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Old August 25th, 2016, 06:35 PM   #1621
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The betting markets have Paris number 1, but LA's bid seems to be surging at the right time. I think it's closer to a toss-up.
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Old August 25th, 2016, 06:55 PM   #1622
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...unfortunately,political reasons(with USOC playing an active role in Russian athletes ban in Rio) could influence the decision...
French hypocrits could swipe the stake while having less assets!
French diplomacy is a masterpiece of ingratiation..
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Old August 25th, 2016, 09:31 PM   #1623
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Santa Monica Development Headed for Groundbreaking

Slated for an approximately .32-acre property at 1415 5th Street, the project would consist of a five-story structure featuring 64 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with ground-floor commercial space and a rooftop amenity deck. The proposed development would set aside 13 residential units as affordable housing.

The design is highlighted by an urban window above the building's third floor, opening an outdoor deck to the street. Plans also call for a number of features to take advantage of natural light, including a movable panel system.

Construction of the five-story development is expected to begin later this year, with delivery scheduled for 2017.
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...unfortunately,political reasons(with USOC playing an active role in Russian athletes ban in Rio) could influence the decision...
French hypocrits could swipe the stake while having less assets!
French diplomacy is a masterpiece of ingratiation..
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Old August 25th, 2016, 11:24 PM   #1625
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Scoping Out the Westfield Century City Expansion

Aerial images captured by architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart showcase progress on the $800-million expansion of the Westfield Century City shopping mall.

The project, slated to open in phases starting in 2017, will add 422,000 square feet of shops and restaurants to the flagship retail center. Prominent new tenants will include a three-level Nordstroms, a remodeled Bloomingdale's, a new Macy's and the first West Coast location of the Italian market chain Eataly.

The Westfield expansion is among the most prominent of several major developments surrounding Century City, including a $300-million luxury apartment tower, a new Waldorf Astoria hotel and the proposed One Beverly Hills. Immediately south of the mall, the $2.5-billion redevelopment of the Century Plaza hotel is on the cusp of beginning construction.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 08:52 AM   #1626
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Bijan store on Rodeo Drive sells for a record $122 million

The parent company of Louis Vuitton paid an eye-popping $122 million last month for the Bijan store on Rodeo Drive, public records show.

The sale to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the latest high-profile deal on the Beverly Hills shopping street, which is home to luxury retailers such as Gucci and Prada. Louis Vuitton already has a store near the Bijan building it purchased at 420 N. Rodeo Drive.

At $19,405 a square foot, the sale to the Paris-based luxury goods conglomerate tops the $13,217 a square foot Chanel paid late last year for a Rodeo building it was leasing. At the time, the Chanel deal was a record price on a square-foot basis for retail space in California.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #1627
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Renderings Revealed for Del Rey Offices

The Alla Road Creative Campus, slated for a six-acre property near the terminus of the Marina Freeway, would feature a trio of two-story buildings containing 155,000 square feet of office space. Plans also call for a standalone four-story garage, as well as a surface lot, providing parking accommodations for a total of 600 vehicles and 47 bicycles.

As is common in many creative settings, the buildings would create a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, with large windows and roll-up doors leading to private patios and balconies. The project, designed by the global architecture firm Gensler, would also feature a central one-acre green space with outdoor seating, a grass lawn and space for bocce ball courts, table tennis and exercise equipment.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 03:31 PM   #1628
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Gigantic drill burrowing under Crenshaw reaches its first milestone in this satisfying video

For nearly five months now, a gargantuan drill longer than a football field and as wide as the donut sign sitting atop Randy’s has been digging underneath Crenshaw Boulevard. Nicknamed Harriet, the drill is slowly boring tunnels that will link the first three stations on Metro’s future Crenshaw Line. (She’s even maintaining a surprisingly active Twitter account while doing so.)

