Early word off the avenues of Century City says that no one should expect a “trash-the-accuser” strategy for Harvey Weinstein’s defense as long as Glaser Weill’s Patty Glaser is on the case. … The parking lot at Westfield Century City was among the busiest spots around town on the weekend following the Oct. 3 grand opening party that showed off the luxe center’s $1 billion renovation. … Another contender was the ArcLight Hollywood, where the parking lot was nearly as jammed with fans out to catch “Blade Runner 2049,” which apparently did much better here than most markets across the U.S. and Canada, as it took in a modest $35 million or so for the opening weekend. … Westfield Century City and “Blade Runner 2049” could both be viewed as prototypical elements of L.A. culture, but it was a very different piece of commercial art – “Loving Vincent,” which drew scant crowds at the ArcLight alongside the “Blade Runner” update – that should remind the much-vaunted content creators in these parts about the power of a tale told simply and presented beautifully. … Here’s a small tale of commercial art that could be viewed as prototypical for Beverly Hills. Turn to our Community of Business events coverage on page 26 and note Jim Jahant among the subjects photographed at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual installation dinner. Jahant is no lawyer, but he’s been active with the group for years, especially its charitable arm. How’d he get so friendly with all those barristers? He’s the retired GM of the local Brooks Brothers shop, who no doubt spent years matching the famed label’s apparel arts to the sartorial needs of a legal crowd that runs the gamut from top-gun corporate types to famous trial attorneys. … Speaking of apparel – anyone who thinks the local garment trade is a sunset industry hasn’t met the crew from WNB Commercial, a unit of Woodlands, Texas-based Woodforest National Bank that showed off stunning views with an opening party at its new office in downtown’s financial district last week. The view of David Macdonald, regional president of West Coast operations, includes a focus on the local apparel trade and other basic industries such as food makers, which remain key contributors to the local economy even if they don’t get the sort of attention lavished on the Silicon Beach crowd. … Speaking of lavishing attention – anyone else notice that San Francisco-based state Sen. Scott Wiener turned up twice in the Oct. 9 edition of the L.A. Times? A story on the front of the B section featured Wiener’s bill to allow developers who meet certain zoning, affordability and labor standards to skip some of the environmental reviews that often hang projects up. The other story, on the next page, was about a bill of his that has passed and aims to make it easier for some “low-risk” sex offenders to get their names off the state registry after 10 or 20 years, depending on the types of cases. … Sullivan Says: Perhaps the new leadership at the Times will put more focus on pols in their backyard (see story, page 6).
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