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More growing pains to come

Mayor Villaraigosa's developer-beholden Planning Department team, spearheaded by rogue "planner" Gail Goldberg, now wants to build 113,000 more units in LA over the next six years, and thinks that if factoring in all urban infill opportunities, we have space for 350,000.

Goldberg and her team will be busy selling the plan to GROW LA to faux community stakeholder meetings over the next three months.

The problem with having a Planning Chief like Gail Goldberg is that she has never failed to demonstrate that she is completely beholden to the whims of the Mayor's office. Planning cannot come from the Mayor, for the Mayor raises too much money through developers.

If the Mayor wants 113,000, that's what Goldberg will want. LA is not her expertise, it is the former San Diegan's internship. Coming to planning in midlife, she never quite got a feel for what was good for any City, only what was good for Gail Goldberg.

Ms. Goldberg has no Angeleno legacy whatsoever to which to look for counsel on planning decisions. She once needed a map to get from downtown to Los Feliz. Where longtime residents saw natural geographic barriers to regions of the City, such as the Ballona wetlands, the Santa Monica Mountains, the LA River basin, the Arroyo Seco, stretches which made for long sweeps through transitional landscape, Goldberg only looks for developer-friendly urban infill opportunities, and shock community therapies, to congest the City into begging for failing transit, a la Seoul. She doesn't seem to know that "smart growth" is simply growth with toney developer's spin, or that "affordable housing" can also be accomplished through market forces and even cheap-on-the-dollar Fed rental programs like Section 8 housing, rather than civic hyper-kleptomania.

She doesn't know the issues; she doesn't listen to the people; she should go. Whether by accident or design, more than any other single person, she's ruining the City for the future.