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A major development in Hollywood will get a public hearing this morning in the city Planning Commission.

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Today is Thursday, March 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Big day for endorsements in the mayor's race. Former candidate Jan Perry will endorse Eric Garcetti later this morning. In the afternoon, Magic Johnson will back Wendy Greuel.

Wendy Greuel took the city's entire leadership -- including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- to task Wednesday for the economic downturns experienced by Los Angeles, reports the Daily News. "I'm putting the city leadership, everyone together. And particularly (Eric Garcetti) as president of the City Council, they could do better in making sure we have better jobs in Los Angeles, and (in) getting out of this economic slump," she said.


San Gabriel council refuses to swear in councilman-elect amid residency challenge

Chin-Ho Liao

Courtesy Chin Ho Liao campaign

Councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao placed second in the unofficial vote totals from San Gabriel's March 5 election to fill three council seats.


Before a standing-room-only audience at San Gabriel City Hall, two winning City Council candidates were sworn into office, but a third was not permitted to take the oath amid questions about where he lives. One council seat remains vacant.

The City Council decided to investigate whether candidate Chin Ho Liao actually lived in an apartment he rented within city limits during his run for office, said city spokeswoman Jessica Hsu.

The council acted in response to a San Gabriel resident who filed a complaint alleging that Liao never moved out of his home in an unincorporated area just outside the city.

Hsu said that while Liao had legal standing to run for the San Gabriel City Council based on his identification documents, the law also requires that he live in that place. She said the city had not determined who would conduct the investigation.


Curren Price, Ana Cubas pick up endorsements in South LA city council race

Curren Price Ana Cubas

Price campaign; Cubas campaign

State Sen. Curren Price and former City Hall staffer Ana Cubas will face one another in the May 21 runoff.

Endorsements in the Los Angeles City Council’s Ninth District race poured in Wednesday, with a sitting councilman backing one candidate and another candidate picking up support from a former rival.

L.A City Councilman Bernard Parks endorsed Ana Cubas. Former candidate David Roberts, a former Parks staff member who received 10 percent of the vote in the primary, backed State Sen. Curren Price.

The Ninth District is a South L.A. seat that also includes L.A. Live and USC. The median household income is $12,000. That’s in contrast to the city average of $50,000. Price finished first in the March 5 primary with 27 percent of the vote, according to the City Clerk’s Office. Cubas placed second with 24 percent.

Parks’ endorsement of Cubas is not surprising. Last year, he and Price publicly argued over redistricting. The dispute appeared to start when Price supported redrawn maps during a public hearing. This was after the Redistricting Commission had attempted to draw Parks out of the Eighth District he represents.


LA City Council: Cedillo, Gardea face runoff in District 1 over serious issues

Jose Gardea

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Jose Gardea, chief of staff to City Councilman Ed Reyes, is running to succeed his boss. He's on a freshly-paved street in the Pico-Union area.

Gil Cedillo with yard sign

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Former state Sen. Gil Cedillo posts a campaign sign in the yard of a First District resident in the Pico-Union area Jan. 31, 2013.

This week's final count for the L.A. city election confirmed there will be a runoff in the first Council District, which stretches diagonally from Northeast L.A. to the Pico-Union neighborhood.

The May 21 runoff matches longtime Sacramento lawmaker Gil Cedillo against Jose Gardea, chief of staff to the outgoing council member, Ed Reyes, who is termed out of office. The district includes areas that are being gentrified, such as Highland Park, and others that have serious, longstanding problems.
Eddie White manages apartments in the Westlake District near MacArthur Park. As  president of the local neighborhood council, he hears residents' complaints. In recent years, as Westlake grew safer, getting graffiti and alleyway debris removed had been the big problems. But it seems gangs and intimidation tactics are making a comeback.


LA City Hall plots out Convention Center's future without NFL team

Convention Center

Anschutz Entertainment Group

For city leaders, part of the appeal of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles was the promise of new convention space. With the Farmers Field deal in limbo, city leaders are now planning for a future without an NFL stadium.

The City of Los Angeles is still holding out hope of getting a professional football team into the proposed Farmers Field stadium, but with no prospects on the horizon, city leaders are turning their attention to other uses for the downtown space.

The Los Angeles City Council approved an agreement with the Anschutz Entertainment Group last fall that would allow the Convention Center’s West Hall to be knocked down to make way for a football stadium. A new space, tentatively called Pico Hall, would be built contiguous to the existing South Hall. The agreement, however, will expire in October 2014.

NFL owners declined to move a team to Los Angeles for the 2013 season. Earlier this month, AEG owner Philip Anschutz announced that the company, which had been on the market, is no longer for sale. The departure of AEG CEO Tim Leiweke, who had pushed through the deal with the city, was announced at the same time. Anschutz has said he will continue to push for an NFL team here.