The first action to come out of the Board retreat was a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council requesting that they act to restrict the SB1818 Implementation Ordinance to minimum requirements only.
The City of Los Angeles is required to update the local ordinance to reflect the changes SB1818 makes to the State of California Density Bonus law and at issue is the degree to which LA will meet or exceed the State’s minimums requirements.
Board Members and Stakeholders signed on at the retreat and Board Members Gordon Murley and Pat Patton delivered the letter to the City Council PLUM Committee, where they both offered testimony and urged the Councilmembers to preserve the character of the local community by honoring the limitations of local zoning.
Los Angeles City Planning Commission President Jane Ellison Usher entered the fray and went public with her opposition to the SB1818, summarizing the legislation as a broken promise.
In an email that quickly went public, Ms. Usher continued the charge, inviting “your comments and your action.” Some have interpreted the reference to “action” as an invitation to sue the city over SB 1818.
No word on the source of inspiration but it was not long before the first lawsuit hit.
Meanwhile, the City Council approved Final Ordinance 179681 on February 20 with a vote or 11-4 with Zine, Hahn, Rosendahl and LaBonge opposing the motion.
There is much work to be done!
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