Index
Monday
Feb082016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (Inglewood): NFL stadium, commentary (Christopher Hawthorne): "Success of Inglewood's new showcase NFL complex depends on how it develops its surroundings" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne):  "Success of Inglewood's new showcase NFL complex depends on how it develops its surroundings" - From the LAT:

The feints, dodges, Potemkin stadium renderings and extended leverage plays are over. The National Football League — behemoth, cruelly skilled manipulator of cities and printer of money — is officially headed back to Los Angeles.

After a secret-ballot vote last month by the league's owners, the St. Louis Rams have won the right to leave the Edward Jones Dome, a facility frequently derided as decrepit and outdated though it's all of 21 years old, and move to Inglewood. The $2.6-billion-plus complex that the team will occupy there, designed by the Dallas firm HKS and due to open in 2019, is vast and ambitious enough to immediately join the new Wilshire Grand tower and a planned addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as one of the most anticipated pieces of architecture in the local pipeline.

Along with the stadium, which will have a maximum capacity of 80,000, the development will include a large, covered plaza, a 6,000-seat performance venue and (eventually) an extensive collection of commercial, retail and residential space. The design of the stadium itself, which will be sunk 100 feet into the ground and covered with a sweeping, translucent roof, is full of impressive — and impressively telegenic — touches. It is eager to look like no other football stadium in the country and at the same time . . . . . . . .

The challenge for HKS — and for Inglewood, to the degree that its political class proves willing to challenge the Rams and the NFL on the urbanism of the development — will be to knit the project into the civic and cultural life of the city rather than allowing it to emerge as one more glimmering, inward-looking Southern California enclave.

In that sense the planned development is very much a work in progress. While it's fairly clear at this point what will rise in its center, with the stadium and the performance venue tucked beneath that huge roof, the design remains fuzzy around the edges. And it's really around the edges that it will ultimately succeed or fail, especially where the fortunes of Inglewood are concerned .......................

Monday
Feb082016

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Housing, So. Calif., "L.A./O.C. has nation's lowest homeownership rate"; L.A., "Westlake Activists Lose Fight Against Restaurants, Bar Across From School"; immigration, "After recent ICE raids, sanctuary movement grows for immigrants here illegally"; business, "Bubble or bust: How similar is the Bay Area's tech boom to the dot-com era peak?" ...."; 

***Various items relating to politic/public policy/urban affairs....

* Orange County Register (Jonathan Lansner):  "L.A./O.C. has nation's lowest homeownership rate"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Bubble or bust: How similar is the Bay Area's tech boom to the dot-com era peak?"

* LA Weekly:  "Westlake Activists Lose Fight Against Restaurants, Bar Across From School"

* Los Angeles Times:  "After recent ICE raids, sancutary movement grows for immigrants here illegally"

Monday
Feb082016

POLITICS/LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): Proposed new Warriors arena, "A Bay Area battle over a proposed Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco"; San Jose, "San Jose voters: Get ready for 'El Nino' of tax pitches"; transit, editorial, "BART, unions should cut labor costs before asking for more taxes"; commentary (Matier & Ross), "Transbay Transit Center's finance boss lives in Colorado" ....

***Various items relating to politics and/or public policy in and around the Bay Area....

* Los Angeles Times:  "A Bay Area battle over a proposed Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Transbay Transit Center's finance boss lives in Colorado"

* San Jose Mercury News:  "San Jose voters: Get ready for 'El Nino' of tax pitches"

* Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune (editorial):  "BART, unions should cut labor costs before asking for more taxes"

Monday
Feb082016

POLITICS (National, Local/Chicago): Chicago, police: "Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues for 'extreme emotional trauma'"; "Cop who killed Quintonio LeGrier and neighbor sues teen's estate, claiming trauma"; "Chicago cop who shot mentally ill teen sues family for $10 mllion over 'emotional trauma'"; "Family angered over officer's lawsuit against estate of teen he killed"  

Monday
Feb082016

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Coastal Commission, ouster effort, Executive Director Charles Lester: Commentary (Dan Walters), "Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict"; editorial, "Coastal Commission should back down in effort to fire director" ....

***Governor Jerry Brown; California Coastal Commission, ouster effort, Executive Director Charles Lester....

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Coastal Commission should back down in effort to fire director"