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Deep-Pocketed Developers and Pals Contribute $722,335 To Stop Needed Reform of LA’s Broken Planning System

In Archive by Patrick Range McDonald

Wealthy developers and their deep-pocketed allies, according to a new city Ethics Commission filing, have contributed $722,335 to the official campaign that seeks to stop the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and, therefore, halt reform of L.A.’s broken and rigged planning and land-use system.

Developers’ continued hard push to stop reform shouldn’t be surprising — City Hall’s broken planning and land-use system has given developers numerous approvals and favors that have resulted in millions upon millions in profits.

Yet there’s wide agreement — from the Los Angeles Times to neighborhood groups to the L.A. City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti — that City Hall’s planning and land-use system desperately needs an overhaul.

Today, the city Ethics Commission released the most recent campaign disclosure statement of Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods and Jobs, the misleadingly named campaign that’s financially backed by developers and seeks to stop the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and its grassroots supporters. The reporting period for the document is between April 1 and June 30, 2016.

The disclosure statement shows that developers and their allies shelled out total contributions of $722,335 to their coalition. Developers and business interests such as the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce are the primary contributors, with little support from regular citizens.

In comparison, the Coalition to Preserve L.A., which is sponsoring the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, has more than 200 donations from citizens.

CH Palladium LLC, which is a limited liability corporation for the Miami-based development firm Crescent Heights, has given the most to the campaign to stop the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. Including one large payment of $385,000 in May, CH Palladium LLC has contributed a total of $511,000 since January 2016.

Other contributors to the official campaign to defeat the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative include Eli Broad ($25,000), the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce ($10,000), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce ($25,000), development firm Lowe Enterprises ($25,000) and development firm Westfield Corporation ($100,000), among others.

Developers and their allies clearly don’t want much-needed reform of L.A.’s broken planning and land-use system.

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