building in a city averse to big developments. Opposing the measure is Wanda’s local subsidiary and its development partner, the Phoenix-based Athens Group. The two are building a $1.2-billion hotel-condominium project called One Beverly Hills adjacent to Alagem’s property on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.

Wanda and Athens formed an exploratory committee to fight Alagem’s ballot measure. It receives major funding from Lakeshore East Parcel P LLC, a Wanda entity behind a $1-billion hotel-condominium project in Chicago. Lakeshore East had no reason to get involved in the Beverly Hills ballot measure — except for as a proxy for the China-based Wanda Group, union attorney Gary Scott Winuk alleged in a letter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. 

Representatives for Lakeshore East could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for Wanda dismissed the complaint, which they have not yet seen ..................

***ALSO:

* Beverly Hills Courier:  "Hotel Workers' Union Complaint Alleges Wanda Used Foreign Money Against Hilton Initiative"