Historic Preservation Alliance Says "No" To Special Treatment For Meurelo
As one of my law school professors said, "to ask that question is to answer it."
The Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Alliance sent a letter opposing special treatment for bazillionaire developer Meruelo, a massive contributor to Mayor Villaraigosa and other career politicians in this city. (I covered this in an earlier essay: Special Treatment For Special Interests.) Here is the text of the HPOZ Alliance etter:
September 29, 2006
Board of Commissioners
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
201 N. Figueroa Street,10th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90012
RE: Meruelo Maddux Properties penalties
We in the Historic Preservation community-now numbering tens of thousands of Los Angelenos-are strongly opposed to any lessening of penalties, now in place, for the tearing down of four old industrial buildings near Union Station without obtaining demolition permits.
The whole point of creating the so-called "scorched earth" penalties for un-permitted demolition of historic buildings was to make it so painful that nobody would violate this law.
If the Board eases the penalty in this case, it must be with the understanding that more un-permitted demolitions of historic structures will surely take place.
Your decision will be an important part of your legacy to our city.
Please vote for how you want to be remembered.
Chair HPOZ Alliance