Game Summary

On a typically beautiful LA night, LAFC played it’s first game in Banc of California Stadium, the most expensive and newest soccer specific stadium in the US.

To complete the four-year journey LAFC scored the game winner on a 30-yard kick in the 93rd minute of stoppage time; beating the Seattle Sounders.


First Half

In the first-half, Seattle controlled a majority of the action by attacking the left side and setting up crosses. There were dangerous moments for the home team with opportunities by Midfielders Nicolas Lodeiro and Alex Roldan. But LAFC survived without allowing a goal to be scored in the new stadium.

Second Half

LAFC started much better in the second-half and controlled the action.

Benny Feilhaber had a shot in the 25th minute that went just wide. In the 78th minute, Walker Zimmerman just missed heading a deflection over the bar.

Finally, in stoppage time, 2015 MLS Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman fired a knuckling free kick from 30-yards out that dropped at the last second; finding the back of the net. Clearly with help from Seattle Keeper Stefan Frei who makes the save 99 times out of 100. It was Ciman’s second goal in as many games.

In the post-game press conference, Coach Bob Bradley suggested divine intervention from the “Football Gods”.

The win jumped LAFC into second place of the Western Conference two points behind Sporting KC.

Next Up – May 5th Home Game

Next up is a 1 PM Cinco de Mayo home game against FC Dallas. A Cinco de Mayo match looks to be quite the don’t-miss event considering LAFC’s large Mexican-American fan base.

See you on the Pitch at the World’s Greatest Soccer Stadium !!

Entrance to Banc of California Stadium
Bermuda grass on a sunny LA day


LAFC team shot!
Haydon in the front row!
Navy Seals coming for the pregame
Pregame festivities continue
Carlo Vela, LAFC’s first player
LAFC’s 2nd-half attack picked up with addition of Latif Blessing. Here working towards a cross. 
#9 Uruguayan Diego Rossi, playing keep-away from Seattle players.
LAFC fans going crazy in the North-End after game winning goal.
“Ball Kids” Celebrating the goal!
Team’s Victory Celebrations.

Photography by Richard Harris (📸 @agentrichla)

  1. City Hall Observation Deck
👤 📷 Tim Ahem


👤 📷 Rich Alossi

Chances are you probably haven’t heard much about visiting LA’s City Hall…unless you’ve done jury duty there or know someone who works there. But, did you know you can visit the observation deck on the 27th floor for FREE and see great views of the city? From a spectacular view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the entire DTLA skyline, this is one of my favorite views in the city of Los Angeles.

If you are planning a visit to the Observation Deck at LA’s City Hall, you will need to bring a government ID (you check in at the front desk and will get a visitor sticker. You will also have to go through a metal detector.) and go on a weekday during business hours – it’s only open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can walk 360 degrees around the outside deck on the 27th floor and enjoy stunning views of the city. LA’s City Hall is located at 200 N. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles.


  1. Visit Olvera Street & Free Walking Tour
Olvera Street Los Angeles
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Olvera Street
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Olvera Street, in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles.” According to the City of Los Angeles, “El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781.” Today it is home to monumental and historic buildings mostly built in the 1800’s that are open to the public as either businesses or museums and a beautiful outdoor marketplace on Olvera Street, all of which is waiting to be seen and explored.

According to the Olvera Street website, “Olvera Street was created in 1930 ‘to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California.’ Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors.If you are interested in purchasing anything while strolling through the merchants on Olvera Street, you will see a variety of beautiful handcrafted items such as clothing, purses, leather items, art, pottery, jewelry, and more.

Las Angelitas del Pueblo gives free hour-long tours of Olvera Street, Tuesday-Saturday at 10am, 11am, and 12pm (subject to the availability of docents). Click here for more information on the free walking tour, or visit Olvera Street on your own at: 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


  1. Hang Out at The Last Bookstore
The Last Book Store
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The Last Book Store

The Last Book Store
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A book lover’s paradise, The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. This two-story bookstore covers 22,000 square feet and is located in the heart of DTLA. This eclectic and enchanting place to explore has over 250,000 new and used books, thousands of vinyl records, and lofts full of local artists’ studios and galleries.

You will need to purchase any books that spark your interest, of course, but it’s an adventure in itself (and a free one!) just walking through this mecca of a bookstore. If you decide you want to pay it a visit, don’t forget to look for the Labyrinth (awesome-looking tunnel of books that you can walk through), rainbow color-coded bookshelves, book frame wall, and many other unique and special design touches throughout the bookstore. Check out this one-of-a-kind bookstore, open at 10:00am daily, at 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Visit The Last Bookstore’s website for more information.



  1. Game & Trivia Night at Grand Central Market
👤 📷 John Verive for LA Times
👤 📷 John Verive for LA Times


Grand Central Market – a historic Downtown L.A. landmark since 1917 – hosts a variety of mouth-watering food options from their 90+ vendors. Although you’ll have to pay if you want to order anything to eat or drink, Grand Central Market hosts FREE game nights every Thursday evening until 9:00pm. You can choose from both the classics and newer games, including cornhole, jenga, board games, card games, ping pong, and more! Game night is located at the Hill St. Platform. Grand Central Market also hosts FREE trivia nights on Tuesdays at 8:00pm.

