• This Property Is Condemned As had been predicted following massive fourth-quarter losses, Mereulo Maddux Properties, the largest owner of downtown L.A. properties, is seeking bankruptcy protection. L.A. Times

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  • Hate Is Enough Progressive radio station KPFK 90.7 FM has temporarily suspended its "La Causa" program following allegations the show had become a forum for anti-Semitic views. O.C. Weekly
  • Ports Looking Up -- Maybe Cargo volumes moved in L.A.'s two combined ports have lost 20 percent over 2008, but the view at the Pulse of the Ports Trade Conference is that the harbor plunge should level off in a few months, though it will take several years to return to 2007 container levels. On the other hand, ultimate recovery will occur in a  "hypercompetitive atmosphere" with newly emerging ports. Associated Press and Long Beach Press-Telegram
  • Adding Consultation to Injury According to an internal audit, construction consultants to the Los Angeles Unified School District cost taxpayers 70 percent more than in-house experts would -- and some aren't qualified for the work they do. L.A. Times
  • Herb Bust in Rowland

    High -- uh, Heights  A pocket pot farm of 12,000 marijuana plants was discovered on an acre and a half in Rowland Heights' Pete Schabarum Park, and later uprooted by police. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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  • Another One Bites the Dust Yet another local Chevy dealership has closed. This one, Champion Chevrolet of Long Beach, traces its origins back to 1947. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley's Tesla Motors announced it will produce a new, all-electric sedan at a Hawthorne plant in 2011. Long Beach Press-Telegram and L.A. Business Journal


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