Downtown hotel snafu

The Downtown News is all over a story about low-income tenants being evicted from the Bristol Hotel at Eight and Olive streets to make way for renovation into another boutique hotel by Adolfo Suaya, owner of Dolce and the Gaucho Grill chain. The problem is, the tenants weren't given much notice and no relocation help as required by law, and the previous owner had gotten a city loan on the building in exchange for making it available to low-income residents until 2015.

Also, the Downtown News' Jon Regardie handicaps the mayor's race at this early stage:

"Vanilla Jim" Hahn: 3 to 1
"Smooth Operator" Villaraigosa: 5 to 1
"Bearhug Bob" Hertzberg: 8 to 1
"GoodcopBadcop" Parks: 10 to 1
"Poor Richard" Alarcon: 20 to 1

Nicknames are his. Commentary on the candidates accompanies the list.

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