Tag Archives: Hal Katersky

The Death of the 1601 N. Vine Project: A Video Tragicomedy about City Hall Corruption and Failure Starring Eric Garcetti

It was called the “Cesspool on Vine,” the “Vinegate Scandal,” a “fraud against the people” and the “poster child for all that’s wrong” with Community Redevelopment Agency — the entertainment office project at 1601 N. Vine St. that wannabe mayor … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops with the Fall Guy — Or Not At All

The LA Community College Board members responsible for the fraud, waste and mismanagement in the handling of $5.7 billion in taxpayer money escaped being held accountable by voters thanks in no small part to the financial help of the same … Continue reading

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1601 N. Vine: A Bill of Indictment for Fraud Against the People

On Wednesday, Herb Wesson’s City Council Committee approved the city’s gift of $4.7 million to developer Hal Katersky and his Pacifica Ventures company to build an office building at 1601 N. Vine St. in Hollywood, ignoring specific allegations of fraud … Continue reading

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Fraud or Mistakes? 1601 N. Vine Office Project Goes Forward — Again

In a 90-minute hearing on the 1601 N. Vine St. office project, a City Council committee on Wednesday exonerated controversial developer Hal Katersky and blamed the Community Redevelopment Agency for the project’s “troubling” history. With Alarcon walking out before the … Continue reading

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FIRST VIDEO: Hal Katersky to CRA: Give Me The Money

Controversial profiteer in runaway film production Hal Katersky appealed to the Community Redevelopment Agency Board on Thursday to live up to the terms of its deal to give him a $4 million gift (plus the $4 million more it has … Continue reading

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This Is Why the CRA Must Be Abolished — The Story of 1601 N. Vine St. As Told By Chris Essel

For her sake, one can only hope that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s lawyers advised Chris Essel of her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination before she put her name on this document as CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Twelve times … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage: Hollywood Farmers’ Market Threatened by City Hall’s Policies, Failures

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 19-year-old Hollywood Farmers’ Market will go on as usual Sunday morning though its future is in serious jeopardy because of City Hall’s policies that prompted officials to deny it a permit to operate any longer. Community protests … Continue reading

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Garcetti Waffles on the CRA-Hal Katersky 1601 N. Vine St. Project — Finally

Seizing the moment, City Council President Eric Garcetti admitted Wednesday for the first time that there’s problems with the controversial Hal Katersky CRA-subsidized office project at 1601 N. Vine St. in Hollywood. Garcetti brought the issue to the Council floor … Continue reading

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Garcetti Waffles on the CRA-Hal Katersky 1601 N. Vine St. Project — Finally

Seizing the moment, City Council President Eric Garcetti admitted Wednesday for the first time that there’s problems with the controversial Hal Katersky CRA-subsidized office project at 1601 N. Vine St. in Hollywood. Garcetti brought the issue to the Council floor … Continue reading

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Blinking Garcetti Needs to Give Up and Kill the 1601 N. Vine St. Subsidized Office Project

Poor Eric Garcetti, he must just be mortified by his inability to ramrod through the gift of $4.6 million of public money to Hal Katersky’s Pacifica Ventures and his union partners in a planned 8-story, $57 million office building in … Continue reading

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