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?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.