In response to our attorney Robert Silverstein’s CPRA request made October 9, 2020, the Mayor’s office sent a response as seen below:
Note the Mayor’s office offers no explanation as to why an extension is needed. This is most likely due to the problems this would create for the City if they followed CA Government Code 6253., which states in part:
“In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in this section may be extended by written notice by the head of the agency or their designee to the person making the request, setting forth the reasons for the extension and the date on which a determination is expected to be dispatched. No notice shall specify a date that would result in an extension for more than 14 days.”
Not only do they offer no explanation, but the date of next February to produce the public documents is about 4 months over what is allowed by law.
Recall the response we all received when City residents requested the public comment period be extended due to the pandemic. Recall Mindy Nguyen’s generalized email stating in part:
“The City has received many requests for an extension of the Hollywood Center Project Draft EIR comment period in light of COVID-19. As has been explained to others, per CEQA Guidelines Section 15105, the public review period for a Draft EIR should not be less than 30 days nor should it be longer than 60 days, except under unusual circumstances.“
We have already seen how the Department of City Planning refused to recognize the “unusual circumstances” the pandemic has imposed on all of us.
Our attorney’s office sent the below response to the Mayor’s office:
We continue to push forward.
Your support is needed.