A true culinary gem in DTLA, you can check out all of the vendors here before you plan your free Game Night or Trivia Night at Grand Central Market. Go and get you’re your game on – Grand Central Market is located at 317 S Broadway; Los Angeles, CA 90013, and you can visit their website for more information.


  1. Check Out The Murals in DTLA’s Arts District

When I first moved to L.A, I had never before seen so much beautiful, colorful street art. The Arts District in Downtown LA, in my opinion, is the best place in the city to see some unique and colorful murals. In this neighborhood, you’ll have plenty of public art and expression to marvel at all around you as you explore – all for free of course. In a city full of grey walls and buildings, prepare to be inspired by the amount of color and self-expression at every turn here.  Click here for a map of the Arts District; feel free to start your adventure anywhere around this area (central starting points could be Angel City Brewery, Wurstkuche, or Umami Burger), walk around and explore at your leisure.

You can also tour the Arts District Murals and Murals around Los Angeles with Cart Wheel Art Tours.  They’ve established a solid reputation and have access to places and spaces that you may not.

Here are some examples of murals located in the Arts District to get you inspired to visit:

5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA
5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA
5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA

5 fun free things to do in Downtown LA

Photo courtesy of Team Black Sheep



10 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN Downtown LA | May 2018

No More FOMO. Plan out your month with the city’s best culture, concerts, eateries and more.

Things To Do In Downtown LA May 2018


 May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Night Market; Grand Park

Prepare your taste buds for an epic food experience! More than 50 vendors will gather at Grand Park for Night Market. Tons of food trucks and restaurants will be featured, along with an assortment of DJ’s, music and entertainment. Not to mention, admission is free! Although attendees have the option of purchasing a $10 ticket to the VIP supermarket which features access to a premium area featuring some of Jonathan Gold’s favorite vendors. Long story short – food and fun for all!

May 19

Sunrise Yoga; OUE Skyspace LA

Jump start your day with 360 degree views of Los Angeles. The morning bird catches the worm, but sometimes its just nice to wake up early and catch some rays while you’re opening your mind and your body. What better way to do it than at Skyspace LA? Admission is $35, which includes the yoga session, plus unlimited rides down the Skyslide.


May 12

Beer & Music Festival; Pershing Square

Cheers over beers and music at this all inclusive event bringing hundreds of people to the heart of the city. Try over 100 craft beers as you watch live bands and DJ sets. This event is headlined by Alien Ant Farm, Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty, and will feature multiple food vendors, as well as some pop-up ramen restaurants. 

May (All Month)

Gizmo’s Cereal Bar; 215 W. 6th Street

Swing by DTLA’s very first cereal bar that thinks outside the box. Delivering all your favorite cereal combinations with a unique twist. Request off-the-menu items, or Build Your Own Bowl (B.Y.O.B.) Premium toppings also available. Enjoyable for all age and those who like to eat their cereal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Find more things to do in our May 2018 events calendar.


May 12

Pop Up Magazine Spring Issue; The Theater At The Ace Hotel

Have a sneak peek at some of the biggest names in film, fiction and photography. This one-night show of unique storytelling is comprised of short jaw-dropping, scandalous, funny and endearing performances. Oftentimes related to pop culture events and current societal happenings. This is an event where nothing is recorded, so what you see is what you get. A true once in a lifetime experience. This is also a opportunity to mix and mingle with producers and storytellers during a “drink-and-greet” following the main event.

May 19, 20

Ultimate Women’s Expo; Los Angeles Convention Center

Pamper yourself with complimentary spa treatments, massages, manicures, haircuts, makeovers, wine tastings and retail therapy. Indulge in the very best shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning and so much more. Practice self-care while treating yourself (Mm).

Find more things to do in our May 2018 events calendar.

TV + Cinema

May 22

Rooftop Cinema; LEVEL Furnished Living

Round up your crew to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This movie is such a classic, and the rooftop at LEVEL is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy movies under the stars. You won’t have to play hooky for this event. This is a weekly occurence, so be sure to check their website for upcoming flicks!

May 26

Street Food Cinema; 700 Exposition Street

Experience more outdoor fun, plus tasty food trucks and live music. This month they’ll be ending it wiht a showing of Girls Trip. If you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time to do so. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. , band plays at 5:30 p.m. and movie begins at 8:30 p.m. This is also a weekly event, so be sure to check their website for upcoming features films.


May 19

Block Party; L.A. Live

Join L.A. LIVE for a night of shopping and drinking! Stroll around and shop at their Pop-Up Marketplace with over 40 local vendors while listening to live music! Enjoy $5 food and drink menus at participating restaurants. Don’t miss out on a night to shop and drink! FYI – this event is free and open to the public.

May 20

Openhouse At Beat Swap Meet; Smorgasburg Los Angeles

Celebrate Beat Swap Meet for their 10th anniversary at Smorgasburg LA. Juliet Mendoza (Open House/Shaboom Records) and guest DJ Tuug will spin house and grooves on vinyl from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy the rest of Beat Swap Meet with friends and family, plus all the food and vendors Smorgasburg has to offer. This event is for all ages and free with canned goods. Beat Swap Meet was created as a day to celebrate music pressed on vinyl and elements of the lifestyle it inspires.

