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Jason S. Mandell

California High Speed Rail to Award $9 Million PR Gig to Ogilvy

Is it impossible to hire a PR firm that isn't staffed by former Schwarzenegger aids?After taking a beating for handing a $9 million public relations contract to Mercury Public Affairs, whose partners include several former members of Schwarzenegger's inner circle, the Californa High Speed Rail Authority is expected to give......

L.A. Forced to Rethink Affordable Housing Plan

It's back to the drawing board for city planners who've been working on Mayor Villaraigosa's much-touted affordable housing plan. While officials were supposed to present an outline of the plan to the City Council this month, they're now saying they have to rethink the terms of the "mixed-income ordinance," reports......

Villaraigosa Lofts a Hail Mary at Transit Projects

Perhaps to remind us that he can attract media attention simply by suggesting pie-in-the-sky ideas, Mayor Villaraigosa yesterday and today made headlines by declaring that he will do in 10 years what everyone says will take 30. That is, he vowed to fast-track several rail projects throughout L.A. County, including......

Shepard Fairey's Fumbles May Cost Him Lucrative L.A. Public Art Project

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Shepard Fairey, the Echo Park renegade-turned-commercial artist whose iconic Obama campaign poster brought him national attention. First, he admitted lying in a lawsuit involving the Associated Press, which is demanding that Fairey pay royalties for using an AP photo of the president......
Assemblyman-turned-public affairs consultant Fabian Nunez

Nunez Cleared in Ethics Probe, but Are Spending Laws Too Lenient?

Former State Assemblyman Fabian Nunez was cleared of wrongdoing in an ethics investigation that had already damaged the reputation of the Democrat, who is now a prominent public affairs consultant. Apparently spending $155,000 in campaign funds on lavish international travel, wining and dining in destinations such as Bordeaux, France and......
DWP's downtown headquarters

L.A. Loses Out on Federal Money for Water and Power Improvements

Only two cities in L.A. County will receive a portion of the White House's $3.4 billion stimulus funding for energy efficiency programs. Los Angeles is not one of them. Burbank and Glendale will each get $20 million in federal funding to help them develop "smart grid" programs, reports the Glendale......