Archive for January, 2010

710 Freeway Extension

January 17th, 2010

Saturday, January 23 – 710 On Trial: Uniting Our Communities –  “A community forum for information and activism around the 710 Freeway extension” – Occidental College, Mosher 1 Lecture Hall, Norris Hall of Chemistry, 1600 Campus Road, LA, CA, 90041.

Honorable Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember, 44 District is the featured speaker.  Free Parking, bring a bag lunch.  More info:

Other links regarding the 710 Freeway Extension

Medical Marijuana Ordinance Update

January 16th, 2010

The City Council is moving closer to an ordinance for Medical Marijuana collectives in the City of Los Angeles.  The item is on next Tuesday’s agenda.

Some key points that have moved forward are the distance to sensitive uses and the number of dispensaries throughout the City and where they can be located.  Maps with the different scenarios were presented to the City Council in great detail.

If you have an interest in this item, you are encouraged to review the latest draft and participate at the City Council meetings on this matter.

There should be a final ordinance completed this month.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Alternatives Survey

January 16th, 2010

Reminder — Take the survey — send link to your neighbors too.

PlanCheckNCLA invites you to participate in a very important survey.  As announced in earlier posts on this blog, the development of standards for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Alternatives in the City of Los Angeles has been placed hold indefinitely.  PlanCheckNCLA is hosting this survey and will provide the results to the Department of City Planning in the near future.

This survey will only take a few minutes of your time.  Click on this link to participate.  We would also appreciate your forwarding this link / email to your neighbors too.  Thank you for participating.

PlanCheckNCLA Meeting 1/9/10 – 10 a.m.

January 8th, 2010

Meeting Report to be posted soon

Saturday, January 9, 2009

City’s Landscape Ordinance – Why is it important for our communities?
The January Program will be based around the the L.A. City Landscape Ordinance. We will also bring in some information on some of the other “quality of life” items such as front yard parking, variances and non-enforcement that allows too little open space on the lot, fences etc. Where are the areas that we can still influence on the City Policy for landscaping, setbacks and such?

MLK Hospital Campus

January 8th, 2010

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Community Planning Workshop for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus (MLK Hospital Campus) on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

The purpose of that workshop was to collect comments and ideas for the development of the MLK Hospital Campus Master Plan.

Those who were unable to attend may still submit your comments via email to by Thursday, January 14, 2010.

The Master Plan is a document that will provide the County of Los Angeles with guidance on how to develop the MLK Hospital Campus. This document will specify the types of land uses to be included on the site and will identify the general location and amount of new development.

Five topics were selected to guide the discussion:

Health and Wellness – including health promotion, disease prevention, chronic care, community wellness

Transportation – including bus routes, shuttles, other access to the campus

Land Uses – including business/commercial, retail/shopping; open space/recreation; child care, housing

Campus Master Plan – development of the campus, impact on the community

General Input – additional comments, feedback

We encourage you to share your ideas!


The next community meeting for the new MLK Hospital Campus is tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2010. This project scoping meeting will provide another opportunity for you to share your feedback and to help shape the future of the new MLK Hospital Campus.

Following is the earlier invitation:

You are invited to attend a community planning workshop for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus

-Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Workshop Orientations at 6:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for a community planning workshop to provide feedback on the new MLK hospital and surrounding campus. Your ideas and input are very important and will guide how the MLK Medical Center Campus is developed. Based on comments from the previous meeting, we have selected 5 topics for you to think about:

• Health and Wellness – includes topics related to health promotion, disease prevention, chronic care and community wellness
• Transportation – includes topics related to bus routes, shuttles, and other access to the campus
• Land Uses – includes topics related to business/commercial, retail/shopping, open space/recreation, childcare and housing MLK Hospital Campus H. Claude Hudson Auditorium 12021 S. Wilmington Avenue
• Campus Master Plan – includes topics related to the development of the campus and the impact on the community Los Angeles, CA 90059
• General Input – additional comments/feedback

Please contact Karla Diaz at 213-974-2222 or with questions or to RSVP. We hope you will attend and share your ideas.

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to visit tables around the room and provide your comments on each topic.

There will be no formal presentation during the workshop. You are welcome to stop by and provide your comments any time between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Two brief orientations will be held at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to guide you through the workshop process. 

City Bike Plan Comment Deadline is Friday

January 7th, 2010

Group Urges Comment on City Bike Plan
Friday Is Last Day to Offer Recommendations
Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 12:25 PM PST

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – For all those two-wheeled commuters, there are only four more days to weigh in on the Planning Commission’s draft bicycle plan.

The plan proposes new bike lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure throughout the city. Public input and recommendations can be made online at -but only through Jan. 8.

This is every cyclist’s chance to advocate for more bike lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure in Los Angeles.

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©Los Angeles Downtown News

Preliminary Recommendations from LADOT Transit Services Analysis

January 4th, 2010

The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation and its consultant (TMD) have completed their analysis and made preliminary recommendations to address the substantial funding shortfall in LADOT’s transit programs over the next decade.  The financial deficit in LADOT’s transit programs is projected at $350 million  over the next decade, including a projected $23 million shortfall in Fiscal Year 2010-11.  Each of the four areas receiving LADOT transit services is affected, including DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, and Charter Bus.

The Department requests your assistance in informing riders and interested non-riders of the preliminary recommendations.  Please encourage them to either attend the upcoming public hearings or to submit their comments in one of three ways:

– On the Internet — Go to
– Telephone – Call LADOT’s Service Suggestion Line and leave a recorded message at 213 455-0880
– Mail – Send suggestions to LADOT at 201 N. Los Angeles Street, #18B, Los Angeles, CA

Please see the following:
Transit Service Analysis

Yours in public service,

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

Medical Marijuana Information & Community Plan Area Maps

January 3rd, 2010

The information and community plan area maps the Planning Department presented to the City Council on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 are now available on the Department’s web site.  To access this information and maps, visit  and click on “medical marijuana” under “what’s new.”  The Council is scheduled to reconsider this issue on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.