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Beverly Hills Wants MonoRails, Zumthor's LACMA Plans

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[Rodney Walker's 1959 built Ojai Residence has sold for $2.708 million. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]

This Week's Top Stories: Last Sunday, we told Mayor-Elect Garcetti how to fix LA, but nothing has been done in response, therefore we officially declare Mr. Garcetti's first term "underwhelming." Metro has released a construction schedule for the Purple Line extension's Phase 1 construction to La Cienega, with tunnel boring to begin in a few years. Lovable mall developer Rick Caruso wants to put a trolley loop connecting the Grove, Beverly Center and LACMA, and he may pony up a few dollars to do so. Meanwhile, it's still 1950 in Beverly Hills where those dumb-asses are now suggesting we all do a do-over and build monorails instead of this scary subway thing. Models of the big, blobby LACMA proposal from architect Peter Zumthor are now available for perusing via two of our galleries -- here and here. Rumors of a possible play by the Dodgers ownership to bring another team sport (NFL? MLS? LFL? MLL? NASCAR?) to Chavez Ravine are swirling. The John Lautner designed Wolff House, located above the Sunset Strip, has come back onto the market with an asking price of $7.995 million. The real estate market is hot, hot, hot in Los Angeles, as a squiggly line on a graph produced by professionals shows upward movement.