Our latest communication with the City relates to the inappropriateness of the scheduling a telephonic-only hearing to speed things along for Millennium, when the Final EIR has not even been issued.
As we note:
We object to the “bum’s rush” that the City and Millennium are giving the public regarding this dangerous and illegal project.… Read the rest
The Department of City Planning sent out a Notice of Public Hearing today scheduled for August 26, 2020 at 9:30am.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
CALL NUMBER: (213) 338-8477
when prompted enter this meeting ID number: 924 8586 5202, #
In a recent STMH Post we dared to ask the question if City Officials intended to drive over the cliff with Millennium Partners. … Read the rest
See our attorney Robert Silverstein’s latest letter about the Millennium Hollywood Center scandal.
New reports from the United States Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey find multiple active earthquake fault lines cross the Millennium Hollywood Center site. They basically say that approving skyscrapers there would be illegal and insane.… Read the rest
Please see today’s LA Times article where LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian says:
“I would be disgusted if we had to drive through downtown Los Angeles for generations and see buildings marking the city skyline that were achieved through bribery and corruption.”
Does Krekorian believe this plague of corruption stops in downtown LA?… Read the rest
Hollywood earthquake faults make proposed skyscrapers unsafe, says opposition group
it’s not just us, the “opposition group,” saying this. Take it from the Federal government and the State of California.
On May 8 and July 16, 2020, the United States Geological Survey and the California Geological survey issued official reports showing multiple active earthquake fault lines running through the Millennium Hollywood Center site.… Read the rest
** UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020 **
[ Note that the link to the California Geological Survey letter to the City on the CIty website is broken as of August 4, 2020. The Public Comment section has been significantly combed through and weeded out. CGS’s letter, among several dozen public comment letters are no longer on the City’s website.… Read the rest
Raymond Chan, was the Mayor Garcetti appointed General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS). After resigning, Chan served a year as a Los Angeles deputy mayor for economic development until June 2017. It was under Chan that Millennium’s improper seismic studies were accepted and approved by LADBS. … Read the rest
In April 2015, STMH was victorious in our trial against the Los Angeles City Council and Millennium Partners, LLC. The Honorable James C. Chalfant threw out the EIR and all of Millennium’s project approvals, agreeing with us that the EIR was fatally flawed on 5 different grounds. Chalfant states in part: “There were many aspects Caltrans wanted you to look at, that you didn’t look at.””… Read the rest
On April 16, 2020, the Department of City Planning dropped the 13,000-page Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), kicking off the 45 day window for public comments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Garcetti had nothing to say when the flood of requests were made by residents to extend the public comment period – during the pandemic.… Read the rest
A November 4, 2015 article by Variety writes: “Hollywood will be looking more “Star Trek” than “L.A. Confidential” in the next few years. . .”
Mixed-use and mega-sized projects like Millennium’s Hollywood Center Project threaten our already over-burdened infrastructure. Creates additional traffic and brings worlds of problems to the surrounding neighborhoods.… Read the rest
Here’s the good news. The judge doesn’t care what the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) says about the earthquake studies submitted Millennium Partners, LLC. Judge Chalfant determined that the City violated CEQA when it disregarded the concerns of Caltrans,
pursuant to Pub.… Read the rest
There was a fascinating debate on KCRW’s Which Way L.A., moderated by Warren Olney on the disparity between residents and developers and shown in the following quotes from developer Mott Smith and our community-advocacy attorney, Robert P. Silverstein.
“A recent study … looked at Environmental Impact Reports that had gone to court under challenges like the ones we’re talking about here.… Read the rest
Please see this May 26, 2015 Wall St. Journal article about our Millennium battle.
“If you are doing development within any proximity to a freeway-which includes a great deal of development in Los Angeles-you’re now going to have to consider Caltrans in your process in a greater way than before,” Mr.… Read the rest
By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/07/2015
Judge invalidates EIR for controversial Hollywood project
The long and winding story of the Millennium Hollywood took another twist last Thursday when a judge issued a ruling to halt the $1 billion project, likely forcing the developer to go back to the drawing board and create a new environmental impact report (EIR).
… Read the rest
Today the Hollywood Community won an important victory reaffirming the ability of the people to direct the future development of Hollywood. We have demonstrated to our elected officials and to the City Planning Department that they will not be allowed to impose upon us the failed “Transit Oriented Development” planning model and the destructive “Regional Center, Commercial” planning policy.… Read the rest
On Saturday, April 25, the devastation that comes from massive earthquakes was on front pages around the world. A 7.8 near-surface quake hit rural Nepal resulting in thousands dead. The implication is clear for us living in a dense urban area near the surface-rupture Hollywood Fault which Dr. Dolan estimates last broke conservatively (that’s the low end of the range) with magnitude 7.0.… Read the rest
The Seismological Society of America just last Thursday, April 23, concluded its annual meeting in Pasadena. On Friday, April 24, USC geology professor Dr. James Dolan led a field trip of the Hollywood Fault for the attendees.
Here is the field trip guide:
Note the drawing on page 7 — 130 meters of left-lateral displacement of the Hollywood Fault at Los Feliz Blvd and Fern Dell Dr.… Read the rest