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NEWS Volume 41, Number 7



A City Hall lawn makeover, Nuch runs, and other happenings Around Town.



Getting the two sides of the heated argument over Downtown redistricting.

February 13, 2012

W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M

The 14 Best Athletes in Downtown


Ranking Those Who Make Crowds Ooooh and Aaaah Urban Scrawl on Valentine’s Day.


Another look at the end of the CRA.


A famous mural is coming back.


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(from left) Matt Kemp, Candace Parker, Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin regularly thrill Downtown Los Angeles crowds. by Dave Denholm


owntown Los Angeles is rich in many ways. While there is a lot of cash here, the area also has a wealth of restaurants, a plethora of bars and a boatload of things to do after dark. It wasn’t always this way, but it is now, and that’s a good thing. There’s another area where Downtown’s cup runneth over: exceedingly talented athletes. Given

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that the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks and USC football team all play in the area, local workers and residents have an unparalleled opportunity to see the best. Sure, UCLA’s football team plays elsewhere, but that’s not a loss. Still, there’s a question: Who are the best of the best? With an intensive scientific process (read: I watched a lot of sports and looked up some stuff on the Internet) I’ve come up with a ranking of

The Collected Writings of Antonio Villaraigosa

A look at an early Downtown pioneer.


Imagining the Mayor’s Post-Term Literary Pursuits


by Jon Regardie executive editor



illaraigosa said he’s going to take a break when he leaves office in 2013, telling the class: “I want to take a time out. “I want to write,” he said. “I want to speak.” —Los Angeles Times, Jan. 30, 2012 Fiction: Excerpt from The Man With the ‘Born to

Raise Hell’ Tattoo, by Antonio Villaraigosa: After vanquishing his enemies he felt refreshed, energized. They should have known better than to THE REGARDIE REPORT

cross him, to tell him he can’t plant a million trees or move America forward fast. He looked down, their bodies on the ground limp and useless, like lutefisk that had fallen to the floor.

Downtown’s 14 best athletes, from all sports. Here they are, from bottom to top. Valuable Players 14) Anze Kopitar: Straight outta Jesenice, Slovenia, the center for the Kings has been a team leader since joining the franchise in 2006. He’s an excellent two-way player who was named the squad’s best defender in 2011, even while leading see Athletes, page 10

He took a deep breath, listened to the quiet, savored the faint odor of Listerine Breath Strips. It smelled like victory. Despite the ferocious battle not a drop of blood had splattered on his $3,000 suit. It seemed like 2005 all over again, fresh off The Inauguration, before All The Evil had begun. He placed his left hand on his right bicep where the “Born to Raise Hell” tattoo had once been. It’d been erased from his skin, but never from his mind. He felt nearly six-feet two-inches tall. But what was that sound? He recognized the click of high heels on Italian marble and the whirr of a television news camera. Instinctively he flashed the megawatt smile. She stepped from around the corner, the brunette news reporter whose hair spilled over the shoulders of her Jil Sander suit like oceans of possee Writing, page 9

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AROUNDTOWN Council Green Lights City Hall Park Makeover


he damaged City Hall lawn is set for a makeover, one that will take a little green off the property for the sake of being a different kind of green. The renovation plan approved by the City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 7, calls for a 51% reduction in the amount of water-thirsty grass in the 1.7-acre public areas that were damaged during the two-month Occupy L.A. encampment last year. The cost of the makeover, which will replace turf with more drought-tolerant plants and permeable surfaces, while preserving the grassy south lawn for public gatherings, is estimated at about $390,000. The cost to simply restore the original landscape, city officials said, was $76,000 — far less than the $400,000 that Recreation and Parks officials had first estimated. The council action paving the way for the work also calls for a private fundraising campaign to help pay for maintenance, which will cost about $135,000 a year.

Chinatown Housing Project Breaks Ground


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nother project is moving forward in Chinatown. Officials said that work has begun on the $44 million Chinatown Metro Apartments, with completion of the project slated for the end the year. Tim Soule, project manager at developer Meta Housing Corporation, said the company broke ground on the development at 808 N. Spring St. in December. Soule said the 123-apartment project is fully funded, with money coming from sources including the Los Angeles Housing Department’s Neighborhood Stabilization program and tax-exempt bond financing. The


effort will convert two aged structures into a complex creating affordable housing for senior citizens. It is the latest Chinatown project to get underway recently. Last April construction began on the 300,000-square-foot Chinatown Gateway, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Mayoral Candidates Talk Planning, Design


hat does the city’s next mayor think about architecture? About urban planning? What ideas do they have in the realm of land use? These are some of the questions the American Institute of Architects plans to put before five declared candidates for mayor in the coming weeks. Ninth District City Councilwoman Jan Perry kicks off the free forum on Friday, Feb. 17, and is followed each Friday through March 16 by (in order) Austin Beutner, Kevin James, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. They’ll answer questions posed by Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and Bill Roschen, president of the city Planning Commission. Events start at 7 p.m. at the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium at the LAPD Police Administration Building, 100 W. First St. Register at

