The special interest plan introduced by so-called Build Better L.A. at last week’s news conference at L.A. Trade Tech is a remarkably bad idea. This proposal’s tone-deaf answer to Angelenos’ plea for relief from overdevelopment is to give developers new ways to super-size their projects. This proposal is not the medicine L.A. needs. It’s actually a plan to double down on spreading the disease.
“If you want more congestion, more traffic misery, more concrete, more air pollution, more noise – more attacks on L.A.’s quality of life, then you should support this special interest plan,” said Jill Stewart, campaign director for the Coalition to Preserve L.A. “But that’s not what the public wants. They want relief from development, not more development.”
Coalition supporter Grace Yoo, a prominent Koreatown attorney and social justice activist, said the special interest plan is masquerading as a “gift for people who need affordable housing units. But the reality is that it gives the City Council and the developers more license than ever to run roughshod over our communities with over-development.”
“While we sympathize with the need to create more affordable housing, the real agenda behind this special interest plan is to give a new boost to the building frenzy,” said Stewart. “The Coalition to Preserve L.A. has a real plan to produce balanced development in Los Angeles, shaped by the public, not by the developers and their City Hall pals.”
The Coalition To Preserve L.A. is supporting the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. This proposal is now being circulated to obtain the signatures needed to put it on the November 2016 ballot.
The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative will push the pause button on inappropriately big and outsized development through a temporary moratorium. The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative also slows the widespread destruction of affordable housing by luxury developers who are displacing the poor and feeding L.A.’s spike in homelessness, all of it being allowed by the developer-influenced Los Angeles City Council.
A moratorium will give Angelenos an opportunity to catch their breath and adapt to — if possible — the tremendous strains already being placed on our communities by overdevelopment. L.A. must first put in place the infrastructure needed to effectively mitigate and make bearable the existing development before piling on more development — which is the only foreseeable consequence of this special interest plan.
The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative — representing real overdevelopment reform — also will put the brakes on the rigged system at City Hall where developers rule the roost. The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative will give the public a greater say in shaping its communities.
“The special interests are frightened to death by the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,” said Stewart. “Their answer is a plan that would keep the developers in the driver’s seat and let them super-size their projects wherever and whenever they please, whether the public likes it or not. That’s taking the current broken system and putting it on steroids. That’s a bad idea.”
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