The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has ruled that the June, 1985, city election on a controversial $31-million beachfront hotel was valid. The decision allows construction of the project unless a separate challenge to the election results succeeds.
In July, 1984, the City Council voted to allow the hotel development on The Strand between 13th and 15th streets. Opponents petitioned for a special referendum election, which was held the following December. The hotel was rejected.
City officials and developers David Greenwood and Joe Langlois redesigned the project, and the council voted to call a special initiative election for June 11, 1985.
In May, 1985, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John L. Cole ruled that the June election should not be held because it fell too close to the one in December, violating a state law that two such elections may not be held on the same issue within 12 months.