Speak Up on ‘Cornfield’ Park Plans


he public this week will get a chance to check out the plans and weigh in on the upgrades that are part of the $18 million renovation of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. A Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting about the future of the site still often referred to as

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the Cornfield is scheduled at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps headquarters at 1400 N. Spring St. Plans for the 32-acre facility on the edge of Chinatown include a welcome pavilion, a promenade for a farmers market, an amphitheater, some wetland areas and infrastructure improvements such as permanent restrooms. Construction is set to begin in 2013 with completion approximately 18 months later. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. More information is at

Trutanich Enters D.A. Race


ity Attorney Carmen Trutanich put an end to nearly a year of speculation last week, announcing that he is running for District Attorney. Although he had raised more than $1 million for the race since last April through an exploratory committee, he waited until Thursday, Feb. 9, to announce that he will seek the slot being vacated

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by Steve Cooley, who is stepping down after three terms. “I love my job as City Attorney, but I can’t do much to protect residents — nor can our local police and sheriffs — without a crime-fighting partner in the DA’s office,” Trutanich said in a prepared statement. Opposition came quickly from Alan Jackson, a deputy district attorney also running for the post. Jackson criticized Trutanich for breaking a 2009 promise to serve his full time as City Attorney; Trutanich and his then-foe Jack Weiss had each pledged to take out newspaper ads with the text “I am a liar” if either ran for higher office before finishing the job. In a statement John Thomas, a consultant for Jackson, said the Jackson campaign has designed a “Pledge to Serve” ad for local daily newspapers. “Even though he broke his word to the people of Los Angeles, I’m sure Trutanich plans to honor his sworn and signed pledge by purchasing the ads but we thought, ‘why not make this easy for him,’” said Thomas.

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EDITORIALS Don’t Hike Campaign Contribution Limits

Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis


he Los Angeles Ethics Commission is considering vastly increasing the amount of money that individuals can contribute to candidates running for office. Our response to this proposal can be summed up in three words and one punctuation mark: Don’t do it! The move would hamper the chances of noncareer politicians getting elected in Los Angeles. We can foresee a limited increase in the contribution limit, but going to the levels proposed would be a shot against fair elections. Since 1985, candidates running for city council have been allowed to accept $500 per individual per election cycle. People could give $1,000 per cycle to those running for mayor, city controller or city attorney. The Ethics Commission wants to boost the limit for council candidates to $1,000 per cycle and hike citywide limits to $2,200. The commission tried to get the measure passed Feb. 2 but held off when protests were lodged. The topic could come up for a vote at the Commission’s Feb. 23 meeting. The commission’s reasoning for the boosts is that the limits have not been raised in 27 years, that no increases for inflation have been taken. There are also concerns about competing with funds provided by super PACs. In a vacuum this sounds reasonable. However, in reality it virtually assures that machine candidate and those in office would benefit far more than any outsider. We fear it would continue the unfortunate trend we’ve been seeing recently, with office holders across the state hopscotching to new jobs once they are termed out of their current position. It’s hard to foresee results like the one that occurred recently in the 15th District, where political novice Joe Buscaino beat the connected state Assemblyman Warren Furutani. Hiking the levels to the rates proposed means the favored candidates would go down their lists of wealthy donors and double what they had received in the past, building an insurmountable war chest. While individuals sometimes give because they believe in a candidate, often it’s just the cost of survival. Business leaders know that they need an elected official as their champion for virtually any project or proposal. When called, they give to the max. Individuals might still donate to the newbies, but it would be much harder for the novices to compete. As for super PACs, those are far more likely to impact presidential, congressional or statewide elections than local races. The Ethics Commission also says that L.A.’s limits are far below other major cities. So what? Just because other cities do something wrong doesn’t mean we have to as well. By the way, there are already huge pots of money available for candidates. Here’s one Downtown example: In 2011, 14th District Councilman José Huizar took in $484,000 in contributions in defending his seat. He secured nearly 11,000 votes, which works out to $53.65 per vote. Do he and other candidates really need more money? Of course not. The Ethics Commission should go back to the drawing board and come up with more modest increases. The proposed levels are short-sighted and ill-advised.