Harriet reached a major milestone Monday, her first station break. Harriet has drilled through to the first station on the upcoming light rail line, reports Metro's news blog the Source. Metro has uploaded footage of the machine breaking through the wall at the future Martin Luther King Jr. station, which is at Crenshaw, right next to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 03:35 PM   #1629
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Pathetic comment.
...Well, I know that French people love Pathetic!
Sounds like your president read two authors:Machiavelli and Von Sacher-Masoch!
Lol!.Go Los Angeles and Vive la France!
Also,j'aime assez la France pour apprendre votre langue depuis des années,adorer le Brie et les croissants,le French kiss,la place Vendome(!!!)et l'incomparable château de Versailles!
...I guess I just become stupid when it comes to patriotics!
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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #1630
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Universal Studios is embarking on a new five-year plan that will reorient many of its production soundstage facilities to the east near its backlot, as it makes way for additional space to expand its theme park.

In the works is a new complex of ten soundstages, to be built in 2017 and 2018, as a cluster of smaller stages on the front and west portion of the lot are removed to make way for new theme park attractions.

Also in the works is a new childcare facility, an expanded fire station and sheriff’s substation, and a trail head park and bike path along the Los Angeles River.

In the first phase of its expansion plans, Universal and its parent Comcast invested $1 billion in the lot and theme park, including the recently opened “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” as well as extensive upgrades to its infrastructure, such as a bridge over Lankershim Boulevard to accommodate visitors coming with the Metro, a new parking structure and new and widened ramps along the Hollywood Freeway. Two new soundstages are under construction and are scheduled to be completed later this year.

A new theme park attraction, located near “Transformers: The Ride” in the lower part of the theme park, is expected to be announced soon.

The next phase represents a commitment to shooting projects and series in Los Angeles. But it is also a recognition of how much on-the-lot production has shifted to a mix of scripted TV, live audience shows, sitcoms and new media projects, as feature films migrate to other states and countries offering generous incentives.

The soundstage complex — to be built at the backlot’s Park Lake — will be constructed in two phases in 2017 and 2018, ranging from 16,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet, with attached or adjacent offices, dressing rooms, rehearsal halls and parking. The stages are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of types of productions, and will be in closer proximity on the lot to the backlot sets and support facilities like props and transportation.

Two additional stages will be built at the complex if Los Angeles is awarded the Summer Olympics in 2024. If so, the lot would be the site of the international broadcast center, according to the bid proposal from LA 2024.

The nature of production on the lot also has changed as Comcast has centralized its Los Angeles operations since it merged with NBCUniversal in 2011. E! Entertainment and Bravo have moved to the lot, and the network and local affiliate news operations were moved to the Brokaw News Center. Comcast purchased the 35-story 10 Universal City Plaza in 2013, and under construction is a walkway connecting the office structure with the rest of the lot.

Universal plans to remove 13 stages from the front lot, on the northwest side of Universal, to make way for future theme park expansion. The studio ultimately will have four fewer stages but, because the new facilities will be larger in size, a gain of about 11,000 square feet for production, a studio spokeswoman said.

According to consulting firm Aecom, 7.1 million people visited Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015, an increase of about 4%. That is expected to jump this year, given the interest in the Harry Potter attraction, which officially opened in April.

Larry Kurzweil, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Hollywood, said that they have “taken almost every corner of the park and transformed it into an entirely new place.”

He said that attendance in the ten weeks since “Wizarding World” opened has “exceeded all expectations,” with a spike not just in attendance but retail and food sales.

“We have never had so many wands in any of our parks,” he quipped. “Our wand sales are through the roof.”

Also in the works is the construction of a public trail head park and bike and pedestrian path along the Los Angeles River. When it obtained approval of its master plan in 2013, Universal agreed to build the path as a way of connecting a larger network of biking trails.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #1631
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The Anaheim Planning Commission approved plans Monday to allow a developer to build a $450 million mixed-use project, despite opposition from Angels officials.