Want more? Then be sure to check out Happening In DTLA’s Events Calendar for updates on exciting things happening in the city throughout the month of May.

Blue LA Electric Cars Los Angeles

Not owning a vehicle, or not having access to one can be tough to deal with in Los Angeles. While public transportation or traditional rideshare companies can get you out of a bind, you can’t count on them to be timely, or inexpensive. And although the car industry is quickly moving towards electric vehicles, it still isn’t financially accessible to a large portion of the population. Blue LA Electric Cars Los Angeles

Enter BlueLA, a revolutionary point-to-point electric car-share service, that aims to bring affordable access to vehicles for all residents.

Launched last June in the Westlake neighborhood as an initial test, the service is now operating in several areas around central LA, including DTLA’s Fashion District, with many more locations set to pop up this year.

BlueLA is operated by French battery company Blue Solutions, which runs electric car- sharing in several European cities and Minneapolis.

Currently, there are seven stations, with 25 cars available between them. By the end of 2018, BlueLA plans to operate 100 vehicles and 200 charging docks at 40 different locations across Los Angeles.

The program received $1.7 million in a state grant, along with $400,000 funded by the L.A. Department of Water and Power. LADOT, along with other non-profit community groups, signed on as partners with BlueLA to get the initiative rolling.

Now some of you might be wondering, how does it exactly work? And more importantly, how much does it cost? We’ve got all the answers below.

Picking Up and Dropping Off

The system operates very much like the Metro bike share system. Locating a station is as easy as looking on their website.

Initially, you can visit BlueLA’s site and create a membership, with various pricing options. Although, walk-up service is also offered for a slightly higher rate.

Blue LA Electric Cars Los Angeles

When you arrive to a station, tap a BlueLA card or linked Metro TAP card to a charging kiosk. The screen displays your account information and options to check out a vehicle, reserve one for later use, or advise you if a certain vehicle cannot be used. A specific list of steps and procedures can be found here.

There’s also a mobile app that can be used to reserve a vehicle in advance. The app is available for both major App stores, Google and Apple.

Once you start your ride, you can take the car anywhere within the driving zone. It’s roughly set at a 25 mile radius from the locations of the stations.

On a full charge, the vehicles have a range of about 100 to 125 miles, depending on driving conditions. If the charge goes below 30%, the car will let you know to take it back to the nearest station to be exchanged.

Returning the vehicles is similar to the check-out procedure. Park and plug the car back into the charging station, then tap your card to the kiosk to end the ride. You’ll get a confirmation sent right to your phone.

Since the system is set up as point-to-point, you can return the vehicle to any location you want.


Blue LA Electric Cars Los Angeles

Pricing & Low Income Inclusion

One of BlueLA’s main goals is to provide access to low-carbon technology to all people of all incomes.

As of now, rebates and subsidies for private-use sustainable electricity is only available to those with disposable income. It’s been a challenge for lawmakers to circumvent this fact and make sustainability access as widespread as possible.

BlueLA is a great start to reversing the stigma renewable and sustainable energy has.

“It’s a program that understands we are never reach our climate change goals unless everybody is participating, said Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-California), at the BlueLA launch event. “We want to make sure that the people who are working class are not left behind.” Blue LA Electric Cars Los Angeles

A standard membership costs $5 a month, with an additional cost of 20 cent a minute while driving.

For low income users, the monthly fee drops to $1 a month, and only 15 cents a minute while driving. To qualify for the low income price scale, you’ll have to submit documents to BlueLA, or show proof that you’re currently enrolled in other low income programs.

Walk-up service is also available for 40 cents per minute.



Downtown LA March 2018 Condo Sales Report

DTLA March Condo Summary

In March 2018, there were 41 Condo sales in DTLA totaling  $36,356,000The 41 sales were in 20 different buildings. Downtown LA March 2018 Condo Sales Report

DTLA Condo Sales March 2018 The sales this month were in the following areas:  Arts District (11 sales), Bunker Hill (1 Sale), Central City West (4 Sales), Historic Core (4 Sales), Little Tokyo (1 Sale), South Park (19 Sales).

Downtown LA March 2018 Condo Sales Report

Dig all out the last nickels from your sofa cushions!! The highest March sale was at The Ritz Carlton Residence for $3,350,000. A 2,980 square foot condo. 3-Beds, 3.5-Baths. On the 48th floor, with the most unique floor plan in the whole complex. BREATHTAKING  VIEWS OF THE CITY!! Downtown LA March 2018 Condo Sales Report

