Re: “Vote Delayed Proposed Hotel,” Sept. 22 issue
There is no reason to delay a vote by the L.A. City Council Planning Committee other than political. All the facts are known and the only conclusion is crystal clear.
There is no justification to grant a special privilege zoning change to an individual for business purposes. None. The argument that this projects benefits the city of L.A. is ridiculous. The same so-called benefit would exist if a hotel were built in a properly zoned commercial area. Building such a project in an environmentally sensitive, 100% residential area carries no special benefit to the city, only a special benefit to the desires of the developer.
In fact, the proposed project is not a benefit of any type, it is a public loss. The loss of more green space that serves the entire city with much needed clean air. The loss of public safety, more congestion on narrow two lane streets with severely compromised ingress and egress. The loss of fire safety as bringing in thousands of people into the highest-risk fire area in the city with no idea how to treat this fragile environment. Loss of peace and quiet in an R-1 residential zone. We live in a residential area for a reason, quality of life. Not the 24-hour lifecycle of a hotel, restaurants, spas, gyms, movie theaters [and] parking garages with thousands of extra car trips per day of guests, staff and workmen.
The granting of a special privilege to create spot zoning for anyone who wants to open a business has no legal justification, as it only helps one person make money at the expense of the safety and peace of mind of thousands of homeowners.
This is not Monopoly [where] you build four houses then you get to build a hotel. This property owner is entitled to build houses, not hotels. To this developer, please build the houses you are entitled to build and let the rest of the community sleep at night.