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Wannabe Mayor Garcetti: ‘People Are Free to Move Out of Hollywood Because It Is Overly Dense’

People always tell the truth even when they are lying through their teeth because as Freud showed a long time ago, the unconscious is very powerful and given to eruptions like the earthquake faults beneath us.

Eric Garcetti is a prime example, proof of what I say, because he is so self-conscious, so contrived, rehearsed and scripted, in almost everything he says that the truth slips out under his breath or in a throwaway line as it did when he was blowing smoke Tuesday to obscure what the controversial Hollywood Community Plan Update was really about.

It’s about high-density skyscrapers subsidized by taxpayers for the benefit of developers cashing in on the billions of dollars in previous taxpayer investment to restore Hollywood to a measure of its former glory.

Hollywood is just the beginning. Six more community plan updates – a cynical device to get around environmental laws — will be rolling out soon to revamp land use and zoning rules to allow high-density development in your neighborhood.

The excuse for increasing density is proximity to a transit corridor which includes just about anything from rapid buses, light rail or subway stops.

So when they ask you to make permanent in November the half-cent sales tax increase for the subway-not-quite-to -the-sea, you should understand it’s not to build an efficient public transit system. It’s to build skyscrapers in your neighborhood.

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20 Responses to Wannabe Mayor Garcetti: ‘People Are Free to Move Out of Hollywood Because It Is Overly Dense’

  1. Jim O'Sullivan says:

    Ron. Good job. I would oppose any increase in our taxes for any reason. We have been lied to and mislead for far to long. Case in point for me was finding out that Measure R funds are used for Transit Oriented Development (TOD’s), the ones they will build around subway stops. Who knew when we voted for that tax increase that it would be used in such a way?

    • Kk says:

      Jim, can you give us chapter and verse on this? I am not aware of this and would love to see the proof.

      • Jim O'Sullivan says:

        I must admit I was unaware of this also. The miracle mile residential Association was trying to figure out why a station location proposed in the draft environmental impact study dealing with a station/location change on the purple line at Wilshire and Fairfax was being moved. Someone suggested that it was because LACMA owned a portion of the property where the news station was being proposed, and that they would be able to get a grant to build a TOD at the location. I have no idea whether that is true or not or even if it figured into the decision to move the station but in researching if that was even possible I discovered, yes it was. The first link takes you to the Metro page dealing with the joint development program. The second link takes you to projects that have already taken advantage of this program. One of them is the W Hotel in Hollywood. So who knew?

        http://www.metro.net/projects/joint_dev_pgm/

        http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/joint_development/images/joint_dev_project_fact_sheet.pdf

  2. ex valley says:

    And you can stop garcetti from becoming mayor, exactly how???
    And you have a strong candidate to oppose him, yes?
    Just admit people, be honest to yourself – you lost. You can defeat Trutanich but that was easy because , face it, he is not part of the machine.
    You can do nada against garcetti or when Villar decides to become a senator.
    Could you stop berman/sherman? Ha!
    You can’t fight the Borg.

    • Vote blindly, then complain says:

      Ab 2531 was vetoed and the CRA was killed. Garcetti is falling in the ranks to be mayor and Jan Perry wisely did not attend the vote on the Hollywood Plan so she isn’t tainted. She can use the Hollywood fiasco against Garcetti.

      I don’t know why any developer would want such a loser as Garcetti to be mayor. He’s King Midas in Reverse. Everything he touches turns to Dreck.

      When these guys hire someone to do their dirty work, they don’t expect to see the jerk get the CRA’s abolished. Maybe there’s a horse’s head in Garcetti’s bed sometime soon.

      I’m jist sayin’ Ya neva know — badda bing badda boom

  3. Teddy says:

    “So when they ask you to make permanent in November the half-cent sales tax increase for the subway-not-quite-to -the-sea, you should understand it’s not to build an efficient public transit system. It’s to build skyscrapers in your neighborhood.”

    Whoa, there, even for those guys (and gal) this is an out and out lie. Now
    you all understand why we must defeat these people for good. Union members:
    Your votes at the poles cannot be separated from public. No one will know except
    you how you voted. I know that is one of the ploys used to get people to do as
    their union directs.

    Gosh, Ron, this is headline news!!!!!! Thank you.

  4. Jim O'Sullivan says:

    I must admit I was unaware of this also. The miracle mile residential Association was trying to figure out why a station/location proposed in the draft environmental impact study for the Purple Line at Wilshire and Fairfax was being moved. Someone suggested that it was because LACMA owned a portion of the property where the new station was being proposed, and that they would be able to get a grant to build a TOD at the location. I have no idea whether that is true or not or even if it figured into the decision to move the station but in researching if that was even possible I discovered, yes it was. The first link takes you to the Metro page dealing with the joint development program. The second link takes you to projects that have already taken advantage of this program. One of them is the W Hotel in Hollywood. Who knew such a thing was possible?
    http://www.metro.net/projects/joint_dev_pgm/

    http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/joint_development/images/joint_dev_project_fact_sheet.pdf

  5. anonymous says:

    this sounds familiar….
    on another topic but expressing the same attitude…
    a few years ago former LAPD Chief Bratton said…
    “if you don’t like it…leave…”

  6. Anonymous says:

    Next, he’ll ask us to move out of LA.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rosendahl who is on KPCC just said that people can leave Venice if they don’t like it. Must be a new trend of our Council scoundrels to resolve issues. Let them eat cake.