All Sales

(JANUARY 2018)
03/1/18 South Park Metropolis 1,290  $1.146M
3/2/18 South Park Metropolis  977 $1.541M
3/2/18 Arts District Toy Factory Lofts  911 $690K
3/2/18 South Park The Ritz Carlton Residence 1,970  $2.160M
3/5/18 Arts District Toy Warehouse Lofts 2,566  $1.635M
3/6/18 Arts District Luma South 917  $618K
3/6/18 Central City West Vero Lofts 1,140  $635K
3/7/18 Arts District Barker Block Warehouse No.1 1,160  $900K
3/9/18 South Park Metropolis 920  $997K
3/9/18 Arts District Elleven South Lofts 1,078  $585K
3/9/18 Little Tokyo Little Tokyo Lofts 980  $543K
3/12/18 South Park The Ritz Carlton Residence 1,100  $1.122M
3/13/18 Historic Core Rowan Lofts 470  $490K
3/15/18 City West District 1100 Wilshire Lofts 750 $500K
3/16/18 South Park EVO Lofts 880 $610K
3/16/18 South Park Ritz Carlton Residence 1,880 $1.969M
3/19/18 Bunker Hill Bunker Hill Tower 481 $369K
3/19/18 Historic Core Rowan Lofts 720 $725K
3/20/18 Arts District Savoy 735 $500k
3/20/18 Arts District Metropolis 970 $1.369M
3/20/18 Arts District Toy Factory Lofts 976 $735K
3/21/18 Historic Core Shybary Grand 650 $400K
3/21/18 South Park Flower Street Lofts 1,432 $632K
3/21/18 South Park Ritz Carlton Residence 1,030 $1.125M
3/23/18 South Park The Skyline 754 $482K
3/23/18 South Park Elleven South Lofts 1,040 $610K
3/23/18 Arts District Biscuit Company Lofts 1,710 $2.1M
3/27/18 South Park Market Lofts 1,023 $600K
3/27/18 Arts District EVO Lofts 519 $410K
3/27/18 Arts District Biscuit Company Lofts 1,020 $785K
3/27/18 Central City West Vero Lofts 700 $455K
3/28/18 Historic Core Shybary Grand 650 $452K
3/28/18 South Park Market Lofts 660 $491K
3/28/18 South Park Ritz Carlton Residence 2,980 $3.350M
3/28/18 Central City West Vero Lofts 1,130 $530K
3/29/18 South Park Luma South 1,010 $640K
3/30/18 South Park The Skyline 1,193 $725K
3/30/18 South Park Metropolis 760 $720K
3/30/18 South Park Sky Lofts 1,360 $880K
3/30/18 South Park Elleven South Lofts 1,040 $615K
3/30/18 Central City West 1100 Wilshire 750 $524K
 Total:  $36,356,000




Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

It was long in the making, but the wait seems to be well worth it. Bavel, the second restaurant of the husband and wife duo who brought us Bestia, opened to rave reviews at the end of April. Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA

Highly anticipated since the announcement of its inception in 2013, Bavel takes inspiration from a wide range of Middle Eastern cuisines, all merging together perfectly.

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

The namesake of the restaurant is taken from the Hebrew word for “Babel,” the Judeao-Christian tale referencing a unified Middle East torn apart through the confusion of language.

But rest assured, there is no confusion when it comes to the quality of food at Bavel.

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

The menu is undoubtedly inspired by chef and owners Ori Menashe and wife Genevieve Gergis’ diverse background in Middle Eastern culture, with some European culinary techniques. Countries like Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco make up the taste palettes in the dishes, while Spanish and French cooking techniques tie it all together. Bavel is a representation of all of these distinct cultural backgrounds.

A total of 30 items make up the hearty menu at Bavel, including hot and cold appetizers, spreads and charcuterie, flatbreads, entrees big enough to share among your table, with a unique cocktail menu to boot.

The standout of the entire menu has to be the Slow Roasted Lamb Neck Shawarma. Tender, fatty and lean morsels of slow-roasted lamb are served with fresh Laffa bread, delicious Tahini, pickled cabbage and turnips, along with a Habanero and mango sauce.

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

Another entree to try is the Confit Tumeric Chicken Leg, served with a Yemenite pancake and fennel salad. The chicken is cooked until it is unbelievably tender, making it easy to pick up with a piece of the pancake as a hands-on dish.  

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

Lastly, the Wagyu Beef Cheek Tagine is another sharable option on the list of entrees. Made with braised cheeks, chilies, preserved lemon, turnips and green garbanzo, and served with couscous.

For appetizers and spreads, the Grilled Prawn, with a harissa marinade and eggplant tzatziki is must, while the Duck ‘Nduja Hummus brings a spicy Italian twist to a Middle Eastern staple.

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

There are four flatbread options to choose from, with the lamb and chicken liver variations being standouts. Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA

For dessert, try the Rose clove chocolate doughnuts made with Bar au Chocolat ganache and served with sherry diplomat cream. Or the licorice ice cream bon bon, made with sour licorice caramel, muscovado cake, caramelized white chocolate and Maldon salt.

Bavel Restaurant DTLA Downtown LA
Photo Courtesy Bavel / Nicole Franzen

Bavel is located at 500 Mateo Street in the Arts District, and is open from 5:00 pm everyday. Closed on Mondays. Reservations can be made here.

Cinco De Mayo History
Battle of Puebla

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s difficult victory over the French at the battle of Puebla. Under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexicans defeated the French on May 5th, 1862.

Cinco De Mayo History
General Ignacio Zaragoza – Leader of Mexican Forces


But it all really started long before this. Mexico had been through two successive wars: The Mexican–American War (1846–48) and the Reform War (1858–61). By the end of the Reform War in 1861, Mexico was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Cinco De Mayo History
Reform War assists Mexico towards Bankruptcy

War with the French

With few othe options, Mexican president Benito Juarez stopped loan payments to France, Britain, and Spain who then sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand payment.

