A blistering brief addressing the sudden fast-tracking of an affordable housing project on Samoa Avenue--a topic of major concern to Sunland Tujunga's land use stakeholders--is presently circulating among Sunland Tujunga's top land-use watchdogs.
Noel Weiss, the brief's author, alleges:
I urge the community to begin to put pressure on Krekorian to stand by his motion that the City's SB 1818 Implementing Ordinance be revised to incorporate an economic benefits analysis. To date, he adamantly refuses. . . instead he is hiding under Ed Reyes' skirt."This is gross political malpractice by Krekorian, Koretz (who seems to want to hand out variances like candy) and Reyes," Weiss tells me in a follow-up email.
Krekorian and Reyes are both members of Reyes' Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
The project in question, a 64 unit, "1818-styled" project, has outraged the community's land use watchdogs since first proposed. They now are additionally protesting that the City's Planning Department has put the project on a fast track while the community has not even seen the project's full application.
The project site (left) is proximate to a church, to a historic monument, and as proposed has inadequate parking spaces available to it by nearly every measure.
I noted here in a profile of Krekorian in April that the Councilmember had adopted a "sotto voce, flip-it style" on the matter, also noting that the Councilmember "hasn't overtly endorsed the project, but after suggesting during his campaign that elements of SB 1818 were flawed, he has sent a letter to the City's Housing Department encouraging tax-exempt status and funding."
Weiss has recently scored a victory against the City in an appellate court ruling that found that LA's City Council is not allowed to act as a "super Zoning administrator"; i.e., the body was not allowed to reverse what a Zoning administrator does except in certain specific instances.
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