Index
Saturday
Aug222015

DEVELOPMENT/LAND USE/REAL ESTATE: Southern California, "Southland home sales hit a nine-year high; prices up 5.5%"; downtown Los Angeles, "250-room W hotel to be built in downtown L.A."; Century City, "Nordstrom and Eataly are helping Century City's mall go glam" ....

***Various reports, development/real estate, etc....

* Los Angeles Times:  "250-room W hotel to be built in downtown L.A."

* Los Angeles Times:  "Nordstrom and Eataly are helping Century City's mall go glam"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Southland home sales hit a nine-year high; prices up 5.5%"

Saturday
Aug222015

POLITICS (National, Local/Oakland): U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal, city of Oakland, Harborside Health Center, court ruling: "Oakland blocked from suing to keep Harborside medical pot dispensary open"; "Federal court rejects Oakland's bid to save giant medical pot dispensary"; "Oakland loses legal battle over major medical pot dispensary" ....

***Various reports, court ruling, litigation, Harborside Health Center, Oakland....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland blocked from suing to keep Harborside medical pot dispensary open"

* Contra Costa Times:  "Oakland loses legal battle over major medical pot dispensary"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Federal court rejects Oakland's bid to save giant medical pot dispensary"

Saturday
Aug222015

POLITICS/TRANSPORTATION (State, Local/Burbank): California high-speed rail project, land at Bob Hope Airport: "State eyes land owned by Bob Hope Airport for high-speed rail project" ....

* Burbank Leader (Los Angeles Times):  "State eyes land owned by Bob Hope Airport for high-speed rail project" - "Airport commissioner balks at hazy details in initial presentation." - From the BL:

California High-Speed Rail Authority officials said this week they plan to propose to Bob Hope Airport officials that the state agency purchase the nearly 60-acre “B6 parcel” — also known as the “Opportunity Site” — north of the airfield’s terminal, an area which is already being marketed for sale. “You are sitting on something that is an amazing public and private benefit to the future,” said Michelle Boehm, the rail authority’s Southern California regional director. She said transit officials don’t want to lose the “once-in-a-generation opportunity to make something really great — not just great times one, but great times 10.”

Boehm’s pitch capped off an informational presentation in which she updated members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on the rail project and touted the promised benefits of high-speed rail, including relief of congestion on the state’s roads, rails and short-haul commuter flight routes throughout California. However, airport commissioners asked her to be a bit more explicit.

“What’s the ask?” said Terry Tornek, one of Pasadena’s commissioners. “Are you asking us to halt our disposition process? Are you asking us to reserve [two proposed station locations]?”

Transportation officials would like the airport authority to change its sales process and enter into an agreement with an option to purchase, Boehm said, in order to accommodate a multi-agency planning process that would look at what part of the property could be used for a bullet-train station, as well as other potential public and private uses, such as extension of the Metro Red Line.

“It’s a big ask,” Tornek said .....................

Saturday
Aug222015

SACRAMENTO: AB 113, redevelopment "wind-down": "Brown, cities scrap over bill on wind-down of redevelopment" .... 

* Sacramento Bee:  "Brown, cities scrap over bill on wind-down of redevelopment" - From the Bee:

The issue

California cities and Gov. Jerry Brown have had a rocky relationship ever since lawmakers, pushed by Brown, voted to abolish an anti-blight program over the objections of local leaders who called it a vital tool to improve their constituents’ lives. Four years later, a new post-redevelopment fight between cities and the Governor’s Office confronts lawmakers as they hurry to finish their work for the legislative year.

An end-of-session priority for the administration is Assembly Bill 113, a 100-page local government budget measure that emerged earlier this summer. The bill alters, and adds to, parts of the 2011 law that shut down hundreds of redevelopment agencies and a 2012 law that fleshed out the process of settling the former agencies’ financial affairs.

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Why do it?

The administration says AB 113 improves the redevelopment wind-down process and would mean $200 million more for cities and counties, while offering no fiscal benefit to the state. It also includes some additional fiscal benefits for certain local governments.

Why not?

The League of California Cities contends that the bill would rewrite post-redevelopment rules to nullify city court victories. The bill, critics say, would effectively scrub from the books an estimated $900 million in redevelopment-era loans by cities .......................

Saturday
Aug222015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Inland Empire): Moreno Valley, controversy, proposed World Logistics Center: "Moreno Valley OKs 40 mllion-quare-foot warehouse project" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (Moreno Valley, controversy, proposed "massive new warehouse," development, jobs/environment/traffic/air quality)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Moreno Valley OKs 40 million-square foot warehouse project" - From the LAT:

A divided Moreno Valley City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve a 40 million-square-foot warehouse project to be developed on the eastern edge of town. The proposed World Logistics Center had split the city between those who said it would bring needed jobs to a struggling bedroom community and those who worried it could have major environmental consequences while bringing mostly low-wage, temporary work to the city.

It's going to provide a variety of jobs," said Mayor Pro Tem Yxstian Gutierrez, who supported the project, along with Mayor Jesse Molina and Councilman Jeffrey Giba. Councilman George Price and Councilwoman D. LaDonna Jempson opposed.

The proposal comes during a logistics boom in the Inland Empire that has brought countless large warehouses and distribution centers to local communities — though no projects on the scale of the World Logistics Center, which, if fully built, would be large enough to fit almost 700 football fields inside.

On Wednesday, the City Council met to take its vote at a recreation center to accommodate the large crowd. Outside the building, a detractor held a sign urging a no vote and noting project developer Iddo Benzeevi has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence recent council elections. Supporters put up signs that read "Save Moreno Valley" and "Yes Yes Yes to World Logistics Center."

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According to the project's environmental impact report, the center would likely draw about 14,000 trucks a day into the city in a region plagued with some of the worst air pollution in the nation. Emissions of multiple pollutants would exceed thresholds set by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The environmental report drew criticism earlier this summer from a host of agencies and organizations, including  ..................