L.A.'s New Mayor Halts Planning Department Merger
"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that he plans to halt the merger of two major agencies that the city was looking to consolidate in an effort to streamline approval of real estate projects," reports Michael Finnegan. The announcement came a month after two councilmen introduced a measure seeking to delay the merger's implementation.
"Garcetti’s effort to block the merger would kill a major initiative of his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa. After years of complaints from developers about a cumbersome approval process that required project reviews by more than a dozen city agencies, Villaraigosa included the merger in his final budget. The City Council approved the plan. Garcetti, then a councilman, voted for it."
“I liked it in the abstract, but in the concrete, I don’t think it’s ready to go,” Garcetti said Tuesday.