Generation Y Prefers Suburban Home Over City Condo

YOUNGGENERATIONWhile 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

Robert Silverstein Honored by Hillside Federation

SilversteinGraphic1Robert Silverstein was honored by the Hillside Federation at their December 11, 2014 party.

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

Video of the Hillside Federation Honoring Robert SilversteinRead the rest

W Hotel Leaves Fight Against Millennium Project

whotelHEI/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

Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council Rescinds Support for Millennium Project

chnc logoThe Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, at the November 24, 2014 meeting, rescinded its support for the Millennium Project and voted 7-0 to join the three other Hollywood area neighborhood councils in opposing the project.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

The City Getting Desperate

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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

How  Millennium Tried  to  Get  You  to  Believe  There  is  No  Fault Under  Their  Property - The Illusion of "Truth"

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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

Southland developers learn to coexist with quake faults

la-me-g-newport-inglewood-webAs 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

Infrastructure at the Breaking Point

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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

LoGrande Cited for Illegal Lobbying

A few years after Millennium’s approval in City Council, the underground network of pay to play starts to show its cracks.

Michael LoGrande has to pay more than $281,000 for illegal lobbying for developers, while receiving consulting fees from the City, according to an article in the LA Times and CurbedLA.… Read the rest

Surprise!! Napa Valley 6.0 Fault Was Supposed to Be Dormant

napaquakeIs Millennium Developer Quaking In His Boots?

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

Consider the Source

MillenniumsiteYou 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

Stop The Millennium Group Makes a Difference

WE NEED YOU

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

Hollywood’s Battle is Our Battle!

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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

Faulting “Previously Unrecognized” Observed in Hollywood Near Development Sites

PatrickHealy2Patrick 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

Fly Over the Hollywood Fault – a Virtual and Enlightening Experience

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Have you ever wondered exactly or even approximately where the Hollywood Fault exists?

The L.A. Times staff provides us with a virtual tour of the entire length of that fault. They highlight aspects of this revelation in their most recent article, Preliminary Quake Map Shows Fault Lines Under Schools, Hotels, Homes published May 6, 2014 written by Rosanna Xia, Ron-Gong Lin II, and Doug Smith

We invite you to take this virtual tour and see for yourself how many areas are affected.… Read the rest

Garcetti and City Council Abuse The Public Trust – Again! Raymond Chan Appointed as Permanent LADBS General Manager

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On April 30, 2014, the City Council approved the appointment by Eric Garcetti of Raymond Chan as permanent General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. It was a slap in the face to all who care about good government.

Those of you who have been following the Stop The Millennium Hollywood lawsuit against the twin skyscrapers Millennium Project should remember the interview last September with Raymond Chan by John Schwada.  … Read the rest

Developer Wants Changes to Hollywood Fault Quake Map

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The California Geological Survey in January released its draft map of the Hollywood fault, which put fault lines underneath three prominent development projects in Hollywood. In addition to Blvd6200, the map shows the fault crossing a proposed apartment complex on the southwest corner of Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue and the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscraper towers.… Read the rest

An Earthquake Could Topple Hundreds of Buildings, and L.A. Leaders Are Doing Nothing

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LA Weekly Article

Los Angeles’ leaders have all but abandoned earthquake-safety philosophy in implementing the city’s General Plan and, especially, the Hollywood Community Plan, says Cal State University Northridge urban planning professor Dev Vrat. The “safety element” of L.A.’s General Plan, for example, relies on an outdated, decades-old geological map that fails to warn city planners about the accurate locations of all of the known, active faults. … Read the rest

Hollywood Faultline Location Made Public – Information is Power

For up to date news on the release of the fault maps, click on “In the Press” and “Audio Visual”. Information is power.

Graphics of Millennium site showing earthquake faults and required setbacks as mapped in January 8, 2014 California Geologic Survey Fault Map.

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Graphics of Millennium site showing earthquake faults and required setbacks as mapped in January 8, 2014 California Geologic Survey Fault Map.Read the rest

It Ain’t Over ’til it’s Over’

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LA City Planning Director Michael LoGrande made it clear in a December 20, 2013 memo that the City has not abandoned its commitment to the flawed Transit Oriented Development planning theory that has given rise to Phil Aarons’ Millennium Project and other similar projects in Hollywood.

Therein, he reiterates “the Department remains committed to the important principles of the Hollywood Community Plan,” including “new growth around transit”, the foundation of all the massive buildings with inadequate parking concentrated in the most traffic congested parts of Hollywood.… Read the rest

LATEST PRESS COVERAGE FOR OUR EFFORTS

TOWERSNew York Times – Nov 30, 2013 The Troubles of Building Where Faults Collide by Adam Nagouney, N.Y. Times Nov 30, 2013 

A critical NYT article appeared today focusing on the impact the Stopthemillenniumhollywood campaign has had.

The Troubles of Building Where Faults Collide by Adam Nagouney, N.Y. Times Nov 30, 2013

Article Highlights:

“The city’s new mayor, Eric Garcetti, has found himself balancing two long-conflicting constituencies: business owners worried about the cost of reinforcing old buildings, and geologists who warn of large-scale and preventable casualties.”… Read the rest

Millennium Reneges on Promise to Test for Hollywood Fault

LiarLiarPantsOnFireDespite repeated promises to multiple media outlets to test for the Hollywood earthquake fault running directly under the Millennium Project site, Millennium developer Phil Aarons, would rather fight than let the truth be exposed.

