FROM Eddie Kim
Who is Trump’s Biggest Campaign Donor? If you’ve been to downtown LA, you’ve no doubt seen apartment complexes like The Medici, The Orsini, and The Lorenzo. They were built by LA real estate developer Geoff Palmer, who was recently outed as the single largest individual donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, apart from Trump himself. Much like the candidate he’s supporting, Geoff Palmer is no stranger to controversy either.
Women are Becoming Homeless in LA at a Much Faster Rate Than Men Most of the homeless in Los Angeles County are men, but women are becoming homeless now at a much faster rate than men. Three years ago there were about 9,000 women living on the streets; now there are more than 14,000. Social service providers were not prepared for the rise, and women living on the street are particularly vulnerable to abuse and attacks.
Skyspace LA There’s a new attraction in downtown LA that has everyone talking: the Skyslide. The outdoor glass slide, part of OUE Skyspace LA , allows riders to slide from the 70th floor of the city’s iconic US Bank Tower , once the tallest building in the world. It’s part of an effort to reinvigorate the financial district. DnA braved a ride down the slide and asked the building’s original architect, Henry Cobb, what he thought of the addition.
Re-imagining L.A. Civic Center L.A.’s Civic Center is a strange mishmash of city, state and federal buildings, dotted by empty lots and awkward pedestrian walkways. And then there’s the L.A. Mall - a hundred thousand square feet of underground retail space that’s only about a third occupied. For years, city planners have been floating ideas to make the Civic Center more cohesive. Now that downtown is booming, there’s a new urgency to re-envision the space.
The Fight to Get Angels Flight Moving Once Again Angel's Flight is the two-car funicular railroad in downtown LA. Built in 1901, it has carried millions of riders up and down Bunker Hill. But, for two years, it's been shut down, and now there's a move to get it started again, as we hear from Eddie Kim, who reports for the Los Angeles Downtown News . Photo: © Dietmar Rabich
Downtown’s Chinese Investment Boom With changes to visa rules, we may see more Chinese people living in Southern California in the coming years. But Chinese money has already arrived in a big way -- especially in downtown Los Angeles. Last year, the Chinese invested nearly $1 billion in L.A. real estate. In the last five years, Chinese investment in L.A. has doubled. What’s driving the boom?
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Public opinion on international conflict takes a turn New polling shows that more Americans support intervening in Syria, which is a change from the Obama years. We look closer at the numbers, and how Americans have historically reacted to similar conflicts abroad.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.