Our city suffers from irresponsible development in virtually every corner of the city. Our parks and open spaces are under constant threat of outsized development that will destroy wildlife habitats and wreck the character of our neighborhoods. In Council District 1 we face several specific projects that City Hall and our councilman are threatening to impose on our neighborhoods:
1. Walnut Canyon (Glassell Park)
Problem: A proposed hillside development of 32 homes threatens one of the last remaining local wildlife habitats. Construction poses access issues for emergency response vehicles, and narrow roadways pose obstacles along haul routes. Our council office has failed to fight proposed conditions that are clear violations of municipal code.
Joe’s Solution: Halt the proposed development and protect Walnut Canyon as park space to be connected via hiking paths and trails to other green spaces in the surrounding area.
2. Elysian Park (Echo Park)
Problem: Neighbors won a $12.5 million settlement from LADWP to mitigate the closure of a reservoir. Neighborhood members in conjunction with the City Parks Department drafted a master plan, however the money is in limbo and the council office has taken no action.
Joe’s Solution: Adopt the Elysian Park master plan and deliver the $12.5 million our council office has failed to prioritize for Elysian Park.
3. Flat Top (Lincoln Heights / Montecito Heights)
Problem: The County acquired the Flat Top land to turn over to the City for parks development. Since the City has not taken responsibility for this land, it is currently held by a local non-governmental organization, Northeast Trees, with the express purpose of turning it over to the city. Numerous personal vendettas have held up transfer of this land and turned the development of this public space into a political football.
Joe’s Solution: New leadership is required to shepherd this land into City Parks Department control and maintenance. Direct City departments to serve the community and prioritize Flat Top in park development.
All of these factors together reveal drastic room for improvement in serving the needs of the community in Council District 1. With new leadership and new priorities, we can bring about the changes that will strengthen our neighborhoods.
Join your neighbors and Sign our petition to
STOP the irresponsible development, promote park space, and maintain our neighborhoods.
From: LA Resident
Los Angeles is suffering from irresponsible development. Developers who care first about their profits and last about our communities are ruining our neighborhoods. Walnut Canyon, Elysian Park, and Flat Top deserve thoughtfulness and attention to build them as resources for future generations.
We stand with the residents of Council District 1 who do not want to see their environment on sale to the highest bidders.