Archive for September, 2010

**REMINDER: Public Hearings for Metro Regional Connector Start Tuesday**

September 26th, 2010

You are invited to a public hearing for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Study to discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Study and Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR).

On September 3, 2010, Metro released the Draft EIS/EIR, which analyzed the proposed project and alternatives. Metro is soliciting comments and questions regarding the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and additional topics discussed in the Draft EIS/EIR.

Metro is holding two public hearings to hear your comments about the Draft EIS/EIR.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
369 E 1st St, Los Angeles

The Tuesday meeting will be broadcasted live on the internet. Visit

Monday, October 4, 2010; 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters
100 W 1st Street, Los Angeles

Japanese, Spanish and Korean interpreters will be available at both meetings.

If you are unable to attend a public hearing, you can submit comment via email and U.S. Mail.

Public comments on the Draft EIS/EIR will be accepted through October 18, 2010. Submit your comments by:

e-mail to:
US Mail to: Dolores Roybal Saltarelli, Project Manager, Metro, 1 Gateway Plaza, MS 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA 90012
visiting our website
If you would like to review information about the Regional Connector, including presentations shared with the public over the last three years, please click on the relevant link:

Copies of the Draft EIS/EIR are also available at locations throughout the study area.

Fact Sheets
Draft EIS/EIR Scoping Materials
Alternatives Analysis Materials

ADA Requirements
Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call the project information line at 213.922.7277. Our TDD line is 1.800.252.9040.

Code Studies Workshops – revised schedule

September 23rd, 2010

Good Morning

Attached is a revised flyer for four upcoming informational meetings about the Core Findings and Community Care Facilities being offered by the City Planning Department.  As some of you have noted, the Valley meeting is on the same day as the PlanCheckNC program.

I have discussed the potential for conflict with Tom Rothman and this schedule will not present a problem.  The Core Findings meetings are unstructured opportunities for community members to visit informational stations set-up within the space.  You may stop by at any time during the open hours and spend as much or as little time at each station as you would like.  City Staff will be available to answer your questions.  The City Planning Department has extended the hours for the Valley meeting to 3:00 pm to accommodate those who would like to attend PlanCheckNC in the morning and then visit the Core Findings meeting in the afternoon.  These meetings will provide the same opportunities for community members at four different geographic and time locations.  This will also allow you to select the time and place that best suits your schedule.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the PlanCheckNC Program on Saturday, October 9 at 10:00 am. when you will have and opportunity to interact with other active and concerned community members as we hear from our guest speakers:

Alan Bell of the City Planning Department
Zoning Code Streamlining update and other current code studies projects


Michelle Sorkin of the City Planning Department
Citywide Design Guidelines

See you on October 9.

Maggi Fajnor, Chair


Bicycle Plan Open House/Pubic Hearings Reminder and Webinar Registration Information

September 18th, 2010

The 2010 Bicycle Plan Hearings will begin Saturday, September 25 at the following dates, times and locations:

Date: Saturday, September 25
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Hollywood Municipal Building
6501 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date: Wednesday, September 29
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Felicia Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Date: Thursday, September 30
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Constituent Service Center
8475 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Date: Saturday, October 2
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Braude Constituent Service Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Room 1B
Van Nuys, CA 91401

For those not able to make the hearing, Public comments will be taken until October 8, 2010. Additionally, information on how to register for the public hearing via Webinar is included in this email.

Webinar Registration Information
Below is the link to register for the Webinar public hearing conducted on September 29, 2010.

Please email me for any questions or additional information.


Jordann Turner
Department of City Planning
City of Los Angeles
200 N. Spring St., Room 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1379 (direct)


September 18th, 2010

Dear Transportation Partner:

Metro’s transportation agenda is In The Works with the 30/10 Initiative to leverage Measure R revenues as collateral for long-term bonds and a federal loan to allow Metro to build key mass transit projects in 10 years, rather than 30 years. The initiative is gaining widespread support among labor, business, the media and mobility advocates throughout the region. Over the next six weeks, two of Metro’s significant Measure R projects will be hosting public hearings, and Metro will be co-sponsoring the Ninth Annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. Also of interest are upcoming meetings of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. See dates below, and visit Metro’s website at www.metro.netfor more information.

