(Editor’s note: There was a four-part series about the Highlands elder care project on Circling the News in 2018. Councilman Mike Bonin, who had received legal contributions from the developer, spoke to the Coastal Commission in July of that year.
On the Coastal Commission website, it stated that Commissioner Mary Luevano does not take ex-parte communications. Yet at the hearing she read a July 9 text message from L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin and said, “He just wanted to let me know he is in favor of the project and most people in the community are in favor of it and that we need it.”
When that statement was made, there was housing available at Atria Park, an elder care facility on Sunset, near Via de la Paz.
Additionally, there was a large outcry from the public who opposed the project because it put the elderly in a very high fire severity zone in the Highlands, which has only one road in and out of the area.
Many were concerned about the possible evacuation of 96 elderly residents, many of who might be Alzheimer/dementia patients.
In April, of 2018, more than 1,300 had signed a petition against the project. CTN contacted Bonin and asked how many were in support. He said he would give us a number, but never did.
In an May 15, 2020 interview on Nextdoor Palisades between Councilman Mike Bonin and the Santa Monica Mirror Media Group, Bonin said, “I do not think we should be adding more housing to High Fire Severity Zones because it’s inviting disaster.”
CTN is printing a September 20, 2021 appeal for money for legal fees from the Pacific Palisades Resident’s Association.)
PPRA’s appeal of approvals of the Highlands eldercare project by the City, the Coastal Commission, and a lower court is in the briefing stage at the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.
PPRA is confident of the positions it has taken in its appeal, but now faces additional costs caused in part by the clerk of the lower court’s delays in transmitting the paperwork from the prior proceedings to the appellate court. Please donate today to support PPRA’s efforts in pursuing its appeal. We truly appreciate everyone coming together to fight the good fight.
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