Archive for June, 2009

California Peripheral Canal

June 24th, 2009

NC resolutions and/or recommendations regarding California Peripheral Canal

On Saturday, June 13, 2009, Challis MacPherson of the Venice NC briefed stakeholders at the PlanCheckNC Forum about the California Peripheral Canal.

Since that time we have received requests for further information about this issue. Challis has agreed to take the point and keep us informed as additional information becomes available. She has also provided information about where to send resolutions if your NC would like to take a position or send a comment.

General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
700 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Send a copy to: Phyllis Ortman, Principal Public Affairs Rep, Education Unit, External Affairs Group at that same address.

Also, following is the resolution prepared by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils as a sample.

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils

Bel Air Beverly Crest NC Palms NC Westchester-Playa del Rey NC
Brentwood CC Pacific Palisades CC West Los Angeles NC
Del Rey NC Playa del Rey NA Westside NC
South Robertson NC Venice NC

Land Use and Planning Committee
Chair: Challis Macpherson, VNC
Vice-Chair: Marlene Savage, Del Rey NC
MISSION STATEMENT: Catalog, Record and Track all development from Mulholland Drive on the North, to LAX/El Segundo on the South, to La Cienega on the East and to the Pacific Ocean on the West

DATE: June 14, 2009

SUBJECT: California Peripheral Canal

At a regular meeting of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ Land Use and Planning Committee June 14, 2009, it was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to recommend that the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils recommend and support the following resolution:


Whereas: It is necessary for the State of California to take quick and prompt action to secure adequate water to supply the people of California;

Whereas: Taking water from the Sacramento River North of the Delta will not affect the Delta Smelt population;

Whereas: Salmon appear to be in decline around the world consistent with the climate change;

Whereas: The fragility of the Delta levee system will not be affected by a Peripheral Canal;


That the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils promotes and affirms that it is in the best interest of all citizens that the California Peripheral Canal be funded, built and operated.

WRAC/LUPC MEMBERS Present and Voting:

Challis Macpherson – VNC
Marlene Savage – Del Rey NC
Sharon Commins – Mar Vista CC
Jay Ross – West LA NC
George Wolfberg – Pacific Palisades CC
Shannon Burns – Westside NC
Karen Kanter – Playa del Rey NA

City Actively pursuing Mixed Income Ordinance

June 18th, 2009
At the Saturday, June 13, PlanCheckNC Forum Sharon Commins briefed stakeholders about the proposed mixed income ordinance, CF 08-2614. The message to all Neighborhood Councils and Stakeholders is — Read the file. Study the reports; evaluate proposed incentives; monitor the process; and get your comments in to the Planning Department EARLY, while the ordinance is being written.”

The City is actively pursuing a Mixed Income Ordinance [MIO] and a timeline has been accepted by the City Council. The key issue is how such a mandatory program would ‘mesh’ with SB 1818. Refer to Council File #08-2614, a must read for further background details and Planning’s preliminary report (May 19, 2009, Report) identifying issues and concerns with MIO, or ‘inclusionary zoning’. Also, please share as you become aware of additional information so that we may all become more informed.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the May 19, 2009, Report to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee from Gail Goldberg please send your request to and we will forward you a copy.

The timeline follows.

May 19, 2009

October 1, 2008 Introduction of Motion

Nov 19, 2008 Joint HCED/PLUM meeting on Motion to direct city staff to prepare reports

Nov –April, 2009 Meetings with Departments and Technical Advisory Task Force

May 19, 2009 Joint PLUM/HCED to discuss reports; adopt parameters for ordinance; provide additional instructions to staff

May 26, 2009 Draft preliminary conceptual ordinances pursuant to committees’ parameters for use in preparing CEQA documentation

May 26-June2 City Council to identify and allocate funding for financial consultant to analyze the likelihood of the use of SB 1818 for each draft preliminary conceptual ordinance (approximately $20,000) for use in CEQA analysis

June 2 – June 16 City departments resolve potential differences between Task Force pro formas and LA.PIl7 consultants’ pro formas (to be developed pursuant to Motion CF 08-2614-SI)

June 16 – July 16 Consultant prepares analysis of SB 1818 impact on each draft preliminary conceptual ordinance

July 16 – Sept. 15 Prepare a matrix identifying the level of potential environmental analysis required for each draft preliminary conceptual ordinance, as a screening tool for the preparation of an Initial Study for the proposed ordinances) that PLUM/HCED will direct staff to draft.

September 15, 2009 Joint PLUM/HCED meeting for (1) report on analyses of likelihood of the use of SB 818 for each draft preliminary conceptual ordinance; (2) reports from relevant departments regarding studies necessary to complete environmental clearance (i.e. traffic studies, water supply assessments); (3) direction from Committees regarding draft ordinances to pursue.

Hillside Area Amendment continued to July

June 16th, 2009

The Hillside Area Amendment (CPC-2008-4683-CA; Council File No. 09-1390) was heard before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee today. The item was continued to July, and tentatively set for July 21, 2009. That is all for now. As the date approaches I will try to let you know if that day is set as soon as it is confirmed.

