L.A. Planning Commission Holds First of Four Public Hearings for Archer School for Girls Expansion
Westside Today (December 9, 2014)
“More than 200 vocal supporters and opponents to Brentwood’s Archer School For Girls’ “Archer Forward” development plan packed University Synagogue on Monday for the first of four Los Angeles City Planning Commission public hearings.”
Google Buys 12 Acres in Playa Vista, Vastly Expands Presence in L.A.
Los Angeles Times (December 3, 2014)
“This is phenomenal news for the Westside and for the Los Angeles economy," said City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Playa Vista area. "It really makes and brands Playa Vista as the tech and innovation capital of Los Angeles."
Garcetti Says Housing Shortage, Minimum Wage Linked in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times (October 29, 2014)
"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in a speech at the LABC Mayoral Housing, Transportation & Jobs summit on Wednesday, unveiled plans to build 100,000 new housing units by 2021."
LA Recreation and Parks Commission Back Live Nation To Manage Greek Theatre
KCAL-TV (October 23, 2014)
“The city Recreation and Parks Commission backed Live Nation Worldwide’s bid to run the Greek Theatre Thursday...the contract would give Live Nation the right to manage and book acts for the performance venue and share some of the profits they get with the city.”
Why the Recent Rise in Reports of Sexual Misconduct at LMU Matters
The Los Angeles Loyolan (October 20, 2014)
“I am respectful. I stopped when I heard No. I listen to my partner every time. I will do my part to prevent sexual assault. LMU CARES, and I do too,” reads a poster hanging near the bathroom in the Loyolan office.
Andre Agassi Cuts Ribbon at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School Opening
News 12: The Bronx (September 23, 2014)
"Andre Agassi cut the ribbon at the new building at the Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School today. He visited classrooms at the new school, which also boasts a computer lab and music room."
Andre Agassi, In Nashville,
Embraces Investor-Led Approach To Help Schools
The Tennessean (September 17, 2014)
"The retired tennis great is a partner of Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, which has bankrolled 39 new buildings for charter schools across 12 cities in less than two years. On Tuesday, he celebrated the newest — Rocketship, an affiliate of a California-based network, which has opened a new elementary school with 450 students off low-income Dickerson Pike in northeast Nashville."
KNX On Your Corner: Playa Vista Runway
KNX-AM (September 12, 2014)
"They’ve waited years, but starting next month Playa Vista residents will have stores within walking distance to their homes. Megan Goldsby reports that’s when The Grove-style 'Runway' mall opens its doors."
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Frank Gehry Designing New Social Service Campus in Watts
KPCC-FM (September 11, 2014)
"The social service organization Children’s Institute Inc. is planning a new campus in Watts designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry."
Renters Can Work Downstairs at Future Marina Mixed-User
Curbed LA (September 2, 2014)
"The Marina Arts District continues to be a thing, with a groundbreaking on its latest addition, a $30-million mixed-user. Developer California Landmark (the hw, the bw) is building R3 Lofts, a 67-unit, five-story rental building, with more than 7,500 square feet of creative office space on the lower floors, which are intended to be used by tenants."
Olympians Help Push Renovation
Of Local Soccer Fields
KABC-TV (July 28, 2014)
"On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, a big announcement for an effort to renovate some local soccer fields was made...the youth sports organization LA84 Foundation has teamed up with the city in an effort to raise $10.5 million to renovate the John Ferraro Athletic Fields."
Koreatown Luxury High-Rise
Is Sold For $283 Million
Los Angeles Times (July 25, 2014)
"In one of the largest transactions of its type in the state this year, a luxurious new high-rise apartment and retail complex in Koreatown has sold for $283 million.The sale is a sign of Koreatown's rising status with young Angelenos and the desirability of housing near major transit lines. The complex, dubbed the Vermont, is at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue next to a subway station."
