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 OUR 4TH OF JULY DIFFERENCES

The Declaration of Independence Meant Something Different to America’s Not So Independent Slaves

Amy Goodman
WHO WE ARE-“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass (photo above) of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him,…

Trumping Trump: Shun the Donald, Boycott His Palos Verdes Golf Course

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-I believe that it's really Donald Trump's hair. I seem to be unique in this belief. It's nice to be unique in some way, but what bothers me is that I have also been nearly unique, until now, in arguing that Trump should be shunned and boycotted. But times change. It's been a traumatic week both for Donald Trump and for the…

LA’s Sidewalks: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-The City of Los Angeles is expected to spend $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to repair our sidewalks pursuant to a Settlement Agreement involving the Willits class action lawsuit that alleged that the City was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the yet to be disclosed Settlement Agreement appears to…

Is It Really a Golden State or Is It Just One of Those Hollywood Illusions?

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-Is Los Angeles really part of a Golden State or is it a place to remember as you move to greener pastures? I pose this question following my recent visit to Chicago and other cities east of the Rockies. My travels to the east coast were part of my reserve LAPD duty. I was part of the group of LAPD Reserve Officers escorting the…

Want to Save The Bullet Train, Governor … Get Better Bullet Points!

Ken Alpern
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-George W. Bush had Iraq. Barack Obama has ObamaCare. And Jerry Brown has HIS bullet train. Not OUR bullet train, mind you, but HIS bullet train. And like Iraq, and like ObamaCare, the bullet train that was meant to help all of us, and which was promoted with great fanfare and wonderful intentions, has to survive the test of…

LA: Hit-and-Run Capital of the World May Be Getting an Alert System

Damien Newton
LA’S STREETS - After last week’s warning that CA Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system was imperiled by Senate Transportation and Housing Committee staff and the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) objections, there was a feeling of a looming showdown before today’s committee hearing. Assembly Bill 8 would create…

LA’s Citywide Sign Ordinance: By, For and Of Special Interests

Barbara Broide
IRATE PRIVATE CITIZEN’S OPEN LETTER-I write this letter not as a representative of my local homeowners association or neighborhood council, both of which have come out in support of the sign ordinance that limits new signage to sign districts in specified commercially zoned areas and who seek enforcement of and the issuance of citations to signs…

Now Is the Time For True Courage

Abby Zimet
FURTHER-Britanny 'Bree' Newsome - the filmmaker, organizer, activist and aspiring Super-Woman who memorably, determinedly climbed the flagpole at South Carolina's capitol to remove the Confederate flag - has spoken out for the first time about her feat, which she views "both as an act of civil disobedience and as a demonstration of the power…

When Did the American Civil War Really End and … Did Shenandoah Really Save the Whales?

Paul Hatfield
PERSPECTIVE - When did the American Civil War end? Could it really have been late June or early November of 1865? April 9, 1865 is the date widely accepted, and for good reason: it marked the surrender of General Lee’s army at Appomattox, Virginia. It was a foregone conclusion that other field commands would quickly follow suit. In fact, they did,…

 

  • Costco: Free Range Liars!

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS POLITICS-Eight years ago grocery retailer Costco (COST) pledged to transition out of using eggs from chickens in small cages to cage free…
  • 10 Things Over-Thinkers Are Tired Of Over-Thinking

    Lindsay Holmes
    WELLNESS-While writing this intro, I deleted the first paragraph approximately six times. My thoughts ranged from "Just get to the point already" to…
  • Can Procrastination Give You a Heart Attack?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-A study posted in the journal of behavioral medicine linked procrastination with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Specifically…



Sun Jul 05, 2015 @ 5:00PM - 09:00PM
Twilight in the Garden: Little Tokyo Concert Series
Thu Jul 16, 2015 @12:00AM
LA Equality Awards RSVP
Thu Jul 30, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
A Taste of Chatsworth


Fail! Fail! Americans don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July

Awwww! Tornado separates dog and owner … dog waits!

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Calling Out Mr. Casden and LA Planners: Sepulveda Expo Project Not Ready to ‘Leave the Station’

LA TRANSPO ADVOCATE - As the Expo Line ridership zooms up, and the Expo Line extends west to its Phase 1 terminus at Venice/Robertson in Culver City and the Westside on June 20, another due date is now suddenly upon us:  June 18th is the end of public comment/input for the Draft EIR for the large Casden Sepulveda Project. The Draft EIR website, and the numerous presentations presented by the Casden Associates engineers and traffic experts, describe a project with several underground parking levels for over 2000 parking spaces, over 500 residential units (including 59 potential senior-affordable units) to be included in several towers that range from 7-15 stories in height, and over 250,000 square feet of residential commercial floor area (including restaurants and a possible Target store)

The land on which this project is being planned is currently zoned for industrial use and could be a prime location for commuter/job destinations such as offices, restaurants and a host of commercial and industrial uses, and is next to the future freeway-adjacent Exposition/Sepulveda Expo Line station.  Because of transportation and health-related issues (it is right next to the 405 freeway), concerns about changing the zoning to allow residential use abound.