On August 28, 2013, the L.A. Times reported:

“Aarons said he did not believe a fault was underneath the site of the towers, ‘but we’re going to examine and do further testing just to make sure that everybody sees it exactly the same way as we do — most importantly, the city.’… Read the rest

SECRET CITY HALL EMAILS REVEAL COVER-UP

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Opponents Call for Neutral Panel of Experts to Study Quake Risks

 

Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood project today released secret emails that show the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (DBS) and the Millennium developer acknowledged behind closed doors that the Hollywood Earthquake Fault potentially crossed the property and that the State of California had officially mapped the active fault on or near the Millennium property.… Read the rest

LA Times – Millennium Planned for Active Earthquake Fault-State Weighs in

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With the State standing firm on their assessment of the likely seismic status under the entire Millennium Hollywood project, L.A. Times writers Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith interview powerful resources and accurately outline the issue.

The article says that the Millennium project has prompted the state to accelerate its study, and it hopes to have results by early 2014.… Read the rest

CLASSIC FIGHT ON COUNCIL FLOOR: NEW YORK CITY DEVELOPER VS. LA COMMUNITY GROUPS

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For Immediate Release

THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT’S THE RUSH???

The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to take up the Millennium project tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24th. The council meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Opponents are expecting to show up in droves to fight the giant development project – one million square feet, costing three-quarters of a billion dollars.… Read the rest

DEVASTATING BLOWS TO MILLENNIUM PROJECT

crook and procterPress Release – Monday, July 22, 2013

STATE AGENCIES OPEN PROBE OF PROJECT’S GEOLOGISTS AND WARN OF QUAKE SAFETY RISK

A state licensing board has begun an investigation of alleged professional misconduct by two engineers for the Millennium Hollywood Project. The investigations are in response to a complaint filed by project foes that the engineers distorted their technical reports in order to hide the project’s close proximity to the Hollywood Earthquake Fault.… Read the rest

Damaging New Revelations About Safety of Hollywood’s Millennium Project

PRESS ADVISORY – Monday, July 22

HOLLYWOOD’S CONTROVERSIAL MILLENNIUM PROJECT:

SURPRISING INFORMATION RAISES NEW RED FLAGS ABOUT THE PROJECT’S SAFETY

Opponents of the controversial Millennium Hollywood Project will hold a news conference Monday, July 22, to disclose new information that strengthens their complaints of shocking irregularities in LA City Hall’s review of the project and confirms their claims about the project’s life-threatening earthquake risks.Read the rest

Contact your legislators – California State government must use its authority to stop Millennium

letter-writingThe two most important issues surrounding the Millennium Project are the danger from building over an active earthquake fault and the inadequacy of the traffic study to realistically evaluate the traffic impacts from all of the development that is being proposed in Hollywood. So far, the City Council has been closing their eyes to the full consequences of both these issues while riding a money-fueled juggernaut to approval of the project.… Read the rest

Englander Comments on Geology!

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Sometime in the recent historic experience of Councilmember Englander, he must have visited a previous lifetime as a crack geologist. In the face of all the geological studies, he declared his absence of rational judgement before a hall full of community leaders.

After hearing our presentation of the damning evidence from the US Geological Survey, California Geological Survey and the two peer-reviewed geological studies showing that the southern strand of the Hollywood Fault is directly under the Millennium Project site, Councilman Englander had this to say:

“Regardless of the underlying geological and soil conditions, in fact, these faults and thresholds whether active or inactive in fact pose a significant risk to the entire city of Los Angeles.”… Read the rest

Letters Flood City Council After PLUM Hearing

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The following is being published by permission of the writer. Please read and send your own letters!

Dear Council members,

We are writing to express our great disappointment with the PLUM committee at the Millennium project hearing on Tuesday, Jun18.

The three PLUM committee members were blatantly indifferent—and disrespectful—to the majority opposition.  
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Appeal Hearing June 18th at 2:30 pm – Revised – Room Change!

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Update: Appeal Hearing, June 18th at 2:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Room 340

Please see the links below to the flier and share with your friends and neighbors. Many don’t even know that this plan is on its way to their neighborhood!

The project is being appealed thanks to the donations of 40 groups and 6 neighborhood councils as well as countless individual’s.… Read the rest

Update – PLUM Hearing Rescheduled to June 18th!

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The Appeal Hearing item on the massive Millennium Hollywood project was continued at the request of the developer! We should all attend on the new PLUM hearing scheduled for June 18th at 2:30 pm.

This hearing of the Planning and Land Use Management committee and the date of the City Council hearing on this development are scheduled only one day apart! … Read the rest

Save the Date! Appeal Hearing Set for June 4, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

The appeal hearing is set. We understand that this hearing before the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) is likely to be our only chance to speak out against the Millennium Project! Your attendance is vital and will make a huge difference. Carpooling is being organized now.… Read the rest

Hollywood CANNOT Afford the Impacts of The Hollywood Millennium

The Hollywood Millennium proposed to be developed on 4.46 acres surrounding the Capital Records building will have the following impacts on the surrounding communities:

Create a development larger than the 950,000 sf Staples Center or the 850,000 sf LA Convention Center within 500 feet of Hollywood residential communities; 1,272,741 square feet

  • Project would include 1,005 residential dwelling units (872 market-rate units and 133 senior affordable housing units) totaling approximately 1,256,974 square feet of residential floor area, approximately 30,176 square feet of commercial floor area (retail and restaurant uses),
  • Erect 2-Towers – 35-feet tall west building and 46-feet tall east building and two 11-story buildings for seniors.
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Fearless Truth Telling, Millennium Exposed

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On April 29, 2013, CityWatchLA.com published an article by Jack Humphreville on the approved but controversial project called Millennium Hollywood. Jack tells it like it is, exposing the political landscape that allowed this project to pass the City Planning Commission. Read it for yourself and let us know what you think!… Read the rest