Cinco De Mayo History
Veracruz, Mexico – Where European Invaders Disembarked 1861

Britain and Spain negotiated and withdrew their forces. France, led by Napoleon III, wanted its money, and decided to invade Mexico. Partly it wanted to establish a French influence in the New World to counter the Americans.

Cinco De Mayo History
Mexican President – Benito Juarez


Later in 1861 a 8,000 man French-fleet stormed Veracruz forcing the Mexicans into retreat towards Mexico City. Near Puebla, the smaller Mexican force of 2,000 miraculously crushed the much larger French force. That day was May 5th, 1862.
Things went back-and-forth until June 5th, 1867 when President Juarez finally booted the French out and reclaimed Mexico City.

Cinco De Mayo History
Puebla, Mexico

Los Angeles AirBnB Restrictions

After a four-year effort, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously to create the first set of rules governing Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. The first impact would be a 120 day cap; limiting the days an operator could rent out their unit. Los Angeles AirBnB Restrictions

Additionally, AirBnb would only be allowed if it was the operator’s primary residence. This would eliminate an investor buying a property soley for the purpose of putting the property on AirBnb.

The rules would also bar people from offering up an apartment for short stays, if it is covered by rent stabilization rules. In Los Angeles, this essentially means any Duplex, Triplex or more units where rent control laws apply. In these types of buildings, AirBnb would completely banned when the rules become law.

There are additional amendments that will be considered before the details become final. One that would allow a property owner to petition to exceed the 120 cap through a process that would include notification of neighbors. One issue that would be considered in this petition process is if the operator has any nuisance violations.

It is estimated that of the potential 23,000 homes and units available for rent in Los Angeles, as many as 10,000 are used primarily for short-term rentals. In 2016, this added up to 456,000 nights booked on Airbnb alone.  Under the existing framework, estimates put Los Angeles’ tax revenue at $52 million in the coming year. This will surely drop with implementation of the new rules.

Neighborhood groups and the hotel industry have long called for short-term rentals rules on the basis that the industry disrupts neighborhoods as de-facto hotels are running wild. Additionally, much needed apartments were being taken off the market when there is already a shortage of housing for low and middle-income Angelenos. Los Angeles AirBnB Restrictions

Airbnb, says any restrictions on short-term rentals would limit residents ability to earn extra income when living costs are skyrocketing.

The proposals must go before planning commissioners for further analysis. Then a final vote with the city council and if passed it would become law. It is expected this could take up to four months.


2018 Grand Performances Talent Line Up


Downtown’s premiere free summer concert series returns to the WaterCourt Stage at California Plaza for the 2018 season.

For over three decades, Grand Performances has brought top local and international talent to eager ears from all over the city. This year, a mixture of various musical genres, along with dance, comedy and socially aware acts to provided a well-rounded docket  for the summers festivities.

Below are our highlights of the line up. More information about the event and the full line up can be found here.


Friday, June 1 – 8:00 pm

Higher! The Psychedelic Soul & Genius of Sly and The Family Stone







Kick off the summer with a very special tribute to the world-renowned music of Sly and The Family Stone, hosted by filmmaker and music critic Nelson George. Covering nearly two decades of Sly’s funk and soul career, this musical celebration is exclusively produced for Grand Performances by Dexter Story, Rocio Wyldeflower Contreras and Novena Carmel.

This trip through psychedelic funk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t miss the ride!

Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16 – 8:00 pm

Kristina Wong, Peter J. Harris, d. Sabela grimes – C.O.L.A. Night


An evening of comedy, poetry and dance brought by the Department of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship is set to take over the Grand Performances stage for two nights in June.








Kristina Wong is a comedian and performance artist; and is also possibly a politician. Kristina Wong for Public office is a satirical take of the a very real issue, the absurdity of our political system. Watch her walk the line between comedy and political commentary through the use of faux campaign speeches as art.














Peter J Harris blends rhythmic poetic words with a musical backing, together forming Trance. The play between human speech, dynamic silence and musical undertones explore various states of emotion. Harris’ poetry will be accompanied with original music by Ed Barguiarena.

Known for his development of the movement system Funkdamentals, D. Sabela Grimes is one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets of dance. HIs choreographies consider invisibilized histories and grapple with constructed notions of masculinity and manhood.

Saturday, June 23rd – 8:00 pm

Secret Life of Muslims











Spend the evening with stars of the Emmy- and Peabody-nominated digital series, The Secret Life of Muslims, as they present a variety show of live music, comedy, and short films from the series’ second season. Real life humor and stories that show we’re not so different after all.

Friday, July 6th – 8:00pm

Ginkgoa | The Vignes Rooftop Revival












When French songs have an American vibe and American songs have a French twist, the inspirations collide into a hybrid genre of the 21st century. Welcome Ginkgoa with their hot gypsy jazz and electro beats.












The Vignes Rooftop Revival

L.A.’s own gypsy jazz band, The Vignes Rooftop Revival got their start on the rooftops of buildings in the Arts District. They will take the stage to perform the music of Django Reinhardt in a style all their own.

Saturday, July 7 – 8:00pm

Bootsy Collins













Legendary. That’s the only way to describe Bootsy Collins and his career spanning well over 40 years. From his early days working with James Brown to garnering world-wide fame and success with Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy is one of the godfathers of funk and soul.