Life After the CRA


os Angeles’ venerable Community Redevelopment Agency is gone, its demise spurred by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown’s move to quash these economic and social vehicles statewide was followed by an unexpected ruling on a lawsuit filed by a coalition of hundreds of California redevelopment agencies. Not everyone is crying over the demise of the CRAs. Some people have complained that, through the decades, many agencies drifted away from their core mission of removing blight. In Los Angeles, indeed in Downtown, there have been critiques that the CRA too often made moves that aided wealthy developers rather than the impoverished. At a recent Downtown luncheon, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky expressed a feeling shared by many critics when he opined that CRAs blew their golden opportunity, that they messed with a good thing and got greedy. There were critiques on the business side, too. Over the past decade, many Los Angeles developers and even some elected officials grew weary of or enraged at the agency. There were charges that the CRA and its mayor-appointed board of commissioners sometimes acted as a second Planning Department, demanding concessions or changes even if a developer did not intend to use a dime of city money (for more on that see p. 6). This resulted in accusations that the board leaned too far to the left politically; developers felt blackmailed. Frequently, however, the developers capitulated, knowing their project was dead otherwise. While we can’t comment on the role and function of the 400plus redevelopment agencies in California, the local CRA scored some major accomplishments in its lifetime. Many of these were in Downtown, and there are numerous areas where the agency and a handful of dedicated staffers will be missed. It was the CRA, after all, that enabled the creation of modern Downtown Los Angeles. In the 1970s and ’80s the agency, under the spur of Mayor Tom Bradley and his point man, CRA Chairman Jim Wood, a union leader interested in creating jobs and helping the poor, brought about the current Bunker Hill, the Central Business District and an enormous infrastructure to help low income and homeless people. It was visionary. As the community moved from a collection of aged Victorian houses and derelict buildings to a hub of skyscrapers Downtown’s future viability was assured. Thousands of jobs came first in the construction of the towers and then in the businesses that filled them. Without the agency’s leadership, and the tax increment funds that became available through the Bunker Hill Urban Renewal Project and its Bunker Hill Housing Trust, Downtown would not be what it is today.

As Brown led the charge to redirect CRA funds to counties and schools, it has been easy to forget some of the other Downtown projects the agency facilitated. After the deep, dark recession of the ’90s, the CRA helped make Staples Center and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels happen. Without the agency, Downtown might not have gotten the Market Lofts; the development includes Ralphs, Downtown’s first full-service supermarket in half a century. This is not to say that the CRA was perfect. There were multiple notable fumbles. In Downtown the effort to launch the Cleantech Manufacturing Center has landed with numerous embarrassing thuds. We understand why many would protest the agency’s investment in the parking garage for a coming $100 million art museum from Eli Broad (it hardly addresses blight, goes one argument; Broad is paying the entire construction cost of the coveted museum, goes the other). Additionally, various agency heads and higher-ups could be just as pointedly political as some elected officials. Where there are money and egos, there are power plays. The redevelopment agencies were dissolved on Feb. 1, and the city is still trying to figure out exactly what happens next. A great deal of uncertainty remains. A three-person committee chaired by Nelson Rising has the monumental task of winding down all agency affairs — they’ll figure out what to sell, how to pay existing bond debt and work out a payment schedule, among many other things. As this occurs, the city needs to make one serious matter a front-burner issue: What happens with all the housing projects, in particular the low-income developments, that traditionally relied on CRA funds? Los Angeles Downtown News recently reported on how CRA dollars regularly proved crucial for low income and permanent supportive housing projects in Skid Row and other communities. Often the agency’s impact was not only in how much it gave, but when. A spokesman for the now defunct agency said that each CRA dollar yielded nine additional dollars from foundations or governmental organizations. The city needs to determine where that money will come from in the future. What system will arise to ensure that worthy projects get funding and that the money is spent responsibly? This is an issue of major importance to Downtown. The area contains Los Angeles’ largest concentration of low-income housing, and CRA funds helped update decrepit old buildings and erect new structures. The CRA’s time has come and gone, but the need for some of the services that it provided has not.

