Thursday, June 5, 2014

L.A. to pay $1.75 million for legal bills in Hollywood zoning fight

L.A. to pay $1.75 million for legal bills in Hollywood zoning fight

In January a Superior Court judge concluded that Hollywood land-use plan had old data and was "fatally flawed"

L.A. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell doesn't expect a new Hollywood zoning plan to reach council for 18-24 months

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $1.75 million for the legal fees of three groups that succeeded in striking down a new zoning and development plan for Hollywood.

On a 12-0 vote, council members agreed to pay the legal bills of the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Assn., Fix the City and The three groups had gone to court to halt implementation of the Hollywood Community Plan Update, a document that sought to bring larger-scale development to the area's transit corridors, among other things.
Supporters of the revamped Hollywood plan countered it would bring jobs and help the area complete a 20-year economic transformation.
The largest share of Wednesday's legal payout will go to the law firm of Robert Silverstein, who represented the La Mirada group and will receive $780,000, according to a spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer. Lawyers for Fix the City will get $600,000, and around $370,000 will go to attorneys for the Save Hollywood organization.
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