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Neighborhood Politics

EASTSIDER - Our story involves Paul Cook, a local resident, who committed the (gasp) crime of allegedly doing  a ‘rolling stop’, and was issued a traffic ticket by an overzealous School Police officer who appeared to be laying in wait for him in the dark. Like 8:40 pm on a school summer holiday.

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SOUTH OF THE 10 - Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Tuesday, Dec. 28, that a court ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit aimed at overturning a plan for the construction of up to 6,000 new apartment and condominium units within a half-mile of five Metro Expo Line stations.

“We urgently need more housing and we should put it close to public transit to reduce traffic congestion. This victory is an essential step in dramatically reimagining how Angelenos live, work, shop and play.” Feuer said.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel ruled in favor of the city on Dec. 17.

The lawsuit was filed in October 2018 by Fix The City, a Westside nonprofit that argued the city’s current infrastructure couldn’t support the new units and jobs in the planned Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan.

In its complaint, the group argued that residents already experience “overburdened and inadequate infrastructure and public services, including public safety services.”

The court’s ruling in Los Angeles’ favor will allow for the building of increased housing and the creation of pedestrian friendly streets within half a mile of the Westside Metro train stations, including the Expo/Bundy Station and the Expo/Sepulveda Station, as well as in Westwood, Palms and Culver City, according to the city attorney.

In an effort to encourage Angelenos to live and work near transit hubs, the Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan will allow for 6,000 new apartments, with a portion set aside as affordable for low-income renters. Feurer said it will also facilitate the creation of up to 14,000 jobs along the Expo Line.

“L.A.’s future is closely tied to creating more transit-oriented development as we tackle our housing crisis and L.A.’s crushing traffic congestion,” Feuer said Tuesday.

The city’s defense in the lawsuit was managed by Deputy City Attorneys John Fox and Morgan Hector.

 

(2UrbanGirls contributed to this article.  2UrbanGirls has been cited in CityWatchLA, Compton Herald, Daily Breeze, Daily News, Inglewood Today, Intersections South LA, KCRW, KPCC, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, LA Watts Times, Mercury News, Orange County Register and The Atlantic.)   

LAW & ORDER - Democrats in L.A. County need to do our homework and choose the best candidate to defeat and replace the disastrous rogue sheriff, Alex Villanueva.

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RANDOM LENGTH NEWS - From Beacon Street to Star-Kist.  It would seem like we are once again in a rush into an uncertain future.

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GUN CONTROL - “Murder most foul” are the words uttered by the ghost of Hamlet’s father describing his death at the hands of his own brother Claudius,

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SOUTH OF THE 10 - To keep Metro riders and our employees safe, we suspended front door boarding on our buses in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also relaxed our rules requiring riders to use the farebox and TAP validator.

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SB 9 ANALYSIS - In July of 2021, some months before the final version of Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) was signed into law, The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at Berkeley published a report entitled, “Will Allowing Duplexes and Lot Splits on Parcels Zoned for Single-Family Create New Homes?

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COMMENTARY - This could have been just another post-Thanksgiving, pre-Giving Tuesday rant about the chutzpah of the greedy class demanding waivers of vaccine and mask mandates for their sales clerks so they can sell more, more, more. 

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SOUTH OF THE 10 - Digital signage leader WOW Media has recently added six additional full motion digital outdoor boards to its growing network of 22 digital boards in the City of Inglewood, the rapidly developing sports and entertainment heart of Los Angeles.

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SOUTH OF THE 10 - Inglewood residents have taken to social media in protest of annual home registration fees that are being assessed to property owners and landlords through the Housing Protection Department (HPD) in accordance with provisions under the Housing Protection Ordinance. 

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