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1. Teleconference: City Planner Dick Platkin on Why L.A. Times Refuses to Report that SB 9 Allows 8 Units Not “Duplexes.”  ...
(FRONT PAGE EVENTS)
This is an RSVP-only teleconference. Please register HERE at this link by noon Friday . Any problems registering email [email protected]   Former L.A. city planner Dick Platkin ...
Created on 15 March 2021
2. FACT CHECK: On Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 330, Dick Platkin’s Article Was Right on Every Point ...
(LOS ANGELES)
BACKTALK-This article focuses on the language of SB 330 itself to show why Dick Platkin’s article on SB 330 as published here in CityWatch was correct, and the response by Senator Skinner’s office as published ...
Created on 03 June 2019
3. CA Senator Skinner to LA Planner Platkin: On State Bill 330 You Got It Wrong, Wrong, Wrong ...
(LOS ANGELES)
TALKBACK--Unfortunately, this op-ed published on CityWatchLA.com is riddled with false claims about SB 330 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. (Senator Skinner: Photo above.)  Here is a rundown ...
Created on 30 May 2019
4. Dick Platkin ...
(Writer Bio Pages)
Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on planning issues for CityWatch. Please send your comments, corrections, and questions to [email protected]  ...
Created on 25 August 2015
5. Dick Platkin's Top 5 ...
(ARCHIVE)
... r a Massive Earthquake.  (Dick Platkin is a former city planner. He teaches, writes, and consults on community planning issues in Los Angeles.)  (A more detailed version of Dick’s Picks  >>>)  TE ...
Created on 07 January 2015
6. A Fiasco Foretold – LA’s 2021-2029 Housing Element
(LOS ANGELES)
... is designed to extend housing policies and programs already on the books.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the ...
Created on 20 October 2021
7. A City Hall Whodunit: What Economic and Political Forces are Responsible for Climate Change?
(LOS ANGELES)
... to the breaking point.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) ...
Created on 13 October 2021
8. Can More Speculative Real Estate Bubbles Rescue LA’s Economy?  Not Likely.
(LOS ANGELES)
... o the breaking point. At the same time, economic hardship will expand to include more that those previously felled by COVID-19 or already priced out of the housing market.   (Dick Platkin is a form ...
Created on 07 October 2021
9. Why LA’s Housing Policies Make the Housing Crisis Worse
(LOS ANGELES)
... Element, and Community Plan Updates.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los ...
Created on 30 September 2021
10. Crackpot Realism in LA Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... , even if the Housing Element survives this hurdle, it will not easily overcome the next barriers, that we live in complicated and difficult to predict times.   * Dick Platkin is a former Los Angel ...
Created on 23 September 2021
11. A 12-step Program to Create a Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
...  it could be reversed so everyone will have a roof over their head, regardless of their income or location.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issue ...
Created on 16 September 2021
12. Boosting Profits: Why Developers’ Cry to ‘End Exclusionary Zoning’ is a Hoax
(LOS ANGELES)
... are termed out. If not, the spinmeisters will need to burn the midnight oil to explain why their bosses’ best intentions went awry.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 09 September 2021
13. Mission Accomplished? How Could Anything Possibly Go Wrong with California’s and LA’s Real Estate Gimmicks?
(LOS ANGELES)
... payment extractors, at least until this country implodes from imperial overreach and internal decay.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. ...
Created on 02 September 2021
14. Los Angeles: Who Has the Right to Live in the City?
(LOS ANGELES)
... the protection of a small number of neighborhoods, gentrification continues to make a yearly loss of 5,000 units. City Planner Platkin argues that though Los Angeles city and county are allocating funds ...
Created on 30 August 2021
15. Fauxgressives on the march, winning recent Neighborhood Council elections.
(LOS ANGELES)
...  not a reduced, role in resolving the housing and transit crises.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He is a board member o ...
Created on 26 August 2021
16. A Municipal Baby Step to Mitigate Climate Change
(LOS ANGELES)
... ral science explanations for climate change, they are harder to identify and oppose than the know-nothings who dismiss the natural science explanations for the climate crisis.   (Dick Platkin is a fo ...