My own outlook as a grassroots advocate for improved and innovative transportation/planning policy in the City and County of Los Angeles, as an advocate for mass transit and improved transportation/mobility, and (perhaps most of all) a physician draws me to the conclusion that this site is particularly troublesome for residential use—especially for children who might live for months or even years next to the 405 freeway.

Residential living at this site has two big problems:  first, as protected and ventilated as the air would be inside those apartments, the prolonged outdoor exposure of individuals (particularly children) in the adjacent outdoor open space is one that would lead to asthma and a host of other ailments in these individuals.  Second, with children comes car trips—lots of car trips—for school and sports and shopping—which would greatly aggravate local and regional traffic patterns.

And with this project designated to be a transit-oriented development geared to reduce our overreliance on automobiles, it’s a fair question to ask what (if ANY) residential use should be considered at this site—because despite the likely need to scale this gigantic project DOWN because of its lack of sufficient access/egress on busy Pico and Sepulveda Blvds, and because of its impact on the traffic on those two boulevards, the need to affordable housing still exists.

There are only FOUR possible residential uses that TRULY involve a project that guarantees high transit use and reduced prolonged exposure of children to the very poor-quality air at this freeway-adjacent site:  senior affordable housing, student affordable housing, limiting housing only to those who work at or within walking distance of this project, and a hotel.

It should be mentioned that this project could be one that blends well into the Pico Blvd Commercial Corridor that extends eastward to the Westside Pavilion Mall, as well as one that spruces up the Pico/Sepulveda intersection into an upscale Westside destination.  Furthermore, since the future Expo Line station there likely will be the station used by regional car/bus commuters from the Valley to the Westside to the South Bay, more parking and other commuter amenities would be ideal.

But for now, the alarm bells are going off in grassroots organizations from both CD11 and CD5 (it exists at the western border of CD5 but is right at the eastern border of CD11), and the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee has passed the following motion:

“The CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee has concerns that the Casden Sepulveda Project (ENV-2008-3989-EIR, State Clearinghouse No. 2009061041) at the intersection of Exposition, Sepulveda and Pico (11122-11150 Pico Boulevard and 2431-2441 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California), as currently proposed in its DEIR, will:

1) Create inappropriate overdevelopment that is too large and is of a residential density that is out of character for the area.

2) Lacks appropriate input by, and mitigations for, the immediate and regional neighbors affected by the traffic and parking impacts of this project.

3) Not encourage the creation of transit-oriented businesses more suited to our modern economy, such as businesses that create jobs in media/technology, medical/scientific technology, manufacturing or other industries easily accessed by mass transit.

4) Not encourage the creation of a Westside Regional Transportation Center, which should include the following components:
a) A major parking structure to supplement the capacity of the structure already being built by Metro for the future Exposition/Sepulveda Expo Line station, and
b) Adequate bicycle and pedestrian amenities, and
c)  An efficient bus/rail transfer station, and
d) An effective and convenient multimodal transportation facility to serve the needs of the greater Westside.

This location, at such close proximity to the 405 and 10 freeways, provides a unique opportunity for specific transportation-focused land use purposes, and to help solve our Westside transportation problems instead of exacerbating them.

Therefore, the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee strongly requests the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Planning Department reject the requested entitlements and variances until a revised project is planned and drafted which addresses the community’s concerns about impacts, mitigations and appropriate land use.

Therefore, the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee also asks for a new DEIR alternative that has no residential component, and which includes the aforementioned Westside Regional Transportation Center as a central component of this project.”

My neighborhood council, the Mar Vista Community Council, and my homeowners association, the Westside Village Homeowners Association, have also weighed into the issues of mega-density of this project, the lack of industrial space and open space of this project, lack of transit-related amenities, and health-related issues that have led to their opposing residential use for this project.

The time is now for the Planning Department of the City of Los Angeles, for Metro, and for the Expo Construction Authority to weigh into a process that avoids the “spot zoning” that this project currently is for this land parcel and to advocate for a project with sustainable and reasonable land use to benefit this neighborhood and the entire Westside region.

And it’s time for US to weigh in, either as individuals or as part of a grassroots organization.  Please send all e-mail input to Elva Nuno-O’Donnell at elva.nuno-odonnell@lacity.org and send letters before June 18th to:

Ms. Elva Nuno-O’Donnell
Major Projects, Environmental Review Section
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Room 351
Van Nuys, CA 91401

At this immediate time, this site should remain zoned as M1 (industrial use only) until a better and more suitable project can be designed—but the potential for this site to be used to benefit both the developers and the Westside remains excellent, and is worthy of both our time, thought and discussion.

(Ken Alpern is a former Boardmember of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC), previously co-chaired its Planning and Outreach Committees, and currently is Co-Chair of its MVCC Transportation/Infrastructure Committee. He is co-chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee and chairs the nonprofit Transit Coalition, and can be reached at Alpern@MarVista.org. He also co-chairs the grassroots Friends of the Green Line at www.fogl.us.   The views expressed in this article are solely those of Mr. Alpern.) Graphic credit: la.curbed.com
–cw

Tags: Ken Alpern, LA Transpo Advocate, Expo Line, Westside, Casden Project, Sepulveda Project









CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 48
Pub: June 15, 2012


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