SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
CCA Helps Push Farmers Field Home

11:30 a.m.
Special Membership Luncheon
Guest Speaker: The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Omni Los Angeles Hotel


5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CCA Holiday Party
Point Moorea at the Wilshire Grand

8:00 a.m.
(Open to Executive and Business Advocacy Members Only)

Topics: Citywide Design Guidelines, with special guest Simon Pastucha from the City of Los Angeles Urban Design Studio, and Courtyard by Marriott Project: 901 West Olympic

11:45 a.m.
(Open to Executive Level Members Only)

Special Guests: Gaye Williams, Chief of Staff to Mayor Villaraigosa, and Matt Karatz, Deputy Mayor of Economic & Business Policy



CCA is an Allied Associate of the Benjamin S. Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

JW Marriott at L.A. Live
Click here for event and registration information.

Friday, September 16, 2011

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Spring Street between 6th & 7th
The DLANC Complete Streets Working Group will host a Park(ing) Day spot in front of LA Cafe. Learn about complete streets, parklets, and other grassroots initiatives to better serve users of all modes of transport, ages and abilities.

City Attorney's Dispute Resolution Program
One of the services provided by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is the Dispute Resolution Program, which offers free mediation services to residents, as well as those conducting business in L.A. Click here for additional information.

CCA & DCBID Present:
12th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Barbecue

Friday, September 30, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ernst & Young Plaza @ FIGat7th


CCA Helps Push Farmers Field Home

CCA President & CEO Carol Schatz has been working in partnership with AEG and its coalition of key business, community and labor leaders to push state legislation that would protect Farmers Field from being derailed by frivolous litigation.  Farmers Field - the proposed Downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium and events center that would also include substantial upgrades to the city’s sagging Convention Center – would be the largest project in the western United States and among the top 5 projects in the country, generating more than 30,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in construction-related spending.  AEG aims to break ground in June of 2012 and intends to complete the megaproject in time for the 2016 NFL season.

SB 292 (Padilla), which was sent to the governor last week, provides no exemption from environmental laws; instead, it would guarantee a thorough but expedited legal review process by elevating judicial review directly to the state’s Court of Appeal.  In fact, the bill has earned widespread support from environmental groups because it would make the Downtown Los Angeles stadium the most environmentally-friendly in the country.  While the best solution is to fix California’s broken CEQA law, SB 292 can move the dialog forward and serve as a template for broader reform that will help cure the ills that are robbing our city and state of desperately-needed jobs and investment.

CCA members know too well the crippling effects of a strategic lawsuit- often brought by business competitors or others with no interest in protecting the environment. That’s why we have developed a set of reforms to CEQA that can be implemented at the local level, where we believe there is the greatest opportunity for immediate changes. 

Help Bring Farmers Field Home!
Make your voice heard by telling the Governor that Los Angeles needs jobs and investment now
Click here for a draft letter of support for SB 292, for your consideration.


CCA testified before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council, in support of a proposal to create Modified Parking Requirement Supplemental Use Districts, a new planning tool that would allow greater flexibility in developing parking standards based on very localized supply and demand.  The proposal passed unanimously and will be heard by the full City Council shortly.
Staff Contact: Vice President of Legislative & Legal Affairs, Anne Williams.

Hosted by CCA, the Joint Bringing Back Broadway Streetcar, Transportation & Parking and Planning, Preservation & Infrastructure Committee welcomed Marvin Moon and Kevin Garrity from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) for a presentation on the current and potential availability of power from the street, when additional power vaults and transformers would be necessary, and the LADWP’s flexibility for the location and size of those power vaults and transformers.  The committee also discussed a potential change in the proposed streetcar route, based on feedback from Downtown stakeholders.  
Staff Contact: Director of Government & Member Relations, Tracey Chavira.

CCA submitted a letter of support for the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning's application for funding from the HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant for its Equity Strategies for Greater Downtown project.  The project will include research, development and implementation of community plans for the Greater Downtown Los Angeles Area, to assure that sustainable land use, transportation and zoning practices are put in place to support existing community stakeholders.  
Staff Contact: Senior Director of Legislative & Legal Affairs, Anh Nguyen.

“Anne Williams, vice president of legislative and legal affairs for the Central City Association, said those options will make it easier for dense, urban projects - without significant space for landscaping - to meet the rules.  'This started out as a one-size-fits-all ordinance,' she said. 'It is much improved.'” September 12, 2011, San Fernando Valley Business Journal, ''Area Builders to Face New Storm?'' by Andrew Khouri on the proposed Low Impact Development ordinance, which is designed to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater and urban runoff caused by urban development.