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three Council Districts must gain more than 66,000 residents, far exceeding the expansion necessary in any other part of the city. At the same time, Council District 9 is over-populated and must contract by 8,629 residents. Council District 14 is being pushed down from the Northeast, making GUEST OPINION Downtown the inevitable release valve. description, and is also a complex and im- CD 9’s area of Downtown has experienced portant mosaic of all the proud triumphs, wonderful things under Jan Perry’s leaderheartbreaking difficulties and ongoing chal- ship since 2001. Downtown is a better place lenges our city has experienced through its thanks to her service, which will end due to many decades of growth. term limits in 2013. I commend her for her More importantly, Downtown is a com- efforts. munity — a “community of interest” — de- Similarly, in CD 14’s portion of Downtown fined as much by its clear, geographic bound- we have brought hundreds of jobs, multiple aries, within the loop of freeways and a river, venues and numerous services to Downtown as it is by its strong sense of community, through my Bringing Back Broadway initiawhich weaves together all of its neighbor- tive. I fought and won a battle to preserve hoods and neighbors. The Downtown com- and expand the Arts District, opened the first munity deserves to be united and only city park in Skid Row for children through the redistricting pro- and have worked closely with the Fashion cess under one council dis- District on their priorities. trict. I can continue to serve CD 14 for seven 5 Council District 14 cur- more years, until 2019, ensuring Downtown’s rently represents about 40% 50,000 (and counting) residents, thousands 10 of Downtown. The city’s of businesses, 500,000 workers and millions Redistricting Commission’s of annual tourists a cohesive, progressive vision for a united Downtown that will serve our entire city for generations. Fact: Downtown should benefit all of L.A. To insist on the inclusion or exclusion of Downtown into any specific district based on an adjoining community’s reliance upon 60 Downtown for economic support makes little sense. All of the communities surround710 ing Downtown face similar challenges of 5 poverty and other socio-economic barriers. In fact, CD 14, under the existing and proposed maps, has four public housing projects in close proximity to Downtown. Under the proposed maps the median household in5 come is relatively similar for all council districts in the area. 10 During the era of the great Councilmember Edward R. Roybal, Downtown was in a council district that attached itself to Boyle Heights on the east and Pico/Union on the west. The proposed map solidifies the long (top) The current map of and storied connection between Downtown City Council boundaries and the city’s eastside, just one of the many places much of the western neighborhoods that Downtown has been athalf of Downtown in the tached to in the past. Ninth60 District and the But historical connections are not reaeastern portion in the 14th. A proposed new map son enough to make an important de710 5 (below) would put the vast cision regarding redistricting. My belief is majority of Downtown in Downtown Los Angeles is an economic enthe 14th. gine that should benefit Angelenos from all draft map places almost all of Downtown in over the city — from South Los Angeles to Council District 14 while leaving the Fashion the San Fernando Valley, from the Westside District divided between Council District 9 to the Eastside and all points in between. and CD 14. South Park and the Convention Downtown is the heart of our great city. It Center/L.A. Live area are also in CD 9. should be that for all of its people. Certainly change can be difficult, but in the Fact: Redistricting is not about the past, sea of hyperbole related to redistricting, it is it’s about the future. Downtown is a comimportant to discern fact from fiction, and munity of interest and the time has come to actualities from exaggeration. unite it under one council district. No longer Fact: Populations must be balanced. should residents and businesses have to be The 2010 Census found that CD 14 is un- concerned with invisible lines running down der populated by 20,267 residents and must the corridors of Downtown, creating confuexpand to be in compliance with federal law sion or a potential lack of accountability for and the Voting Rights Act. CD 14’s expan- decisions made in one district, which impact sion options are limited. It is boxed in to another one just across the street. the north, between Glendale and Pasadena, Looking at the facts and the future opporand abutted along the entire eastern edge by tunities for improvement in Downtown, I non-L.A. municipalities such as Alhambra, come to one conclusion: Downtown should South Pasadena and unincorporated East Los be unified under Council District 14. Should Angeles. the Redistricting Commission agree, I am Northeast Los Angeles, where CD 1, CD excited about the possibilities and would be 13 and CD 14 share boundaries, leaves no honored to serve, uphold and realize the inopportunity for CD 14 to expand. CD 1 terests of this special community. needs to gain just under 20,000 residents and José Huizar represents the 14 District on the CD 13 needs 26,000 more. Collectively, the Los Angeles City Council. very great city has a single Downtown — an area considered the heart of a city — that is its economic engine, its jobs and business center, its cultural and urban core. Downtown Los Angeles fits this

Angeles. We have seen the results of this partnership push investment along the corridor through the introduction of BYD, a Chinese electric car company, and a new Fiat dealership. This kind of synergy has made the Ninth District a great success story. I am faced with term limits, and as such I am asked why I care about redistricting. I care deeply about the future of the people I represent. There is no guarantee that any elected official will serve a full term in office. Many leave before their council term ends to achieve higher office. I have faith in the people of the Ninth District and their ability to elect a candidate who represent their interests. It is their time to do so; they will and should have high expectations for the person whom they elect. They have endured decades of waiting on the vision set forth by Mayor Tom Bradley that investment and development in Downtown Los Angeles should yield benefits for all. That time has come. Don’t cut the momentum short. Jan Perry represents the Ninth District on the Los Angeles City Council.




population change, keep communities of interest together, and ensure that the will of the people is heard. Unfortunately, what happens, time and time again, is a power grab which has very little to do with the people of Los Angeles. Sadly, this is what has happened, and Downtown Los Angeles has become the innocent bystander. The two legal concerns in redistricting are population imbalance and the Voting Rights Act. Compliance can be easily achieved without tearing Council District Nine apart. The central question for this redistricting is whether Downtown should remain in District Nine. I firmly believe that it should and it must for reasons having to do with maintaining communities of interest and the relationships that have grown over the years. First, and foremost, the census numbers do not merit a dramatic shift in the Ninth District’s lines. According to the latest census, District Nine only exceeds the ideal district size by about 1.9% of the total population (approximately 8,000 residents). This means that, while a shift in boundaries may occur, the data supports only minor changes. In fact, instead of severing Downtown from South Los Angeles, minor changes to the map could make Downtown whole in the Ninth District, reversing decades of gerrymandering that has been a result of political interests that have taken precedent over the pragmatic process of drawing district lines. If the intent is to unite Downtown into one district, why have key portions of Downtown — places like L.A. Live and the Figueroa Corridor — been left out of the equation? Second, the process must respect the will of the people and the historical foundation by which alliances and partnerships are built. For well over half a century, Downtown Los Angeles has called the Ninth District home; currently, it represents threefourths of Downtown’s population. What the Redistricting Commission proposed for Council District Nine in the recent draft maps disregards this legacy and the historic, cultural and economic realities of this important district. Downtown Los Angeles has enjoyed unprecedented growth in the past decade. It has seen $15 billion in private investment with 90,000 jobs created. Business and nonprofit communities have come together to address homelessness and worked with affordable housing developers to create thousands of units of new housing. Downtown has become a great source of pride and is the economic trendsetter for the city of Los Angeles. This has not happened in a vacuum. Instead, this has been the result of dynamic partnerships — connections made between the Civic Center, Little Tokyo, Central City East, the Historic Core, the Financial District, South Park and the Figueroa Corridor. All of these communities have historically worked together to bring about change and to advance an agenda that has assisted retailers, investors and residents across the economic spectrum. The Ninth District is the bridge that links the communities of Downtown with southern portions of Los Angeles — an area rich with economic, cultural and racial diversity.