Created on 19 August 2021
17. Rolling out the Red Carpet for Real Estate Investors: Q & A on CA State Senate Bills 9 & 10
(LOS ANGELES)
... It's now or never. Tell your legislator to save your home, your neighborhood, your community.”   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. ...
Created on 12 August 2021
18. Climate Crisis is Here: Any Chance City Hall Will Take Notice?
(IMPORTANT READS)
... reducing Green House Gas emissions.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He is a board member of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles ...
Created on 05 August 2021
19. One More Justification for Trickle-Down Housing Policies: They Boost the California Economy
(LOS ANGELES)
... to economic prosperity, but minimally we can avoid making things even worse by giving away more of the store to real estate speculators.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 29 July 2021
20. The Latest False Claims to Sanitize Speculative Real Estate Investments
(LOS ANGELES)
... lobby for up-zoning and related zoning giveaways.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods ...
Created on 22 July 2021
21. To the LA City Council: Are the Homeless Just Bait for the 2022 Elections?
(LOS ANGELES)
... In Dick Platkin’s article last week, he laid bare the City Council’s efforts to lie about their sellout to developers which has fueled the homeless crisis, calling it, “putting lipstick on a pig.” Good ...
Created on 22 July 2021
22. City Hall Handouts to Real estate Investors Promote ‘Equity’?
(LOS ANGELES)
...  plans, policies, and programs.  The barriers to a genuine New Normal for the worsening housing and climate crises are political and self-imposed, which means they could be changed.   (Dick Platki ...
Created on 15 July 2021
23. The Housing Crisis in LA and the Policies that Make it Worse
(LOS ANGELES)
... housing trends as they unfold, not ignore them because of a baseless belief that private investors are motivated by social goals, not the maximization of their real estate profits.    (Dick Platkin ...
Created on 07 July 2021
24. The Housing Crisis Reveals How Much the Democrats Have Adopted Republican Policies
(LOS ANGELES)
... real estate scams? That is the open question.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He serves on the board of United Neighborhood ...
Created on 01 July 2021
25. Raman Recall Remorse
(LOS ANGELES)
...  not yet have an ending, even for those, like me, with Raman Recall Remorse.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He serves on th ...
Created on 24 June 2021
26. Real Estate Developers’ New Goal is Promoting Equity, not Pocketing Serious Profits – Uh huh
(LOS ANGELES)
... the poor. It did not work for Lyndon Johnson or Ronald Reagan, and it will not work this time either.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. ...
Created on 16 June 2021
27. As Metro Plows Over Eagle Rock, Where Is Kevin de León?
(LOS ANGELES)
... the hub, and that it will be helped with yet another TOC  (Transit Oriented Communities) development. A great rebuttal to that hype would be a post by our own Dick Platkin. Check out the full article, ...
Created on 10 June 2021
28. ‘Wealthfare’ is Alive and Well in LA – It Goes by the Name of Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Density Bonuses
(LOS ANGELES)
... Ordinances or Community Benefit Agreements appended to updated community plans.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He serves on ...
Created on 09 June 2021
29. Field Guide to identify Fauxgressives concerned about homelessness.  Can you spot the crocodile tears?
(LOS ANGELES)
... es will be part of the problem, not part of the solution.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board of United Neighborho ...
Created on 06 June 2021
30. The Sun is Setting on LA’s Boosters - It’s About Time.
(LOS ANGELES)
...  the beneficiaries -- of the housing crisis.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhood ...
Created on 27 May 2021
31. Discredited Planning Concepts Don’t Die, They Just Resurface at City Hall to Promote Real Estate Speculation.
(LOS ANGELES)
... Instead, they need to devote their energy to the construction of low-priced housing financed, built, and operated by the public sector.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 20 May 2021
32. How to Spend Billions and Still Ignore LA’s Fissured Streets, Sidewalks, Water Mains, and Power Grids
(LOS ANGELES)
... a major misallocation of public resources.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for ...
Created on 13 May 2021
33. ‘Some Men Rob You with a Six-Gun, and Some with a Fountain Pen.’ – Woodie Guthrie
(LOS ANGELES)
... remind yourself to look up, not down.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for ...
