Saturday Stroll Through Town
This is a diabolical purchasing/vendor story, and all the Times left out in its coverage was info about the purchasing and info about the vendor. I would bet that the original bids on this go back to the Huizar days, but that's just a guess.
And if that's the way they contract $95 million computer jobs, imagine how they contract all these pricey schools around town they're building.
Spread 'em: Daily News reports a big Valley raid on gangstas, targeting shot callas.
Downtown News this morning a little wispy on, er, downtown news. But it's that time of year---so am I. Lots in there however on Little Tokyo---a whole lot, including fragments of the New Otani sale drama (leaving me wondering why and especially how you hide the purchase price of a building---it's fruitless, and it's just viewed as more deception from a group you might already have reason to distrust). The top website story is on the greening of Skid Row.
That's Skid Row, dba and aka Don Garza's Central City East (which we link to because Notorious D-O-N has a link to the iPhone unlock guy, something the Times forgot to include in its own story about it---what's with the Times and giving up links anyway?).
You may not have heard, but Kathleen Nye Flynn left the Downtown News at the end of last month, to study at the prestigeous Columbia J School. Best of luck to Kathleen, who is very talented as a scribe, and best of luck to the Downtown News filling her Manolos (yeah, Manolos...she's a Manhattanite now!)
Madamina and I had dinner in Glendale last night. Does anyone know if that historic district motion passed? They're trying to make a preservation zone, Glendale's first, on Royal. But I didn't pick up the story---last I heard they were going to vote on it last Tuesday...
My opinion: Eli Broad's arts school at the base of Grand is shaping up as a complete eyesore. I know we can't argue taste, but the building he rehabbed at UCLA is a hundred times more fetching and dignified than this second cheesy Battlestar Galactica downtown. It's bad enough we already have one in the Cal-Trans building (call that one "100 Mayne").
And I'm no fan of the Disney Hall either; like most good sculpture, it's absurdly uncomfortable when used as furniture, and to sit in most space-strapped seats in the Disney Hall is to yearn for a concert to end, even when listening to music you like. Didn't we already learn everything we needed to know about Eli Broad when he brought thousands of homes to Orange County in which an oversized garage door is the signature architectural element?