The LA City Council has yet again put off a vote on medical marijuana dispensaries. At issue is the debate over the limit on where the collectives could be located. A restriction limiting medical pot shops within 1000 feet of residential areas could effectively put them out of reach of many patients citywide. Staff has to go back to the drawing board to see what impact the registration may have.
The first benefit of the election of Paul Krekorian over Chris Essel to the City Council may have already been realized: the Council Wednesday delayed a vote on controversial DWP raises. Mindful of the message sent by voters, and the crushing blow to the IBEW in the bitter defeat of their candidate Essel, Council members are likely looking to tread lightly.
The economy is putting the bite on financing for the shady Downtown Grand Avenue project AKA monument to Eli Broad. Hamburger Jan Perry is fighting with the developer over altering the project while an LA County planner says the entire boondoggle should be scrapped. Paul Novak, a deputy to County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, told the LA Business Journal "We need to rethink what goes on that land and how the county and city can maximize their returns."
Following the gala Michael Jackson funeral at the Staples Center newly elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich told the City Council he had evidence of "criminal" wrongdoing related to the event. Yet five months later the City Attorney has not come forward with any charges or even the slightest detail as to what the hell we was talking about. In the meantime Trutanich's lack of action is standing in the way of the City receiving a donation from funeral producers AEG. Makes sense, AEG doesn't want to cough up funds to cover the city's cost if it thinks its going to be prosecuted for something. Trutanich's silence has even caused supporters such as Dennis Zine to call on the City Attorney to put up or shut up. The Council has called Trutanich to come forward and splain himelf; it appears Nuch has told them to take a hike.
And finally an interesting report in the LatinoLA blog. San Fernando Valley realtor Trish Bautista chronicles the evolution of how real property is sold to Latinos in Los Angeles. Thirty years ago, nearly impossible for Latino immigrants to realize the dream of home ownership, realtor George B. Izquierdo set out to connect Latinos to real estate services and founded Las Casas Realty based in Highland Park. Since then Izquierdo has become a leader in providing home buying, mortgage and related services. The secret behind his succcess? Izquierdo says "We can afford to be kind."