There’s no disputing that the Rams are looking good at 8-3. No disputing, either, that Stan Kroenke – the real estate developer who brought the team back to the L.A. market and has it positioned as a driving force in boosting Inglewood’s circumstances and image – looks sharp around the Coliseum on game day. How sharp? He pulled off a double-breasted suit about the shade of harvest wheat with a panache unseen since Ronald Reagan brought brown back to Washington. Kroenke’s fashion turn came on the day the Rams declared themselves for real with a win over the previously high-riding New Orleans Saints, a victory that put some extra buzz into the local sporting scene … See this week’s Commentary on page 38 for more on the value of that buzz … Look just below the Commentary to our weekly Forum for a clear idea of what Kroenke’s investment in the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park means to Inglewood and the region … Personal to Paul Herrera at the Leighton Avenue parking lot off Bill Robertson Lane at the Coliseum: Thanks again for your professionalism, and keep up the good work … Lunch with three perennial members of the Business Journal’s annual LA 500, at three swank eateries in three distinct neighborhoods of the city — Toscana in Brentwood, Fleming’s at L.A. Live, and the main dining room at the California Club in the Financial District. One thing in common: Positive assessments of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chances in next year’s gubernatorial race – and high marks looking back on his two terms as the city’s chief executive … The same sampling produced mixed reviews for current Mayor Eric Garcetti in his current role … Worth noting that comments on Villaraigosa and Garcetti were volunteered, not prompted … Fair to note that it’s sometimes tougher for a mayor to get high marks while doing the job … Also worth noting that Garcetti continues his habit of answering critics with political overarchieving – he’s gotten considerably more than fringe status in the 2020 presidential conversation, and here’s guessing he raises his national profile one way or other by the time that campaign is done … Enough lunchtime chatter – onto dessert, with an observation that Los Feliz-based ice cream maker Halo Top Creamery seems to be on its way to another appearance on our annual list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies after topping the charts this year. Just a guess based on Halo Top scoring this prime connection – a freezer case right next to the self-checkout stands at Target … Talk about prime connections – anyone else notice that Hong Kong-based billionaire Li Ka-Shing has bought into Divergent 3D, a startup in Torrance that aims to make car frames out of carbon-fiber tubing and custom, 3-D-printed metal joints. Sound crazy? Apparently not to Horizons Ventures Limited, which handles private investments in the technology sector for Li, who’s among Asia’s wealthiest with a net worth of around $34 billion … Sullivan Says: Check Dana Bartholomew’s story on hospitals facing a deadline for seismic retrofits and let me know if you have any bright ideas about what might be done with the statue of Joan of Arc once Pacific Alliance Medical Center shuts down in Chinatown.
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