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Los Angeles Wants a Registry of How Much Rent Everyone is Supposed to Be Paying

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Image via Cole Martin / Curbed LA flickr pool “Hundreds” of renters who live in rent-controlled apartments are subject to illegal rent increases each year, but a new city program in the works looks to significantly cut those numbers down. An LA City Council committee is discussing today a new registry that would require landlords to report how much rent […]

Beverly Hills Residents Might Have to Stop Refilling Their Pools and Ponds!

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[Image via Michael Locke / Curbed LA flickr pool] The (revised) statewide drought restrictions are hitting everyone hard, but especially cities singled out for excessive water use, like Beverly Hills. BH was told they’d have to reduce their water consumption by 36 percent or face heavy fines from the state, and the LA Times reports that they might be adopting some drastic measures to meet […]

Beverly Hills Schools Could Collapse and the School Board Just Voted Not to Fix Them

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Fourteen buildings across the five campuses of the Beverly Hills Unified School District are “subject to potential collapse” in an earthquake as small as a 3.5, according to a state report. BHUSD technically has most of the money it needs to update the schools, but last night the school board voted against using it; they also voted to immediately close three of […]

Beverly Hills is Driving Tourists Off Rodeo and Into The Grove

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[Image via Prayitno / Creative Commons] Beverly Hills businessowners might be one of the few segments of Angelenos that actually want tour buses to come around; the rest of BH it seems is not so keen on them, taking steps that don’t outright ban them on the streets in the city’s fancy retail core, but that do push them out. […]

Huge Spotlights Will Light Up the LA Sky From Echo Park to Santa Monica This Friday

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For one night, the entire 26-mile route of the LA Marathon, which starts at Dodger Stadium and runs all the way to Santa Monica, will be lit up by spotlights pointing up at the sky. The installation will use 124 spotlights that together will be as bright as 29,100 light bulbs, and the whole thing should be visible […]

Where Have All of Los Angeles’s Mega-Rich People Gone?

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Subprime profiteer Jeff Greene’s estate in Beverly Hills In 2013, Los Angeles had 4,520 mega-rich people, aka ultra high net worth individuals, aka people with more than $30 million in net assets; it had the fifth most mega-rich after New York, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Today it has969 mega-rich people and is ranked twentieth. Where have the mega-rich […]

LA Live’s Marriott/Ritz-Carlton is Getting a 38-Story Expansion

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Fig Central and Metropolis aren’t the only huge projects planned around LA Live in South Park. LA Live/Staples owner AEG is planning to cross over Olympic so it can add 755 rooms in a 38-story tower to its JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hotel, which opened in 2010 with 878 rooms in the former and 123 in the latter (plus condos!). The plan is […]

Los Angeles Making it Illegal to Secretly Demolish Old Buildings

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[The 1930 Mole-Richardson Building in Fairfax in the midst of a surprise demolition] Oh, Los Angeles doesn’t respect its past, huh? It tears down anything built more than five years ago, huh? Not anymore! Well, slightly less anymore, perhaps. The LA City Council delivered a nice little surprise today, preliminarily passing an ordinance that will make […]

Jenny Craig Sold Her Horse Farm to Bill Gates For $18 Million

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Diet titan Jenny Craig has just sold her equestrian estate in Rancho Santa Fe to Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates for $18 million. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, “he plans to turn into a grand prix circuit for hunters and jumpers,” which means a place to have international horse-jumping competitions (in the grand tradition of teen daughters of ultra-rich people, Gates’s is […]