imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Eric Garcetti Allows Destruction of 40 Protected Trees

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Over the strong objection of constituents, Eric Garcetti (district 13) approved a rezoning of land, part of a wildlife corridor in Echo Park-Elysian Park, from three to 15 houses and gave developers special permission to cut down 40 protected trees. Garcetti's environmental legacy also includes siding with developer Ralph Horowitz and Councilwoman Jan Perry regarding the South Central Farm. Twenty years ago, another pro-development Councilmember, Michael Woo, ran for Mayor--as Garcetti is now doing--but was opposed by a formidable group called Citizens for Anyone but Woo. Hopefully 2012/2013 will see Anyone but Garcetti.

Eric Garcetti Allows...
wildlifecorridoebeforeandafter.jpg, image/jpeg, 1924x759

(Above left: The hillside on Allesandro Street, at El Moran, as it looked in late 2007. Right: The very same spot in mid-2012.)

If mayoral candidate and City Councilmember Eric Garcetti truly wants to make Los Angeles the greenest city in the country, he doesn't seem off to a very good start. Besides his failure to support the South Central Farm (see: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2011/11/249691.php), he approved rezoning on a hillside in Echo Park from three to 15 homes, over the strong objections of surrounding neighbors--and earlier this year allowed 40 protected trees to be cut down (see: http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/02/tree-cutting-resumes-on-elysian-heights-housing-site).

The affected area, long known as Semi-Tropical Spiritualist Tract, for having been a gathering place of transcendentalists as far back as 1905, was part of a wildlife corridor. Cheryl Parisi, a neighbor since the early 1980s, described the locale in 2007. “This is an uninterrupted space from Elysian Park all the way through to our hill. So all the wildlife is able to traverse from Elysian Park; up along the ridge, which you can see [from] Riverside; and they just come straight into this whole open area. So it’s really magnificent: there are hawks, owls. (We have an owl in the neighborhood.)” The protected trees included California Black Walnut , Coast Live Oak, the California sycamore, and the California bay laurel.

Cindy Ortiz, another long-time resident, said a fellow neighbor could hear coyotes being born every spring. She herself witnessed another spring phenomenon: “the carpet of morning doves as [they’re] feeding.”

Both Ortiz and Parisi fought this development for years. As noted, the area was zoned for three housing units, but Henry Nunez , a developer from Arcadia, had a “plan” for 15 two-story units and sought to get it rezoned. His “plans” were presented to an unreceptive audience of about 100 in January 2007. “The roar of opposition was deafening,” recalled Ortiz.

“[T]here were about 100 people there,” said long-time activist Jeb Brighouse(1). “Not one of them spoke in favor of this, not one. So any claim that this has been passed through the community and approved by the community, I say is just a flat out falsehood.”

Furthermore, “this developer promised to come back, and he has not done so,” Ortiz said.

Yet, Nunez got his desired rezoning for 15 units. When this decision was appealed at a PLUM hearing in early '09, Councilmember Ed Reyes sided with the developer, on the strength that he had devoted three years to developing his “plan.” This, despite Reyes being presented with a published article disclosing Nunez was already in the process of selling off plots of land.

In early 2012, people who lived several blocks away from the Spiritualist Tract noticed a lot more birds than usual around their houses—demolition of the trees had begun. (Pictures of affected birds can be found here: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/search/label/Semi%20Tropic posted on July 6, 2012; June 13, 2012; and earlier.)

Garcetti—who has also annoyed his Hollywood constituents with his pro-development (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/hollywood-community-plan.html), and who has taken money from people with links to Wal-Mart (see: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/27/local/la-me-garcetti-walmart-20120727 )--is a strong contender in the mayoral race. (His chief deputy, Mitch O'Farrell, who represented him during the battle over the Spiritualist Tract(2), is hoping to get Garcetti's seat on City Council.)

Twenty years ago, another City Councilman for district 13 who was pro-development, Michael Woo, lost his mayoral bid due in large part to a group called Citizens for Anyone but Woo (information about this group follows the article). This is one case where the past should be repeated.

(Some of this material previously appeared both on LA IndyMedia (see: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2007/11/209930.php) and in the Epian Ways newsletter circa 2007.)



-----

(1)As Brighouse explained, he “was appointed by Councilman John Ferraro to be the Chairman of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee in the Echo Park-Silverlake Community Plan during the cycle in which this property was dealt with.”

