February 2019
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Greetings, Angelenos!

An important part of the work we do in the City Planning Department is connecting Los Angeles communities to planning, our built environment, and the process of making and implementing land use decisions. Our Department is continually looking for innovative and engaging ways to connect with all Angelenos. We devote resources, provide training, and give regular updates to keep you and your neighbors informed about ways you can get involved in the planning process.

As part our outreach, we attend all sorts of City events — ranging in scale from your local Farmer’s Markets to larger citywide events like CicLAvia. If there is ever an opportunity for our staff to attend and speak to your organization, group or class, please let us know. I encourage you to stay connected with us through our e-newsletter and social media.

Together, we are Planning for LA.
Vince Bertoni, AICP
Director of Planning
Housing Progress Report
The Department released the latest issue of the Housing Progress Report on February 28. The updated report reflects housing numbers from October to December 2018 (Quarter 4). Nearly 5,670 housing units were proposed this quarter — a 24% increase compared to June to September 2018 (Quarter 3).

This report is intended to provide regular updates on housing and development trends in Los Angeles, in addition to offering a comprehensive account of the City’s efforts to incentivize affordable housing. Click here to access the report. 
Composing the Future of Los Angeles
Earlier this month, the Department participated in the Compose LA Symposium, which was organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs. This citywide music presentation and lecture series focused on Los Angeles’ music scene and the future of music in Los Angeles.

S enior City Planner Conni Pallini Tipton of the Citywide Planning Division spoke at the symposium’s initial presentation titled The Future City . Her remarks focused on trends and changes in planning, and how artists can have an impact on the development of future creative and music spaces in Los Angeles. 
Home-Sharing Administration and Enforcement
On February 25, the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee voted to allocate additional resources to the Department to administer and enforce the recently adopted Home-Sharing ordinance. The full City Council is expected to hear the Committee’s recommendations in March.

On December 22, 2018, the City Council adopted an ordinance that legalized short-term rentals — provided that the property is the primary residence of the host. The new staffing and online registration portal will give the City more tools to enforce the home-sharing regulations, to identify illegal listings, and ensure compliance. The Home-Sharing Ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2019.

Sign-up here to receive an update when this item is scheduled at Council.  
UCLA's Housing, Equity, and Community Series
On February 20, Deputy Director Arthi Varma of the Citywide Planning Bureau participated in a panel discussion organized by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs on Coupling Housing with Transit: State, Local, and Community Perspectives .

Arthi shared an update on the Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) program, which was required by the voters as part of Measure JJJ. Since its inception, the TOC program has helped incentivize a significant portion of all proposed housing units across Los Angeles.

Click here to view the event on our Department’s Facebook page.
C5LA Visits City Hall
On February 14, the Department hosted youth from C5LA as part of the Department’s continued efforts to introduce planning to the next generation of community leaders. The students were able to meet with the City Planning Commission during their visit, in addition to receiving a tour of City Hall.

C5LA is a local nonprofit that offers teenagers from under-resourced communities with the professional training and resources to prepare them for leadership roles in school and work. The organization was founded in 1999 by John Alm, the former President and CEO of Coca-Cola.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Did you know that the Department has a blog? Our blogs are accessible on the Department’s website and can be viewed on your desktop or mobile devices.

The latest blog entry — Young, Black and Planning — went live earlier this month, as part of the Department’s efforts to commemorate African-American Heritage Month.

 Click here to learn more from our planners on what it means to be a Black Planner in today’s society. 
On October 3, 1946, Fox West Coast opened the doors to the Loyola Theatre in the community of Westchester. This state-of-the-art theater featured a baroque-modern architecture style along with a stainless steel box office, an ornate marquee, distinctive curved 60-foot high spire with a swan-like sculpture, art-deco features, a hand-painted wall, and ceiling murals.

The theatre received its Historic-Cultural Monument status from the City of Los Angeles on June 2, 1982, due to its distinctive history, architectural style, and impact to the community.

To learn more about Historic-Cultural Monuments and historic resources in Los Angeles, click here .
Community Corner
Our Community Liaisons are your connection to the City Planning Department. They are available to answer any of your questions, listen to your concerns, and help connect you to planning in the City.

Click here  to read the most recent edition of the Community Corner — the Department’s
primary resource for communicating with, engaging, and educating the general public on key planning policies and activities.

Fabiola Inzunza (West, South, and Harbor)
Isaiah Ross (Valley)
Dylan Sittig (Central and East)
Left to right: Isaiah, Fabiola, Dylan
Upcoming Calendar
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