In fact, the diversity of this district drives this part of the city forward, and it is diversity that is at risk in this redistricting. The current configuration promotes the best opportunities for growth, higher density living, and a public-transit oriented future that will improve Downtown and its adjacent communities in the southern part of the district. Separating the two major partners in the continued vitality of this 2 area is wrong-headed and ill-considered. Severing Downtown from South Los Angeles will have the effect of creating the poorest council district in the city and isolating Downtown neighborhoods from their existing partnerships. A prime example is the Figueroa Corridor, which has experienced great investment due to the TEM PLE ST between Downtown and South Los synergy



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very 10 years, the City of Los Angeles goes through the process of redrawing district lines as a result of the U.S. Census. It is a process that on the surface seems simple — make slight shifts to address


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Some Cheer End of CRA Although Touted as Economic Driver, Land-Use Experts Say Agency Slowed Development by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


he dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles has many lamenting the loss of a major civic economic engine. In some land-use and private sector circles, there is a vastly different opinion. Many real estate attorneys and developers are quietly cheering the death of an agency that they saw as little more than a highly politicized bed of bureaucratic quicksand where private projects were sunk, slowed or saddled with extra costs. “Based on my direct experience, I found the CRA to be just another difficult layer of review that was duplicative of what had already been approved by the city Planning Department,” said attorney Ben Reznik, who chairs the land-use department at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell. Few dispute the CRA’s role as a crucial driver of affordable housing. In its 64-year existence, the agency spurred the creation of more than 25,000 units of low- and moderate-income residences. It is also regularly credited for helping develop Bunker Hill and for facilitating projects such as Staples Center. As state and local officials begin to shutter the agency, it has some $300 million in property tax revenues invested in active development projects valued collectively at an estimated $3 billion, CRA spokesman David Bloom said. Firms that take CRA funds typically agree to build projects with an array of community

benefits, from setting aside a certain number of affordable housing units to creating open space to hiring locally. The agency’s board of commissioners, however, often required the same kinds of community benefits from some developers not seeking public funds. O’Malley Miller, a landuse expert at Munger, Tolles & Olson, said that by imposing such social benefit requirements on privately financed real estate endeavors, the CRA sometimes obstructed projects. “Nobody’s building anything in this economy, but if there were projects coming forward, I’m sure having one less hurdle would be advantageous,” Miller said. Projects that met city planning regulations, and therefore didn’t require a land-use variation such as a zone change or density bonus, did not require CRA board approval, unless they sought agency funding. But since the city’s zoning code hasn’t been significantly updated since 1965, most large-scale developments need special approvals. As a result, many large projects ended up in front of the mayor-appointed CRA board. The picture of the CRA as an impediment to development, as seen primarily by private sector developers, is not new. Nor is the counter-argument, which over the past decade has often been voiced by Madeline Janis, who was appointed to the board of commissioners by Mayor Jim Hahn in 2002 and reappointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2006. “What I would consider comparatively the nuisance of having to get changes of use and

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Although the Community Redevelopment Agency played a key role in spurring the development of Bunker Hill, some developers in recent years have claimed that the agency could be an obstruction to progress, and often acted as a second city Planning Department. Former CRA officials reject the claim.

land use permits through another agency is small compared to the benefits,” said Janis. Whatever hurdles the CRA may have presented may not disappear with the agency anyway: The mayor and city council, after all, retain ultimate control over discretionary land use issues, said CRA spokesman Bloom. “Every CRA board member was a mayoral appointee and every project was vetted carefully by community members, office holders in that area and other stakeholders,” Bloom said. “Nothing that the agency did happened in a vacuum. The council had ultimate control. It always did and always will.” Brain Drain Not all developers butted heads with the CRA. Some, in fact, came to prize the agency’s staff and its expertise in orchestrating complex developments that would satisfy public demands and private interests. “Although the CRA on the surface was another layer of bureaucracy, losing them feels like the loss of a mentor or a teacher,” said

developer Sonny Astani, who needed a density bonus from the CRA in order to build his Concerto residential buildings in South Park. Astani agreed to include a public paseo between the two Concerto structures to improve pedestrian connectivity, which at the time was a goal of the agency. “They were smart, cultured technocrats with street savvy and attitude,” Astani said. The CRA formally dissolved on Feb. 1, but the organization’s 187 employees remain on staff to function as part of a successor agency. The employees are now charged with administering contractual obligations and with selling off assets. Current agency employees are signed to a labor contract that expires June 30. It is unclear how many staffers will be rehired to work with the successor activities, but given the state’s mandate that redevelopment activities be swiftly shut down, layoffs appear likely. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Managing a Mural Siqueiros’ Classic ‘América Tropical’ to Open Soon, But Some Question Whether Group Can Oversee the Masterwork by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


