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Getting Serious about LA’s Sidewalk Repairs: A Five-Point ‘Let’s-Get-On-with-It’ Plan

Ken Alpern
FIXING LA-Last Tuesday night's City Council Board of Public Works and Budget Committees met and allowed a lot of good public input to a series of concerned and available Councilmembers and City officials. The attendance and input were both outstanding--I want to thank Councilmember Mike Bonin, in particular, for allowing the outreach and advice to…

Latino Politicians Putting Climate Change Ahead of Constituents

Joel Kotkin
POLITICS-Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward…

Worlds Apart on Kathryn Steinle: When Political Opportunism Reigns Supreme

John Mirisch
MUSING WITH MIRISCH-The small Swedish Jewish Museum in Stockholm is tucked away on a side street. Discreet signage instructs would-be visitors to push a button which activates a camera, so they can be screened before they are granted entry. The museum's permanent exhibition fills one fairly small room. Most of the objects on display are Jewish…

Garcetti Passes, Wesson Fails

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Our Los Angeles Times has issued midterm letter grades for Controller Ron Galperin (B-) and City Attorney Mike Feuer (B+) and will be posting grades for City Council President Herb Wesson this Sunday and Mayor Eric Garcetti the following Sunday. Our City is facing many difficult issues, ranging from a lagging economy, relatively high…

What LA Really Needs: A Part-time City Council and a Part-time Mayor!

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-There are so many serious and pressing problems facing the City of Los Angeles and few if any real solutions are being proposed or implemented by our elected and appointed leaders at City Hall. I will start with the current city budget. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a $7.7 billion total budget in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.…

Why Don’t the City’s Women Managers Hire More Women?

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-Perusing the web is a little like the soap operas of yesteryear. You get suckered in! One link leads to another link and then one is exposed to a barrage both facts and idiocy. The reason for this discussion was my attending a July Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) meeting with the Department of Water and Power. General…

Cleaning Up LA City Hall: ‘It’s What’s Legal That’s the Problem’

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-Everyone understands that developers own our city government. Sure, there are some officials here and there who are upright and independent, but recent history shows that the developers typically get their way in spite of public opposition. Whether it is a zoning change for an office tower or the required permits for a new mall,…

Not So Fast LA! Let’s Consider the Real Costs of Hosting the Olympics before We Jump In

Greg Nelson
SPORTS POLITICS-On Monday, Boston withdrew from its offer to be the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In January, Los Angeles finished second to Boston when the U.S. Olympic Committee made its decision. After Boston was selected to polish up its bid before submitting it to the International Olympic Committee for a final decision,…

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws
CALIFORNIA ACCESS POLITICS-Party crashing—or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called—is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. I had to think outside of the box, throw myself into the role, and whip my…





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Metro Caves to LACMA Arm-Twisting on Fairfax Subway Station Location

ART AND POLITICS COLLIDE, PART II - (Ed note: For some back story on this report, see CityWatch  column “Art and Politics Collide”. This report was provided by the Miracle Mile Residential Association) The revised agenda posted for the April 26 meeting of Metro’s Board of Directors reveals that Metro has disavowed its own recommendation for the Wilshire/Fairfax subway portal and has succumbed to the arm-twisting of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [LACMA].
In the Westside Subway Extension Final Environmental Impact Review [FEIR], Metro recommended that the portal be located beside the iconic Johnie’s Coffee Shop on the northwe  st corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue – but LACMA wanted the portal located on the south side of Wilshire between South Orange Grove and Odgen Drive. LACMA’s intense behind the scenes campaign to achieve their goal succeeded in forcing Metro is to ignore its own FEIR, which had rejected the Orange Grove portal as being too distant from the intersection of Fairfax and Wilshire.

LACMA owns property at Wilshire and Ogden that they would like to redevelop. LACMA and Sieroty Real Estate Company own over 60 percent of the parcels between Orange Grove and Ogden – it is their plan for Metro to use its authority and subway funding to take the entire block for as both a portal location and construction staging site and then partner with LACMA and Sieroty to create a high-density mixed-used project. Having a subway portal at this location would enhance the value of this new development.

LACMA failed in getting their Orange Grove portal endorsed by the Mid City West Community Council [MCWCC]. The MCWCC Board of Directors opposed the Orange Grove location and endorsed a portal in the historic May Co. – which LACMA had originally supported and which was also the near unanimous recommendation of Metro’s Station Area Advisory Group.

The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] also endorsed the May Co. portal and opposed LACMA’s Orange Grove portal on grounds that its distance from major bus routes on Fairfax was a burden to the elderly and the disabled.

The Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) agreed with the MMRA and issued a letter to Metro on April 19th strongly urging Metro not to acquiesce to the special interests of LACMA and abandon the recommendation of its own FEIR. “To do so will demonstrate complete disregard for the needs of the seniors and people with disabilities who must rely on public transportation daily to live full and productive lives, and run afoul of state and federal antidiscrimination statutes,” wrote Michelle Uzeta, DRLC Legal Director.

“At times like this, I’m reminded of a line from one of my favorite movies, ‘Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown’,” said MMRA board member Ken Hixon. “LACMA clearly won’t let Metro, the FEIR, Mid City West Community Council, the residents of the Miracle Mile, or the needs of the elderly and the disabled stand in their way of their real estate investment.”

James O’Sullivan, MMRA President, remarked: “With this move LACMA and the Metro board both join the hated 1% – it’s all about them and the people be damned!”

The MMRA is submitting public record requests to Metro regarding their decision to rescind their recommendation of the Johnie’s portal in favor of LACMA’s Orange Grove/Odgen portal.

On April 16, 2012, the MMRA released a White Paper on the selection of the Fairfax subway entrance and raised questions why the Orange Grove/Odgen block was selected by the Metro as a construction staging site. Demolition of this entire block of Museum Row will displace the A+D Museum, three neighboring galleries, as well as two adjacent 4-unit apartment buildings on South Orange Grove Avenue.

(This article was provided by the Miracle Mile Residential Association located in the Mid City West area. Miraclemilela.com)
-cw

Tags: Metro, Subway station, Subway to the Sea, Wilshire Subway, LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art








CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 34
Pub: Apr 27, 2012

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