City Planning 101

There are still a few dates left for City Planning 101. These free classes are open to any Angeleno interested in land use, and provide an overview of the basic elements of planning, land use, and zoning in Los Angeles. With key legislation pending such as SB828, we can benefit from knowing how the process works and how we can make our voice heard.

Free smoke alarm installation delivers fire and life safety education to residents of the City of Los Angeles. It is one of the first private professional fire prevention organizations in the country, and is a pioneer in Community Risk Reduction, with the goal of making Los Angeles safer and more resilient. They provide free smoke alarm installations, free carbon monoxide installations, many different kinds of safety training, CPR classes, and more.


Senate Bill 827 – a big issue for neighborhoods near transit

The latest meeting of the Cherrywood/Leimert Block Club included a lively discussion of SB-827 Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus. That bill will have a big impact on Leimert Park and surrounding areas, and neighbors are concerned that developers will be able to apply for exemption from local development requirements if the project is within a 1/2 mile radius of a major transit stop. It’s worth reading the details of the proposed bill. There’s a good summary in this Curbed LA article.

Vote!Meanwhile this issue will figure prominently in the upcoming special election on April 3. That election is being held to replace California State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas in District 54, who resigned late last year due to health problems. His successor will vote on this bill. Voter turnout is essential!

Here are the candidates – call or email them to ask what their position on SB-827 is:

Leimert Park Plaza renovations underway

According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, Leimert Plaza Park, in the heart of Leimert Park Village, is undergoing some enhancements under a partnership between with the Office of Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the LA Parks Foundation and City National Bank.

Read the article here: Leimert Park Plaza Restoration

Vehicle Living

vehicleregmap2New regulations on vehicle living become effective on Saturday, January 7, 2017 and are set to expire on July 1, 2018.

According to the new regulation, persons may live in a vehicle:

  • Daytime Hours – between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities, or parks;
  • Nighttime Hours –  between  9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. – in non-residentially zoned areas which are more than one block (500 feet) away from licensed schools, pre-schools or daycare facilities or parks.

More information about LAMC Section 85.02 can be found on the City’s website.