exican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros’ “América Tropical” has never lacked for controversy. Now, 80 years after it was created, and following decades of attempts to restore it, the 18-by-80-foot artwork is again at the hub of uncertainty. This time the issue isn’t whether it should be shown to the public, but rather who will be in charge of showing it. A nearly $10 million effort to conserve the mural and create an educational component with it is nearly complete. It has been led by the J. Paul Getty Trust, which provided $3.95 million and oversaw the work. The city gave $6 million for the effort at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The mural will likely be managed by Amigos de Siqueiros, a politically connected group established in 2008. However, that is not assured, and concerns have been raised about the group’s ability to secure the money necessary to showcase “América Tropical” and run a nearby “interpretive center.” “My concerns are that the city is going to entrust a valuable asset to a group that has no history being able to raise funds,” said David Louie, a member of the El Pueblo Board of Commissioners, the mayoral-appointed citizens panel that must approve any management deal. Since its formation four years ago, the group has raised less than $50,000, and has assets of $22,626, according to figures provided by Community Partners, which helps groups trying to form nonprofit organizations. Amigos de Siqueiros is working with Community Partners. During a Jan. 12 meeting of the El Pueblo commissioners, Louie cast the sole vote against authorizing El Pueblo’s general manager to begin negotiations with Amigos de Siqueiros. Although the ballot was 4-1, five votes are needed to move the deal forward (three board members were absent). It is unknown when the matter will come up again. “América Tropical” is slated to go on view as early as this fall.

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Details of the nearly $10 million Siqueiros Mural Interpretive Center and conservation project were posted in front of the mural during a groundbreaking ceremony last year. photo by Gary Leonard

“América Tropical,” an 80-year-old mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, is behind a protective covering on the second story wall of the Italian Hall.

About Partnerships Despite last month’s vote, Amigos officials said they are confident that they can partner with the city and raise enough money to manage the mural project, which will be accessible via a new platform. “This is about a partnership, not about us taking sole ownership,” said Dalila Sotelo, co-chair of Amigos de Siqueiros. “We are absolutely committed to doing this. We are exactly where we want to be.” While the Getty is overseeing the conservation and will handle future maintenance of the artwork, it will have no role managing the interpretive center. Sotelo said Amigos de Siqueiros has an ongoing fundraising campaign and aims to have $50,000 by the end of 2012. She said she expects fundraising will be easier once the group has a formal contract with the city. Chris Espinosa, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s director of

capital projects, said Amigos’ contributions would be considered supplemental services, and that if they fail to raise enough money to meet their goals, the city would pick up the slack. On its website, the group lists goals including providing financial support and management and operations plans for the mural and the related facilities. The mural was painted by Siqueiros in 1932 on a secondstory wall of the Italian Hall. It depicts a Mexican Indian crucified on a cross under an American eagle. Two sharpshooters are taking aim at the eagle. Civic leaders deemed “América Tropical” too revolutionary, and by 1938 it had been painted over. For decades, local officials talked up plans to restore it, but none came to fruition until 2006, when the Getty and the city reached their accord. The deal called for conserving the mural, building a protective shelter and viewing platform and opening the interpretive center in the nearby Sepulveda House. see Mural, page 12









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n Wednesday, Feb. 8, more than 800 people flooded City Hall to voice their opinions on proposed maps that would vastly change the City Council boundaries in Downtown. Initial maps would take much of the community out of Councilwoman Jan Perry’s Ninth District and put it in Councilman José Huizar’s 14th. Approximately 180 people submitted comment cards to speak before the city’s Redistricting Commission in a meeting that lasted nearly five hours. This is a sample of the testimony. (Comments have been condensed and edited for clarity.) Yuval Bar-Zemer, Arts District developer: “I think we should leave the politics aside. Today we have one council member. Tomorrow we’ll have another. At the end of the day Downtown should have single representation. The proposed map is a good step in this direction.”

Deon Joseph, LAPD senior lead officer for Skid Row: “Jan Perry is not just a councilmember for Skid Row, she’s more like a family member. The last challenge we need is to be without her leadership, her wisdom and her genuine love for the people. I’m hoping against hope that she will remain my council member.” Michael Delijani, Broadway theater owner: “I believe Downtown has been divided for too long. It’s time to unite different communities of Downtown, therefore I strongly support the proposed draft of Council District 14 unification of Downtown.” Tom Gilmore, Old Bank District developer: “When the maps were released, at first I was very shocked by what I saw and what had been done to the Ninth District, and then I realized it’s not so shocking. The Ninth District has done so well in the last 10 years, Downtown has done so well in the last 10 years, and I could understand why people would want to take it, but it’s not for sale. Don’t do it.”

