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SR-710 Conversations

February 18th, 2011

Upcoming meetings regarding SR-710

Bicycle Plan goes to Transp/PLUM meetings on 2-9-11

February 6th, 2011

PlanCheck is happy to post the following from LA City Planning.  Please share with your neighborhood councils, neighbors and lists.

Please join us for the presentation of the Bicycle Plan before a joint meeting of the City Council’s Transportation and Planning and Land Use Management Committees to be held Wednesday February 9th at 2pm.  This is the first step in the City Council review process of the Bicycle Plan as approved by the City Planning Commission on December 16, 2010. Bicycle Plan documents are available on the project website ( or via the Council File Management System ( Please check the City Council website site for the agenda and the confirmed location and time (

When: Wednesday February 9, 2011
Where: City Hall, Council Chambers (Room 340)
Time:  2pm
Council File Number:10-2385-S2


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

Meeting Report for May 8, 2010

May 16th, 2010

Simplification of the Zoning Code
Guest Speakers.

Tom Rothmann, City Planning Department. Contact Information:
Alan Bell, City Planning Department. Contact Information:

Tom Rothmann and Alan Bell of the City Planning Department provided an update on the four-Phase Code Simplification Program that is presently underway. The goal is to complete this program in September 2010.

This streamlining of the Zoning Code has been undertaken to update the outdated Zoning Code now in use. Further, the simplification of the Code is seen as an opportunity to make the process more efficient. This is a particularly relevant issue as the City Planning Department staff has been reduced from approximately 400 to 240 employees. Further, the remaining staffers are being furloughed 10 per cent of the time.

The Projected Schedule for this Program will run from April through September 2010 as shown below:

The CPC/Approvals Phase Goal Dates as presented by the Planning Department are as follows:
June 2010. CPC Study Session Presentation – Overview of upcoming 6 ordinances.
July 2010. Multiple Entitlements/Approvals: Synchronize the expiration periods for projects with two or more discretionary land use approvals
Core Findings: Eliminate redundancy and update core findings to provide a better framework for analyzing the merits of proposed development projects
August 2010. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs): Provide opportunities for innovative, high quality master planned projects
1st Half of September 2010. Administrative Exceptions: Provide an abbreviated review process for minor deviations from the zoning code
Plan Approvals Process: Consolidate and make procedures for reviewing proposed modifications to existing projects clear and consistent
2nd Half of September 2010. Specific Plan/Supplemental Use District Streamlining: Create Administrative Clearance’ as an enabling tool in §11.5.7 and §12.32
On June 10, 2010, the City Planning Commission meeting will include a Presentation of an Overview of upcoming six ordinances. This implementation of the CPC Study Session Presentation will be the opportunity for stakeholders to become acquainted with more specific information of the goals of the simplification program.
An update on the Code Simplification will be included at each of the monthly PlanCheckNC Program through the tenure of the Code Simplification Program.

The PlanCheckNC Task Force Zoning Code Simplification Program will be collecting information on the concerns and suggestions regarding the Simplification Program and the proposed changes to the Zoning Code. For further information about this Task Force, contact: Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at

An electronic copy of the handout for the update presented to PlanCheckNC is available upon request by sending an email to Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at or to the Planning Department.

L.A.’s Planning Crisis and What Should be Done About it.
Guest Speaker — Dick Platkin, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst with Tierra Concepts. Mr. Platkin is retired from the City Planning Department and now is a consultant in the private sector. Contact information:

The City’s current General Plan Framework was prepared in 1995 and is based on the 1990 census. The General Plan is in need of an up date to reflect present day population patterns and stakeholder needs. Any plan reviews should use 2010 census data because the city’s situation has changed since 1990. The Infrastructure Elements of the General Plan were written in the 1960s and have not been updated. Further, there have been no data gathered to prove that density bonuses have produced more affordable housing.

Most Neighborhood Councils focus on discretionary actions, not planning. What is needed is for communities to be proactive and initiate “bottoms-up” plans. With 80 per cent of all projects granted by right, one should focus on reviewing the overall Community Plan, rather than on specific projects. The redone plans for Granada Hills and Hollywood both allowed increased density, which meant that more projects will be built “by right.” The Capital Improvement Plan for public agencies’ sectoral budgeting should have been submitted to the City Planning Commission for review and approval, but that never happened, so there has been no review of public development projects.

Retired planner Gary Speth gave one example of this bottoms-up planning. The Northeast Community Plan was community initiated and prepared and was adopted by the City Council on June 15, 1999. Specific Plans and HPOZs are other models for grass-roots initiated planning.

An electronic copy of the PowerPoint for this program presented to PlanCheckNC is available upon request by sending an email to Maggi Fajnor, Chair, PlanCheckNC at or request directly from Dick Platkin.

Other Opportunities for Involvement and Contact Information.

Neighborhood Councils that are not receiving the ENS Electronic Reports and/or Project Packets or are noting errors in these reports should contact: Ed Hunt, Area Representative, PlanCheckNC at Ed will be collecting data and assisting with problem solving on these issues.

Adrienne O’Niell, Vice Chair PlanCheckNC is coordinating a Task Force addressing issues related to SB1818 ordinance, density bonuses, and other related issues. To be part of that effort contact Adrienne O’Niell at

PlanCheckNCLA Programs are held on the Second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am- 12 noon at the Historic Downtown Outreach Center, 114 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The next PlanCheckNCLA Program will be on Saturday, June 12.

DOT Transit Service Analysis

February 3rd, 2010

The Department of Transportation is conducting a transit service analysis to
examine all its transit services (DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, Charter
Bus) and to determine what measures can be taken to meet the approximate
$350 million budget shortfall over the next decade, $23 million in the
fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.  Part of the analysis process includes
public comment and suggestions.

Details about the analysis and the public hearing process are attached.
Please share these brochures with your colleagues, neighbors, and other
transit users.

Announcing the release of the Bicycle Plan

October 17th, 2009

The City of Los Angeles has released its Draft Bicycle Plan and will be holding a series of workshops throughout the Los Angeles area. The workshops are scheduled to begin on October 22, 2009. For more details about the workshops, see the “Plan Release Memo”. In addition to the four workshops, presentations to Neighborhood Councils, bicycle advocacy groups, and other groups may be available, as stated in the Memo.

To see the plan, please click here:

Yours in public service,
Carolyn Jackson
Senior Management Analyst
Office of the General Manager
Department of Transportation