Michael LoGrande appears to be the odds on favorite to replace Gail "GPS" Goldberg as LA's new head of planning. LoGrande tells bloggers he plans to bring increased transparency and customer service to the Planning Department. The City Hall veteran appears to have the endorsement of Dangerous Enemy of Freedom Lisa Sarkin, grand doyenne of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. However Ron Kaye has a different response saying "They've got to be kidding."
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Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), the super agent on HBO's hit series Entourage, on Monday's episode made his pitch for an NFL stadium next to Staples Center in a case of art imitating life with even mogul Casey Wasserman playing himself (Wasserman in real life is pushing the same proposal with AEG as rivals to Staples Center partner Ed Roski's plans to build a stadium in Industry). In real life however Jonathan Wilcox writing at RonKayeLA calls the idea one that will not but should face scrutiny. Wilcox's main beef is if you loved the riots outside Staples following the Lakers win of the NBA championship last month you'll love the same from an NFL crowd five times larger.
Hamburger Jan Perry in true nanny state glory banned fast food in South Central because people there are too fat in her view. The notion that a lack of choices for healthy food leads to obesity is central to the nanny state mantra. Now Here in Van Nuys makes a very cogent argument that's bullshit; no matter where you live it all comes down to choices and personal accountability. In the meantime Walter Moore reports that the nanny state has gone violent with police making an armed raid on a raw milk dairy. Maybe some folks are starting to get it that accountability at the personal level is where it all starts.
Like the Dodgers before them the long running NBC crime drama Law and Order is moving from New York to LA. Veteran actor Alfred Molina will play a lead character, an LA County deputy district attorney. No word if Mayor Villaraigosa or Eric Garcetti will get walk on parts.
If you or Lindsay Lohan thought the actress would be getting out of jail this week you would be wrong. A Sheriff''s department spokesman told the LA Times Lohan won't be sprung at least until August 1st. Though Li-Lo was sentenced to 90 days no one expects she will serve anything close to that.