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“Lawsuit Says Beverly-Wilshire Homeowners Group Mishandled Money It Got From Suing Developers”

January 11, 2013 By James Brasuell More details are emerging in the “greenmail” practices of the Beverly-Wilshire Homes Association, one of Los Angeles’s notoriously obstructionist NIMBY organizations. Greenmail is the dirty little secret of land use and development practices around California and Los Angeles, where homeowner groups and unincorporated community associations sue developers under theauspices of … Continue reading

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“Mall wars: Redondo Beach sues Torrance over Galleria’s possible loss of Nordstrom”

December 4, 2012 By Nick Green Facing the loss of its Nordstrom store to neighboring Torrance, Redondo Beach has slapped the city and owners of Del Amo Fashion Center with an environmental lawsuit in an apparent effort to kill or postpone the scheduled 2015 move. The Seattle-based retailer and Simon Property Group, the Indianapolis-based owner … Continue reading

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“Unions manipulate city leaders with CEQA threats”

October 10,2012 By Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction …. “In San Diego, the city’s civic leaders regard union CEQA abuse as a customary part of doing business. Instead of exposing it and shaming the perpetrators, they say nothing publicly and surrender to it privately. Then they pass the costs … Continue reading

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“East Hollywood Target Could Be Shortened as Approvals Begin”

Monday, August 13, 2012, by Neal Broverman The proposed Target at Sunset and Western has been a long time coming–after being hit with neighborhood lawsuits related to its parking plan and height, the retailer decided to undergo the environmental impact reportprocess and came back with areconfigured project in January this year. The project is a 194,749 square foot … Continue reading

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“State water official says Lucasfilm shares blame for Marin project debacle”

By Nels Johnson Published August 1, 2012. “MARIN COUNTY — A top state water quality official has weighed in on the county’s Grady Ranch debacle, noting Lucasfilm consultants knew early on that a plan to recontour the Miller Creek watershed by packing fill into eroded creekbeds was unacceptable. And while state and federal agencies’ demand … Continue reading