Back Door City Planning Meetings. You Aren't Invited.

Back Door City Planning Meetings. You Aren't Invited. For the first time in a generation, Los Angeles residents get to dream about their vision for the city over the next five years, in a highly public participation called a General Plan Update.Los Angeles is many years, and in some cases decades, behind the key U.S. Western Cities…

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Measure S

 An initiative to change the city's laws governing changes to the general plan and development projects, Measure S, will be on the ballot for voters in Los Angeles, California, on March 7, 2017. This initiative is known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.A "yes" vote is a vote in support…

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Considering Measure S

Considering Measure SEditorialDevelopment in Los Angeles has been mushrooming like a forest floor in rainy season.   Spurred by the need for housing and donations,City Council can't rubber stamp requests from developers to overlook certain requirements guiding responsible growth (called Spot Zoning or Zone Change), fast enough. Instead they have allowed many developers…

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Op-Ed KOREATOWN DEVELOPER: Pays to Play

Developer Michael Hakim shelled out more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions, lobbyist fees and payments to City Hall trust funds until finally his controversial Koreatown skyscraper was approved by the LA City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti. It didn’t matter that nearby residents and even LA’s City Planning Commission…

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Op-Ed It's Time to End LA's Secret Meetings

Op-Ed It's Time to End LA's Secret Meetings THE BROWN ACT IS WRONG -- According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. House of Representatives has met behind closed doors four times during the past 186 years—in 1979, 1980, 1983, and 2008.  That’s about one closed session per half-century. By contrast, the LA City Council and…

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Bus Bench of the 21st Century

Bus Bench of the 21st CenturyThe common bus bench is one of several items that urban planners, architects, and others call “street furniture.”  Included in the category are decorative planters, metal tree supports, garbage receptacles, and even fire hydrants & some street lighting. The bus bench has always served one purpose and that is…

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Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Going to the Ballot

Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Going to the BallotSPECIAL TO CITYWATCH(reprinted here with permission)--It's been an incredible few weeks for the Coalition to Preserve LA, a citywide movement of tens of thousands of Los Angeles residents who support the historic Neighborhood Integrity Initiative that, in a few days, will be officially certified by the LA City Clerk for…

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The Neighborhood Integrity Intitiative

The Neighborhood Integrity IntitiativeIn the 100-plus neighborhoods that make up Los Angeles, one common thread is the pride residents feel for their block, their local shops and their community.  In well-run cities, neighbors have a clear voice in shaping their community's future. But not in poorly run, badly planned L.A. Instead,…

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Council Member Krekorian Accepts Questionable Donations

DEVELOPMENT POLITICS-Politics is local but Los Angelenos are sick and tired of seeing local interests steamrolled by downtown powerbrokers willing to do whatever it takes to achieve City Hall cooperation.  One such controversy has stoked deep-seated resentment in Coldwater Canyon where residents who would very much like to be settling…

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Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling Permitting

Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling PermittingYouth Groups Challenge City Officials’ Illegal Approval of Hundreds of Oil Wells LOS ANGELES— Youth groups and community organizations sued the City of Los Angeles today for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of contaminating wells near homes without conducting mandatory environmental studies, and for exposing black and Latino residents to…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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