It’s been a decade to remember for Los Angeles starting with 1999 and the opening of Staples Center, the $403 million, ulta-lavish, over-the-top high tech athletic arena, which opened its door with a concert by Bruce Springsteen.
Followed by The Democratic National Convention which took LA by storm, costing the city more than they bargained for.
Then came the mega-commerical The Hollywood and Highland Development Project, a $567 million revitalization of the stretch of prime property between Highland Boulvard east along Hollywood Boulevard, opens opportunities for more commerce at the behemoth retail/entertainment complex that includes the Kodak Theater (which became the home for the annual Academy Awards ).
Moving right along to 2002: The Kodak Theater, the centerpiece of TrizecHahn’s Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, opened. The Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall finally reaches completion. Located in downtown LA, the 2,290-seat home of the LA Philharmonic.
In 2003 California Governor Gray Davis was recalled in an unprecedented election that puts Hollywood’s “Terminator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the state’s driver’s seat. And how did that work out you might ask. Not so good.
2004 proved a rather blah uneventful year for the city, which sometimes is a good thing.
2005 Antonio Villaraigosa became Los Angeles’ first Latino Mayor in 133 years.
2006 All was quiet on the western front save for some celebrity set court trials and Hollywood brats getting in trouble for drunk driving, dope and just being Hollywood brats.
2007 Another pretty dull year with the boredom saved by brat pack diva Paris Hilton brief incarceration and yet another celebrity murder trial–this time music industry former great Phil Spector who is now serving time for murder. And oh year OJ Simpson was back in the news only this time it was Las Vegas where he got the rap.
2008 Couldn’t find anything interesting. Any ideas, readers?
2009 The news of the death of Michael Jackson age 50 in his rented LA mansion becomes one of the biggest celebrity press events followed by the investigation of his physician who has since undergone much scrutiny for administering drugs to the pop entertainer. His funeral brought millions of people to the city and to tears.
2010 LA’s broke and that’s no joke. California isn’t faring much better and Jerry Brown returns to his post as Governor of California saddled with plenty of problems to solve.