Hollywood Becomes Fraudywood

M FraudywoodIn order to have the City Council approve the Garcetti Hollywood Community Plan on June 19, 2012, the HCP EIR deceitfully inflated Hollywood’s 2005 population by 23,880, claiming to have used SCAG Regional Transportation Plan numbers.

After the three lawsuits were filed and finding that the SCAG 2005 RTP had absolutely no data for Hollywood and finding no SCAG data on Hollywood’s population for any year including 2005 baseline or for the fictitious population of 244,602 ppl in 2030 anywhere in the 70,000 pages of administrative record, concerned citizens made a Government Code, § 6250 request for the SCAG population data on Hollywood.  Guess what? SCAG had NO public data. There never was any official or public population data for the 2005 population of 224,426 ppl.  Thus, it was a material fraud to tell the public that the baseline 2005 population was 224,426 ppl. Continue reading

Time to Take Action – A Hollywood Neighbor Speaks

by Daniel Costa –

Here are my observations of the PLUM meeting that took place yesterday. It was predictably a grotesque display of backstage hand-shaking, shoulder-patting and self-praising by the Council Members with special interest and ties to the developers they’re so intimately in bed with. Business as usual when it comes to the development of Hollywood.

We first heard from the Hollywood Community Plan (HCP) Staff who was generously offered 45 minutes to gloat in a vague language and often-inaccurate statistics about the benefits their project would have on the community. Of course this was reciprocated and echoed repeatedly throughout the entire presentation by the Assembly Members like an impeccable performance by two stage actors (no doubt they’ve had a chance to hone their rehearsal skills in the past).

This was followed by a procession of the habitual interested parties in favor of the plan as well as other leaders who had been coerced into submission in exchange for gifts and special consideration. Much like the fans at a sporting event, the majority of those in favor sat in the front rows while the few against the plan congregated in the back in a stance of solidarity, each side cheering for their own team.

Then came the time for the public to speak, just a handful of us trying to represent the interest of our peers in the community. Mind you, we were given exactly one minute to get our point across, a true testament to the declining power that people possess in our current Democracy. Nevertheless, each of us stoically took turns conveying our objections to a panel we knew had already made up its mind on the outcome of this hearing. Some of us got cut off by an annoying game buzzer as if we were contestants on Jeopardy, while others managed to barely speed through their soliloquy.

 

But as I looked around the majestic room in City Hall, there was something, someone or rather a sound of crucial importance missing from this meeting… The voice of the residents and constituents who have the most at stake if this proposal is implemented. Why, one may ask out of logical curiosity? And the answer is because 99% (Doesn’t that figure sound familiar these days) of the people who live and work in our community have no clue that their city is about to get ransacked by a bunch of unscrupulous developers who have been given “Carte Blanche” to do as they please. Of course this is intentional by the powers that be for all the obvious reasons. An educated public is not in their best interest and would put a serious damper on their plans to fill their pockets.

Yet either the developers or our city officials are the ones who will have to deal with the aftermath and irreversible consequences this faulty plan will have on our community for years to come. They will not be the ones sitting in massive traffic, circling endlessly to find a place to park, or facing inadequate police and fire response time to name just a few of the perils we will be faced with. Nor will they be forced to watch architectural atrocities and blunders such as the hideous “project” on the corner of Hollywood & Western (Eric Garcetti’s claim to fame) and many others that have been hastily erected around the city. And furthermore, they will not be the ones to see their home and property values depreciating by the cheapening and commercialization of a historical city that deserves to be restored to its former glory and integrity. That’s because I guarantee you that the majority of these officials and their cronies will not be residing anywhere close to Hollywood when the crap hits the fan. But I do envision us cursing their names from the havoc they leave behind.

So please get involved right now before it’s too late. As mentioned in the post above, there is another meeting on April 17, 2012. This is your chance to get your 1-minute of fame. If enough of us overwhelm City Hall, create petitions, inform our neighbors and create a sizable movement, our voice will be heard! I also met with a few attorneys who will take legal action if the plan goes through, but they will need financial and active support from our community.

If like me, you love this neighborhood and would like it to be restored in a responsible and manageable way with the architectural/historical integrity and respect it deeply deserves, so that it may benefit its residents rather than the deep pockets of a few interested parties, I plea that you get involved ASAP!

