A New Fix The City Website Is On The Way…

In the meantime… A note and FTC projects past, present and future.

Note From FTC:

All FTC board members are unpaid volunteers.  Each board member is unapologetically proud of supporting public safety, supporting the infrastructure and working to make the city a better place.  Community activism is a contact sport.  Sometimes when you take point, you get shot at.  Lawsuits happen.  Attacks on us and our work happen. We understand this.  We accept this.  We don’t enjoy it, but it unfortunately comes with the territory.

8150 Sunset

An action designed to address public safety issues, require consistency with the community plan, require consistency with the general plan and to enforce an undisclosed covenant.

Hollywood Community Plan

An action to prevent a flawed community plan  from becoming the blueprint for the rest of the city with a focus on public safety and consistency with the general plan.

Mobility Plan 2035

An action and ongoing effort to prevent first-responder response times from degrading due to congestion as well as addressing procedural and air quality issues.

Catalina Project

An action to force the city to adhere to its own rules, laws and procedures for project approvals and general plan amendments as well as requiring consistency with the community and general plan.

LAFD Response Times

Building on FTC’s ground-breaking statistical work in 2012 proving reported LAFD response times were flawed, FTC continues push for first responder resources which correspond to the increasing demand for services.

Motion Picture Academy Museum

FTC worked with the Academy to address traffic, advertising and noise impacts.

Infrastructure

FTC seeks to ensure that the type, amount, and location of development be correlated with the provision of adequate supporting infrastructure and services.

SB 1818

FTC members successfully built a coalition of neighborhood groups and challenged the City’s over-generous interpretation of the density bonus law that had little to do with affordable housing and far more to do with uncontrolled development.

Expo Overlay Zone

FTC is monitoring the effort to up-zone areas around Expo stations beyond the ability of the local infrastructure’s capacity.  This effort is focused on Pico Boulevard between Century City and the 405.

Fox Studio Expansion

FTC is monitoring the effort to add over a million square feet of additional development to Century City in violation of the established trip caps in the Century City South Specific Plan.

West L.A. TIMP

FTC is monitoring the new West L.A. TIMP to make sure that it does not negatively impact traffic congestion and degrade response times.

Pico/Olympic One-Way

FTC members led the fight to challenge the ill-conceived proposal to make Pico and Olympic one-way which would have created massive cut-through traffic in local neighborhoods.

City Budget

FTC reviews the city budget with a special emphasis on public safety, the special parking revenue fund and deferred infrastructure maintenance.

Fixing The City

FTC has funded projects that literally fix the city including lane delineators that have reduced accidents on Olympic Boulevard near Century City.

Community Benefits

FTC has worked to make resources available for local schools, parks, libraries, police and firefighters as well as provide for neighborhood beautification.

A Final Note:

FTC is not a slow-growth group nor is it an anti-development group.  FTC is a pro-public safety, pro-livability, pro-“rules-matter” group.  FTC believes that the prosperity of cities depends upon their livability:  Good schools, safe parks, properly staffed police and fire, gridlock-free, non-cratered streets, clean air and safe sidewalks.  In Los Angeles these vital public services are suffering in large part because the City has failed to monitor and invest in its crumbling infrastructure and has allowed development to outpace and exceed its capacity to provide essential services.   The City developed a policy to deal with this precise problem:

“The policy requires that type, amount, and location of development be correlated with the provision of adequate supporting infrastructure and services.”

This is not our policy.  This is a policy created and then promptly ignored by many in the City.  The City got it right two decades ago when they predicted problems if their policy was not implemented.  They touted it as “mitigation through framework policy.”  What we face now is literally an unmitigated disaster.

A few more quotes from the City on its policy(cites to follow on the new website):

  • “What became clear was that a crucial feature of dealing with growth impacts was contained in the General Plan Framework – its program for timing allowable development with available infrastructure…”
  • “…if this monitoring finds that population in the Plan area is occurring faster than projected; and, that infrastructure resource capacities are threatened, particularly critical ones such as water and sewerage; and, that there is not a clear commitment to at least begin the necessary improvements within twelve months; then building controls should be put into effect, for all or portions of the [West Los Angeles Community], until land use designations for the Community Plan and corresponding zoning are revised to limit development.”
  • The new General Plan is to be used “so that allowable increases in density … would not occur until infrastructure and its funding was available.”
  • “This policy also directs determinations of the level of growth that should correlate with the level of capital, facility or service improvement that are necessary to accommodate that level of growth.”
  • The General Plan Framework “was particularly helpful because it informed the City that a triggering mechanism should be included so that allowable increases in density through community plan amendments would not occur until infrastructure and its funding was available.”

The mechanism designed by the City to prevent precisely the types of failures we are now seeing has never been implemented as promised.  Water main breaks, cuts in fire services, gridlocked traffic, deteriorating streets and broken sidewalks are testimony to both the wisdom of planners in 1996 and the shortsightedness of all those who have ignored the requirements set forth in the General Plan since.

FTC was established as an unincorporated entity in 2007 and incorporated in 2012 to promote public safety, support the infrastructure, challenge unsustainable development and to hold city government accountable, especially with regard to land-use issues.

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