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Friday, September 28, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

The latest massive development to hit the NoHo Arts District was announced Thursday. In addition to a couple thousand apartments, a cool HOWS Market and a coming Laemmle movie theater (and even more apartments under construction), the MTA announced plans to begin negotiations with developer Lowe Enterprises for a 15.6 acre mixed use site near the North Hollywood Red Line and Orange Line stations. The 1.7 million square foot space will contain "a mix of uses including office, retail and residential with substantial community and public spaces."

I think Zuma Dogg's been saying this for a while. City officials are concerned that by giving density bonuses in the name of "affordable housing" to developers they run the risk of neighborhoods being overbuilt. The best bet is to let the market handle it. When the city mucks around in free enterprise you get the mess we have now - overcrowding and housing none of us can afford.

The City of Los Angeles is about to start bringing it's parking meters into the 20th century (yes I said 20th century).

Snarky post from Pro-Gun Lesbian Democrat Tammy Bruce on the endorsement of Hillary Clinton by former Michael Trujillo boss Rob "Meathead" Reiner. Tammy wonders and so do I - who will Sally Struthers endorse? Also - Tammy discusses illegal immigration and the price of lettuce.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let the market handle the housing situation? That, and 25 years of NIMBYism, is what brought us a shortage of affordable housing and a surplus of sprawl and traffic.

The market - developers making economically-motivated choices - wants to build what is most profitable before it wants to build what is needed.

September 28, 2007 6:26 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Didn't you stop to think that what is profitable is what is needed? That there is a demand?

And its not 25 years of the market or even NIMBYism that lead us to the mess its government interfering via rent control.

September 28, 2007 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcetti is quoted in the paper today as saying he is going to make it easier for developers to build, since now they have to get approval from a dozen agencies, and it's impossible for small and medium outfits to figure it out. He says we have had a shrinking tax base and little affordable, quality housing because of two decades of fighting growth.

If the NIMBY's hadn't been so hostile to building, "JUST SAY NO" being their knee-jerk reaction, we would have had more government- community cooperation all along, and there would not now be this rush to catch up.

I'm not happy with all the "smart growth" projects springing up all over the city at once, from NO HO to Downtown to Playa, but when I go to my HOA and see all the old people just angrily battling everything and fighting our CM instead of trying to cooperate, I see they have been a big part of the problem that has brought us here.

The No Ho project is better than some, though, in that it seems to be going into a rundown, blighted area and fixing it up, not adding more traffic to a residential neighborhood.

September 28, 2007 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey did you hear they finally fired that biotch from LADOT, Gloria Jeff. Thank god, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, good riddance,

September 28, 2007 5:23 PM  

Blogger Gary Fouse said:

Looks like a photo of Mayor Sam establishing another sister city for LA. Ah, the good old days when we had more sister cities than residents.

Gary Fouse

September 30, 2007 8:31 PM  

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