Saturday, June 21, 2008

Activists Harness People Power for Ponte Vista Hearing

Supporters and opponents of the controversial Ponte Vista housing complex on Western Avenue are ramping up their campaigns ahead of Thursday’s public hearing.

The Los Angeles City Planning Department is holding the hearing to take public testimony about the proposed 1950-unit condominium development. No decisions will be made at the hearing, but the testimony will inform the department’s subsequent recommendations about the project.

The hearing takes place Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Ponte Vista has been running a series of newspaper ads featuring community members praising the development.

Ponte Vista was also in the news this week regarding a new agreement between the developer and Eastview Little League.

Ponte Vista is giving six acres to the City of L.A. for Eastview’s use and paying to construct the ballfields, according to the Daily Breeze.

Opponents have sent a mailer to Northwest San Pedro residents and businesses.

Members of the R Neighborhoods Are 1 opposition group are gathering signatures on postcards which will be submitted as public comment at the hearing.

Instead of attending the hearing in person, the public can submit written testimony through Thursday.

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