The Real Deal on Millennium’s Hollywood Center Project

Dear Friends and Supporters:

The Millennium Hollywood Center battle goes on.

The City has kept us and the public in the dark for most of the past year. That is rarely a good sign.

But the media continue to show interest in the Millennium Hollywood and Millennium Leaning Tower of San Francisco scandals. Please see this new article from the national real estate journal The Real Deal.

Some highlights:

  • With the Capitol Records building as a backdrop, Silverstein, joined by a dozen or so protesters, accused Millennium of using bad data to hide its project’s proximity to the Hollywood fault, which extends roughly nine miles across northern L.A., from Glendale southwest to Beverly Hills. At least five local networks ran the story — Millennium Hollywood, suddenly, was one of L.A.’s most infamous megaprojects.
  • Two days later, even though the geological agency also raised concerns, the City Council unanimously endorsed it.
  • “Certain approvals make absolutely no sense,” Silverstein said, describing the project as “the poster child for so much of what is wrong in Los Angeles.”
  • More than a decade later, two of the three council members who granted the project’s committee approval, Jose Huizar and Mitch Englander, would be indicted in a bribery scandal involving developers. It would also come out that Millennium’s law firm had hired Jeremy Chan, the son of Raymond Chan, then the city’s interim general manager of the Department of Building and Safety. The elder Chan would go on to become L.A. deputy mayor and was also indicted in the pay-to-play scandal.


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