Created on 06 May 2021
34. Judge David Carter’s Homeless Decision: In the Country of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King
(LOS ANGELES)
... s, like Eric Garcetti, let us remember that in the land of the blind, this one-eyed judge is king.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatc ...
Created on 29 April 2021
35. Return to Sender: Council President Martinez’ Planning Ballot Measure
(LOS ANGELES)
... housing.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and co-chairs ...
Created on 22 April 2021
36. Why the Homeless Crisis is so Feebly Addressed in Los Angeles?
(LOS ANGELES)
...  Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and co-chairs the new Greater Fairfa ...
Created on 15 April 2021
37. Squeeze Play on Community Groups in Los Angeles
(LOS ANGELES)
... public infrastructure and services, yet Los Angeles has no planning or budgeting process to build them – even if the Biden administration showers Los Angeles with infrastructure money.  (Dick Platkin ...
Created on 08 April 2021
38. How is “Greed is Good” Working out for Los Angeles?
(LOS ANGELES)
...  To answer the question is “greed is good” working for Los Angeles, the obvious answer is no.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.   ...
Created on 01 April 2021
39. Why the Mainstream Media Tries to Fool the Public with its Misleading Reporting on the Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... and the zoning and planning schemes that are at play, we have to grow our own media to the point that it can compete with the corporate bamboozlers.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 25 March 2021
40. Hollywood Community Plan Update – Magnet for Spurious Arguments to Justify Real Estate Speculation
(LOS ANGELES)
... transit fares to increase transit ridership.  As for Hollywood, my crystal ball is shining bright. More lawsuits are in the making.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 18 March 2021
41. Pathway to a Dystopian Los Angeles Revealed in My Conversation with a Local Fauxgressive
(LOS ANGELES)
... many of these trends, but it is not part of the fauxgressive lexicon. For this to happen, readers, like your, need to move into a higher gear.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who ...
Created on 11 March 2021
42. The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Los Angeles Time Still Inflates Real Estate Bubbles
(LOS ANGELES)
... leopard cannot change its spots, and apparently the Los Angeles Times cannot change its devotion to speculative real estate bubbles.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 04 March 2021
43. Here Come the Fauxgressives! The Latest Incarnation of Wall Street in My Back Yard (WIMBYs)
(LOS ANGELES)
... climate crises worse. Conditions are already bad, and if they get their way, Los Angeles will continue its downward slide.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local ...
Created on 25 February 2021
44. When City Hall Does the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason - Dumping the Miracle Mile’s ‘Transit Neighborhood Plan’           
(LOS ANGELES)
...    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and co-chairs the ne ...
Created on 18 February 2021
45. New Lessons from LA’s McMansion Wars
(LOS ANGELES)
... will take another grass roots movement to wake up the denizens of City Hall to the real estate hell enveloping Los Angeles.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local ...
Created on 11 February 2021
46. Cut from the Same Cloth: Municipal, State, and Federal Officials Spout Urban Reaganomics to Solve the Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... pretend to oppose.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) ...
Created on 04 February 2021
47. Homelessness Now Kills More Angelenos than Homicide – Options to Address the Housing Emergency
(LOS ANGELES)
... send an email to rhplatkin@gmail.com, and we will forward it.  2) The “Vancouver Solution.”  Progressive, tiered vacancy taxes on unoccupied TOC/Density Bonus apartments. Estimated to be 40 to 50% ...
Created on 28 January 2021
48. Big Bamboozle #2 – How LA Hopes to Extend a Real Estate Boom and Hold off its Eventual Bust
(LOS ANGELES)
...  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA. He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and is co-chair of th ...
Created on 21 January 2021
49. Another Big Bamboozle – the New 2021-2029 Los Angeles Housing Element?
(LOS ANGELES)
... and your conclusions with elected officials.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods ...
Created on 14 January 2021
50. Bound to Fail: Pawning off Urban Reaganomics as ‘Progressive’ Housing Policy
(LOS ANGELES)
... ts Association. Previous columns are available at the CityWatch archives and https://plan-itlosangeles.blogspot.com/. Please send corrections to rhplatkin@gmail.com) Prepped for CityWatch by Linda Abra ...
Created on 07 January 2021