The Central City Association that boasts with justification that it has “L.A.’s most powerful rolodex” loves the appointment of Michael LoGrande as City Planning Director.
Here’s what the CCA email newsletter has to say about it:
At the invitation of Mayor Villaraigosa, CCA President & CEO Carol Schatz attended a press conference and reception for Michael LoGrande to announce his nomination by the Mayor to succeed Gail Goldberg as the Director of the Department of City Planning. As the Chief Zoning Administrator for the department, Michael is responsible for reviewing major development projects.
His work in the department has covered a variety of critical initiatives, including the creation of the Expedited Processing Section. This section has successfully entitled many major downtown development projects such as Grand Avenue, Concerto, Luma, Evo, Hanover, and the Biscuit Company Lofts.
Michael understands the need to quickly move projects through the pipeline to bring more jobs, tax revenue, and economic development to Los Angeles. Despite the Planning Department’s reduction in resources, Michael continues to be accessible and responsive to our requests for assistance.
Michael has a strong track record in getting things done and we could not be more supportive of the Mayor’s decision to nominate him as the next Director. The nomination still must be approved by the Planning & Land Use Management Committee and the City Council.