NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS--The city is trying to increase the land use appeal fee 20%. They think that’s fair. Well, it’s not. We the taxpayers pay our elected officials to do their job. And, when we the taxpayers appeal their poor decisions, we should not have to pay again.
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the City Council's PLUM Committee recommended that the City Attorney prepare a new ordinance to increase these fees up to 20%!
Worse, PLUM wants to charge $13,538 to anyone who appeals a land-use decision on environmental grounds. PLUM says this is the "full cost" of having city employees do their jobs!
ALL PLUM COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT THE HEARING VOTED FOR THE FEE HIKES!!
What this increase in fees for environmental issues would do, if adopted, is make any person, community organization, or low income person unable to have a voice on environmental review.
What Can You Do?
Call your Councilmember, Mayor Garcetti and City Planner Vince Bertoni TODAY and tell them NO. PLEASE cite City Council File No. 09-0969, to make it count!
Call or email Mayor Garcetti: 213 978-0600; firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or email your LA City Councilmember: 213-473-3231.
Call or email City Planner Vince Bertoni: 213 978-1271.
(This article was provided by the North Area Neighborhood Development Council. Reach them here.)