A monthly newsletter published by United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles.
UN4LA's mission is to bring communities together to plan for a sustainable future. This city's growth must be shaped by community engagement, not developer dollars.
SB 50: SCOTT WIENER STRIKES BACK
If you follow planning issues, you'll remember that last year State Senator Scott Wiener tried to overturn local zoning control with his bill SB 827. Wiener's bill failed, but he promised he'd try again and he's making good on his promise. Last year Wiener unveiled SB 50, which is another attempt to override local zoning.
Here's a link to the bill.
If you think it's important for communities to have a voice in local zoning decisions, contact your state reps. If you don't know who they are, you can find them here.
Find Your Rep
HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE: JANUARY 31 DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS
The Department of City Planning (DCP) is also making another try at pushing a bad plan on the Hollywood area. You may recall that a few years ago the DCP tried to bulldoze residents into accepting a previous version of the Hollywood Community Plan Update (HCPU), but it was overturned in court. One of the many problems with the previous plan was that City Hall didn't even get the area's population figures right, in spite of the fact that the 2010 US Census had just been released.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the new Hollywood Community Plan Update is now available. Unfortunately, the DCP seems to think that rampant upzoning is all that's needed for the area. Developers love it. Many people who live in Hollywood believe the new update will cause a continuing loss of housing accessible to the community, create a further burden for public services, and hammer our already stressed water infrastructure.
You can view the DEIR below.
Hollywood Community Plan Update DEIR
If you'd like to comment, send an e-mail to....
Linda Lou, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Be sure to include the following text in your subject line.
Subject Line: Hollywood Community Plan Update, Case No.: CPC-2016-1450-CPU, EIR: ENV-2016-1451-EIR
ALL COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 31, 2019 AT 5:00 PM.
HUGE BUDGET HOLE COULD CAUSE BIG PROBLEMS FOR CITY
While revenues to the City have been at record highs for years, we still face a structural budget deficit that could mean big trouble for all of us. Jack Humphreville breaks it down on CityWatch.
LA has an $84 Million Hole in Its Budget: Does Anyone Care?
L.A. FINALLY BEGINS THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Finally some good news. The City of LA has begun work on creating an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). This step is long overdue, but if done properly the UFMP could create a framework to begin healing and enhancing LA's urban forest. Check out the report below.
First Step: Developing an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles