Sunday, June 26, 2016
Were They Stealing Local Planning Rights? The California Assembly Bill That Could Have Taken Away Local Control Regulating Cell Phone Towers
I received the following interesting email from a reader a few days back. It had to do with a California Assembly bill being pushed by the campaign cash obsessed local political irritant, Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
I wanted to provide you a story tip, about a very sneaky bill being pushed through Sacramento this week. It would basically allow companies to install wood or steel poles of any height in front of your home with cabinets featuring noisy cooling fans, and possibly diesel generators in your front yard (unless you live in a gated community).
The bill (up soon for a vote before State Senator Hertzberg on the Energy Committee) would gut any local regulation for common sense issues (e.g. diesel generators near child care, equipment cabinets next to your bedroom window, tenant displacement, and so on).
The bill number is AB 2278. It is being carried by Assemblymember Mike Gatto of Burbank. He is desperately trying to raise money to run against Fiona Ma for State Treasurer.
This email included a link to the following article, which I am sharing with you here today. It was originally published on something called Steve Blum's Blog and can be seen in its original setting by clicking here.
The only occasionally useful League of California Cities was against this thing as well, and stated its opposition this way (link):
The good news is Gatto backed down
Sometimes the good guys can win. Click here for link to the rest of the story.
Selling off local planning rights is all the rage in Sacramento
It's not just cell towers, of course. Here is an interesting article from Preserve LA.
Developers Spend Big Money on Lobbyists to Win Profitable Favors from Los Angeles Pols - In the first quarter of 2016, developers made up seven of the top ten companies that spent the most cash on politically connected lobbyists in Los Angeles, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. In total, development firms and other companies spent a gigantic $13.5 million on City Hall lobbyists in the first quarter.
On June 21, the Ethics Commission revealed that out of the top ten companies that spent the most money on City Hall lobbyists in the first quarter of 2016, nine of them were pursuing building projects — and seven of those nine were development firms. They include Jia Yuan USA; MREC HD Elysian Park; Trammel Crow Residential; Townscape Partners; CH Palladium; Jamison Properties; and Crossroads Associates. AEG, Clear Channel Outdoor and LAFC Sports round out the top ten.
According to an Ethics Commission press release, “During the first quarter, these clients reported total payments [to lobbyists] ranging from $118,914 to $220,660. In total, these payments represented 11.6 percent of all payments by clients for the quarter.”
In other words, spending money on high-priced, politically connected lobbyists gets results for developers and other companies at City Hall — and they reap king-sized profits once City Hall approvals are obtained.
To read the rest click here.
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