In April 2015, STMH was victorious in our trial against the Los Angeles City Council and Millennium Partners, LLC. The Honorable James C. Chalfant threw out the EIR and all of Millennium’s project approvals, agreeing with us that the EIR was fatally flawed on 5 different grounds. Chalfant states in part: “There were many aspects Caltrans wanted you to look at, that you didn’t look at.””
The City and Millennium filed an appeal. On July 31, 2019, the Second District Court of Appeal upheld our trial victory, finding the City violated the law in approving the original EIR.
Originally, the Court did not publish the ruling, but after six good government and environmental groups across the state petitioned for publication, the Court of Appeal published the opinion. That means it can now be used in other Court cases. This is a great win for neighborhoods all across California.
The City and Millennium then took their last shot with the California Supreme Court. They lost again. Our victory in the original case is complete.
But rather than follow the law, Millennium has come forward with a slightly dressed up but basically the same hiding behind a new name, the “Hollywood Center Project”.
Even with the cloud of FBI investigations hanging over Mayor Garcetti, the City Council, and various public officials, including former Building and Safety Head Raymond Chan whose department approved all of Millennium’s “shaky” seismic studies in the first case, the new DEIR is more of the same old law breaking we have come to know and expect from City Hall.
STMH and our legal team are again fighting on behalf of the community against Hollywood’s most massive and dangerous project. Millennium Partners and the City of Los Angeles have endless amounts of resources at their fingertips to buy their way through the approval process. We can’t fight this without you.
We’re in if you’re in.