Bill Cooper, Downtown real estate agent: “We know that the southern edge of Downtown is the 10 Freeway. This is the natural boundary. Homeowners in Downtown should be able to have fair and effective representation by one council member. It’s not about economics, it’s about our neighborhood. For those of you who love Jan Perry as I do, she’s termed out, so I would rather see you guys go with an amazing man, José Huizar.” Edward Flores, Olvera Street merchant: “Olvera Street is a community that exists in the birthplace of this great city of L.A. We consider ourselves a community operating within the greater community of Downtown L.A. It makes sense to us that CD 14 should be expanded into Downtown.”

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for three days. He remembered back when he was mayor of a small cow town. Maybe coming to Los Angeles had been a mistake. Now he was on his third whiskey, three fingers each time. Another whiskey landed with a thud on the scratched table in front of him. It was attached to a hand with long red fingernails. “Are you detective Tony?” the holder of the hand asked in a doe voice. She said her name was Veronica, but he knew it was a fake. He mentally IDed her as Trouble. Her raven curls reminded him of one of those TV reporters, the dames always trying to pry information out of the clueless police gumshoes. It might work on them, but he’d seen her kind before. She told a story about a brother who’d gone missing, saying the kid went to City Hall to ask about getting water rights for a project. She hadn’t heard from him in four days. Tony didn’t believe a word of it. He’d been around the block too many times. He wasn’t sure what her story was, but he knew the one she was telling wasn’t it. He knew he shouldn’t take the case, but he needed the money and he wanted to help others — that was his burden. Then another whiskey landed, and this time the hand with the red-painted nails moved from the glass to his arm. It rested there. His wife had left three years ago. Sometimes he thought he could still smell her perfume. “I’ll take the case,” he said. A media troll at the bar perked up. That’s when the trouble started. Poem: “Atlas on the Third Floor,” by Antonio Villaraigosa They are unaware Of the decisions The choices

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Mural Continued from page 7 Amigos de Siqueiros was established two years later. Its board of directors includes powerful business leaders such as restaurateur Andy Camacho. It also counts a swath of influential local leaders as honorary board members, among them Villaraigosa, County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Assembly Speaker John Perez and 14th District Councilman José Huizar. Also on the honorary board are actors Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and Martin Sheen. Still, the board and its supporters have yet to provide deep coffers. El Pueblo General Manager Robert Andrade said that it will cost at least $100,000 a year to run the center, with expenditures for security, maintenance, custodial services and guides. “In the long run what needs to happen is that we’ll need a ‘Friends of’ group helping to

support it,” Andrade said. He noted that it is similar to what occurred with other El Pueblo projects. When the 7,200-square-foot Chinese American Museum opened in 2003, its nonprofit support organization had raised about $1.5 million for the venue’s operational costs, said Michael Duchemin, CAM’s interim executive director. The group has since raised another $4 million and provides about $500,000 annually to help run the facility. A Friends of the Italian Hall group has been working on plans for the project slated to open in 2013. The organization has secured $2 million for a facility that is estimated to have $300,000 in annual costs. They aim to have $4 million in hand by the opening date. Getty officials would not comment on Amigos de Siqueiros or its fundraising ability, stating that their contract calls for the city to handle operational tasks. Huizar, whose district includes El Pueblo, said he supports Amigos de Siqueiros and thinks it should operate the interpretive cen-

ter. He added that since the city and the Getty are funding the project, the $50,000 Amigos has raised without an official management contract is “not bad.” “What we should be working on now [are] the details of the official agreement — anything else is a step backwards and will only further delay a project that the public has waited long enough to see and enjoy,” he said in an email. Others in the nonprofit sector backed Huizar’s assertion. Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, noted that getting big names involved can make a project easier. “A lot of it has to do with the confidence the funders have in the organization’s leadership and who’s behind it,” she said. However, even El Pueblo figures who support the deal are not yet fully comfortable with Amigos de Siqueiros. Commission member Lisa See voted in favor on starting negotiations, but expressed concern that the organization is still working under the um-

brella of Community Partners, rather than standing on its own. “Being a [nonprofit] shows an ability to organize, to do the same kind of things you need to do to raise money,” she said. Hanging over the process is the track record of a nearby project. In April, the $27 million LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes opened. Although it also had a powerful board, it fell into financial turmoil within months of its launch. Half of the staff has been laid off. “We have an example of something with a lot of support when fundraising did not work right across the street,” See said. Sotelo hopes to assuage those concerns, saying Amigos de Siqueiros plans to gain nonprofit status. However, she said the timing of that depends on the pace of negotiations with the city. In the meantime, construction continues on the site as a new unveiling approaches, nearly 80 years after the mural was completed. Contact Richard Guzmán at

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The Lady and the Land Arcadia Bandini Was a Dominant Figure in Early Los Angeles by Greg Fischer


rcadia Bandini, the daughter of Don Juan Bandini, was the great beauty of Los Angeles in the mid-19th century. The Bandinis were landowners of prominence in San Diego, the city where Arcadia was born in 1827. Although they were Italian by background, the family moved to Spain several generations before Doña Arcadia’s birth. Her father, a native of Peru, was the first Bandini to come to California. Arcadia was married at 14 to Don Abel Stearns, and with her came a sizeable dowry. Stearns was a native of