He’ll be gracing the Grand Performances stage to play his greatest hits along with some newer songs.

Saturday, July 22 – 8:00pm

HanHan & Gingee


Canadian artist Han Han, who raps in Tagalog and Cebuano, joins Angeleno Artist Gingee to take you through an exploration of the eclectic sounds of Pinay hip-hop as it relates to the Filipino community. The Pinay experience inspires these cross-cultural artists to incorporate traditional sounds and lyrics with English verses.

Saturday, August 18 – 8:00pm















Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Sogand is an Iranian underground hip-hop artist known for her soulful and sultry voice and remarkable capability of singing in both Persian and German. She stylishly blends rap, R&B, jazz, funk, blues and pop into her music.

LA Councilmember Jose Huizar and members of the community at the groundbreaking for improvements coming to Little Tokyo

A $5.3 million initiative to revamp infrastructure in dozens of locations across Little Tokyo began last week with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Los Angeles Councilmember Jose Huizar.

The project will introduce 50 curb ramps, over 50 pedestrian lights, over 100 trees, improved crosswalks at six intersections, two new traffic signals, and more than 22,000 square feet of sidewalk repairs.

The improvements are part of Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA FORWARD initiative, a program aimed at improve the functionality of many of many of Downtowns busiest areas for pedestrians and bikers.

“Little Tokyo is a historic neighborhood, rich in tradition and Japanese culture,” said Councilmember Huizar in a prepared statement. “For generations it has been one of the City of Los Angeles and DTLA’s premier destinations. These upgrades will vastly improve the pedestrian experience so that locals and visitors can continue to enjoy Little Tokyo, a true Los Angeles treasure.”

Along with pedestrian safety improvements, changes include extending the pedestrian plaza by the Japanese American National Museum and plans to close the slip lane at 2nd Street and Alameda Street for use as a public art space.

The scope of the project encircles Little Tokyo, from Alameda on the east, 3rd Street and San Pedro to 4th on the south, to Main Street and Judge John Aliso Street on the west, and First Street and Temple Street on the north.

Funding for the improvements comes from about $3.1 million in Active Transportation Program funds and $2.2 million in Prop. C funds, which was passed in 1990 to fund programs improving transit in the city.

The project is estimated to finish by 2020.

Student Debt Makes Home Buying Virtually Impossible

Student loan debt has become a major barrier to home ownership across the U.S.

83% of those 22-35 blame student debt for not owning a home.

45 million Americans carry student debt with the average borrower owing $30K and 20% owing $100K. Loan payments eat up income, push down credit scores and generally make home ownership impossible.

It is expected that 40% will default on these loans by 2023. Home ownership, the primary source of US wealth, will be out-of-the-question for these Americans.

Mortgage Rates Rise for the 3rd Straight Week

Mortgage rates increased for the third consecutive this week jumping 11 basis points (.11%). They are now at a level not seen since August 22, 2013.

Mortgage applications were at similar levels from the previous week and 11% higher than a year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 37.2 percent of total applications, the lowest level since September 2008.

Rent Control Headed to November Ballot

California voters will decide if the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is repealed. Costa-Hawkins excludes buildings built after 1995 from rent control. That allows landlords to bypass rent control laws on these buildings.

If repealed, local municipalities would be able to create their own rent control measures.

Dodger Stadium Aerial Tram Proposed

Plans were submitted to LA for an aerial tram from Union Station to Dodger stadium. The $125 Million project was submitted by Drew McCourt’s company – son of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

Estimates put the ridership cost at less than standard stadium parking; Dodger Dog not included!

Mayor Garcetti called it a “bold idea to ease congestion”.

5 Million in Street Improvements for Little Tokyo

3.1 Million from the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) and $2.2 Million from Proposition C will be dedicated to the area bounded by Temple, Fourth, Main and Alameda.

The plaza by the Japanese American Museum will be widened, cracked sidewalks repaired, new crosswalks, new traffic signals, 104 new trees, improved lighting, new curb ramps, signage installed and a host of other changes will improve accessibility and pedestrian activity.

Councilman Huizar’s DTLA Forward program is spearheading the project. He says it will prepare the community for the future.

Echo Park / Silver Lake Sales Report (March ’18)

SILVER LAKE – 20 sales for $18.807 M | Highest Sale $2.275 M | Average sale $1.413 M
ECHO PARK – 21 sales for $17.962 M  | Highest Sale $1.875 M  | Average sale $855,333



In February 2018, there were 21 sales in Echo Park totaling $17,962,000Silver Lake had 20 sales for $18,807,000

Together they totaled $28,255,000. Silver Lake is extremely hot. Everything is selling for virtually 100K over asking right now.

Echo Park

The first Echo Park sales was a $1,600,000 four-plex in the heart of Echo Park on 2516 Bellevue Ave. There’s one 3-Bed/2-Bath unit and 3 2-Bed/2-Baths.

Silver Lake

The highest sale in Silver Lake was a 3-Bed/3-Bath two-level home with 2,908 Sqft. It went for $2,275,000 on 1850 Lucile Ave.

