This is going to be a light mid-summer week for me. But here's something to get you started.
The hoary old Olympic Auditorium—excuse me, the Grand Olympic—has been sold to the Korean-oriented Glory Church of Jesus Christ, says the Downtown News. Scene of countless boxing, wrestling and roller derby matches, the Olympic was used as a location in Million Dollar Baby. For more details, call RIchmond 9-5171. [Another old L.A. reference?-ed. Yeah.] The Downtown News also runs Sam Hall Kaplan feeling anxious about Frank Gehry and the Grand Avenue high-rise construction plan.
Beth Barrett in the Daily News spends time with Bud Ovrom, who she writes gave up a $225,000 job as head of the CRA to make $130k as the deputy mayor for housing and economic development.
Rick Orlov columnizes Monday on Antonio Villaraigosa Jr. going to China, potential opposition to David Freeman's appointment to the port commission, and the 14th district race between Nick Pacheco and Jose Huizar (and a cast of others.)
Jon Regardie in the Downtown News also reports on the 14th CD race, noting that Huizar claimed last week to already have Mayor Villaraigosa's endorsement. Pacheco tried a deft turn, announcing that "Villaraigosa has my complete support."
LAT editorial urges everyone watch what Villaraigosa's commissioners do, not who they are.
My California: Journeys by Great Writers, the anthology to raise money for the state Arts Council from Angel City Press and CaliforniaAuthors.com, has been chosen the community book for next year by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.
Install cameras to catch red-light runners, make a bundle.
Just Above Sunset has added their man in London to the online mag's contributors.