imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

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 - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

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

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

New Zine on Activist Collective Living A29 9:19AM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 4 A05 7:03PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 3 A05 6:45PM

More about KPFK via Pacifica turmoils A05 6:29PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 2 A05 6:23PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 1 A05 11:36AM

Demonstration in Support of Persecuted Christians Saturday A02 10:40AM

Water in California - info proliferated now is dubious J28 5:04PM

Pacifica clearly endangered. Reposting info here: J28 2:34PM

Video: Occupy Love (2013), 1 hr 19 min J28 4:43AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Elizabeth Warren: Hold the Cheers S01 2:25PM

Feds report Terrorist Attacks on the U.S. Mexican Border from Galveston to San Diego Immin S01 12:56PM

Anti-blackracism in the U.S. S01 12:10PM

Organized Labor in America Today S01 10:47AM

Youth for Human Rights makes an impact at the Back to School Event S01 10:13AM

ISIS is not Islam! S01 9:22AM

Wealth as a Problem S01 5:40AM

Israel's Latest Land Grab S01 3:36AM

Russia's Foreign Mnistry on Ukraine A31 12:27PM

Hard Truths on Ukraine MSM Suppress A31 6:31AM

Despite growth in the Philippines, labor underscores systemic failure in rising inequality A30 7:39PM

Selling NATO's Killing Machine A30 2:03PM

Ravaging and Destroying Syria A30 10:38AM

Anarchist reportback from Ferguson A30 8:41AM

Irresponsibly Challenging Russia A30 6:14AM

Flashback to 2013: Obama: "I am ready to bomb Syria" A29 2:37PM

Al Sharpton 170 lb. wt. loss as Vegan A29 2:19PM

Fact-Checking Obama A29 2:17PM

Pepsi Burning Animals Alive In Going Back To Sugar A29 1:06PM

Ninos Perdidos del Sur A29 10:54AM

Banks and Investors Challenge Predatory Funds Solutions Fall Short of Comprehensive Prot A29 10:33AM

Are some activists star children and now indigo adults? A29 7:51AM

Banks and Investors Call for New Debt Rules In Wake of Argentina Hedge Fund Case A29 7:26AM

Gaza War Postmortems A29 5:30AM

Big Lies Risk Confrontation with Russia A29 4:10AM

Philippines: Charter change and foreign ownership of land not solution to development A29 3:13AM

Infobésité ou faux évergétisme A28 11:49PM

The Shortwave Report 08/29/14 Listen Globally! A28 4:40PM

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