Remember These Beautiful People When Mayhem Comes to Sunset Square

We have sensational news for those who believe Los Angeles is managed best by real estate developers and their lackeys in City government: The system is working perfectly!

On December 12, by a 3-1 vote, the commissioners of the City Planning appeals board signed-off on the 7445 Sunset shopping mall project, on the corner of Sunset & Gardner, allowing it to be built directly next door to Gardner Street Elementary School, and across the street from Fire Station 41, which uses Gardner Street as it’s one and only entrance for emergency response. A comprehensive list of all the reasons this project is a terrible idea were summarily dismissed by people with binders and briefcases who know better than local residents. You could say truth won out.

Still have concerns? Don’t worry. Every box has been checked and every form has been stamped.

More important, the out-of-state developer, can get back to making millions of dollars, regardless of who he hurts. And his lobbyist and lawyers can find another noxious client to chaperone through “the process.” All of them have Man of the Year awards looming in their future, and all the other civic honors that accrue to thoughtful men who dedicate their lives to personal enrichment. It’s marvelous.

After all this good news, if you still wish to obsess over our dysfunctional planning system, the definitive report has been issued by former city planner Dick Platkin. You can read it here.

If, however, you wish to celebrate the beautiful, compassionate people who made sure 7445 Sunset would bring thousands of new cars a day to a school driveway (across the street from a Fire Station), we present an honor roll of Very Important People in Los Angeles Government.

Councilmember David Ryu, CD4: He takes child and pedestrian safety very seriously. His press secretary will send you all sorts of quotes with him saying so. He did not oppose the 7445 project. Ryu lobbied for it.

Ryu’s Planning Deputy, Julia Duncan: Her passions include art, film, and getting unwanted grocery stores built in inappropriate locations. She lobbied for the 7445 project.

Fernando Tovar, Zoning Administrator: The reason you know not a single pedestrian, schoolchild, or cyclist will ever be adversely impacted by 7445 Sunset is because he has declared these to be groundless, baseless speculation. Remember Mr. Tovar on the day we learn he was mistaken.

Jennifer Chung Kim, Commissioner: She was not concerned to learn that 7445’s impact on emergency response times had never been studied, because new signs and curb paint would fix all that.

lys Mendez, Commissioner: She, too, was not concerned to learn that 7445’s impact on emergency response times had never been studied, because new signs and curb paint would fix all that.

Oliver DelGado, Commissioner: He, also, was not concerned to learn that 7445’s impact on emergency response times had never been studied, because new signs and curb paint would fix all that. He was, however, mightily impressed by the number of jobs the project would generate in relation to the number of pedestrian fatalities.

We would like to sincerely apologize to everyone whose time we wasted promulgating false concerns. There never was anything to worry about, and instead of questioning the reasonableness and common sense of demolishing and constructing at this site, we ought to have been cheerleading, like our VIPs. That said, just in case these wise, intelligent, prescient civic leaders maybe possibly perhaps one day have blood on their powerful hands, let’s celebrate them now, while the developer’s champagne is still cold.

 

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