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Write an email to oppose this project by June 21!

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To: elizabeth.ene@lacity.org, cityclerk@lacity.org
Cc: info@saveoaksavanna.org
Subject: 22241-22255 Mulholland – City Clerk Files 20-0631 & 20-0631-S1

Honorable LA City Council President Martinez, Councilmember Blumenfield, Councilmembers,

Hello, my name is [[replace with your first and last name]] and I have lived in the area adjacent to the project for [[replace with number]] years. My home, family, and neighborhood will be directly and negatively impacted by the project at 22241-22255 Mulholland Drive. I OPPOSE this out-of-scale luxury home development project as approved by the LA City Planning Dept. and SUPPORT the Appeals of the Tract Map Approval, EIR Certification, and CEQA Clearance, as well as reversal of the Zoning Administrator’s Determination on Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s 245 Motion, for the following reasons:

• The project consists of 19 tightly packed two-story houses up to 33 feet high, inserted into a one-story, low density built neighborhood requiring massive grading and Code deviations, contrary to important objectives in the Community Plan and contrary to the Mulholland Specific Plan
• Too many protected Heritage Coast Live Oak trees being removed or endangered contrary to the Protected Tree Ordinance and the Specific Plan
• The project includes five highly-visible oversized retaining walls up to 11.5’ high and up to 194’ long requiring deviations from the City Code by the Zoning Administrator
• Extensive, landscape-changing grading of 60,000 cubic yards requiring 1,600 dump trucks full of imported soil, within the driplines of protected Coast Live Oaks
• Dangerous new street location on San Feliciano Drive hill approved without interviewing non-reported accident witnesses
• Disruption of wildlife refuge & transit link to nearby Santa Monica Mountains affecting coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, raptors, native ground squirrel colonies, and more
• No prior review by the Design Review Board of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan as required by law, at the western entrance to the historic Mulholland Scenic Parkway
• The failure to submit or consider a viable, less intrusive, less dense alternative plan as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
• Mitigations offered by the City agencies are inadequate, unsustainable, and unenforceable

I am not against the development of this private property and, like Councilmember Blumenfield, support revisions to the project that eliminate Code deviations, minimize grading, save more trees, and are more compatible with Mulholland Corridor and the surrounding neighborhood. Any development must follow the rules and regulations of the City of Los Angeles' General Plan and Community Plan, and the Specific Plan of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway. In so doing, this will enforce compatibility with the immediate neighborhood, keep the Heritage Coast Live Oaks from being needlessly killed or endangered, and retain the wild open spaces that have become a respite for multitude species of wildlife and a Woodland Hills landmark.

You should be aware that the developer has not responded to requests by the community, the Neighborhood Council, or Councilmember Blumenfield to revise the project. When given the opportunity to extend their deadline for a public appeal hearing in front of the South Valley Area Planning Commission, they chose not to, using the Pandemic to avoid having the appeals heard.

Please vote to support our community and deny the project approvals.

[[replace with your first and last name]]
[[address optional]]

Opposition Letters:

1st Step:
Write your letter to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and City Council President Nury Martinez.
(You may cut and paste our text from the sample letter, but we suggest
that you personalize the letter, so it does not appear to be a form letter.)

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, 3rd District

Honorable President Los Angeles City Council, Nury Martinez

2nd Step:
Send a copy of your letter to Save Oak Savanna,
so we can upload it to the City File for recordation.

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