The commission voted 4-0 for the development billed as the LT Platinum Center, a massive project on 15 acres with plans for condos, apartments, hotels, retail and office space, that sits on the corner of Orangewood Avenue and State College Boulevard on the same area as Angel Stadium.

“We’ve been waiting for a long time to formally get city approval and can start talking to tenants,” said Randy Jefferson, an executive director with LT Global. “It’s quite an incredible opportunity for us and the city.”

The City Council gets the final say in October.

Several Angels officials, including team chairman Dennis Kuhl and senior Vice President Molly Jolly, spoke against the project. The Angels’ attorney Friday sent a letter to the city, saying the project is “ill advised” and would “cannibalize a longtime Anaheim business by making major changes to the Platinum Triangle.”

“From the beginning, we have been very transparent with the city regarding our concerns about” the proposal, Angels President John Carpino said in a statement after the meeting. “The land is zoned residential, and LT purchased it with this zoning entitlement in 2014, any significant change to commercial zoning will irreparably harm the city-owned stadium.”
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Old August 27th, 2016, 09:16 PM   #1632
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Long Beach Airport gets more routes as competition heats up

When Long Beach officials gave Southwest Airlines access to Long Beach Airport for the first time this year, experts predicted heated head-to-head competition with the airport’s biggest carrier, JetBlue Airways.

Game on.

Southwest, the nation’s most popular domestic carrier, last month launched four new flights each day from Long Beach to Oakland, serving the state’s most popular market, routes between Southern California and the Bay Area.

But Southwest didn’t stop there. It persuaded the city of Long Beach to temporarily allocate three daily slots to Southwest that weren’t being used by JetBlue. Long Beach allows 50 daily slots for large jets. Southwest said it would use JetBlue’s slots to fly to Las Vegas starting in September.
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$500 million project plans to turn Huntington Beach oil tank farm into housing, businesses

An Irvine developer unveiled plans Monday to transform an old oil tank farm near Huntington Beach’s coastal marshlands into a $500 million development with a hotel, homes, and new shops and restaurants.

Shopoff Realty Investments closed a deal last week to buy the 28.6-acre parcel at Magnolia Street and Banning Avenue for $26.5 million, or $929,000 an acre.

The property is home to three unused storage tanks with a capacity of 500,000 barrels each, or roughly 63 million gallons of oil total.

A spokeswoman for Shopoff said the massive tanks date back 44 years but stopped being used in 2009.

William Shopoff, company CEO, said plans for the property are in the conceptual stage, but his goal is to build a boutique hotel, a mixture of houses and condos and a commercial area with restaurants and shops.
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Old August 28th, 2016, 09:44 PM   #1634
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Apartments with Retail at Santa Monica and Barrington

Markwood Enterprises, a Beverly Hills-based real estate firm, has proposed the construction of a new residential-retail complex at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Barrington Avenue. Plans filed with the city describe a five-story building that would feature 53 apartments, five of which would be set aside for very low income households. The project would also offer six live-work units and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Other elements of the proposed development include a rooftop deck, a fifth-floor terrace and a ground-level amenity room. Parking accommodations for 80 vehicles and 55 bicycles would be provided in an automated subterranean garage.

Elevation plans created by architecture firm R&A Design portray a contemporary building, clad with metal, cement fiber boards and smooth finish plaster.

Construction of the mixed-use complex would occur over approximately 13 months, with occupancy expected by 2018. A one-story commercial building would be demolished for the project.
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author locks up a contemporary Hollywood Hills home

British author E.L. James rose to fame after the incredible success of what the Los Angeles Times referred to as a "badly written, unapologetically graphic trilogy of novels" that began with Fifty Shades of Grey. She is certainly having fun with all the money that comes from selling more than 100 million book copies worldwide. James recently purchased a newly built house in the Hollywood Hills for $7.25 million, Trulia reports.
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More details on LACMA's redesign to be shown at Wednesday 'scoping' meeting

An upcoming "scoping" meeting for the big redesign of Los Angeles County Museum of Art by architect Peter Zumthor is the place to be to get the most detailed look thus far at what the new building will look like. KCRW reports, "plans, sections, renderings and a model will be on display" at the meeting, which is geared toward helping the Miracle Mile museum prepare for an environmental impact report.

