Quoting from the letter she sent to the Mayor this morning:
In other words, a bad economy is a license to surrender to development. Why the City Controller takes such a nakedly political position is hard to say.
With the local unemployment rate over 12%, it is critical that City government do everything possible to revive our local economy. One area that has long kept the City from being more “business-friendly”, is that Angelenos spend months and sometimes years awaiting approval for zoning and land-use permits. These delays stall development in the City, slowing the creation of critical construction jobs. The Departments responsible – primarily Planning and Building & Safety, need to find ways to work more efficiently in processing these applications.
Wendy also releases a soundbyte:
"Out of all of the audits I have done so far, this is among the most disappointing, because it appears that the City’s Planning Department was unable to implement the previous audit’s recommendations," Greuel said. "While the Department has used some of their resources to update community plans and zoning regulations in order to increase projects that can be built by-right, which reduce case processing times, this is not acceptable four and a half years after the original audit came out."Never mind the fact that zoning change brochures are available at Councilmember field offices. According to Wendy, we need Gail Goldberg to be even more of a developer doormat than she already is.