This is not Open Space

Los Angeles, If You Love Breathing, Fight for True Open Space!

In City Hall, Fight Back, News by Ileana Wachtel

After months of controversial, closed-door, non-transparent meetings, the L.A. Planning Dept. is finally holding four “Open Space Element” public meetings on the Westside, Valley, South L.A. and Hollywood to determine the open spaces that will be saved in Los Angeles.

You MISSED TWO of the hearings already, but there are TWO TO GO! See dates and times below, and GO! Do not trust the city to make these decisions — they’re trying to call paved-over city infrastructure — like the stairway in the above photo — “open space.”

The State of California says, “Community vision, from the start” in crafting the Open Space Element of the General Plan. Not city planners. Not insiders. But amidst widespread criticism, the Los Angeles Department of Planning has relentlessly pursued a top-down old-school approach, debating our Open Space behind closed doors and by “invitation only.”

So let’s show up, speak up for TRUE open space, and launch a do-over! If we don’t push reset on the Open Space Element of the General Plan, the city’s planning effort called OurLA2040, becomes TheirLA2040.

California State Guidelines for 2017 say the General Plan “should start with a shared community vision that will help set priorities throughout the planning process.”

THAT MEANS YOU, FOLKS!

Dates and locations – attend and invite your allies!

South LA: Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 10 am to noon

Location: West Angeles Senior Villas, Community Room, 6030 Crenshaw Blvd.

Hollywood: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6 pm to 8 pm

Location: Emerson College, Assembly Room, 5960 Sunset Blvd.

Eastside: NO MEETING IS PLANNED. WHY? Call City Planning and DEMAND an Open Space Element hearing THIS FALL not months from now when it’s too late.

Harbor Area: NO MEETING IS PLANNED. WHY? Call City Planning and DEMAND an Open Space Element hearing THIS FALL not months from now when it’s too late.

Westside and Valley: The public hearings were held last week! L.A. City Planning did ZERO advertising to the 3.97 million Angelenos affected. Only 95 people showed up.

 

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