Massachusetts who moved to Mexico and became a naturalized citizen. He was in his early 40s at the time of their marriage. He had converted to Catholicism, as it was not legal to own property in pre-United States Los Angeles as a non-Catholic. Property was very important to him, and at one time he owned or controlled 300,000 acres of Southern California, including Rancho Los Alamitos in southern Los Angeles County. The Stearns entertained lavishly at the best home in town, El Palacio, on North Main Street near what today is the Plaza at the top of Olvera Street. Arcadia Street south of the Plaza

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The headstone for Arcadia Bandini in Calvary Cemetery lists her along with her first and second husbands. She was a key figure in early Los Angeles.

was named for her. It runs parallel to the 101 Freeway in Downtown. Don Abel became a victim of circumstances, some beyond his control, and lost almost all of his property in the post-Civil War era. He died in 1871. Doña Arcadia remarried in 1874. She wed another native of New England, Colonel Robert S. Baker, who originally hailed from Rhode Island. In 1872, Baker had purchased the 30,000-acre Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica from the Francisco Sepulveda family. The Westside property stretched to the ocean and up into the Santa Monica Mountains. The Bakers sold three-quarters of the land in 1874 to Sen. John P. Jones of Nevada and his wife Georgina. The two couples cofounded the town of Santa Monica in 1875. In 1888, they donated 600 acres of land to the federal government for the Pacific Branch of the National Soldiers Home for Volunteer Disabled Soldiers (of the Civil War) on the eastern end of the rancho. Today, this is the Veterans Administration property adjacent to Westwood. The Bakers pulled down El Palacio and built the Baker Block, a handsome 1870s Victorian office complex of French design that was considered the finest building in town at the time. They moved into an elegant apartment on the top floor. The Los Angeles Athletic Club was organized in the building. It was not to last. The building suffered a serious fire in 1938 and was razed to make way for the 101 Freeway through Downtown. Los Angeles lost an architectural gem when the edifice was demolished. Colonel Baker owned valuable South Main Street property called the Baker Tract. The land included property from Main to Los Angeles streets and from Winston Street north to Third Street. Winston Street was named for another member of Doña Arcadia’s family. Today, the property includes the Medallion apartment complex and the San Fernando Building, constructed by Colonel James B. Lankershim. Doña Arcadia continued as a dominant force in Los Angeles, with unique personality traits. She would not wear exposed buttons on her blouses; instead, she had a set of diamond pins designed to cover the buttons. She rode in a carriage at a time when they were scarce. She had no children, but was the beloved and respected aunt and cousin to dozens of Angelenos through marriage and birth. Colonel Baker died in 1894. After the death of her husband, Doña Arcadia retired to her Ocean Avenue home in Santa Monica. She died in 1912 at the age of 85. The estate she left was large, amounting to a figure that varies between $5 million and $10 million. However, she left no will. After her passing, a long and bitter battle broke out among her surviving family, each determined to obtain a portion of it. The estate was settled in 1916 and listed 24 heirs. Greg Fischer is a Downtown resident and an amateur historian.

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Seasons come and go, lovers leave and time marches forward, but Lucha VaVoom will endure as a Downtown tradition until the very end. This storm of masked Mexican wrestling and sultry burlesque blows into the Mayan Theatre on Tues.Thurs., Feb. 14-16, for three nights of “Sexo y Violencia.” Shows begin at 8 p.m. and nothing says true love on Valentine’s Day (or the two following days) like men named Dirty Sanchez and the Crazy Chickens locked in mortal conflict as a crew of stand-up comedians drop wisecracks and gaggles of voluptuous women prepare to mesmerize crowds with their exoticism. There will be wild revelry, feats of bravery and moments of passion as this tequila-sponsored carnival of pleasures delights Downtown. At 1038 S. Hill St., (213) 746-4674 or

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Thursday, February 16 Percival Everett and Steve Erickson at Aloud Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 765-6800 or 7 p.m.: Two novelists talk with Brighde Mullins on memory, identity and place. Mindshare L.A. Salon The Mezz, 501 S. Spring St. or 7:30 p.m.: This month’s theme is Relate/Reframe. Join your neighbors and some guests for lectures and discussions intended to help you reshape all that gray matter you’ve been stimulating with Lucha VaVoom. Friday, February 17 Jan Perry at AIA Mayoral Candidates Forum Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 W. First St., (213) 6390764 or 7 p.m.: The L.A. chapter of the American Association of Architects will talk to Perry about city planning, urban design and architecture. Perry is the first of the 2013 mayoral candidates slated to discuss their planning vision for the city.

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When all the leaves are gone and the skies are gray across the nation, people relish the California climate and the dreams it inspires. Few musical acts have contributed more to this Golden State idea (and ideal) than the Mamas and the Papas, whose halcyon ’60s harmonics put melody to myth. On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m., original Mama Michelle Phillips will show up at the Grammy Museum. She’ll be talking about her life in music and the splendidly successful, albeit turmoil-wrought quartet with which she achieved fame. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or

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2008 AUDI A4 2.0T


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24 Downtown News


February 13, 2012


Los Angeles Downtown News is a free weekly newspaper distributed in and around downtown Los Angeles.

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