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Bill to aid Verdugo Hills Golf Course homes project shelved

June 12, 2008|Patrick McGreevy | Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) has shelved a proposal that would have allowed a developer to build 229 homes on the Verdugo Hills Golf Course over the objections of the city of Los Angeles.

Fuentes wrote the proposal in cooperation with MWH Development Corp., a contributor to his political campaigns. He had said it addressed a broader issue of cities' ability to prevent the construction of housing. Los Angeles city officials and other critics said it appeared he wrote AB 212 to benefit a donor.

"We are killing the bill," said Fuentes' chief of staff, Raul Bocanegra. "Unfortunately, the bill has been tainted. We are going to take a hard look at it and we are going to work with the city."

The city had proposed slashing the number of permissible homes from 229 to fewer than two dozen by changing the planning guidelines that govern the Verdugo Hills property.

Fuentes' legislation would have required the city to consider any change for the site under the standards that prevailed when the development application was filed, allowing 229 homes.

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patrick.mcgreevy@latimes.com

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