All Sales


(MARCH 2018)
3/2/18 2516 Bellevue Ave 2,919  $1.6M
3/2/18 2230 Duane St #6 1,241 $643k
3/5/18 1615 Echo Park Ave #12 1,271 $725K
3/5/18 1120 W Edgeware Rd 2,636 $1.51M
3/6/18 916 N Alvarado St 3,564  $1.225M
3/6/18 2105 Loma Vista Pl 772  $525K
3/7/18 1323 Coronado Ter 1,374  $500K
3/8/18 1637 Delta St 600 $350K
3/9/18 1921 Delta St 1,056  $725K
3/13/18 1910 Effie St 1,200  $840K
3/13/18 1086 Everett Pl 1,516  $762K
3/13/18 1360 Portia St 856  $762K
3/13/18 2412 Reservoir St 608  $670K
3/14/18 1637 Lake Shore Ave 1,519 $1.170M
3/16/18 1625 N Alvarado St 2,648 $1.028M
3/16/18 163 N Edgeware Rd 3,386 $1.050M
3/20/18 1044 W Edgeware Rd 2,917 $1.580M
3/20/18 1048 W Kensington Rd 4,643 $1.820M
3/23/18 2329 Avon St 2,601 $1.875M
3/27/18 2400 Valley View Dr 3,000 $680K
 Total:  $17,962,000


(MARCH 2018)
3/1/18 3426 Winslow Dr 2,127  $1.5M
3/5/18 3969 Clayton Ave $1.360M
3/5/18 2333 Duane St 4,808 $2.01M
3/6/18 2130 Apex Ave 1,158  $850k
3/6/18 1319 Silver Lake Blvd 2,050  $1.425M
3/8/18 3056 Landa St 2,146  $1.744M
3/9/18 1389 Maltman Ave 1,381  $1.250M
3/12/18 3016 Windsor Ave 941  $1.348M
3/15/18 840 Robinson St 1,492  $1.185M
3/16/18 1850 Lucile Ave 2,908  $2.275M
3/16/18 1710 Redcliff St 1,087  $1.201M
3/16/18 1668 Redesdale Ave 2,112  $1.615M
3/19/18 1410 Talmadge St 1,728  $1.081M
3/20/18 2562 Silver Ridge Ave 1,445 $1.230M
3/22/18 1243 Sanborn Ave 616 $800K
3/23/18 937 Lucile Ave 1,501 $1.410M
3/27/18 2681 Locksley Pl 1,509 $1.545M
3/27/18 1834 Lucile Ave 1,004 $850K
3/28/18 2592 Adelbert Ave 1,518 $750K
3/30/18 2722 1/2 Auburn St 2,354 $1.375M
 Total:  $28,255,000



The newly branded Los Angeles Football Club is gearing up to usher in a new era for soccer in Southern California.

Currently competing in Major League Soccer for its first season, LAFC is quickly taking the city by storm. An exciting array of players that were brought in, along with a star-studded ownership group, creates the type of hype around the team that LA sport fans live for.

With the new Banc of California Stadium set to be unveiled this Sunday as the Seattle Sounders come to town, the world be be watching.

The following are five reasons you should start following the Los Angeles Football Club today.

World-Class Players

A new team with this much hype around it has to have the players to back it up, and LAFC has done just that.

Carlos Vela for LAFC. Via: Carlos Vela Twitter

The hallmark signing of Carlos Vela last August set the bar high for the quality of players the team was set to attract. Vela is a star on the Mexican national team, and is bound to bring a drove of Mexico and world soccer fans to each game.

Other notable signings include US national team veteran Benny Feilhaber, Egyptian national team player Omar Gaber, Belgian national team player Laurent Ciman, and 20-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi.

Carlos Vela, Carlos Ureña and Diego Rossi celebrate a goal. Via: LAFC Instagram

Star-Studded Ownership

It wouldn’t be Los Angeles without some big time names involved.

An ownership group of 30 was put together to ensure the long-term success of the team, with each owner bringing their unique experience in order to make LAFC a well-rounded organization.

Hollywood star Will Ferrell and NBA star Magic Johnson are among the ownership team. Aso involved are US soccer legend Mia Hamm-Garciaparra along with husband Nomar Garciaparra are members of the ownership team looking to make LAFC a powerhouse in the soccer world.


Off to a Great Start

LAFC have quickly adopted a winning mentality. To start their very first season, they have won four of six games, including 5-1 pummeling of Real Salt Lake, and most recently a 5-3 comeback win against the Montreal Impact.


Although the heartbreaking loss to rivals LA Galaxy has been a blemish on this early season, it has kickstarted a rivalry that is sure to heat up over the coming years.

Brand New Stadium

The Banc of California Stadium is the new home of LAFC. Being the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles in several decades, soccer lovers in the heart of the city have a new cathedral to go enjoy the beautiful game in.

With seats as close as 12 feet from the field, and with all 17,500 season tickets already sold, there is no doubt the stadium will be rocking all season long.

Supporters Groups

Independent supporter groups are a great way for new fans to get involved with the team and culture surrounding it. There are groups popping up all over the city, with a wide range of activities and viewing parties to keep the hype going.

The 3252 supporting LAFC against the LA Galaxy

Most notable of the groups is The 3252. As a non-profit organization, the group aims to cultivate long-term interest in the team and sport through grassroot efforts and in-stadium activities. They are looking to become the best supporter group in the country, and so far they have delivering on their promise.


