Measure S Earns Big Environmental Endorsement from Hillside Federation

Yes on S movement wins backing from respected Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations

Yes on Measure S has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, representing 45 homeowner associations and residents' associations covering large areas of the San Fernando Valley and Westside.

Officers of the Hillside Federation, whose vast swath of representation encompasses some 250,000 constituents, said in a statement:

“The mission of the Hillside Federation is to protect the property and quality of life in the Santa Monica Mountains and other hillside areas of Los Angeles.

"After a presentation of the pros and cons on Measure S, the Hillside Federation voted to support Measure S.

"It is the Federation’s hope that Measure S will encourage the city to follow its own rules and allow reasonable development and not change zoning and height limits to accommodate large developments impacting residential neighborhoods.”

Measure S is being endorsed by the most diverse citywide coalition in modern L.A. history, from the prosperous to the poor — but who agree that the pay-to-play special interests in City Hall threaten the L.A. we love.

“Every community that has a candidate running for City Council, and for the Mayor’s office, should get in writing, prior to this March 7 election, that they will support Measure S,” said, Patricia Bell Hearst, former President and Chairman Emeritus of the Hillside Federation.

"Every community from the Eastside to the Westside must fight the undue influence of developers at City Hall by endorsing Measure S," said Alex Izbicki, a board member of Save Coldwater Canyon, one of the member organizations of the Hillside Federation. "Our open spaces in L.A. are being paved over."

Steve Twining, Chairman Emeritus of the Hillside Federation, President of the Bel Air Hills Association and President Emeritus of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, said of his support for Yes on Measure S, “I am shocked by the pay-to-play system that is going on. It's obvious developers are in charge.”

The Federation’s backing adds to an arsenal of endorsers including:

LA Tenants Union, fighting for low-income renters displaced by unplanned development; Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, fighting to protect our parks and mountains from sprawl; Los Angeles Audubon Society, fighting for L.A.'s open space; and Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, battling corporate/developer influence on political institutions.

Measure S returns transparency and sensible planning to City Hall by:

- Ending the City Council's backroom "spot zoning" deals that let developers get around the rules to build.

- Banning developers from writing environmental studies of their own projects — falsified traffic and health data that hurts our communities.

- Giving residents a real say by moving key Community Plan and General Plan update hearings from City Hall to the communities.

Vote Yes on S on March 7.

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