Earlier this month, the museum released a few renderings of the the giant, blobby structure that will span Wilshire Boulevard. The meeting is not a place to get answers to questions about the project; in fact, it’s designed for people to ask questions that they’d like to see answered in the resulting report, says KCRW.
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SpaceX erects historic 16-story-tall rocket booster outside its Hawthorne headquarters

The rocket booster that sealed SpaceX’s place in history as the company that pioneered reusable spacecraft now stands in testament to the achievement outside its Hawthorne headquarters.

The thin, white, 162-foot tall aluminum-lithium alloy booster was erected over the weekend outside Space Exploration Technologies Corp., welcoming employees and visitors Monday to 1 Rocket Road.

The Falcon 9 is the first booster rocket ever to return to Earth intact for reuse.

“We’re really proud of everything SpaceX has accomplished,” Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas said. “The Falcon 9 is a symbol of pride for our city. SpaceX is a hometown success story and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next.”

The rocket maker’s Hawthorne headquarters sit next to the city’s airport, at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 120th Street near the 105 Freeway. At night, locals and travelers flying to the Hawthorne Municipal and Los Angeles International airports will be able to see a red flashing light atop the rocket as required by the Federal Aviation Administration for airspace safety.

Its successful return to Earth on Dec. 21, 2015, followed its predecessor’s ugly demise six months before. On June 28, 2015, a faulty strut snapped during a Falcon 9 launch and released high-pressure helium. The rocket disintegrated, leading engineers to a major overhaul that resulted in the new upgraded rocket now on display.

This upgraded Falcon 9 has 33 percent more efficiency than its predecessor, and can carry colder, denser propellant, SpaceX says. Its successful landing occurred after delivering 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Orbcomm, a commercial satellite network that facilitates machine-to-machine communication enabling remote tracking and monitoring of trucking routes, agricultural production, and industrial, oil, government and maritime industries. The 11 satellites ensure continuous communication with the orbital receiver.

On the trip, the rocket’s first stage kissed outer space before separating with the second stage at more than 60 miles above ground and returning to Earth in good condition, gently touching down on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At its fastest, it sped more than a mile a second. At its highest, it traveled the distance from Los Angeles to Bakersfield.

Nine engines — referenced in the rocket’s name — arranged in a circle at its tail carry the thrust power of five 747 jets. While the monument’s engines all still work, SpaceX decided to display it because of its historic significance.
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Mission Inn is No. 1 in USA Today's historic hotel poll
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Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling'

They ticked out news of typhoid, scurvy and fear. They spoke of long marches and vast battles. They hummed with frailty and humor, fretting over drunken soldiers and praising the unwavering president of a fraying republic. They clacked in broken rhythms that rang with the ominous: “We will not remain undisturbed tonight. Even the Rail Road men have been ordered to leave.”

The 15,971 telegrams — hidden in a wooden foot locker for more than a century — scrolled like a Twitter feed through the Civil War. The messages from the Union side, many tapped out in code to elude Confederate forces, carried the urgings and reflections of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and other prominent players. But most echo with the thoughts and schemes of colonels, infantrymen and lesser-knowns that offer a peek into the bureaucracy and machinery of war.

“It’s mind-boggling and unpredictable,” said Olga Tsapina, curator of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens’ trove of 35 leather-bound ledgers and documents relating to telegrams sent between 1862 and 1867. “We don’t really know what is in here. Every single telegram has a story behind it, from the president to the greatest generals and to the privates and telegraph operators. It’s like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle.”
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How much of the complex did they buy? Just the parcel with the 3 tanks in the lower right of the picture? Or all 7 tanks and they'll build right up the refinery?
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