Are Hotels in Downtown LA Getting Taxpayer Money for Free?

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The LA Times reports that two building inspectors have been arrested and a federal grand jury has issued subpoenas seeking personnel records of at least 11 current and former employees. David Zahniser co-wrote the story. He also wrote a Times' story about tax breaks for massive hotels in booming downtown Los Angeles. J.W. Marriot, which opened last year, is reportedly doing well enough to produce some much-needed city revenue in a cash-strapped city. But the Anshutz Entertainment Group, AEG, will be able to keep some $270 million in taxes through 2035. Combined with two other such deals, the city could end up giving away $640 million in the next 30 years. The Mayor and City Council approved the subsidies after analysis by PKF Consulting, which calls them "incentives" and says they're common where they will stimulate new business.

Credits

Guests:
David Zahniser - Los Angeles Times - @DavidZahniser, Bruce Baltin - PKF Consulting, D.J. Waldie - KCET - @djwaldie

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Karen Radziner