The Los Angeles Clippers manage to beat the Boston Celtics 92-90, thanks to a fallaway buzzer shot from Baron Davis. Around LA Live, a shocked roar came from each sports bar, startling skaters on the ice rink.
Before the game, Celtic jerseys outnumbered Clippers wear and may be why it was the first sell-out home game for the other home team. Heck, it seems there were more fans wearing L.A. Lakers jerseys heading into Staples Center.
Anyone heard anything about Little Tokyo's Nikkei Center? The corner of First and Alameda has been quiet except for the completed Gold Line Eastside Extension and Metro's underground plan for a regional connector proposal.
Grand Ave Project? Time to move on, some say. Park Fifth? No longer looking up. Brockman Building, home of Bottega Louie? Bankruptcy. Angels Flight? Who knows. Even with a recent test run in the last rain, no real word. One Sante Fe? A date for groundbreaking is pending.
Five projects that had a lot of attention, and except for One Sante Fe, lost their pulse in 2009.
. . . Downtown LA gave to me: Four Downtown Rings.
The Laker's 15th NBA title is the fourth since relocating to Downtown Los Angeles.
Granted, the 25 arrests made LA look like they never won anything before. But LAPD had their own victory press conference with the arrest of Micheal Rivas. Thanks to flickr, he was caught looting Red Star from a Downtown Shell Station.
As for the Lakers, they playing well enough to encourage real fans to consider another back-to-back title is very possible.
Pictured: Victory dance on Chick Hearn Court, in front of Staples Center.
. . . Downtown L.A. gave to me; Three Police Chiefs.
When LAPD Chief William Bratton announced his resignation, it caught everyone by surprise. It would have made for a solid opening for a new cop drama. That's nothing new for this storied police department that's been subject of countless film and TV shows.
The selection process had little drama, and in fact, became a love-fest for the officer who cleaned up Rampart Division and appears to be a spiritual leader who will carry on Bratton's message from the reform mountain.
In TV-pitch talk, Chief Beck and his family of sons, fathers, daughters, and spouses serving, or served, in law enforcement is a cross between "Southland" and "7th Heaven." So far, it's a feel-good family drama that had a debut in Fall.
THREE CHIEFS: Chief of Police Charles Beck. Below, William Bratton and interim chief Michael Downing.
. . . Downtown L.A. gave to me; Two Skating Rinks.
Pershing Square (below) competition from LA Live's Ice Rink (above) has you wondering if LA has enough skaters to fill both rinks. Both camps are bound to claim numbers are good. It comes down to what view you want when you find yourself sitting on the ice after a fall.
Before a busy Friday night rehearsal for "The Nutcracker Swings," City Ballet of Los Angeles company dancer Mary Tarpley tries out the stage of The Orpheum Theater. Performances of CBLA's "The Nutcracker," set in 1940's Los Angeles, are being held today, Saturday 19, at 2pm and 8pm. [cbla]
You see them all the time in and around the Arts District. Photographers shooting models using the former warehouses as backdrop. Downtown News reports that on Monday, around 6pm on Sixth near Mateo, photographer Daniel Salazar Moreno and model Adriana Palacios were struck by a car driven by Moises Casillas. According to LAPD, the photographer was pronounced dead at the scene. The model was taken was taken to a local hospital and treated for fractured left leg and right knee. The 26 year old driver told LAPD the 1996 Honda Accord he was driving and lost control and had a "mechanical failure."