So let me get this straight. A developer who can't afford to build a hotel and says it won't be successful in the current environment wants taxpayers to foot some of the bill. Developers of the billion dollar Wilshire Grand project want the City to provide financial assistance for construction and our fools Downtown are actually considering the idea. If the developers don't get the money their options "include shutting down the hotel and waiting for favorable financial market conditions, selling the structure or settling on development alternatives that would not include a hotel." Welcome to capitalism folks.
Walter Moore says that a combination of low voter turnout and growing stakeholder fury could be sufficient to toss incumbents such as Jose Huizar and Tony Cardenas off the City Council. But hold the phone Walter your fellow controversial former Mayoral opponent Phil Jennerjahn says "Not so fast." Jennerjahn correctly points out one not get their hopes up. Los Angeles voters have shown they have the ability to consistently elect and re-elect corrupt and incompetent politicians.
LA's true rail line to nowhere - the Metro Green Line - turns 15. CurbedLA in an effort to add some cultural hipness to an otherwise ho-hum story calls the Norwalk to Redondo Beach rail line the "Stephen Baldwin" of the Metro system. Must be true. The Green Line is the only rail line in LA that didn't have a label here on the blog.
Cooking writer Julie Powell saw her blog turned into the hit film Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep. TV writer Justin Halpern will now see his Twitter tweets about his father debut on CBS as a new sit-com starring William Shatner. So when is the Mayor Sam movie coming out?