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June 26, 1986
The City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, today will consider a recommendation from the planning staff to remove all single-family homes from the proposed Sierra Vista Redevelopment Project in Baldwin Park. The agency delayed making a decision at its meeting last week after more than 400 homeowners expressed opposition to the project. Today's meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Sierra Vista High School gymnasium.
November 10, 2001
Re "Sewage Spill Closes Beaches," Nov. 6: As a resident of Playa del Rey who works in El Segundo, I am perhaps more sensitive to the wild shenanigans that continue around the development of Playa Vista. Even if one dismisses the issue of the loss of this rare and valuable wetland, how can public officials and the public stand by as every type of illegal and dangerous action is undertaken in the relentless push to force this unfortunate project into existence? Over the past few years the residents here have witnessed the methodical removal of trees, the draining of portions of the wetland, the disappearance of birds and animals, the destruction to the land due to constant construction, the resultant unbearable traffic congestion and now the very real poisoning of the ocean water.
December 27, 1992
I would like to know just who supports the gargantuan Playa Vista project, which we are informed is about to gain final approval. Certainly not the people who live or work in the areas most directly threatened by increased pollution, gridlock and crowding. In conversations with many such people, I have not heard a single positive word about the prospects of this so-called "city-within-a-city." Is it only those elected representatives and self-styled community activists who have cozied up with the developers I wonder?
June 4, 1989
Work has begun on the $2.75-million, 185,000-square-foot South Bay Industrial Center in the Eastlake Business Center, Chula Vista. Snyder-Langston Builders is constructing the distribution facility and anticipates an October completion.
November 28, 1996 | JAMES BATES
Sources close to the Playa Vista studio project said Wednesday that developer Robert Maguire III has formally agreed to bring former partner James Thomas into the project, a move that parties involved hope will salvage the ambitious $8-billion project. Animosity between Maguire and DreamWorks SKG, which plans to build a new studio as part of the office and residential development near Marina del Rey, has been threatening the project, with DreamWorks evaluating alternative sites.
July 1, 1999
A Superior Court judge refused a plea for an injunction to stop construction on the Playa Vista development site near Marina del Rey. The opponents of the project requested the injunction under the California Unfair Business Practices Act. But Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz ruled Monday that the plaintiffs "failed to show any substantial likelihood of success on the merits." This was the latest in a series of legal challenges to the development.
June 19, 1990
The Culver City Council has approved sending a letter to the city of Los Angeles outlining the harmful impacts the proposed Playa Vista development near Marina del Rey could have on the city's air, noise level and traffic. Summa Corp. is planning more than 10,000 apartments and condominiums, 520,000 square feet of retail space and almost 5 million square feet of office space on 957 acres.
June 10, 1993
Los Angeles city planners will be on hand in Westchester at various times during the next two weeks to answer the public's questions about the final environmental impact report on the first phase of the vast Playa Vista project. Developer Maguire Thomas Partners is seeking city approval to build the first phase of the residential, office, hotel and retail development on 280 acres of open land between Marina del Rey and the Westchester Bluffs.
June 7, 2002
Re "Playa Vista School Plan Is Up in the Air," May 30: The problems at the Playa Vista site are not just methane or toxics from the former Howard Hughes plant site. There are also problems with hydrogen sulfide, a toxic oilfield gas that can cause permanent brain damage. High amounts of H2S at the Playa Vista site were documented in the Playa Vista archeology reports, as well as in L.A. city records that showed workers getting sick from H2S on the site. Because building on this wetland requires thousands of pilings--which act as conduits to bring the underground gases up to the surface--it increases the risk of students and residents being exposed to these toxins.
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