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Posted on May 10 at 10:04 p.m.

Thank you for reminding readers to respect the dignity of those whose homes were destroyed.

Everywhere -- from the sensationalism of news programs to the cruelty of judges on popular talent shows -- we're being fed the idea that it's okay to exercise the compelling fascination we've all felt at times when watching someone else's disaster. We see it so often that sometimes even the kindest people need to be reminded that empathy trumps the need to satisfy curiosity.


On Various Jesusita Announcements

Posted on August 21 at 11:23 a.m.

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
-- Abraham Lincoln --

On Quotes of the Week

Posted on August 19 at 5:10 p.m.

For the straight facts, check out this site:

On Caruso's Miramar: What Now?

Posted on August 15 at 1:57 a.m.

Schrager managed to get a fully approved plan in 18 months. Reasonable by anyone's standards. Then the economy fell apart, 9/11 happened, tourism was in the toilet for years, and Schrager's financiers fled-so the property sat idle for years until Ty bought it.

Caruso seems to want us to believe that all those idle years were the fault of the planning process and those Montecito obstructionists.

They were not.

But if we swallow the relentless public relations effort that blames the process and a handful of residents, we'll believe that Caruso is the third developer in a row to suffer mightily at their hands. Next, we'll see Caruso as a victim (astonishing if you think about it). We'll believe the lie that the Miramar is a jinxed piece of property, that it'll never pencil out, that Caruso has finally come to understand that he made his first-ever buying mistake, that he'll walk, that no one will ever buy the property, and that it will forever be a rat-infested, blighted visual blot on our character, surrounded by a few whining, spoiled neighbors who want the beach all to themselves. Or, as my favorite rumor goes, the Chumash will buy it and turn it into a casino.

And we'll net out where so many have: Hurry! Give him what he wants!

These guys are good. Keep that in mind.

On Caruso's Miramar: What Now?

Posted on July 29 at 9:54 a.m.

And... last September the same developer lost the final round in an EIR battle at Playa Vista Phase II

"Second Phase of LA's Playa Vista Development Overturned

Last Edited: Thursday, 13 Sep 2007, 5:40 PM PDT
Created: Thursday, 13 Sep 2007, 4:52 PM PDT MyFOX LA

A state appeals court panel overturned Los Angeles' approval of the second phase of the Playa Vista development, ruling that an environmental impact report for the project was flawed.

A three-judge panel of the Second District Court of Appeal ordered the city to vacate its 2004 approval of the project and ordered all construction activity to be stopped.

Opponents of the project filed two lawsuits in November 2004, a little more than a month after the City Council gave its approval, claiming the environmental impact report was flawed for the $1.1 billion second and final phase of the long-debated mixed-use project.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger ruled last year that the city and Playa Vista "followed the law and the EIR provided the public and the decision-makers with all relevant information, allowing the decision-makers to make an informed decision."

However, the city of Santa Monica, the Surfrider Foundation, representatives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno Native Americans and the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust claimed the city of Los Angeles' support of the project was environmentally irresponsible.

According to the plaintiffs, the area is listed by the State Native American Heritage Commission as a sacred site, and considered sacred by the Tongva/Gabrieleno Native Americans.

The plaintiffs also claimed the development would generate large volumes of wastewater and worsen traffic in the area.

Playa Vista officials could not be immediately reached for comment on the court's ruling.

The second phase of the development is slated to include 2,600 housing units, 175,000 square feet of offices and 150,000 square feet of retail space on 111 acres.

The appeals court found, however, that the environmental review of the project "was deficient in its analysis of land use impacts, mitigation of impacts on historical archaeological resources and wastewater impacts."

Opponents of the project were quick to hail the decision.

"This victory for the people of Los Angeles is a victory for telling the truth on development decisions," said Rex Frankel, president of the Ballona Ecosystem Education Project. "The court didn't accept the developer's masquerade about benefits to the public that didn't actually exist."


On None

Posted on July 25 at 7:11 p.m.

When he's not playing victim for the blonde moonies, he's acting out!

He did the same thing in Glendale.

From the August 9, 2004 Los Angeles Business Journal:

"When a council member indicated he would vote against the change, potentially stalling the project for another six months, Caruso stormed out of the meeting, saying he would forfeit the development. By the end of the month the council had approved the needed change:."

On None

Posted on July 24 at 1:15 p.m.

Well, now...... the weather's finally changing. That's a fresh breeze blowing in off the ocean. Breathe it...feel it. It's time to clear the air... time to wake up. Get your green tea and spend a few minutes with this:

On Miramar Decision Postponed Until August 6

Posted on July 20 at 12:16 a.m.

And another thing: who started the rumor that the project that's before the Planning Commission is green? It's as far from green as you can get.

If you hear that rumor, ask for specifics. And post them here.

On Miramar Hotel Emails Raise Questions

Posted on July 19 at 1:39 a.m.

Pile driving continued:

So, then when lot number X (on my ___ side) was to be built, we raised a big stink and the owners had to wrap our house totally in a termite protection type of covering to protect all surfaces during the drilling. We were not home thankfully.

However, the President of the _____ Association at that time, a big SB lawyer named______ ::a brilliant land-use expert, decided that we had to be concerned with the vibrations from the driver.

I am not sure how he decided that, but we are happy he did. He decided that the vibrations would damage our stucco carvings on our house and would shake and crack the walls of the pool house....

So, dear Mr._____, all on his own basically, issued a stop-work order and the sheriff was called to meet the flatbed truck as it was delivering the piles to _____. Lot X was built on poured caissons and life goes on.

A foot note: the owner of lot X with his approvals for pile driving in hand from County and the ______ Architectural Associations, together with his big bill for the custom-made unused piles went to court, sued _______and evidently won a settlement. No one is talking about the $ amount. He claimed that he was baited and switched. He was.

If I were you, I'd :: find out what sort of geological data on shaking he reviewed to issue his initial stop-work order. There must be something. He is a very calm and reasoned guy.

Second, I would look at the wind patterns and what is in the path of the blow corridor for the oil overspray. Maybe your part of the beach is different from ours, but we get a pretty consistent West to East blow; with sundowners it is maybe more North to South. Any and all planting materials are at risk as well as any plastics. Anything with a paint job will have to be re-painted. All cars will need to be garaged, etc. Very traumatic. Much nicer to use caissons, but more expensive and not as strong.

On Miramar Hotel Emails Raise Questions

Posted on July 19 at 1:38 a.m.

To beach residents who support this project, please read the following report from a neighbor who experienced a fraction of the pile driving proposed for the entire beach front as well as the other side of the property. Read it all so you'll know how to prepare yourself, your families, your houses & cars before construction begins. I've left out some names to protect the resident who shared this. It will continue in my next post...

"....Pile driving: the two main issues we faced at _____ are not even mentioned in your attachment: the oil and the shaking. The pile driver sprays a continuous stream of black oil as a lubricant on the driver as it goes up and down the shaft. This is not a little trickle, think garden hose with your thumb over the nozzle. Anyway, if the pile driver is to the NORTH or WEST of your house during the windy days, the black oil will indubitably end up all over the side of your house and on your stucco and windows and sky lights, etc. This is a big deal if you have any solar panels or plastic sky lights.

What happened at _______ is this: when lot X was built out (the neighbor on my ___ side), the pile driver oil spray got all over our pool house, a Historical Society protected building. We had a real problem getting the oil off from BEHIND the iron grill work and the structure had to be totally repainted. The reason that the homes downwind of the pile driving were not hurt was just because the wind wasn't blowing in that direction on those days. I think it was 4 days.

On Miramar Hotel Emails Raise Questions

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