Archive for March, 2011

Westside Subway Extension

March 26th, 2011

Attached and below is a meeting notice related to the Farmers Field & Convention Center Modernization project.  The City of Los Angeles Planning Department is hosting a public scoping meeting to get feedback from the public on issues they hope to see evaluated in the Environmental Impact Report.

Please see flyer for additional meeting details.

We hope you can participate in this meeting.  If you have any questions, you may also contact me directly.


Martha Saucedo
Vice President, Community Affairs
(213) 763-7753

Smoking Prohibited in outdoor dining areas

March 17th, 2011

As of March 8, 2011 in the City of Los Angeles smoking will be prohibited in outdoor dining areas of restaurants, cafes and food courts and within 10 feet of them. Smoking will also be prohibited within 40 feet of food kiosks, food carts and mobile food trucks.

To learn more about this law and to download free signs, visit:

ACE Program

March 17th, 2011

Supporting documentation on the City Attorney’s Administrative Citation Enforcement Program (ACE) introduced by Jane Usher at the March 12 PlanCheckNC Program are linked below.  Among other things, the draft ACE ordinance addresses the request for penalty fees for the issuance of “after the fact” permits, administrative penalties for planning and zoning code violations, and a penalty structure severe enough to deter future violations of City code enforcement regulations.   Attached for your information is the City Attorney’s report on the ACE program, the report from the City Administrative Officer and the response from the Planning Department.  This is an opportunity for Neighborhood and Community Councils to move this forward by passing a Motion in support and to convey to their councilperson and the full council a request for action.  Your council may wish to comment on the importance of the full program rather than merely a pilot program with Animal Services.  Additional information is on record using the City Council File system (Council File 10-0085) or on the City Attorney’s webpage.

Please review and send your comments to the City Council for action.  This is an opportunity to inform ourselves and share information and insights with others across the City.

10-0085_rpt_atty_7-30-10 ACE

10-0085_RPT_CAO_03-07-11 ACE

10-0085_rpt_plan_11-3-10 ACE

“New” Permeable Paving Ordinance released

March 16th, 2011

The link below has the new proposed “Permeable Paving Ordinance” hearing notice, a “Q&A: Permeable Paving Ordinance” page, and the proposed text, from our Code Studies Section.

The staff hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:00 am at City Hall (downtown); last day to submit comments is Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Please refer all questions and comments to Deborah Kahen via email at or by phone at(213) 978-1202.

NC Case Tracking Workshop this Saturday

March 16th, 2011

Case Tracking System flyer 3.0

Hollywood Community Plan DEIR Released

March 11th, 2011

After over a year plus of delay the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Hollywood Community Plan Update has finally been released.  City Planning was originally scheduled to release the DEIR in the Fall of 2009 but (for a variety of reasons) ended up delaying the release of the DEIR several times.

City Planning has set a 60 day public review period for the DEIR.   Comments on the DEIR are due to City Planning by 5PM on May 2, 2011.  All comments should be directed to:

Srimal Hewawitharana, Environmental Review Coordinator
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 North Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The DEIR is available at City Planning’s website (link above), at City Hall in Room 750, or at any of Hollywood’s public libraries. To purchase a copy of the DEIR contact Srimal Hewawitharana at 213-978-1359 or

Westside Subway Extension

March 11th, 2011

March 2011 Community Update Meetings

Please join us for the second round of community update meetings for the Westside Subway Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (Final EIS/EIR). At these meetings, Metro will provide stakeholders with the feedback heard in January and at the first round of Station Area Advisory Group meetings, as well as updates on the Century City station and geotechnical investigations currently in progress.

Whether or not you have followed the project so far, you are encouraged to provide input on Metro’s progress with the Westside Subway Extension at any of these upcoming meetings!

Monday, March 21
LACMA West– Terrace Room, 5th Floor
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Served by Metro Lines 20, 720, 217 & 780.
Validated vehicle parking is available in the Museum’s 6th Street underground garage. Enter from 6th and Ogden.
Spanish & Korean translation will be provided
Live web-cast of this meeting available at

Wednesday, March 23
Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd Floor
10497 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Served by Metro Line 20
Free parking is available below Belmont Village, the building east of the Sanctuary. From Wilshire Blvd., use the Belmont Village driveway and proceed under the overhang to the underground parking lot.Park on levels P2, P3 or P4 and take the church elevator in the southwest corner of the parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the meeting room.
Spanish translation will be provided.

Tuesday, March 29
Roxbury Park – Auditorium
471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Served by Metro Line 28 and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 5
Metered lot and street parking is available.
Spanish translation will be provided.

ADA Accommodation: 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 telephone the project information line at 213.922.6934. Our TDD line is 800.252-9040.

