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Rapper Jay Z will bring his Budweiser Made in America festival to the 12-acre Grand Park in downtown LA. He calls it "inclusionary." But it will exclude those who don't buy tickets for $125 or more. And it's not clear how much of the revenue will go to the City and County. Mayor Garcetti says it'll shine a spotlight on LA's "greatest neighborhood" over the Labor Day weekend. Councilman Jose Huizar and some constituents are already complaining about noise pollution, closed streets and 50,00 beer drinkers. Also, if Irwindale can't stand the Sriracha sauce factory, Texas -- and other places -- like the smell of its money.

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Banner image: Rapper Jay Z (C) speaks during a news conference after announcing his two-day "Made in America" music festival with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in Los Angeles April 16, 2014. At left are LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina and United Way President Elise Buik. At right is Councilman Herb Wesson. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Private Profit on Public Land? 18 MIN, 18 SEC

Rapper Jay Z joined Mayor Eric Garcetti at City Hall yesterday to announce that the Budweiser Made in America music festival will be held at Grand Park over the Labor Day weekend. Garcetti called it "the perfect place, the perfect West Coast home" for an event that began in Philadelphia. He predicted an economic boom for the city. But not everyone shares that view.

Patti Berman, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (@DLANC_Official)
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)
Dennis Romero, LA Weekly (@dennisjromero)
Stephen Rountree, Music Center (@MusicCenterLA)

Regardie on the festival announcement, concerns
Romero on whether the public, private sector will actually benefit from the two-day event

Is Southern California's Most Famous Hot Sauce Moving Out? 6 MIN, 16 SEC

After months of complaints about what might be called ‘excessively pungent' odors, the Irwindale City Council was unanimous last week in declaring the Hoy Fong factory that makes Sriracha sauce a public nuisance. That gives the city the power to walk in and install smell-mitigation technology if Hoy Fong doesn't in 90 days. David Tran, Sriracha's creator, says that means he just might move his operation out of Irwindale. Frank Shyong is reporting the story for the LA Times.

Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times (@frankshyong)

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