Stay tuned to Happening in DTLA for more coverage of LAFC.

Topping off Celebration

The celebration for the completion of vertical construction took place yesterday at the Grammy Museum’s Target Terrace in LA Live. The location was perfectly situated for viewing of the complex’s final beam being raised.

Oceanwide Plaza

Oceanwide is a DTLA residential and retail complex under construction in South Park on the former site of vacant parking lots. It lies across the street from the Staples Center and LA Convention Center.

It includes three towers of aiming for the sophisticated and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Tower one will be a 675-ft, 49-floor five-star Park Hyatt Hotel with 184 rooms and 164 “Residences”. Towers II and III will have 504 residential condominiums.

Final Beam Raised

The topping off ceremony signals the end of vertical construction with the final beam being raised into place.

Final Beam Memorialized

Prior to being raised into place, the last beam was signed by guest attendees and will now always be a part of the building.

Award Presented

Councilman Huizar presents an award to Oceanwide for their efforts in DTLA’s SouthPark.

LA County March Real Estate prices sets second consecutive record HIGH $

In March, for the second consecutive month, LA County real estate set a record high median price. The median jumped to $585,000, a $5,000 increase over February and a 6.6% increase over March 2017.

The record held across six major counties of Southern California as well. The new median record for those counties was $519,000 up from $479,000 a year earlier.

LA real estate is setting records all over the place: Highest median price, highest interest rate, highest sale. There seems to be no slow-down of the HOT HOT LA real estate market; everything is on the go.

As we reported earlier in the week, interest rates were at their highest level in four years, up about .5% since the beginning of the year. But even the rising interest rates don’t seem to be slowing down sales.

The total number of homes sold in March was up nearly 43 percent versus February. There have been periods of much higher sales in the past but currently there is also a lack of inventory at play so houses are selling in fewer days. It is not uncommon for properties to go on the market and be in escrow almost immediately.

Davi Nogueira, a specialist in Downtown and Silver Lake, says the market is on fire. He recently put a client in escrow, after going $125,000 over asking price. And it was the ninth property they made an offer on. He says “Norheast LA is the next Brooklyn; start investing before it’s too late.”

Davi Nogueira (DTLA, Silver Lake specialist)


The current rate of price increases is really unsustainable but that said, LA is unique in there is a shortage of land across the board and it is difficult to build. In New York, you can put up a 40-Story building almost anywhere and everywhere. In Los Angeles, there is a shortage of space, numerous regulations, and residents battling developments and developers. For decades, not enough homes have been built and the problem is not set to be fixed anytime soon. 

In addition to high prices, next week is expected the highest ever sale in Los Angeles County. Hotelier Peter Morton is in contract to sell his oceanfront property in Carbon Beach for $110 Million. Better known as Billionaire’s beach, this Malibu sale will eclipse the previous highs of $100 Million for the Playboy Mansion and another $100 Million Beverly Hills sale. Both of these were in 2016.

Prices can’t go up for ever but with a never-ending supply of sunshine, beaches, Hollywood star-power, and much more, it will be interesting to see how the LA real estate market plays out.




LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles


It looks so perfect that those who’ve seen it closely wonder if the 86,000 Sqft. of Bermuda grass is real! It is and after 20 months of construction and $350 Million, Banc of California Stadium is open and ready for action. It’s the first L.A. built open-air stadium since 1962. LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles

Opening ceremonies last Wednesday included a  ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mayor and other dignitaries; including Magic Johnson one of many stars in the ownership group.

LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles



The stadium is home to the Los Angeles Football Club and Saturday the stadium saw it’s first action with fans entering for the Official Watch Party for the game against the Montreal Impact. LAFC won 5-3 with a comeback to bring their record to 4-2 this year.

The first home game will be this Sunday evening against the Seattle Sounders.

The stadium boasts 22,000 seats; with the closest only 12 feet from the touchline. All 17,500 season tickets have already been sold; leaving only single-game tickets, mostly in the North-End supporters’ section.LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles


No stadium is complete without an excellent lineup of food and drink. One the beer front, macro and local craft beers from places like the Three Weavers Brewing. 

Food options include Multiple stands from Chicas Tacos, Bludso’s BBQ sandwiches, Beer Belly, Seoul Sausage with Korean flavored favorites, pizza from The Crest, Middle Eastern from The Roost, pressed sandwiches from The Press, LA Rotisserie and more.

There will also be soft server ice cream from CVT Soft Serve.

LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles

LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles


Using 5 million pounds of steel, the stadium was built on the former site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. It is located in Exposition Park, steps from the Coliseum, USC, and future site of the Lucas Museum.

It is LEED certified and the roof is 85 feet above street level.

It is accessible from the Expo Line, 5% of parking spaces will have EV charging stations and includes 440 bike parking spots and the bike path is integrated with My Figueroa Project.

LAFC Soccer Stadium Los Angeles


Michael Govia, a local Realtor and Soccer Aficionado lives nearby and was extremely excited to see the stadium complete and looks forward to catching many games.

He says the stadium is “state of the art, unreal and is a great asset to the neighborhood and says Here we come Olympics 2028!!


Photography and Video provided by Richard Harris.