Mount Saint Mary's Wellness Pavilion
On June 17, 2021, the Los Angeles City Planning Department issued the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the construction of a Wellness Pavilion on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU). BHA submitted comments on the FEIR (which you can read here) and attended and spoke at the three-hour public hearing on July 14. Prior to the hearing, BHA asked our community to provide us with feedback about the project through a survey as well as to submit comment letters to City Planner Kathleen King prior to the hearing. If you submitted comments and did not copy us, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results from our survey show our members have concerns about the project‘s impact on the neighborhood and the effectiveness of the mitigation measures proposed in Alternative 5. Read a summary of the results here.
The next step in the entitlement process is a hearing October 14, 2021 in front of the City Planning Commission (CPC). City Planner Kathleen King will issue a Recommendation Report prior to that hearing. Comments may be submitted to the CPC prior to the hearing. (Instructions on how to submit comments can be found here.)
Threat to Single-Family Neighborhoods is Real
Senate housing bills SB 9 and SB 10 that would eliminate local zoning control are moving forward. The Assembly returns August 16th and can vote on these bills between August 16 to September 10, after which they will go to the Governor. BHA is working closely with two groups who are taking the lead on opposing these bills—Livable California and United Neighbors. Learn what you can do NOW: Act Now! and Next Steps.
To see what these bills would do, check out this two minute video. Or visit the websites of our partners above to learn about how these bills would crush single-family zoning in California and overturn voter-approved ballot measures that protect open space, shorelines, and other lands.
August 10 the City Administrative Officer released a report that found housing the homeless at Will Rogers State Beach as infeasible. Councilman Bonin, who proposed multiple sites in his district for emergency temporary housing, has stated he will pursue other avenues for housing the homeless.
The homeless encampment outside of the VA is the number one issue with our members. You can learn more about the facts here. Recently, the County removed bulky and large trash items from the encampment, but the tents remain. BHA will continue to work with all City and County agencies to find a permanent solution to this issue that affects both the housed and unhoused.
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