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1. 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
2. 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
3. Dick Platkin ...
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Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on planning issues for CityWatch. Please send your comments, corrections, and questions to rhplatkin@gmail.com.  ...
Created on 25 August 2015
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. The Failed Logic of Planning in Los Angeles: Full Speed Into the Rocks
(LOS ANGELES)
... to those charged with planning the future of 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 ...
Created on 30 December 2020
14. As DONE Destructs, Their Incompetence Breeds Dysfunction in Lincoln Heights, Along with a Bright Spot
(LOS ANGELES)
... who’s interested to contact Richard Larsen (Lincoln Heights Planning Committee). He can be reached at rwlarsen.lapa@gmail.com.  PS -- I have it on good authority that my CityWatch colleague Dick Platk ...
Created on 17 December 2020
15. The FAIR LA Housing Plan Allows Real Estate Speculators to Profit from the Housing Crisis – It’s Sophisticated Nonsense
(LOS ANGELES)
...  the more transit ridership will decline, the more the housing crisis will grow, and the more the LA’s infrastructure and public services will crumble.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planne ...
Created on 17 December 2020
16. Want to Finally Do Something about Homelessness?  Let’s End Phony Solutions
(LOS ANGELES)
... United States does not need to accept widespread homelessness as normal.  This is the time to pursue policies, such as those outlined above, that could make a real difference.   (Dick Platkin is a ...
Created on 10 December 2020
17. Will Joe Biden Become the Climate Change President? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
(LOS ANGELES)
... Please send corrections to rhplatkin@gmail.com.) Cartoon: John Ditchburn. Prepped for CityWatch by Linda Abrams.      ...
Created on 03 December 2020
18. When It Comes to Its Urban Forest, Los Angeles is Not a Nanny State
(LOS ANGELES)
... of the new Greater Fairfax Residents Association.  Previous columns are available at the CityWatchLA archives and https://plan-itlosangeles.blogspot.com/ .  Please send corrections to rhplatkin@gmail.com) ...
Created on 25 November 2020
19. Updating the Hollywood Community Plan - Tragedy in 2012 and Farce in 2020
(LOS ANGELES)
... 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 Abrams.      ...
Created on 19 November 2020
20. Litmus Tests to Smoke Out Sham City Hall Remedies to the Housing Crisis
(LOS ANGELES)
... below or email them to me (rhplatkin@gmail.com) for reposting. If the new Councilmembers support the many alternative housing programs I described above, then please share your evidence with CityWatch’s ...
Created on 12 November 2020
21. George W. Bush’s Political Insights Also Apply to “Progressives” in Pale Blue Los Angeles
(LOS ANGELES)
...  homeless encampments next to new luxury apartments facilitated by zoning deregulation indicates it is nearing its end.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local plannin ...
Created on 05 November 2020
22. How Business-as-Usual Triumphs at LA’s City Hall
(LOS ANGELES)
... deregulation as their “progressive” solution to homelessness? While all scams eventually run their course, this one is still working.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports ...
Created on 22 October 2020
23. Former Officials Pitch Proposals to Stop City Hall Corruption in LA
(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 of the n ...
Created on 15 October 2020
24. Why LA Has Stopped Voting!
(LOS ANGELES)
... old infrastructure bracing itself for catastrophic climate change and certain earthquakes.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  ...
Created on 08 October 2020
25. Lincoln Heights Avenue 34 Project – Bad Planning Work and a Whiff of Jose Huizar
(LOS ANGELES)
... Or maybe it’s another one of those “only legal in the City of Los Angeles” specials.  The Takeaway  I don’t pretend to be a Planning Department maven. I leave that to CityWatch colleague Dick Platkin, ...
Created on 05 October 2020
26. LA’s City Hall Could Write the Book on Inept Governance
(LOS ANGELES)
...  military and police contractors, and Wall Street in your backyard.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of Unite ...
Created on 01 October 2020
27. The California Cargo Cult Shilling for Real Estate Speculators
(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 is co-chair of the new ...
Created on 24 September 2020
28. The Gentrification Monster Wants to Eat Lincoln Heights - A Toxic Avenue 34 Project
(LOS ANGELES)
... colleague Dick Platkin, himself a former City Planner, demolished the horsepuckey behind Transit Oriented Communities in an excellent article: “Lavish Funding for a Lavish Bait and Switch Real Estate Scam: ...
Created on 24 September 2020
29. Climate Change Denial Runs Deep at LA’s City Hall
(LOS ANGELES)
...  Capt. Benjamin Willard: “Who's the commanding officer here, soldier?”  Soldier in Trench: “Ain't you?”   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues f ...
Created on 17 September 2020
30. How City Hall Corruption Leads to a Failed State
(LOS ANGELES)
... societal implosion.   (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 ...
