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Today we are pleased to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors voted NOT TO PROCEED with the proposed “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” parcel tax measure. This is a big victory for the business community, and indeed for all of the diverse stakeholders who ultimately concluded that too many problems remained with the proposal. BizFed’s Water Quality Parcel Tax Working Group, chaired by Mike Lewis, Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality, has engaged in months of detailed and painstaking work on this issue. While we appreciate the good-faith efforts of the Department of Public Works to address our various concerns (and they did make some improvements), far too many problems remained. (A copy of our talking points are attached, which detail the substantive problems that were never resolved.)
THANK YOU to the broad and diverse group of BizFed members and others who joined with our BizFed Coalition to speak out at hearings, in Supervisors’ offices, in writing, in the press, and on the phone to make sure the voice of the business community was heard!
Here is a summary of the joint motion offered by Supervisors Molina and Knabe and seconded by Supervisor Antonovich, which passed by a 4-1 vote:
· The Board of Supervisors shall close the Protest Hearing and not proceed with the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure at this time.
· Instructs the LA County Chief Executive Officer to send a letter to the Regional Water Quality Control Board requesting that the Board work with DPW and the cities in the County to educate the public about storm water pollution.
· Instruct the CEO and DPW to continue to work with the business community, school districts, and non-profits to address their concerns.
· Direct the CEO to report back regarding the necessary steps the County must take should the Board decide to place this item on a general election ballot, and determine potential future election dates, with the goal of either the June 2014 or November 2014 ballot, to ensure transparency to the public.
· Instruct DPW to provide the Board with quarterly status reports, the first of which being in 90 days, including the status of the Regional Water Quality Control Board's implementation and enforcement of the MS4 permit and a report of all existing revenues that could be used for storm water pollution compliance.
· Instruct DPW to designate a staff person within the department to act as the Unincorporated Storm Water Manager, who will report quarterly on storm water compliance in the unincorporated areas.
(Note: Supervisor Antonovich ultimately voted against the motion because he believes storm water cleanup is a federal and state, and not a county, responsibility.)
One key problem with the “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” proposal was the insistence that it be pursued as a Proposition 218 fee, which blocked the County’s ability to develop a more fair, effective, efficient approach. (For example, existing regulated permit holders, property owners already paying for 100% mitigation, and other categories of property cannot legally be exempted from fees under a Prop 218 process.) The motion passed today makes it crystal clear that, should anything move forward at a future date, it must go to a general election ballot, which opens the door to more fair, effective, win-win solutions to address storm water pollution.
Please take a moment to thank the LA County Board of Supervisors for their leadership. Send them each a quick note like this: “I join BizFed in thanking you for stopping the ‘Clean Water, Clean Beaches’ parcel tax from moving forward. Your show of leadership today protects us from paying for a flawed plan and paves the way for a future, collaborative process to develop a fair and effective solution that could earn the broad support necessary to actually solve the problem.” Here are their email addresses:
- Supervisor Gloria Molina, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
- Supervisor Zev Yaroslakvy, email@example.com
- Supervisor Don Knabe, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supervisor Michael Antonovich, email@example.com
The challenge of complying with regional, state, and federal storm water requirements isn’t going away, and the Board clearly expects continued dialogue seeking to address the problem, so BizFed will continue to stay engaged. Today’s victory demonstrates the effective voice we can have when the business community stands together. Congratulations!
