Exposing another chink in City Hall’s pay-to-play government for sale practices, activists fighting for the South Central Farm claimed a major victory Monday when developer Ralph Horowitz emailed city planners he will conduct a full environmental impact report before constructing a Forever 21 warehouse.
Activists atttibuted the development to a story in the Times a week ago in which David Zahniser reported Forever 21 funneled $1.3 million in campaigns supporting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who has allowed the community garden to be sold and demolished despite hie earlier promises to preserve it.
The EIR could take a full year to complete and gives South Central Farmers time to reverse the city’s actions. City planners are awaiting formal notification from Horowitz.
In the meantime, the activists are meeting tonight and prepared to send letters calling on City Controller Laura Chick (chickfarm.pdf) and state Attorney General Brown (brownfarm.pdf) to investigate the deal that led to sale of the farm allegedly below market value to a private interest even as campaign money was flowing into City Hall from special interests connected with the deal.