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October 22, 2013 |
UCLA will appeal a decision that could force it to give up its baseball stadium on land leased from the U.S. veterans' agency. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero rejected a bid by the university and the Brentwood School to overturn his August ruling striking down commercial leases on the Department of Veterans Affairs' sprawling West Los Angeles campus. But he said the schools, which were not involved in the original litigation, could appeal the August decision. Otero's ruling Monday ruling means UCLA's national championship team will stay at Jackie Robinson Stadium, where it has played for nearly 50 years, through the 2014 baseball season and perhaps beyond.
October 17, 2013 |
Amid the vast sea of office buildings and industrial plants just south of Los Angeles International Airport, a new office campus is emerging with a 21st century look starkly distinct from its baby boom-era neighbors. While most of Southern California's office market remains stuck in neutral as businesses decline to expand, developers in El Segundo are about to risk millions of dollars building the offices. In contrast to its more monolithic neighbors, the new complex will have 15 office buildings of widely varying sizes and shapes intended to appeal to firms in the few sectors that are expanding, such as technology and entertainment.
October 14, 2013 |
Orlando Bloom has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month. Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called "Bling Ring" burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a double walnut door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space. The wooded three-quarter acre lot has a swimming pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.
October 10, 2013 |
Los Angeles may not have the biggest collection of technology businesses in the country, but it does have some of the coolest ones and they are expanding quickly. The region's deeply rooted entertainment industry is wielding new technology to create computer games, dramas for online video services such as Netflix Inc., wacky monologues for YouTube and amusing mobile phone applications people use to pass the time. "We have the fun, sexy tech," said real estate broker Hayley Blockley, who helps negotiate leases with entertainment companies and other creative firms.
October 7, 2013 |
Airbnb Inc., the short-term home rental service for travelers, has been issued a subpoena from New York prosecutors. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating whether people who put units on the Airbnb website are complying with state rental laws, Bloomberg News reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. Airbnb, which has become increasingly popular in Southern California, allows people to rent homes and apartments on a short-term basis as an alternative to hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 |
A judge Thursday said the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission appeared to have repeatedly violated the state's open-meeting law during its months of closed-door deliberations on USC's lease of the taxpayer-owned stadium. In pointed language, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said he was prepared to issue an injunction against the commission that would restrict what it could discuss in secret sessions and require it to record all of its private meetings for three years.
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September 24, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See note for details. SACRAMENTO -- Tuesday's federal order delaying a looming deadline for California to ease prison crowding comes with an edict that the state not sign any further contracts for private prison beds out of state. The directive comes one day after California signed a five-year, $30-million-a-year contract with Geo Group to lease two prison facilities in Kern and San Bernardino counties, giving the state room for 1,400 prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 |
The University of California has leased an Oakland residence for incoming system president Janet Napolitano for $9,950 a month, officials said Monday. Napolitano, the former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, will be provided the housing plus an annual $570,000 salary, $8,916 a year for car expenses and $142,500 for one-time relocation costs. Napolitano is scheduled to begin her UC presidency Sept. 30, with her office at UC system headquarters in downtown Oakland.
September 4, 2013 |
The mayor of Anaheim came away from Tuesday night's city council meeting convinced that Angels owner Arte Moreno is looking to leave the city the team has called home since 1966. But Angels President John Carpino said the team would use a three-year extension on the opt-out of its current stadium lease to explore ways to remain in Anaheim, not bolt. "Based on the city council's actions, we're hopeful a deal can be made and we can stay in Anaheim for many years to come," Carpino said before the Angels' 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
September 3, 2013 |
As the Anaheim City Council voted Tuesday to enter formal lease negotiations with the Angels, a consultant representing the city said owner Arte Moreno has emphasized he has the means to move the team elsewhere. By a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Tom Tait in opposition, the City Council voted to allow the Angels to opt out of their current stadium lease as late as 2019, rather than the current date of 2016. "The owner of the Angels has made clear in our discussions he has the resources and willingness to build his own stadium," said city consultant Charles Black, president of CB Urban Development in San Diego.