The L.A. City Planning and Land Use Committee will rehear plans for a controversial project to be built at the former Jack-in-the-Box site (17346 Sunset Blvd.) at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 in a virtual meeting.
At the prior hearing on January 13, which also began at 2 p.m., the meeting proceedings could not be heard by the public.
Circling the News contacted City Planner Nick Vasuthasawat by email that day and he responded with a 2:40 p.m. email: “Please stay on the line. There are audio issues occurring right now.”
CTN responded: “People who tried to get on may think the hearing has changed, since there was no audio.”
At 2:46 p.m. CTN emailed Vasuthasawat again, “Still no sound.”
He responded at 2:59 p.m. “Meeting is currently ongoing. Please contact PLUM staff for technical support. Leyla Campos – Legislative Assistant (213) 978-1078.”
I responded at 3:01 p.m. “I did call her; she is not responding.”
Around 3:15 p.m., the sound came on and public comment was being heard. The Commissioners then heard item 16 and 17. That meant that anyone finally able to access the meeting may have thought that since there were 18 items on the agenda, they had missed the earlier items.
CTN filed a Brown Act violation. Vasuthasawat told CTN in a February 9 email: “On 1/13/21, the City Council remanded the item back to the PLUM committee to be reheard due to information received from members of the public to Clerk Staff expressing difficulty in accessing the meeting as well as an error in the notification period. You can confirm with City Clerk staff on their formal recommendation.”
Palisades residents will now have a chance to be heard on this project, located just north of Pacific Coast Highway. The owner proposes to build a five-story, 60-ft.-high, 32,225-sq.-ft., mixed-use building. This would include 39 dwelling units and 2,900 square feet of commercial use; 49 parking spaces located in one subterranean level; and a retaining wall. Construction would require 11,500 cubic yards of grading and a haul route to export of 10,700 cubic yards of dirt.
This project, proposed by Michael Aminpour, California Food Managers, LLC and Heavenly Tiger LLC, has been opposed by the Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC), the PPCC Land Use committee, the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board, the Pacific Palisades Residents Association, the Edgewater Towers Condominium Association and many residents in town. It received approval from the City Planning Commission after it was told there was no low-income housing in Pacific Palisades, which is untrue. This project will have four apartments for low-income.
Councilman Mike Bonin of CD 11 will now have an opportunity to weigh in on this project and let his constituents know if he is for or against the project, which violates the Palisades specific plan.
Members of the PLUM committee include: 1. Bob Blumenfield (Council District 3) firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Council District 8) email@example.com 3. Curren Price (Council District 9) firstname.lastname@example.org and 4. John Lee (Council District 12) email@example.com.
The audio for this meeting is broadcast live on the internet at www.lacity.org/government/follow-meetings/council-committee-meetings.
Residents who would like to offer public comment can call 669-254-5252 and use Meeting ID No. 161 644 6631, then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak. If you are unable to telephone-in at this meeting, you may submit your comments in writing to the City Clerk, Room 395, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or submitted at: LACouncilComment.com.
In addition, you may view the contents of Council file No. 20-1302 by visiting: www.lacouncilfile.com.