Content at each meeting will be identical. For more information about the Metro Westside Subway Extension, go to

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Baseline Hillsie Ordinance Approved by City Council

March 8th, 2011

Greetings All:

This is to let you know that the Baseline Hillside Ordinance (CPC-2010-581-CA; Council File No. 10-1001) was heard by the City Council on Friday, March 4, 2010.  The Ordinance received 10 Yes votes and 0 No votes, and will go back to the City Council one more time for a “Second Reading” next Friday, March 18, 2011.  It will only need 8 votes to be officially adopted.

For more details, please refer to the online Council File at the following link:

What’s Next?

Please note that the number of days the Mayor has to act has been updated below.

According to Section 250 of the City Charter, the Mayor has 10 days to act on it – meaning he can act on it on the same day, or 10 days later.  Assuming the Mayor approves it, the City Clerk’s Office will then post the adopted Ordinance for a period of 10 days and a 30-day effective date will begin after that.  Simply put, the earliest an Ordinance can realistically go into effect  is 40 to 50 days after it is adopted by the City Council.

When we have an effective date, we will email the individuals on this interest list.
Projects in Early Design Stages, Submitted for Discretionary Actions, and/or in Plan Check

For those of individuals working on projects which are currently in the early design stages or is waiting for a discretionary action of some sort, please use the information above to gauge whether you will be able to submit for plan check prior to the effective date of the proposed Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  Just to clarify for all, any property zoned R1, RS, RE, or RA which is designated as Hillside Area pursuant to Section 12.03 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) will eventually be subject to the Baseline Hillside Ordinance if it is adopted by the City Council; please refer to ZIMAS ( under the “Planning and Zoning” tab to find your “Hillside Area (Zoning Code)” designation.

Pursuant to Section 12.26 A.3 of the LAMC, any project which is accepted by the Department of Building and Safety for plan check with a complete set of plans and for which the fees have been paid prior to the effective date of an Ordinance will be considered to be a Vested Development Plan; meaning that the applicable regulations in place prior to this change will continue to apply.  However, there are some limitations to this provision that you should be aware of, but the more relevant ones are that you have 18 months after the fee is paid, and that you cannot make changes to those plans which increase or decrease the height, floor area, or occupant load of the proposed structure by more than 5%.  Feel free to reference our online Municipal Code for more details (; go to Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 12.26, Subsection A, Subdivision 3.

The only way to “vest” a typical single-family development project under the current Code is through the Vested Development Plan provision summarized above.  Applications for, or approval of discretionary actions (i.e. Zoning Administration Determinations, Adjustments, Variances, etc.) prior to the effective date does not confer vesting rights to a project.  If you are not able to submit for plan check to the Department of Building & Safety prior to the effective date of the Baseline Hillside Ordinance, it is recommended that you consider the proposed hillside provision when making design choices or determining a course of action.

Useful Links
April 22, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report:
May 27, 2010 City Planning Commission Staff Report:
City Planning Commission Determination Letter:
City Attorney Report (contains the LATEST VERSION of the Ordinance):
Online Council File:

Feel free to share this information to anyone you feel might be interested.

If you received this email via forwarded message from someone other than myself, and you want to obtain updates directly from the Department, please email and ask to be added to the interest list.  Please type “Add Me To Hillside Notification List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your ZIP Code).

Facebook™ Users: Look for the Baseline Hillside Ordinance page; add the page and receive updates in your news feed.  You can also view our events calendar and participate in discussion boards.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jennifer Driver at or at (818) 374-9916.
Erick Lopez, City Planner
City of Los Angeles – Department of City Planning
Office of Zoning Administration – Code Studies
200 N. Spring St., Room 701
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1323
(213) 978-0597 – fax

ACE Program at March 12 PlanCheck meeting

March 2nd, 2011

We will be meeting at the Historic Downtown Outreach Center.

As discussed at our last Program, enforcement is a major concern in our communities.  The City Attorney’ ACE ordinance will address stakeholder concerns by establishing an Administrative Citation Enforcement Program.  Jane Usher, Special Assistant City Attorney will present an over-view and answer your questions about the ACE Program.  “Among other things, the draft ACE ordinance addresses the request for penalty fees for the issuance of “after the fact” permits, administrative penalties for planning and zoning code violations, and a penalty structure severe enough to deter future violations of City code enforcement regulations.”  See link on the Home page for a copy of the City  Attorney’s report.

This is an opportunity to inform ourselves and share information and insights with others across the City.  Watch for more information on our Program and additional speakers. In the meantime, do save the date and please spread the word.

See everyone on Saturday, March 12.

Maggi Fajnor, Chair