This morning, the City Council voted to keep the current fee structure for Appeals to City Planning and Building & Safety as they currently stand. Facing outrage from just about every neighborhood group in the City, the CC was forced to rescind the effort to increase these fees by as much as 2000%. Citing abuse of the Appeals system by unscrupulous parties ranging from serial filers to out of state interests, CM Reyes said he hoped to return to the Council in 30 days with a new improved fee schedule for consideration. Wouldn't it make more sense to crack down on the abusers than to force the public to pay for something that our taxes are already supposed to cover?
Neighborhood groups and activists had complained that little or no prior warning had been sent out about the fee increase, something that LA City Planning denied.
The only group that spoke in favor of raising the fees was the
Central City Association (CCA).This is the same organization that supports SB1818 and Financial Disclosure by Neighborhood Council members.
The Daily News has the story HERE
(although some of their numbers are way off what was proposed).