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CPIO Opponents high-tail it to City Hall today



Even though you may be a rockin' cube-farmer by day who knows nothing about CPIO, Core, or zoning, LA Weekly wants you to get your NIMBY bluehair dander up and go to a CPIO planning hearing today. If you do, you'll hear a phalanx of retired squatters doing their best impersonation of the bar scene in Star Wars, opining on how sensible revisions to the way the City develops blighted commercial strips somehow threatens their bankruptcy-riddled bedroom communities. (Nothing threatens your neighborhood more than the cranky retirees of other neighborhoods).

The folks at the Weekly still haven't put two and two together; they still don't understand that CPIO zones are the tax-neutral, de facto, savvy replacement for our flummoxed, failing agency, the CRA. They still don't understand how even though Gail Goldberg may have been a developer doormat and Austin Beutner may be a hedge fund assembler, some of the things on which these two unlikely chaperones of CPIO and Core agree might actually be good ideas. (Sorta the way Erwin Komenda and you-know-who somehow produced the Volkswagen). But one thing remains certain: because no land use consultant or attorney who actually knows what's going on would ever waste time talking to a jacobin who goes NIMBY first and then considers what's actually in an ordinance later, and who's demonstrably too proud to reverse themselves, the Weekly and the entire crowd in City Hall today are likely to stay completely in the dark on these matters until everything passes.