Unsafe Skyscrapers for Hollywood

Did you know that the Hollywood Community Plan proposes amendments to the Fire/Building Code (public safety) to allow High-Rise Buildings with NO Emergency Helicopter Landing Facilities?

“If this provision in the Hollywood Community Plan survives,” Los Angeles Planning Commissioner Michael K. Woo said in an email last Friday, “then that will be very significant.”

“The City Planning Commission action on the Hollywood Community Plan included an amendment which would encourage a more spectacular skyline in Hollywood,” Woo said, “by allowing mid-rise and high-rise building to have more visually striking, three-dimensional building tops such as the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building in New York, the Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco, or City Hall” – constructed in 1928, nearly a half-century prior to the 1974 Code update – in Los Angeles.”

There’s only one problem: If you are trapped on an upper floor in a life-threatening fire you will have no escape!

For the full article, go to:

Laws That Shaped L.A.: Why is the Los Angeles Skyline So Bland?

 

How Did Garcetti Get the Hollywood Plan Sooooo Wrong?

By Richard Lee Abrams –

By ignoring the facts and relying on fiction, myths, and lies, Garcetti’s
beloved Hollywood Community Plan was wrong by 37,000 residents as of
2010 and its population projection for 2030 is overstated by 60,000
persons. That’s right, Garcetti wants Hollywood to prepare for about
250,000 people in 2030, when the more likely population will be 190,000…Read full article: Garcetti Got it Wrong

Is This What YOU Envision for Hollywood? Los Angeles?

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Mayor Villaraigosa wants what he calls “elegant density”
The City reads your silence as support for this vision.

The Hollywood Community Plan is just the first of 35 Community Plans that will cover every part of Los Angeles. It is the template for all the plans that will follow.

The Zoning Administrator, the Central Area Planning Commission, and the City Planning Commission approved this Plan in just four weeks, with only minor changes.

The Plan, as it stands, is a gift to the land developers who have contributed to the campaigns of the Mayor and Council members.

Almost every Neighborhood Association and City-Certified Neighborhood Council in Hollywood has taken official positions in strong opposition to the Plan and its effect on the Hollywood Community.

The City of Los Angeles is updating the Community Plans that control land use and zoning. These plans set the vision for the future of Los Angeles. Community Plans have an enormous impact on all of our lives—for good or bad.

Every resident Citywide needs to know that they could effectively lose any chance to defend their own local Community Plans if The Hollywood Community Plan passes unchallenged and is certified.

This Hollywood Community Plan would allow for…

• INCREASED DENSITY IN BUILDING HEIGHTS = MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
• HISTORIC SITES NOT PROTECTED (HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE FEELS THAT THE PLAN IS A BLUEPRINT FOR THE DISTRUCTION OF HOLLYWOOD’S HISTORIC BUILDINGS)
• OBSCURING THE VIEWS OF THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS
• REDUCED PROPERTY VALUES
• CREATE CONCRETE CANYONS (BLOCKING SUNLIGHT)

The really objectionable part of the Hollywood Community Plan is the proposed massive increase in development without any plan for updating the existing inadequate infrastructure:

• PAVING OF ROADS (TO DEAL WITH INCREASED USE)
• UTILITIES (WATER, ELECTICAL, SEWAGE, GAS ETC.)
• PUBLIC SERVICES (POLICE, FIRE, GARBAGE, ETC.)
• TRAFFIC CONTROLS AND TRAFFIC MITIGATION

We, PEOPLE FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES, a coalition of concerned Angelenos, are reaching out to neighbors across the city. If you would like more information:
email info@plcla.org or for further information, call us at 323.380.8970.

You can also contact Councilman Garcetti with your comments or complaints since the plan was endorsed by him (whether or not you are in his district). Copy your own councilman with your comments or complaints.

http://lacity.org/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/index.htm

District 13 – Eric Garcetti
City Hall Office (213)-473-7013
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 475
Los Angeles, CA 90012
councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

District 4 – Tom LaBonge
City Hall Office (213)-473-7004
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 480
Los Angeles, CA 90012
councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

District 5 – Paul Koretz
City Hall Office (213)-473-7005
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
paul.koretz@lacity.org