A day before the trail was to take place, communication came that the trial was postponed and a new date will be April 30th, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept. 85, the Hon. James C. Chalfant. This gives us a little (but not much) time to continue to fundraise to get our bills paid and retain the kind of witnesses that we will need to best make our case.… Read the rest
In less than one week our attorney Robert Silverstein will stand before Judge Chalfant. Stop the Millennium will finally have its day in court. It has been a long journey since July 24, 2013 when the Los Angeles City Council, led by District 13 Mitch O’Farrell, and against the wishes of two leading California regulatory agencies, the California Geological Survey and CalTrans, approved the Millennium monstrosity.… Read the rest
While the City of LA and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continue to push the failed Transit Oriented Development planning theory and the horrible mixed-used projects in Hollywood, the national trend for young people remains the same as for older generations. Single-family home ownership and suburban living is overwhelmingly preferred. A recent survey reveals that only 10% want to live in a city center.… Read the rest
He discussed the important legal issues that guide the Millennium lawsuit. The Millennium lawsuit is scheduled for trial in April 2015.
Please donate to help preserve the important legal safeguards that Robert discussed in his speech.
Transcript of Robert Silverstein’s speech – taken from the Hillside Federation’s January newsletter
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the City Council gave the citizens of Los Angeles a Grinchmas present. They approved the City Attorney’s request to line up a panel of outside developer law firms to defend the City Council in land use, CEQA and Brown Act (open gov’t law) challenges brought by concerned citizens.… Read the rest
HEI/GC Hollywood and Vine Condominiums LLC, also known as the W Hotel at Hollywood & Vine, has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and Millennium Hollywood LLC. The W Hotel filed its notice of dismissal on December 9, 2014.
They are the second of the three original appellants to leave the fight.… Read the rest
The Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, at the November 24, 2014 meeting, rescinded its support for the Millennium Project and voted 7-0 to join the three other Hollywood area neighborhood councils in opposing the project.
Foremost in the decision were the seismic safety and traffic issues.
Community stakeholder George Abrahams presented the issue to the full CHNC board.… Read the rest
By George Abrahams
In Councilman O’Farrell’s November 07, 2014 blog he said, “Once again, news of the release of the official Alquist-Priolo (A-P) Earthquake Fault Zone Map for the Hollywood area was all over television reports and the Internet, and some of the loudest voices came from one opposing neighborhood group that is looking to prevent progress in Hollywood.”… Read the rest
We have been sharing with you how far Group Delta, the geologists for Millennium, would go to NOT find the fault that experts said was there. The official map has been released and there indeed is a fault line running the entire span of both sides of the Millennium project site.… Read the rest
As our attorney, Robert Silverstein, keeps winning case after case against the City, the City Attorney, stunned by all these losses, is appealing to the City Council to call in reinforcements – your tax dollars, once again, at work against YOU!
The request is going before the Budget and Finance Committee today and then to the City Council on Wednesday.… Read the rest
Advertisers and politicians repeatedly use a practice to make you believe something is true: They repeat a statement from three to five times, after which people will believe it as ‘fact’.
We have all received an email with a long string of ‘forwards’, including a passel of people we don’t know, but forwarded by a trusted friend or relative.… Read the rest
As California this year embarks on a major campaign to better identify earthquake faults across the state, Signal Hill and other communities along the Newport-Inglewood fault offer lessons on how to allow for new development.
The layout of Signal Hill was not dictated simply by aesthetics. The city and developers created this landscaping to protect residents from a danger hidden just below the surface: the Newport-Inglewood earthquake fault.… Read the rest
The New York Times broke this story September 1, 2014. There’s no denying that our current infrastructure status is bleak. The city’s solution: let’s hide our head in the sand and ok more big development projects! Garcetti fiddles while the city sinks into a giant cavity created by potholes and water main breaks.… Read the rest
California’s top geologist has said the 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley Sunday surprised seismic scientists because it appears to be linked to an obscure fault that had previously been deemed inactive.
“We would not have predicted an earthquake on this particular fault,” Dr. John Parrish, the chief of the California Geological Survey, told Sacramento TV station KCRA (link to KCRA report).… Read the rest
You may have read recently that Group Delta released a letter to the State Mining and Geology Board stating that the Hollywood fault does not run under three development projects north of Hollywood and Vine, including Millennium. This is no surprise to us. We expected as much. If you look at the map Group Delta presented, you will see they avoided the southerly trace area where they would have possibly found the fault.… Read the rest
Not only has this grassroots coalition interrupted the status quo downtown, launched a great crowd funding campaign, and exposed corruption, it is causing reform on a state-geological level:
All of the new public awareness of the earthquake issue — from the increase in funding to complete the mapping of dangerous surface rupture faults to the focus on hardening Los Angeles’ water supply infrastructure — has been due to Stopthemillennium’s activities.… Read the rest
CityWatchLA.com July 29, 2014 by Jack Humphreville
WHO WE ARE – Hollywood’s neighborhoods and residents are under attack by big time real estate developers who are investing billions in too many to count high rise residential and commercial buildings along the three mile stretch of Hollywood, Sunset, and Santa Monica Boulevards between Western Avenue and the border with West Hollywood.… Read the rest
Patrick Healy with Channel 4 broke this news that more evidence is being gathered showing that there are indeed fault lines coursing near the Millennium project site as well as neighboring project areas. New LADBS City geologist Pascal Challita has confirmed the existence of earthquake faults on the east side of Argyle Avenue that project towards the Second Street Ventures and the adjacent Millennium project sites.… Read the rest
In a recent article published in the L.A. Times, we learn that, on the way out the door as the official City Geologist in the Department of Building and Safety, Dana Prevost (who has approved projects in the past without the adequate seismic evaluation) decided the 6230 Yucca Street project needs to do some more testing to locate the fault that experts say is there.… Read the rest