Created on 10 September 2020
31. Councilmember Martinez, You Can Still Salvage Your “Update the Community Plans” Ballot Measure
(LOS ANGELES)
... must turn to get what she wants for her constituents.   (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 03 September 2020
32. Supply-Siders Chase their Last Mirage: Developers Making a Bundle On Middle Class Housing
(LOS ANGELES)
... COVID-19 rescue packages. (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 27 August 2020
33. City Hall Opposes Real Estate Scams in Sacramento, but Welcomes Similar Proposals in its own Backyard
(LOS ANGELES)
... including those listed above, that promote transit ridership.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the board of United ...
Created on 20 August 2020
34. LA: The Death of Single-Family Neighborhoods … and at What Cost?
(LOS ANGELES)
... the new projects planned for Wilshire Boulevard but we are engaged in the discussion and not just saying no.   This new FOPL plan is different, and my friend Dick Platkin has written extensively on ...
Created on 13 August 2020
35. From the White House, to the State House, to City Hall, Real Estate Hustlers are Still Hyping Their Same Awful Projects
(LOS ANGELES)
... rge in the shadow of new up-scale apartment buildings, the evidence will be right before your eyes about the malfeasance of the White House, the State House, and City Hall.    (Dick Platkin is a fo ...
Created on 13 August 2020
36. During the Pandemic, Mansionization has Dragged Angelenos Down into Two More Circles of Hell.
(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 is co-chair of the ...
Created on 06 August 2020
37. ‘History Repeats Itself, First as Tragedy, Second as Farce’ . . . The Case of the Purple Line Transit Plan
(LOS ANGELES)
...  than expecting landlords to voluntarily slash their rents so homeless people can put a roof over their head.  (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues fo ...
Created on 30 July 2020
38. A Powerful Lesson from the Pandemic: Trickle-down City Planning Does Not Work
(LOS ANGELES)
... t about trickle-down fixes, like upzoning and environmental deregulation.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch.  He serves on the boa ...
Created on 23 July 2020
39. What will Concerned City Employees do Next? Stay tuned!
(LOS ANGELES)
... their continued attention.   (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 16 July 2020
40. When will LA’s Real Estate Bubble Finally Burst?
(LOS ANGELES)
...  capacity. Even without a major earthquake, it is only a matter of time until this house of cards caves in on itself.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local plannin ...
Created on 09 July 2020
41. Crime Doesn’t Pay. Really? Is LA the Exception to the Rule?
(LOS ANGELES)
... e tell them to take a hike in nearly any Los Angeles neighborhood.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatchLA.  He serves on the board  ...
Created on 02 July 2020
42. Why Los Angeles Cannot Solve its 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 is co-chair o ...
Created on 25 June 2020
43. LA’s Corrupt, Market-Oriented Planning Process Could be Reinvented to Promote Economic and Racial Justice
(LOS ANGELES)
... e than tough policing, this is City Hall’s lifeblood.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for CityWatch. He serves on the board of United Neighborhoo ...
Created on 18 June 2020
44. After Eric Garcetti Feels Our Pain, What Will Permanently Change at City Hall?
(LOS ANGELES)
... picture, leaving a political mess for their successors to clean up through real, not symbolic, change.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning issues for ...
Created on 11 June 2020
45. City Planning Department Pats Itself on the Back for its Recent Awards
(LOS ANGELES)
...  by a militarized LAPD when it attacks demonstrators.   (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 04 June 2020
46. What I Discovered About LA on Daily Bike Rides During the Covid-19 Pandemic
(LOS ANGELES)
...  during the pandemic leads me to an obvious question. How long can Los Angeles kick its infrastructure can down the road until irreversible major harm results?   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angele ...
Created on 28 May 2020
47. To Keep Track of City Hall Corruption, Follow the Lies and Trust Your Eyes
(LOS ANGELES)
...  Planning and zoning ordinances that resort to lies to justify the up-zoning of private property outside the official planning process.    (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner ...
Created on 21 May 2020
48. Three Crises that Feed on Each Other: Covid-19 Pandemic, Financial Crash, and Climate Change
(LOS ANGELES)
...  Executive Orders to cease all non-essential activities, the chance that LA is meeting long-term climate change reduction goals is nil.   (Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who report ...
Created on 14 May 2020
49. LA’s Crumbling Infrastructure: An ounce of Good News and Ton of Bad News
(LOS ANGELES)
... k 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 is co-chair of the new Great ...
Created on 07 May 2020
50. During a Pandemic, Beware of ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’
(LOS ANGELES)
... n sites, issued 215 citations, and shut down three sites.  If any CityWatch readers have observed these inspections or personally know of any misdemeanor citations and shut downs, please let me know (rhplatkin@gmail.co ...
Created on 30 April 2020