Measure S Reforms Pay-to-Play Culture at LA City Hall
We appreciate the Los Angeles Times editorial writers' nod today to Measure S, the March 7 ballot initiative. But the Times editorial writers continually get things wrong: Measure S, known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, is not a "slow-growth" movement.
Our citizen-driven movement is instead focused entirely on reforming the undue developer control of City Hall's broken system for planning LA's communities.
It turns out that developers of building projects are terrible city planners -- what a surprise.
Surely the Times understands that it's not slow-growth to oppose million-dollar homes -- banned by land-use zoning -- along the LA River, for example.
Yet the river is under immediate threat of being lost to land speculators before it can be "revitalized," without a single meaningful public hearing.
This is thanks to a system our politicians are caught up in that rewards exemptions from the rules for business interests who give them campaign funds, gifts and donations to their pet projects.
We're about transparent decisions that protect the environment and residents; follow sensible plans that intertwine the need for infrastructure, safety services, housing, parks and other key planning "elements;" and include the community in a far more meaningful way.
In fact, since Measure S dramatically curtails the ability of LA politicians to give spot zoning favors to developers, the initiative is one of the best ways to fix systemic corruption at City Hall. LA politicians will have little to sell to developers, and developers, therefore, will have little to buy from the politicians.
This planning and land-use system is not in place. it's broken, and Measure S puts the pieces back together.
Vote Yes on S on March 7.