(2)Mitch O'Farrell was present at the January 2007 public meeting where Henry Nunez's proposed development got no positive response (“Go away,” an audience member exclaimed to Nunez, evoking applause). O'Farrell and the developer said there would be follow-up meetings for additional public input, and as noted earlier, that never happened.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Semi-Tropical Spiritualist Tract in 2007

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Semi-Tropical Spirit...
spiritualisttract2007.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x450

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Early 2012

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Early 2012...
wildlifecorridordefoliateda.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Additional pictures of the demolition, and affected birds, can be seen here: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/search/label/Semi%20Tropic starting with the fourth photo down.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


More cut trees in early 2012

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

More cut trees in ea...
wildlifecorridordestructionearly2012.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Additional pictures of the demolition, and affected birds, can be seen here: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/search/label/Semi%20Tropic starting with the fourth photo down.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


June 2012

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

June 2012...
wildlifecorridordevastatedmain.jpeg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Additional pictures of the demolition, and affected birds, can be seen here: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/search/label/Semi%20Tropic starting with the fourth photo down.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Citizens for Anyone but Woo (1993 flyer)

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Citizens for Anyone ...
anyonebutwooa.jpeg, image/jpeg, 2472x3096

Politicians can be stopped when enough pissed off citizens unite.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
not surprised mous Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Local News

The Eagle Rock Peace Vigil Marks 15 Years N27 11:23AM

12/2-3 LA Binational Conference To Cancel NAFTA and Unite Workers Of Mexico and the US N27 3:44AM

Winter 2017 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! N26 9:22PM

Nuclear Shutdown News November 2017 N26 4:23PM

Report Back on November 18th Counter Demonstration Against Anti-Muslim March N20 10:57AM

Report Back on November 18th Counter Demonstration Against Anti-Muslim March N19 7:12PM

National US Gov as wellas EPA slow to act on Abandoned uranium Mines Cleanup in Southwest N15 10:50AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser N14 10:47AM

BUSTED: Watch LAPD cops plant drugs in black suspect’s wallet – unaware body cams were on N10 5:32PM

lapd shootings 1998 - 2015 N06 11:21PM

“Oh Say Can You See” How the LAPD Singing the National Anthem Cost the Dodgers WS Game 7? N03 7:30AM

Car drives into immigration protesters outside Rep. Ed Royce's office in Brea N02 2:06PM

PACIFICA RADIO BOARD SECRETLY OK'S BANKRUPTCY FILING & SEEKS NY SIGNAL SWAP O25 4:49PM

LAUSD, Privatization, Charters And The Fight To Defend Public Education Education Conferen O04 12:10PM

Afghan Women Read RAWA.org founded 1977 S27 9:42PM

[France] The State Attacks Indymedia-Grenoble and Indymedia-Nantes… Solidarity! S25 5:18PM

Segregation in the City of Angels: A 1939 Map of Housing Inequality in L.A. A15 7:44PM

Justice Dept. seeking info, IDs on 1.3M visitors to protest website DisruptJ20.org A15 1:04PM

San Francisco Rally Protests Hate Crimes in Charlottesville A14 5:38PM

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites A02 1:52PM

Tracking Twenty Years of Stockton Killings by Law Enforcement A02 1:27PM

Garcetti Cronyism - Why and How to Ignore Your LA Dog License A01 5:05PM

Nation's Worst Meltdown Was In LA J31 4:54PM

As RV towing resumes in LA, officials say program won't 'target homeless' J31 1:15PM

Class War on the Waterfront: Longshore Workers Under Attack J21 10:18AM

Limits to Growth Published Forty Years Ago J18 5:15AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de la prohibition D16 2:14AM

Philippines: We condemn extension of Martial Law in Mindanao D14 9:37PM

The Shortwave Report 12/15/17 Listen Globally! D14 4:27PM

What the State Can Do D14 5:50AM

November 2017 Honduras Pre-Coup Repeat Update: Part 1 D14 5:23AM

Le système, ses agents, ses exécutants D13 11:49PM

Police problem officers D12 11:13AM

Masturbatorium de capitalisation D11 10:15PM

Palestinians, Beware Jewish Days of Rage, Hanukkah is Coming to Israel! D11 5:28PM

Asian Superstar's Book Finding Julia, Based on the Movie, Goes on Sale D11 11:16AM

I am the victim of murder for hire and need help to file a police report D11 12:29AM

Modus operandi de l'apocope D10 10:04PM

Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico in Tax Plans D08 9:51AM

Fbi is Gestapo D07 6:12PM

The Shortwave Report 12/08/17 Listen Globally! D07 5:10PM

Paraphysique de l'argutie D06 10:18PM

Holiday Tips for Grievers D06 1:27PM

Stand Against Reem's. Stand Against hate. Stand Against Violence D06 8:44AM

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) D06 7:53AM

Philippines - Why there is nothing Revolutionary about the call for a "Revolutionary Govt" D06 2:04AM

Historicisme d'hybridation D04 10:08PM

Real filthy fbi D03 7:30PM

People in Uproar in West Virginia-US Public lands Hearings 2017 D03 10:42AM

Le capital ou la société des inégalités D03 12:11AM

Stop Trump's tax plan D02 3:10PM

Government Regimes Are On A Global Kill Spree D01 8:29PM

Global High Crimes By Government D01 7:47PM

The Right to the City and the Greed of the Rich D01 3:32AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy