Help solve the mystery: Who Killed Hollywood? Or is there another explanation to the strange events that occurred during debate on the disastrous Hollywood Community Plan.
The date was June 19, last Tuesday in the City Council. Supporters and opponents of the HCP — otherwise known as Garcetti’s Folly or the “Skyscraper City Plan” — got time to speak and then what passes for City Council debate began with everyone in the room knowing the vote as usual would be unanimous.
Hollywood activist Ziggy Kruse was filming the debate in the Council Chamber when she saw something strange occur.
It was 3 minutes, 10 seconds into Richard Alarcon’s raising the issue of the City Attorney’s office having suggested environmental protections in the HCP should be stronger — a proposal that apparently was off limits for public discussion as the stonewalling by top city planners indicates.
At that moment, the Council camera captures Paul Krekorian getting up out of his seat at the far end of the horseshoe and making a beeline to the dais as caught in this brief clip from the broadcast:
Ziggy spots the intensity of the conversation between Krekorian and Assistant City Attorney Dion Connell and keeps her camera following a visibly concerned Connell as he confers with other city officials over a few minutes while another city official whispers in Alarcon’s ear. The drama ends with Connell and Alarcon having a good laugh.
Hollywood community activists are looking to sue to block the HCP. arguing it is based on faulty data and needs a full EIR which the city avoided by claiming it’s just an update to the 1988 HCP.
A lip reader could have fun and maybe learn a lot studying the video of the conversations that Ziggy Kruse caught while Alarcon was hesitantly raising a curious question about the City Attorney wanting greater environmental protections.
“Honestly, I see both options as being legal,” Alarcon began without spelling out what options he meant. He then headed circuitously toward his question: “How far behind are we on our community plans?”
Planning Director Michael LoGrande gave him a long-winded response that never came close to answering the question so Alarcon pushed on asking, “So we are taking longer and longer to complete these community plans?”
LoGrande showed just how obtuse he is by double-talking without answering so Alarcon tried again by referring to “with the City Attorney’s proposal would that expedite our process or slow it down even further?”
LoGrande: “I’m not exactly sure of your question, what proposal is that?”
Stammering and clearly reluctant to explain, Alarcon said: “The proposal to uh increase the uh environmental impact aspects … ”
Unable to answer, LoGrande turns it over to planner Kevin Keller who is even smoother at double-talking than LoGrande, blathering about nothing.
“That wasn’t my question,” said Alarcon, giving up on making his point that actually requiring full environmental protections in writing community plans would slow down the process, already years behind schedule, so why bother worrying about the impact of the quality of life and health and safety of the citizenry.
At precisely the moment that Keller starts speaking the Council camera panned to the horseshoe showing Councilman Paul Krekorian marching to the dais where he would engage in the whispered conversation with Assistant City Attorney Dion Connell.
Here is the full Channel 35 broadcast of the scene and the full Ziggy Kruse video. Sync them up with the sound from the broadcast and Ziggy’s without sound and watch the two realities: The feigned stupidity of city planners that was broadcast and the background mystery Ziggy captured: