Category Archives: Development/CRA

The Antonio to Eric Handoff: LA’s Quality of Life Disaster — Deregulating Planning, Zoning and Building Code Enforcement

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former LA City Planner Dick Platkin, now Adjunct Instructor of City Planning at USC’s Price School of Social Policy, originally wrote this article on the devastating impact of the merger of LA Planning and Building and Safety Department … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Seeking the Straight Story on the Billions the State Confiscated in Abolishing Community Redevelopment

Twenty months after Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature abolished community redevelopment agencies statewide, local officials have gone through all the stages of grief — from horror to anger to confusion. Now they have reached the point where all … Continue reading

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AEG MOVIE ACT 4: “LA — Open for Business Or Up for Sale”

And the Oscar for political theater goes to … Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group for a brilliant performance running circles around LA’s politicians and bureaucrats and bamboozling the public with a fantasy of football, jobs and … Continue reading

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AEG MOVIE ACT 3: “LA — Open for Business Or Up for Sale”

The silence of the sheep was almost deafening throughout the two years of pretend negotiations between City Hall and AEG over an NFL stadium. A handful of activists with various concerns like Joyce Dillard saw it through the whole course … Continue reading

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AEG Movie Act One: “LA — Open for Business or Up for Sale”

The first thing you need to understand about government in America today is that the public story has nothing to do with what is really going on behind the scenes in the political back rooms. That’s why all these politicians … Continue reading

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of the AEG Movie: “Los Angeles — Open for Business or Up for Sale?”

Councilwoman Jan Perry’s committee to sell the public on the Farmers Field/Convention Center deal met for the last time Monday to provide the stage for a dress rehearsal before the climax to the show that would come on Friday in … Continue reading

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Say It Ain’t So, Rick Caruso — How Billionaire Got Property Taxes Reduced on the Grove Shopping Center

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reporter Randy Economy and owner-publisher Brian Hews of the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper broke the story about the scandal in County Assessor John Noguez’s office nine months ago. They followed up in numerous articles on how wealthy  property … Continue reading

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The Worst Call in the History of the Game: Bringing the NFL Back to LA — Not the Monday Night Football Farce

Of all the lies about Farmers Field that have been told over the last two years — and there have been some whoppers — the biggest by far is how we just gotta bring the NFL back to Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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LA’s Death Valley: AEG, Leiweke, Farmers Field and Council’s Uncritical Examination of a Deal Without Public Benefits

Union uber-boss Maria Elena Durazo told the City Council’s ad hoc Farmer’s Field committee Monday not to worry about Phil Anschutz cashing in on the billion-dollar-plus gift of entitlements he’s getting from City Hall because “extraordinary trust exists between AEG, … Continue reading

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Hoodwinked at City Hall or Co-conspirators? AEG Selling Out to Profit from Stadium Deal; LA Only Gets the Bills

“This was always part of the game plan. It’s the right time for Mr. Anschutz to find an exit strategy.” — Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, on the global sports and entertainment company being put up for sale … Continue reading

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