Eric Garcetti Agrees With Yes on Measure S Reforms
In a letter to AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein, Mayor Eric Garcetti repeatedly agreed with key reforms proposed by Measure S and Coalition to Preserve LA.
Although a vocal critic of Measure S, Garcetti wrote in a September 2016 letter that he agreed that developers should no longer be permitted to choose their consultants to write crucial environmental impact reports that study how a development affects a neighborhood.
Measure S ends that shocking conflict of interest.
Garcetti also agreed that spot zoning exceptions to the General Plan must be rare exceptions to the rule.
Measure S dramatically curtails spot zoning favors that the City Council and mayor can deliver to politically connected developers.
Last August, the Coalition to Preserve LA, which sponsors Measure S, also requested that Garcetti end "ex parte communications between developers and city elected officials or members of the City Planning Commission."
In the September letter, Garcetti once again agreed, and later promised to stop ex parte communications between developers and City Planning Commissioners. That reform, however, has still not been approved by the City Council.
We need real reform now. Vote Yes on S on March 7.