We do not have any new updates to give regarding the Baseline Hillside Ordinance.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

Erick Lopez
City Planner
Department of City Planning
Community Planning Bureau – West Coastal Division
200 N. Spring St., Room 621
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1243
(213) 978-1226 – fax

Hillside Area Amendment to PLUM on June 16, 2009

June 15th, 2009

The Hillside Area Amendment (CPC-2008-4683-CA; Council File No. 09-1390) will be on the Planning & Land Use Management Committee Meeting agenda (item No. 3) on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Just as a reminder, the staff report and other related documents have been posted on the Planning Department website (; they are too large to attach. To download these files, please go to the Planning Department home page and click on “Plans & Ordinances” on the left side, then click on “Proposed Ordinances”; or click on the direct-links provided below:

CPC-2008-4683-CA – March 24, 2009 City Planning Commission Staff Report
CPC-2008-4684-ND – Negative Declaration
Current and Proposed Hillside Area Boundary Map (Zoomable Parcel-Specific Version)

Note: The file linked above is large and may take some extra time to download. The map contains parcel lines for the entire city in order to allow the general public to zoom into their neighborhoods and determine whether their property will remain within the proposed Hillside Area boundaries, or if the designation is proposed for removal. Instructions for how to use this map more effectively can be found on the link below.

Instructions for Citywide Current and Proposed Hillside Area Boundary Map
Proposed Hillside Area Boundaries Only (as of March 2009)
Current Hillside Area Boundaries Only (as of March 2009)

Contact Erick Lopez if you have any questions about these documents.

Baseline Hillside Ordinance Update from Erick Lopez
We received a lot of additional comments during the extended comment period for early input. It took us some time, but we have read them all and have summarized the new comments which were not already expressed at the February 2009 Hillside Kick-Off Meetings on the attached document. Feel free to download the document and distribute it to anyone who may be interested. If you do not have a copy of the summary of the first set of comments please contact me and I will send you the file.

We are currently incorporating these new comments into the list of objectives that we developed from the first set. We are also in the beginning stages of developing proposed solutions based on these comments and objectives. When we have something new to report, we will distribute it to the individuals on the hillside interest list. If anyone needs to be added to this list, please send me an email with contact information.

Erick Lopez , City PlannerDepartment of City PlanningCommunity Planning Bureau – West Coastal Division200 N. Spring St., Room 621Los Angeles, CA 90012(213) 978-1243(213) 978-1226 – fax

Breathe LA Green Salon Series is back on June 17

June 7th, 2009

The BREATHE LA Green Salon Series is back next month on June 17th. We’ll be hosted at the Port of LA and looking at the costs and benefits of the Ports’ environmental initiatives in this slowed economy.

BREATHE California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA) has held two salons in its celebrated 2009 Green Salon Series thus far and have four more scheduled. Sponsored by Union Bank of California, the series returns next month at the Port of LA with a special discussion on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach environmental initiatives. Please join BREATHE LA and others for this free and open “green” forum.

WHO – BREATHE LA, residents, consumers, elected and appointed officials, businesses, the public policy analysts, and other community stakeholders

Emcee – Ray Gonzales, BREATHE LA Board Member and former Channel 5 KTLA host

Welcome – Honorable Janice Hahn*, Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 15

Moderator – Molly Peterson*, KPCC Reporter

Panelists – Representatives from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and the Business Community

Responders – Representatives from Neighborhood Councils, Advocacy Groups, Elected Officials and/or the Environmental Justice Community

WHAT – Green Salon on “Greening the Ports 2: Measuring the Costs and Benefits of the Ports’ Environmental Initiatives in the Slowed Economy”

WHEN – Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE – Port of Los Angeles Board Room @ 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; Limited lot spaces available as well as metered street parking

FYI – All of the BREATHE LA Green Salons are free and open to the public. Coffee and a light breakfast are served. For more information, contact Edward Headington at or (818) 720-7181. Space is limited so please R.S.V.P. today at

Below is some additional information

The BREATHE LA Green Salon Series, now in its second year of operation, engages all stakeholders around clean air, the environment and healthy living. An elected official delivers the welcome for each salon and a local journalist serves as moderator for panels of “green” experts. Sponsored by Union Bank of California, there will be six salons in 2009 (February 18th, April 15th, June 17th, August 20th, September 16th and November 19th).

Green Salon Series Contact – Edward Headington

BREATHE California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA) is a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to clean air and healthy lungs in Los Angeles County. BREATHE LA first established in 1903 to fight then-epidemic Tuberculosis is now part of BREATHE California, a statewide organization

BREATHE LA Contact – Julia Robinson Shimizu

Metro Board Adopts FY10 Budget

June 7th, 2009

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors adopted a $3.9 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2009-10 that begins July 1, 2009.

Click here to go to the link:

Carolyn Jackson
Senior Management Analyst
Department of Transportation
Office of the General Manager

Bicycle Plan Update Draft Maps

June 7th, 2009

The City of Los Angeles 2009 Bicycle Plan Update Draft Maps have been released for review.

For more information, please contact the following staff:

Helene Bibas, City Planner
Telephone: 213-978-1365


Jordann Turner, Project Manager
Telephone: 213-978-1379

Reminder PlanCheckNC – Saturday, June 13

June 5th, 2009


Join us on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m

Special Guest Speaker Jane Ellison Usher

Our June PlanCheckNC Forum will provide
updates on current Planning and Land Use issues of concern
opportunities to network seek assistance and support from who face or have faced similar issues

Historic Downtown Outreach Center
114 W 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

A map is available on the CALENDAR on our website

Mark your calendars for Transportation 2020 — Master Plan for LA County Transit on July 11

Please help get the word out.

CRA/LA Quarterly Project Updates

June 3rd, 2009

Each quarter the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) provides updates on our active redevelopment projects. All of this information can be found in a text box on the CRA/LA homepage

For information on individual redevelopment projects in your area, along with a detailed description of funding sources, jobs created and the community benefits the project is generating, please see CRA/LA’s Development Updates.

For a summary of agency wide activities, including the number of active projects underway, total housing units under construction and in the pipeline, and estimated jobs created by projects, please see Facts & Figures.

For a quick snapshot of active development projects, click on.

If you have questions on projects and activities, please contact the CRA/LA regional offices [] or Public Affairs Department at 213-977-1951.