October 21, 2012 |
Renters ruled the roost again in the third quarter as Southern California's office market remained flat even though some employers are expanding again. The bright spot in Los Angeles County continued to be the neighborhoods of Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista, where growing technology and entertainment companies are snapping up space, undeterred by rising rents. As one travels east, though, the picture grows more spotty for landlords. "It's like a wave heading out from Santa Monica," broker Josh Wrobel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2012 |
The imposing white U.S. Courthouse on Spring Street overlooking the 101 Freeway has hosted some of Los Angeles' most memorable legal dramas. Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin faced paternity trials there. The House Committee on Un-American Activities convened at the court for hearings on communism in Hollywood. In the summer of 1971, Daniel Ellsberg spoke out against the Vietnam War on its front steps as he defended himself in the Pentagon Papers case. But the grand courthouse now sits at the center of a political battle over its future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2012 |
Members of the Los Angeles wartime veterans group never thought they would end up in a home-front fight. That's what is happening at Patriotic Hall, however, as American Legion leaders battle to stay in the place they have called home for 87 years. Los Angeles County is wrapping up a $45.4-million renovation of the 10-story neo-Italian Renaissance landmark at 1816 S. Figueroa St. and is preparing to reopen it for use by veterans' organizations. But the American Legion and a dozen other veterans' groups worry that they won't be getting their old office space back.
July 15, 2012 |
The L.A. Mart, a 12-story complex in downtown Los Angeles, has been purchased for about $55 million by Glendale investors. The 784,000-square-foot property at 1933 S. Broadway is a combination design center, office and showroom, real estate brokerage Madison Partners said. It serves the interior design, gift and home furnishing industries. Los Angeles County also leases more than 140,000 square feet of office space at the L.A. Mart. Vornado Realty Trust sold the property to a limited liability corporation called PHR LA Mart.
June 21, 2012 |
Cui bono? That's what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asks. "Who benefits" from recent leaks of intelligence information to the media? The answer is obvious, Noonan writes, and therefore so is the source of the leaks: It's the folks in the Obama administration, who want to make their man look steely and steady at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. Noonan charges "high administration sources" with "diarrhetic volubility" that is "a real breakthrough in the history of indiscretion.
June 4, 2012 |
A little tic-tac-toe gave the Kings a 2-0 lead 15 minutes 7 seconds into the second period at Staples Center. Anze Kopitar connected with a pass to Dustin Brown, who chipped the puck on to Justin Williams. Brown got the puck back and found Kopitar streaking down the ice. Kopitar chipped the puck past goaltender Martin Brodeur. Dwight King scored the Kings' first goal on a pass from Trevor Lewis . King managed to slip to the net with the puck, but Brodeur smothered the shot.
June 3, 2012 |
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter had seen the Lakers' practice court in El Segundo before thanks to a friendly security guard who had the keys to the gym, so Sutter knew Sunday where to find their NBA championship banners and the 10 trophies lined up in the window of Lakers executive Jeanie Buss. A repeat visit only enhanced Sutter's wonder as he looked up from the court, which has been turned into the Kings' media headquarters during the Stanley Cup Final. "Pretty neat," Sutter said, with a warm smile.
April 25, 2012 |
Closing shortly after co-star Kevin McHale's nearby home purchase, "Glee's" Lea Michele has bought a bungalow in Hollywood for $1.4 million. The one-story house, built in 1920, sits behind tall hedges and has a gated driveway. The updated bungalow features French doors, an office, attic space, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. An outdoor dining pavilion includes a kitchen. Michele, 25, has played aspiring soprano Rachel Berry since 2009 on the television series. She will voice the part of Dorothy in the animated film "Dorothy of Oz," due out this year.