Mayor Sam readers have been following Zuma Dogg's exclusive coverage of the fraudulent permits issued at "Dirt Burnell" in LA Councilmember Jose Huizar's district.
Previous ZD stories on Dirt Burnell
Got pretty uncomfortable for Big ZD in council chambers during all the time I was blasting away about it on TV 35.
ZD picked up on the story based on the brilliant work of Dan Wright of the Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance. Some of you may also know Dan from his hard work regarding the Southwest Museum community battle.
So today, I was pleasantly surprised when my Batcomputer sent me this email:
Mt. Wash. Homeowners Alliance Advocacy Results In Developer Stop Work Order
More than one year after City officials unlawfully issued building permits to the developer of Washington Homeowners Alliance announces that the office of
Jose Huizar confirmed today that the developer was issued Stop Work Orders last Friday, December 21, 2007.
On December 24, 2007, the developer's workers secured the building site and shut down construction of the unlawful house.
As previously reported to NELA list, on December 12, 2007, the Planning
Commission granted the appeal of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance and revoked all
planning approvals and building permits for the house being constructed at 1657 Burnell Drive.
Dirt Burnell has been the subject of a controversy over how a speculation developer manipulated land titles and six house project applications to conceal or omit key environmental
information from City planners in an effort to obtain planning approvals for the houses without
any environmental review.
Excerpt by Daniel Wright, President
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The community and democratic process owes a debt of gratitude to Daniel Wright for proving that one person can make a difference. Daniel was quick to contact ZD to remind me, "Lots of other people from the community worked on this."
So, ZD would also like to send out kudos to the dedication of the Board of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, neighbors of the project who gathered evidence in the case, and Paul Habib of Councimember Huizar's office, "who strongly reminded the East LA Planning Commission of its power to revoke unlawfully obtained planning approvals", according to Wright.
(So let's just say Dan was the "A" student who helped everyone else in the group with his excellent legalese.)
My guess is that without Dan and these people's work on this, hammers would be pounding as we speak.
AND CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW GETS A MAJOR CREDIBILITY BOOST ON THIS STORY. I THINK HE JUMPED UP AND DOWN TO CATCH MY ATTENTION MORE THAN ANYONE. (And he didn't jump up and down as much on any other issue this year!)
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, Captain Jack was never more on the money!
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