- Broad, uncontrolled use of the emergency declaration to conduct secret negotiations, award projects without competitive bidding and gross violation of existing law concerning numerous projects including interim housing for the homeless on Parking lot 707 at the intersection of Pico Blvd. and Midvale Ave and a 7-story, 200 unit project in a single-family neighborhood.
- Flawed new local emergency law LAAC 8.33/Conflicts with State Law.
- Flawed declaration of a local emergency using LAAC 8.33.
- Use of emergency declarations for chronic issues.
- Failure to abide by competitive bidding laws.
- Loss of due process rights.
- Expansive mayoral power including “commandeering property” and eminent domain issues.
An action and ongoing effort to enforce Measure JJJ’s requirement for affordable housing AND good jobs. The bargain with voters was affordable housing AND good jobs in exchange for larger buildings. The City is not enforcing the requirement of good jobs. Also focuses on first-responders, building on or near earthquake faults.
FTC has filed a Building and Safety Appeal to force compliance with the Alquist-Priolo Act. The eastern building is built over a known fault trace and the western building had no seismic study at all and shows a mapped fault trace running through the property.
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. The trial court ruling has been appealed.
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. The Project would amend the Specific Plan to eliminate the existing caps.
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.
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.
FTC has funded projects that literally fix the city including lane delineators that have reduced accidents on Olympic Boulevard near Century City.
FTC has worked to make resources available for local schools, parks, libraries, police and firefighters as well as provide for neighborhood beautification.
Upcoming/Early Stage Projects
FTC is researching how well the City is enforcing covenants which guarantee affordable units in exchange for density bonuses. FTC is also checking on the progress made by the City since the controllers audit.
FTC reviews the city budget with a special emphasis on public safety, the special parking revenue fund and deferred infrastructure maintenance.
FTC seeks to ensure that the type, amount, and location of development be correlated with the provision of adequate supporting infrastructure and services.
FTC is monitoring the new West L.A. TIMP to make sure that it does not negatively impact traffic congestion and degrade response times.
FTC has won a petition for writ of mandate challenging the net loss of affordable units and compliance with the Westwood Multi-Family Specific Plan.
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.
FTC worked with the Academy to address traffic, advertising and noise impacts.
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.
FTC worked with a broad coalition and the council office to challenge the Casden Project at Pico/Sepulveda in its originally proposed form on the basis of traffic and other impacts.
FTC worked with CD5 to ensure that the local councilperson must approve transfers of Quimby Funds out of their district. Quimby funds are generated from residential development for park capital costs.
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.
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.
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.