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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. Why Is Housing So Expensive In Los Angeles?
(LOS ANGELES)
... will continue, regardless of which primary candidates become the city’s next Mayor and Councilmembers.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  ...
Created on 26 May 2022
7. Time For Other Democratic Options When Candidates Offer So Little
(LOS ANGELES)
...  animals.  When faced with mounting political pressure from below, lawsuits, embarrassing exposes, and voter initiatives, they bend in the wind.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planne ...
Created on 19 May 2022
8. Can Karen Bass See The Root Causes Of The Homeless Crisis?
(LOS ANGELES)
... than Homicide – Options to Address the Housing Emergency.  He lists 18 other programs, in addition to restoring public housing and preserving existing low-income apartments.   (Dick Platkin is a former ...
Created on 12 May 2022
9. Another Los Angeles Uprising?   Two-thirds of Angelenos Expect It.
(LOS ANGELES)
...  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the boards of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and the Greater Fairfax ...
Created on 05 May 2022
10. Homeless Crisis.  Why Do The Pols Pursue Planning Policies That Make It Worse?
(LOS ANGELES)
... claims that their housing programs serve the greater good.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the boards of United ...
Created on 28 April 2022
11. Want To Solve The Climate Crisis?  Treat It Like The War In Ukraine
(CLIMATE)
... 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 co-chairs the Greater Fairfax ...
Created on 21 April 2022
12. LA’s Mayoral Candidates Huff And Puff, But Still Can’t Solve The Homeless Crisis
(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 co-chairs the Greater ...
Created on 14 April 2022
13. Why LA’s Mayoral Candidates Are So Mum On The Climate Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... a 21st century rendition of “Happy Days are Here Again.”   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board of United ...
Created on 06 April 2022
14. More Supply-Side Folly To Solve The Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... the housing crisis is only a thin cover story for huge giveaways to developers and commercial property owners, this approach is a non-starter at City Hall.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city ...
Created on 30 March 2022
15. Switching to Sustainable Energy Should Not Be Based On U.S. Foreign Policy
(CLIMATE)
... whether they are in Iraq, Afghanistan, or in the Ukraine.  Both tracks lead to the same outcome, avoiding a certain global climate catastrophe.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 17 March 2022
16. Unlike the Ukraine, LA’s Urban Conflicts Get Little Media Coverage
(LOS ANGELES)
... will turn to better housing policies, such as Vienna’s, where 62 percent of the population live in public housing.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning ...
Created on 09 March 2022
17. As Joan Rivers Would Ask, “Can We Talk?”
(VOICES)
...  the LA Times supported in its campaign against Measure S.  March 2, 2017, Urban Growth Machine Trashes Measure S … with LA Times Support, by Dick Platkin Unlike Putin, Mayor Garcetti need not issue edit ...
Created on 07 March 2022
18. CA To LA: “Roll Out A Bigger Red Carpet For Real Estate Speculators”
(LOS ANGELES)
... d end.  Homelessness and segregated housing patterns will get worse.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board  ...
Created on 03 March 2022
19. Publishers Might Change, But The LA Times Remains A Solid Supporter Of Real Estate Speculation
(LOS ANGELES)
... growing.    (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 co-chairs ...
Created on 23 February 2022
20. Los Angeles Mayor’s Race Offers Voters An Echo Not A Choice.
(LOS ANGELES)
... 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 co-chairs the Greater Fairfax ...
Created on 17 February 2022
21. Time To Redefine “Growth” As Public Good, Not Private Gain.
(LOS ANGELES)
... benefit all Angelenos, not just those with enough loose change in their pockets to invest in expensive real estate or rent expensive luxury apartments.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city ...
Created on 09 February 2022
22. Los Angeles Tenants Pay Landlords $40 Billion Per Year For A Place To Live.
(NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS)
... of the early 1980s, then I say the sooner the better.   (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 ...
Created on 02 February 2022
23. Do Angelenos Live In Squalor Because Los Angeles Is A Poor City In A Poor Country?
(LOS ANGELES)
... their rock bottom budget priorities.   (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 ...
Created on 26 January 2022
24. Housing Crisis Burns While City Council Fiddles
(LOS ANGELES)
... programs and the reduction of economic inequality, they may need to become a roar for things to fundamentally change.     (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning ...
Created on 20 January 2022
25. LA Has Ignored Its Urban Forest. Who Will Pay The Price For This Negligence?
(LOS ANGELES)
... serious for LA, situated in an arid Mediterranean-like climate – not a desert – where trees can flourish and provide immeasurable human and environmental payoff to rich and poor alike.”  (Dick Platkin ...
Created on 12 January 2022
26. LA Housing Element: If The City Prevails in First Legal Challenge, Will It Make A Difference?
(LOS ANGELES)
... 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 co-chairs the Greater Fairfax ...
Created on 06 January 2022
27. LA’s 2021 Planning Year-in-Review.  Is the Glass Mostly Full or Mostly Empty?
(LOS ANGELES)
... and homelessness, infrastructure and public services, climate and environment, and mobility.  When they don’t, the result is the bleak Los Angeles that we encounter every day.   (Dick Platkin is a ...
Created on 30 December 2021
28. Decarbonizing LA’s Buildings Is Overdue but Meeting Strong Political Headwinds
(VOICES)
... in upscale, car-oriented, energy-intensive apartment buildings.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board of ...
Created on 23 December 2021
29. Smash and Grab Versus Stack and Pack.  Who Are the Bigger Crooks?
(LOS ANGELES)
... the tune, including support for stack and pack housing policies that skirt the law and make the housing crisis worse, but unlike smash and grab robberies, keep a low profile.   (Dick Platkin is a former ...
Created on 09 December 2021
30. What The Housing Crisis Reveals About U.S. Global Decline?
(LOS ANGELES)
... collapse.  It has happened many times in human history, despite an abundance of Jeremiah’s who told people what was right in front of their eyes.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 02 December 2021
31. LA’s New Housing Element Meets A Bump In The Road
(LOS ANGELES)
... of the stalled adoption of updated Community Plans, Angelinos should brace themselves for a low-income housing crisis that will get worse.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who ...
Created on 18 November 2021
32. Wall Street Is Still In Your Backyard, Via The Police, When It Comes To The Worsening Housing Crisis.
(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 co-chairs the n ...
Created on 11 November 2021
33. Did Anyone at LA’s City Hall Get the COP26 Climate Memos?
(LOS ANGELES)
... maximizing the profits of the real estate speculators who make LA’s City Hall their second home.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  ...
Created on 04 November 2021
34. A Real Estate Transfer Tax Could Help Solve LA’s Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
...  The Transfer Tax is a step in the right direction, but in itself, is not enough to reverse increasing economic inequality, a major cause of the housing crisis.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angele ...
Created on 28 October 2021
35. 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
36. 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
37. 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
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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
41. 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
42. 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
43. 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
44. 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
45. 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
46. 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
47. 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
48. 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
49. 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
50. 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