AEG To Consolidate L.A. Offices
By Leasing Former Warehouse Downtown
Los Angeles Times (July 8, 2014)
"International sports and entertainment behemoth AEG has agreed to consolidate its Los Angeles offices by leasing a historic former warehouse near downtown's LA Live...AEG will lease the entire brick and concrete structure at 11th and Hope streets that is being renovated by landlord Lincoln Property Co."
Charter School Build Gets $28M in Tax Credits
GlobeSt.com (June 11, 2014)
"Nonprofit lender ExED has secured $28 million in New Markets Tax Credits from the US National Treasury Department to develop a charter school serving underprivileged communities in Southern California. The fund allocation will allow ExED to develop at least three new educational facilities."
New Investment Firm Turner Impact Capital
Aims For Social Change
Los Angeles Times (May 14, 2014)
"A team of real estate investment executives has founded an investment firm called Turner Impact Capital that is intended to do 'good works' while returning strong financial returns for investors. The Santa Monica firm is led by Chief Executive Bobby Turner, who has a history of investing in real estate developments such as housing and shopping centers in urban neighborhoods that were overlooked or avoided by other financiers."
Union Bank Teams With LAUSD
To Open Student-Run Banks
KABC-TV (May 6, 2014)
Union Bank, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, opened student-run branches in two Los Angeles high schools, the first program of its kind in the district. The branches are part of an innovative program designed to provide students with real-world financial education and work experience.
Gov. Brown Issues Order To Increase State’s Drought Actions at LABC Sustainability Summit
KCBS-TV (April 25, 2014)
During his keynote speech at the 2014 Los Angeles Business Council Sustainability Summit, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to increase California's response to the drought.
Construction To Start
On IMAX Headquarters In Playa Vista
Los Angeles Times (February 27, 2014)
"Renowned big-screen cinema purveyor Imax Corp. is set to break ground Thursday on a new West Coast headquarters that will house two large screening rooms, offices and production facilities for moviemakers. The $45-million complex is being built in the commercial district of Playa Vista, a planned community south of Marina del Rey."
Garcetti To Lead Delegation On Trade in Mexico
KNBC-TV (February 19, 2014)
In partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Business Council hosted a visit led by the Secretary of Economic Development of Mexico City, ahead of the Mayor's trade mission to Mexico. The delegation met with business, community and government leaders to discuss opportunities in transportation, urban planning, trade, clean energy, and water supply and treatment.
IOC Member Discusses Sochi Olympics
KNBC-TV (January 15, 2014)
“Former U.S. Olympic athlete and International Olympic Commission member Anita DeFrantz sat down with NBC4's Whit Johnson to discuss the excitement and security concerns surrounding the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.”
Which Way, L.A.?: The Forum Is Back
KCRW-FM (January 15, 2014)
“When the Lakers and Kings moved downtown to Staples Center, ‘the music died’ at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. That's according to Mayor James Butts. Professional sports are not coming back, but the music is after $100 million in renovations, including world-class acoustics and theater seating."
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Patt Morrison Asks: Anita L. DeFrantz, America's Powerful Olympic Presence
Los Angeles Times (January 14, 2014)
"Anita L. DeFrantz has her bags packed for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...DeFrantz was a bronze medalist in the first Olympics that allowed female rowers, in 1976. In her "free" time, she heads the LA84 Foundation, a legacy of L.A.'s 1984 Olympic Games that has brought sports opportunities to more than 2 million children."
The Name Of The Game Is Music
At The New Forum
Los Angeles Times (January 9, 2014)
“Seasoned concert-goers who walk into the resurrected Forum in Inglewood after it opens Wednesday with the first of six Eagles concerts may be struck as much by what's missing as by what's been added to the 46-year-old former sports palace. It's the outcome of a $100-million investment by Madison Square Garden Co. as the New York firm's first West Coast venture.”
Capri Acquires Stamford Luxury Residential Building for $135M
Multi-Housing News (January 7, 2014)
“Capri Capital Partners has acquired 101 Park Place at Harbor Point, a Class-A core multifamily asset located in Stamford, Conn., on behalf of an institutional investor.”