Apparently deeply touched by the thought that a developer might suffer "hardship" if not allowed to bulldoze an historic site and install low-income housing next to the Hollywood Bowl, Councilman Arthur Snyder last June 26 rammed through the City Council an exemption to a building moratorium, over the protests of the voters and taxpayers who live in that area.
Snyder was so concerned for the Jan Development Co.--which wants to wipe out the 15 small historic bungalows of Highland-Camrose Village and replace them with 108 low-to-moderate income units in an area already "choking in traffic"--that he refused a plea to wait until the 13th District was represented at the vote.
It is in the 13th District that the bungalows are located. When Snyder, after some highly interesting procedures, was able to rush through the moratorium exemption, neither departing Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson nor Councilman-elect Mike Woo were on hand to represent their district--the 13th.
Stevenson found better things to do than remain and argue against the exemption, which she knew could doom one more historic Hollywood area. If she had stayed and at least voted against Snyder, she would have been a departing heroine to those who believed in her, trusted her and voted for her. But she didn't, and to her critics, of course, it was just another of her alleged "flip-flops," the kind that led to her defeat at the polls.