Of all the crimes committed against the people by City
Hall, the greatest is what they have done to the city’s neighborhoods and the
quality of life – and what they are now planning to do.
For that, they deserve the political death penalty – they
should be voted out of office unless they can make an overwhelming case that
they have stood against corruption and incompetence, stood against giveaways to
the rich and influential of untold millions intended for the poor, stood
against the endless increases in rates and fees to pay for unaffordable labor
contracts, stood against the lies and deceit.
Name one of them who has stood up for the four million
people of this city instead of pandering to the developers, contractors, unions
and other special interests that feed their campaigns with cash in exchange for
They posture and preen and cover the nakedness of their
crimes with the fig leaves of fictional narratives that have nothing to do with
what is going on behind the scenes in back rooms.
The battleground now – one that will determine the future
of Los Angeles more than any other issue – is approval of the Hollywood
Community Plan (HCP) that goes before the Planning Commission at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Room 350. (http://cityplanning.lacity.org/ search CPC-2005-6082-CPU)
Given how the commission system has been politicized just
like the upper echelons of the bureaucracy, the approval is a mere formality
even if hundreds of people show up to protest.
It will take a well-organized and sustained protest movement to stop
this – or the resources to file a lawsuit against the numerous failings of the HCP.
The Planning Commission was put on notice Monday that the
plan will end up in court.
Long-time activists Jim O’Sullivan and Mike Eveloff sent
the commission a letter on Monday outlining in great detail the numerous “fatal
flaws” in the plan, accusing officials of “municipal malpractice” and threatening
prompt legal action.(LA Planning Commission Letter_Hoilywood CPC- 2005-6082-CPU.pdf) (serious_impacts_Final.docx)
“While the growth-inducing policies contained in the HCP
are certainly a matter of opinion, our comments do not address the policy
aspects of the HCP. Rather, we focus on
the insufficiencies of the environmental review provided in the FEIR,” they
“The flawed nature of the FEIR renders each of its
conclusions baseless and without merit.
Per State CEQA guidance a Statement of Overriding Consideration must be
based on substantial evidence which it defines as follows:
evidence includes facts, reasonable assumptions predicated upon facts, and
expert opinions supported by facts.
evidence is not argument, speculation, unsubstantiated opinion or narrative,
evidence which is clearly inaccurate or erroneous, or evidence of social or
economic impacts which do not contribute to or are not caused by physical
impacts on the environment.
“The “facts” used by the FEIR are out-of-date and are not
as specified in the General Plan Framework.
Speculation abounds throughout the FEIR and its mitigations.”
In sending out the letters, O’Sullivan said in his email that ”what we found … is there is no there,
there. None of the mitigation’s listed in the Hollywood Plan FEIR have any
funding attached, which is a CEQA no-no. It looks like they are looking to set
up mega development fees to cover some things but that we believe opens up an
environmental justice issue, namely only rich area’s with development will get
fee’s from infrastructure fixes.”
City Planning Director Michael LoGrande who got his job by doing the bidding of the politicians without regard to the interests of residents has sent out an email blast to Hollywood business owners saying “I need support” for the plan in the face of community opposition.(LoGrande email.docx)
He listed the numerous “incentives” that will be available to them, noting the increases the Floor-to-Area-Ratios” dramatically by 50 to 100 percent to allow for much more density and “removes many development limitations.”
Make no mistake:This is planning without a plan, merely the elimination of all rules and standards.
City Hall’s vision for L.A. is to make downtown like Tokyo’s Ginza and Hollywood like Times Square and to continue to rob the city’s neighborhoods to pay for it just as they have done for decades with the billions of dollars that the Community Redevelopment Agency has given away to downtown and Hollywood developers.
During all those years, L.A. gained a million new residents and lost nearly 100,000 jobs while poverty soared, neighborhoods deteriorated and the infrastructure rotted.
All that will be left if this goes through are playgrounds for the rich and slums for everyone else. It is the death knell for Los Angeles.