Upcoming Metro Transit Corridor Public Hearings:

Westside Subway Extension Draft EIS/EIR

Monday, September 20, 2010 – 6-8pm
LACMA West – Terrace Room, 5th Floor
5905 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 – 6-8pm
Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd Floor
10497 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 – 6-8 pm
Plummer Park – Community Center
7377 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Monday, September 27, 2010 – 6-8pm
Roxbury Park – Auditorium
471 S Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – 6-8pm
Santa Monica Main Library
601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Regional Connector Draft EIS/EIR

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – 6:30 – 8pm
Japanese American National Museum
369 E. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, October 4, 2010 – 11:30am – 1pm
Los Angeles Police Department
Deaton Auditorium
100 W. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Regional Conferences:

Mobility 21 Ninth Annual Southern California Transportation Summit

Friday, October 29, 2010 – 8am – 4pm
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

California High-Speed Rail:

California High-Speed Rail – LA Open House

Please join John A. Pérez, Speaker of the Assembly,
for an informational open house on high-speed rail in downtown Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Presentations will take place at 5:30 and 7:30pm
Drop in for open house anytime between 4:30 and 9pm

LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro)
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Adjacent to LA Union Station and Patsaouras Plaza

California High-Speed Rail LA-San Diego I-10 Alternative Community Open House

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 – 4-8pm
Grace T. Black Auditorium
3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731

City Planning to host Informational Meetings

September 18th, 2010

Note: This notice arrived end of day Friday. The Oct. 9 date and time conflicts with PlanCheck’s already confirmed meeting. Also the deadline for comments is the day before the Oct. 9 meeting. We are working to reconfirm these meeting dates and times and will post here when we know. Thank you.

Please share with your distribution lists:

The Department of City Planning invites you to attend one of four upcoming informational meetings about the proposed Core Findings and Community Care Facilities Code Amendments. For more information about both of these efforts including the staff report and draft ordinances, please see the “What’s New” section of the Planning Department’s homepage: **

Meetings will be held on September 25th, and October 2nd, 6th and 9th at the
following times and locations:

September 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Betty Hill Senior Center
3570 S. Denker Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018

October 2, 10 am – 2 pm
El Sereno Recreation Center
4721 Klamath Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(community room)

October 6, 5-9 pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

October 9, 10 am – 2 pm
Marvin Braude Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91401
(1st floor meeting room)

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
10/7: Last day for formal written comments to Commission Secretariat on Core
Findings & Community Care (Please note that comments are also taken at CPC on these items both verbal and in writing) 10/14: CPC Meeting, Thursday, after 8:30am, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1010, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please see the attached flyer for more information about these information sessions.

For questions, please contact Gabriela Juarez at or (213) 978-1337.

Gabriela Juarez
Department of City Planning
Code Studies Section
200 N Spring St, Room #763
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mailstop: 395
Ph: (213) 978-1337
Fax: (213) 978-1334

Westside Subway and Regional Connector

September 18th, 2010

Westside Subway and Regional Connector Take Big Steps Towards Reality

One of the Westside Subway Extensions under consideration.
There’s still a long way to go on these projects, but they took a big step this week. The Federal Transit Administration last week signed off on Metro’s draft environmental documents for the Westside Subway Extension and downtown’s Regional Connector.

The news means the documents will soon be available for a 45-day public review period, including a series of public meetings, before the Metro Board approves a locally preferred alternative for each project.

Alternative because both projects currently have various options to consider. The Westside Subway Extension, for example, has five alternatives. Three would run down Wilshire Boulevard from the Purple Line’s current end-of-the-line station in Koreatown, but only one would complete the “Subway to the Sea” vision. The two others would stop short — one at UCLA; the another past the 405 Freeway at the Veterans Administration. Another two alternatives add a subway tunnel between Wilshire Boulevard and Hollywood via West Hollywood.

Conceptual regional connector map | Image via MetroAlternatives for the Regional Connector, which would create a two-mile light rail link for the Gold, Blue and future Expo line, include above and underground alternatives. Once in place, passengers could travel seamlessly between Pasadena and Long Beach or East L.A. and the Westside without transferring to the Subway for the connection.

Once the public comment period ends and Metro staff does an analysis, the Metro Board in their October meeting are scheduled to choose the locally preferred alternative for the two projects. That sets them into another year-long process that includes final environmental documents and, if approved by the FTA, preliminary engineering, which is a step towards possible federal funding.

Upcoming Public Meetings

Westside Subway Extension (all meetings will start at 6:00 p.m.)
– September 20th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
– September 21st at the Westwood United Methodist Church
– September 22nd at Plummer Park in West Hollywood
– September 27th at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills
– September 29th at the Santa Monica Library.

Regional Connector
– September 28th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum
– October 4th, 11:30 -1:00 at the new Los Angeles Police Department Deaton Auditorium

Community Care Facilities Staff Report

September 12th, 2010

Copy just received. The public hearing for Community Care Facilities (also known as Sober Living homes) is scheduled for October 14, 2010 before the City Planning Commission. The staff report has been released by the City Planning Department with a Sept. 15, 2010 (this week) deadline for comments.

Please review the document and submit comments, ASAP.

Click here for the staff report

2010 Bicycle Plan Update – Hearing Notice

September 10th, 2010

2010 Bicycle Plan Update Public Hearing

PlanCheckNCLA Newsletter

September 8th, 2010

Click Here for PlanCheckNCLA News