    • Vote blindly, then complain says:

      Monkey see, monkey do.

    • anonymous says:

      also reminds me of former LAPD-Van Nuys officer who suggested…
      “if you don’t like the way the neighborhood is going
      perhaps you should consider moving”…verbatim…
      by the way, he is on LAPD pension living swell in Ventura County…

  8. Wayne from Corruptopia says:

    I’LL GLADLY LEAVE L.A.—BUT THEY’LL NEED TO PAY ME MY MOVING MONEY LIKE MOLLY’S HAMBURGER STAND OWNER MRS. YI! She Got $1,200,000 from GarSlutti. I’ve put my request in for $200,000! I figure by the time I’ll sell in this crappy market after closing costs and shit like that, I’d be out that much in my loss. But I’ll TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN THE HELL OUTTA HERE!
    So the next time they say “you can leave” you tell them: OKAY PAY ME OFF TO LEAVE LIKE 1601 N. Vine St!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    @KK–Millions of Measure R monies have been given by the MTA to the Planning Department for TOD studies. You may also want to check out the amounts being wasted on TOD conferences and other nonsensical studies by the MTA. You won’t know about this because the residents who will be affected by them are never invited to the party.

    Vote No on extension of Measure R. MTA is a wasteful and incompetent bureaucracy that should not be entrusted with more public money.

    • Vote blindly, then complain says:

      The sold the original tax based on the lie that it would reduce traffic congestion. last year we learned that the subway will reduce traffic congestion 1%

      Virtual Commuting, however, would reduce traffic congestion by 30% and the need for new offices in downtown LA and Hollywood by 30%. These are the city’s own statistics dating back to 1993.

      The crooks at city hall won’t spend another cent on studying and implementing Virtual Commuting as their patrons have no finished soaking us with 19th century choo choo trains and dense high rises.

      Not time to explain it in detail here, but basically it allow wall size monitors based on fiber optics for fantastic video visiting. Yes, think VISITING anywhere in the world at the speed of light. Maybe we should call it VV for Video Visiting. This isn’t your grandfather’s Olds or your dad’s Internet.

      The US is behind Slovenia in Internet capability, where is Slovenia??? it doesn’t sound too pleasant, but it has higher math and readings scores than the US and far better Internet. Once we were content to be last in the industrialized world and now we aren’t even first in the 3rd world. Que Lastima!

      Prisa, todos tenien que aprender espanol or Chinese.

  10. JOHN WALSH says:

    HERE IS CHAPTER AND VERSE ON HOW PROPOSITION R MTA RAIL FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED FOR DEVELOPERS AT RAIL STATIONS.
    MTA BUILDS UTILITY RELOCATION AND ENHANCEMENT FOR ADJACENT
    HI-RISES INTO THE STATION CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS. THIS HAS BEEN
    STANDARD PROCEDURE SINCE THE FIRST FIVE RED LINE STATIONS.
    OTHERWISE, THE DEVELOPER WOULD HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL FOR
    MASSIVE GAS, WATER AND POWER UPGRADES NECESSARY TO BE COMPLETED
    BEFORE THE HI-RISE IS FINISHED.
    WHEN OFFICE TOWERS ARE BUILT NO WAY NEAR A RAIL STATION , THE DEVELOPER IS ON THE HOOK FOR ALL THESE UTILTY RELOCATION OBLIGATIONS.

  11. Teddy says:

    This is Saturday, June 23, 12, I just read that “R” in which we pay 8.75 % and voted for in June 2009, will be in effect until 2039. Why must we vote again? It is in effect
    for 27 more years!!!!!

    Mike Antonovich, LA County Supervisor, voted NO, when putting Measure R on the November Ballot (why???) was brought to their meeting this week. He pointed out
    that it is unnecessary. I agree. 27 years is already too long for any measure. C’mon,

  12. leslie says:

    It looks good but if there is no Revenue comming in as a result of it, then it’s really poor economic planning

  13. Wayne from Corruptopia says:

    Wow! Read the John Walsh post above!! The Train stations are built SO HIGH RISES CAN BE BUILT OVER THEM—AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE TOO!!!! Great point he makes about the electrical and gas/water UPGRADES.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Whether it is the CRA, Community Development Department, Housing Department or the MTA with their largesse, the developer always win. Has anyone noticed why LA is devoid of technical, high-tech jobs or the next wave jobs? Because, the LA economy is construction/developer centric where a handful of developers supported by labor unions and their push for temporary low-skill jobs & their political serfs ie: the Mayor and Council members win. The losers are the community whose life deteriorates by the day even as we try to build ourselves out of the depression as though vacant buildings are a sign of progress.

    This is why noone should vote for a labor supported candidate. You are voting against your own and the public interest. The labor unions have ensured their slow and steady downfall with their greed and hubris.

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