A week after a Superior Court judge tossed out the guts of the LA's over-ambitious density bonus ordinance, Jane Usher remains the point person for rationality in local planning.
As much as land use attorneys try to yank planning into the realm of abstraction, most planning issues boil down to common sense. It made no sense to tear down affordable housing in the name of creating affordable housing. It made no sense to make a denser transit hub when everyone who can afford to live in one wants to drive a car. It makes no sense to have a developer doormat from San Diego like Gail Goldberg planning more density catastrophes for the City of Los Angeles. The ruling---the ruling made sense.
Antonio must be fuming, because the future his political consultants handed him is going up in legal smoke in many areas. He has also apparently---we say "apparently" because he talks so little to media about real civic issues---been sold a bag of goods on planning issues by Eric Garcetti, the real point person for densification via transit hubs. But once again, the people have decided--in the interests of the people, not of the self-aggrandizing politicians.