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PAGE 3: Disruption Unlimited

Last week’s grand opening for the Kimpton Everly Hotel Hollywood was nearly too cool, with a fantastic mound of shellfish on ice highlighting the food choices, a pool scene worthy of a cheeky indie film, and elegant performance art playing next to a “speakeasy.” Not too cool, however, to mask the fact that the 216-room establishment is a prime example of how the hotel industry has worked to get over “disrupter” Airbnb. You won’t hear hotel execs whining much about the Digital Age competition. Check out the Everly for an example of how much the hospitality industry has upped its game, doubling down on what it does best rather than simply wringing hands. … Hollywood location scouts are next when it comes to responding to a disrupter – check Diane Haithman’s front-page story on Giggster for that angle. … Former Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Forbes correspondent Jim Flanigan reports that his big-picture view of disruption – a book titled “Koreans in Los Angeles and the U.S. – A Beacon for the Future” – has gotten a greenlight from the University of Nevada Press, not to mention a timely boost from current events. Flanigan will spend the next few months updating his research with observations and analysis of the recent saber rattling between President Donald Trump and dueling partner Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Flanigan also will seek out updated views on the rigmarole over immigration policy and other current events affecting the KorAms who have reshaped significant chunks of the business landscape here. … It’s the season for one of the original disrupters to reap what he’s sown in his latest counterintuitive enterprise – an urban winery. Rupert Murdoch has disrupted cable TV and American politics, among other corners of life, and perhaps he’ll make a mark with his Moraga Winery. It’s billed as the “only ultra premium winery in Southern California,” and situated on Murdoch’s place in Bel Air, where a crew led by longtime winery manager Carlos Contreras was bringing in the harvest in the shadow of the Getty Center last week. … Another veteran disruptor – Vicente Fox, who ended the rule of a political party entrenched for decades when he won election as president of Mexico 17 years ago – offered his unique view of Trump, NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico relations at a dinner hosted by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City last week. See page 34 for more in Commentary. … Give downtown-based AEG some credit and a role in history on a different sort of disruptiton – the once-unthinkable introduction of big-league pro sports to the gambling mecca of Las Vegas. AEG owns the Los Angeles Kings, the opponent for the newly formed Vegas Golden Knights in their first-ever home game, a preseason exhibition last week. AEG also partners with MGM Resorts on the T-Mobile Arena that the new team calls home. … Sullivan Says: No talk of disruption is complete without a mention of Amazon.com, and you can turn to page 1 for a report on how a local bid for the e-commerce behemoth’s second headquarters is shaping up.

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