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1. A Note to Dick Platkin Re. His Story on Caruso and The Grove ...
(VOICES)
VOICE IN THE CHEAP SEATS - I can't decide if Dick Platkin's latest “hit piece” (Why the Grove Mall cannot be scaled up to fix LA - 6/9/2022) is targeting the Grove or Rick Caruso or political corrupti ...
Created on 13 June 2022
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. What Do Magicians, Card Sharks, And City Hall Have In Common?
(LOS ANGELES)
... sound familiar because it was the essence of forgotten Measure S, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, which went before LA’s voters in 2017.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 21 September 2022
8. Status Report: The 17 Mile Long Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Specific Plan Is 30 Years Old
(LOS ANGELES)
PLANNING WATCH - The Planning Report’s 30 year old article by Richard Platkin on the Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Specific Plan is still mostly current and correct.    It notes that most of the "planning" alon ...
Created on 19 September 2022
9. Homeless Numbers Are Up Again In LA, And City Hall Wonders Why
(LOS ANGELES)
... media to frame the housing crisis as a strictly local issue, even though the main causes (#’s 1, 2, and 3 above) are statewide and nationwide.  ( Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who ...
Created on 15 September 2022
10. Bass’ And Caruso’s “Solutions” To Homelessness Explain Why LA’s Housing Crisis Is Getting Worse
(LOS ANGELES)
... routine zoning and planning waivers, clamp down on corporate purchases of existing housing, preserve existing low-cost housing, and stop the mansionization of LA neighborhoods. (Dick Platkin is a former ...
Created on 08 September 2022
11. City Hall’s Fanciful Justifications for its Real Estate Scams
(LOS ANGELES)
... and then rented to vetted low-tenants?  If you can answer these questions, please let me know (rhplatkin@gmail.com) since my research came up dry.  If every low-income project approved by City Planning ...
Created on 01 September 2022
12. Unlike High Profile Crimes, Petty and White Collar Crimes are Under Reported and Often Unpunished
(LOS ANGELES)
... he Godfather movies were fiction, but their revelation that white collar crimes are massive and seldom prosecuted remains an important real-world take-away. (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city plan ...
Created on 25 August 2022
13. How Bad Planning Thrives in LA -- the case of the Wilshire Community Plan
(LOS ANGELES)
... traffic congestion and homelessness worse.   (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 ...
Created on 18 August 2022
14. Ken Draper 1933-2022
(VOICES)
... Jay Handal, Jack Humphreville, Dick Platkin, Eric Preven, Denyse Selesnick, and more. I asked some of them to give a thought or remembrance about Ken Draper. Linda Abrams – “Sad news. Although I knew ...
Created on 11 August 2022
15. Homeless Crisis Will Get Worse, But There Is A Path Forward
(LOS ANGELES)
...  can finally end the current housing crisis instead of resorting to anti-camping ordinances and police sweeps when market-manipulation programs predictably fail.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angele ...
Created on 04 August 2022
16. Electric Cars: To Generate Corporate Profits Or Combat Climate Change?
(IMPORTANT READS)
... extended ranges, and high profits.   (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 ...
Created on 28 July 2022
17. Some Still Claim ‘More Market Rate Housing Will Solve the Housing Crisis’
(LOS ANGELES)
... the pols ensure that the consequences of their folly temporarily disappears from view.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He ...
Created on 21 July 2022
18. What Do The Primary Election Results Mean For LA?  Probably Less Than You Think.
(LOS ANGELES)
...  to post or send me corrections.   (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 Angele ...
Created on 13 July 2022
19. City Hall Rolls out Red Carpet for Real Estate Speculators
(LOS ANGELES)
... Angeles Tenants Union, which take direct actions, such as rent strikes.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the ...
Created on 06 July 2022
20. LA Needs to Plan, Plant and Care for a Proper Urban Forest – While It Still Can.
(LOS ANGELES)
... roles of their many city departments to maintain their urban forests, and so can Los Angeles.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  ...
Created on 30 June 2022
21. “Garbage In, Garbage Out” Explains Why The Housing Crisis Is Getting Worse.
(LOS ANGELES)
... designed to build and operate non-market public housing.   (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 23 June 2022
22. Despite Widespread “LA-Needs-More-Cops” Electioneering, The LAPD Won’t Be Riding To The Rescue.
(LOS ANGELES)
... buckled streets and sidewalks, missing street trees, climate change, or other urban crises, the LAPD is not riding to the rescue.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on ...
Created on 16 June 2022
23. Why The Grove Mall Cannot Be Scaled up to “Fix LA”
(LOS ANGELES)
... decay in order to prop up The Grove’s antiseptic world.  More of the same will leave many Angelenos disappointed, but they can’t say they weren’t warned.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 09 June 2022
24. Why LA’s Amended 2021-2029 Housing Element Won’t Work
(LOS ANGELES)
... and enhanced density bonuses policies.  Can you blame City Hall for not monitoring the Housing Element’s real world results?   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local ...
Created on 02 June 2022
25. 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
26. 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
27. 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
28. 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
29. 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
30. 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
31. 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
32. 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
33. 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
34. 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
35. 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
36. 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
37. 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
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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
41. 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
42. 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
43. 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
44. 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
45. 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
46. 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
47. 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
48. 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
49. 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
50. 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