Dear Council President Wesson,
Attached please find a copy of the PICO Neighborhood Council’s community impact statement supporting Councilmember Koretz’s motion to amend the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (Council File 14-0656). The Studio City and Valley Village Neighborhood Councils have submitted community impact statements, and the Westwood NC CIS is in the pipeline. More neighborhood councils are expected to follow suit. Beverly Wilshire Homes Association and the Miracle Mile Residents’ Association also went on record in favor of the amendments in advance of the July 29 PLUM hearing.
With so many neighborhoods seeking relief from mansionization for such a long time (supporting CM Koretz’s Motion and requesting RFAs, HPOZs, moratoriums and ICOs ), the message is exceedingly clear: Citywide, Los Angeles residents oppose mansionization. Councilmember Koretz’s motion to amend the BMO offers a citywide answer to a citywide problem, and we are grateful that you have been encouraging and supportive.
As it seems the motion may be stalled, we implore you to use your leadership - and your powers of inspiration and persuasion - to:
· Expedite and shepherd this item through the Council review process (on July 29, PLUM chair Huizar asked Planning to report back in 30 days, and the item still hasn’t returned to PLUM).
· Encourage your fellow Council members to support the motion to amend the BMO, to protect the residential communities that are so critically important to the vitality and sustainability of this great city.
· Advocate for an urgency clause to be included with the adoption of the amendments, to provide desperately-needed relief from this destructive trend.
With appreciation to you and your staff for your leadership on this critical issue,
Join City Attorney Mike Feuer to meet your newly appointed Wilshire Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Mehrnoosh Zahiri on Monday, September 15 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brown Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Mehrnoosh Zahiri will represent the following areas as Neighborhood Prosecutor: United Neighborhood, Greater Wilshire, Olympic Park, and Mid City.
The Neighborhood Prosecutors Program of the City Attorney’s Office aims to identify, prioritize, and address criminal problems before they grow into more serious offenses that can lead to urban decay in our communities. City prosecutors understand that the ability to respond to neighborhood complaints and address criminal problems proactively is critical to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Light refreshments will be served.
Complimentary Parking is available in the lot located at Wilshire Blvd. and Spaulding Ave. Additional parking is available in Pritzker Parking Garage, located on 6th St, just east of Fairfax Avenue.