Tracy Rafter, CEO
BizFed, Los Angeles County Business Federation
A Grass Roots Alliance of 100 Top LA County Business Groups
Mobilizing Over 185,000 Businesses
Synopsis From Andrew Wolfberg (Member Pacific Palisades Community Council and Land Use Committee).Land-use zoning may be able to reduce crime in urban areas, study findsUsing zoning laws to shape the type of development and activity that occur in a neighborhood may be one way to reduce crime in urban areas, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Studying high-crime areas in the city of Los Angeles, researchers found that city blocks that included both residential and commercial zoning purposes experienced less crime than nearby blocks zoned primarily for commercial purposes. Crime was lowest in blocks zoned for residential-only uses, even in relatively high crime neighborhoods.The study found that single-use commercially zoned blocks in Los Angeles have crime rates that are 45 percent higher than similar blocks that include residential uses."At least in the case of a city like Los Angeles, zoning matters -- an important fraction of reported crime is associated with the kind of zoning on a city block," said James M. Anderson, the study's lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "These results suggest both researchers and policymakers should pay more attention to the ways in which zoning and other land-use policies can affect crime."Policymakers have long debated the effect that city planning and zoning can have on crime. Some experts have urged diverse uses of land in order to create an urban environment that encourages "eyes on the street" to deter crime.But there has been relatively little objective research designed to test these theories and most of the studies that have occurred have focused on older cities in the eastern United States.The study by Anderson, co-principal investigator John MacDonald of the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues uses stronger scientific methods than previous studies and focuses on a younger city -- Los Angeles-- that has land-use patterns that are more typical of where urban growth is occurring today. The results are published in the February edition of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.Researchers examined the relationship between land-use law, the built environment and crime using detailed block-level crime information from July 2010 to January 2011 and detailed observations about 205 blocks in eight relatively high-crime areas in Los Angeles. In addition, researchers conducted a separate analysis of the relationship between changes in land-use zoning and crime in all neighborhoods in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2010.The central finding of the study is that blocks in the study area that include both residential and commercial zoning uses experienced less crime than blocks that are zoned for primarily commercial purposes.Overall, crime was lowest on blocks zoned for residential-only uses, even in relatively high crime neighborhoods. Researchers say the finding suggests that efforts to reduce crime by introducing commercial activities in residential areas are probably misguided.The study also found that when neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles undergo some change in zoning, mostly toward residential uses, crime drops more than it does in neighborhoods with comparable crime trends before the zoning change. In these cases, crime dropped by about 7 percent on average, mostly as a result of fewer automobile-related property crimes.This finding is consistent with the apparent crime-reducing effects of residential development that was found in the first study, researchers say."Our findings suggest that strategic decisions about zoning could be part of the overall crime prevention strategy in urban areas," MacDonald said. "However, our findings are based on one city and should be replicated by additional studies."Researchers suggest it would be good to test the study's conclusions with a small-scale experiment in which a limited set of proposed zoning changes could be permitted randomly to see if the benefits of zoning changes reduce crime in neighborhoods.The city blocks examined in the study were drawn from the communities of Boyle Heights, Highland Park, Hollywood, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles, West Adams and Westlake.###Support for the study was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Law Research program. Other authors of the study are Ricky Bluthenthal of the University of Southern California and J. Scott Ashwood of RAND.The project was conducted within the RAND Safety and Justice Program, which conducts public policy research on corrections, policing, public safety and occupational safety.
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Mr. Caverly is a seasoned real estate private equity investor with over 20 years of direct and platform real estate investing experience. Prior to joining EVOQ Properties, Mr. Caverly founded a real estate consulting, advisory, and principal investing firm, 2120 Partners, focused on fundraising, operational and investing strategies for existing real estate platforms and institutional and high net worth investors. Mr. Caverly was previously a Principal at O’Connor Capital Partners where he opened and headed all West Coast operations for the firm. Mr. Caverly also held senior positions with Security Capital Group in Chicago and Tishman Speyer in London where he was the head of European acquisitions for Tishman’s core and opportunistic funds. While in London, Mr. Caverly cofounded Centric Telecom, a real estate technology company sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Providence Equity Partners. Mr. Caverly began his career at Citigroup Real Estate in New York. Mr. Caverly holds a BA from Harvard University and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mr. Caverly is a frequent panel speaker and an active member of numerous real estate organizations.
The 2013 AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Series
a. Jim Jacobsen – Founding Partner, Industry Partners
March 8 (8am) :: Clive Wilkinson Architects
b. Martin Caverly – CEO, EVOQ Properties
March 15 (8am) :: Alston & Bird LLP
c. Randy Johnson – Executive Vice President, Brookfield Residential
Friday, May 10 (8am) :: Location TBD
d. Janet Marie Smith – Sr. VP, Planning & Development, Los Angeles Dodgers
Thursday, May 16 (8am) :: Dodger Stadium
e. Christopher Rising – President & COO, Rising Realty Partners
Thursday, May 23 (8am) :: Johnson Fain
f. Jim Cowell, PE – Vice President, Facilities, CalTech
June 7 (8am) :: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
g. Martha Welborne, FAIA – Executive Director, Countywide Planning, METRO
November 1 (8am) :: Location TBD
h. Wayne Ratkovich - President & CEO, The Ratkovich Company
November 15 (8am) :: Location TBD
i. Michael Govan – Director, LACMA