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City Commissions New Designs for Plummer Park

Weho hires architects to develop alternative plans for the park's renovation and plans to reactivate subcommittee to oversee the process, in meetings that Councilman John D'Amico promises will be open to the public.

The Protect Plummer Park movement got an early Christmas present at Monday night’s City Council meeting when the city announced it had commissioned architects to come up with alternative designs for the proposed and will reactivate an internal subcommittee dealing with the park redesign.

“We just commissioned the architects to do some more renditions [of alternatives for the park redesign],” City Manager Paul Arevalo announced at the meeting. “We’ll have some concepts on costs and models on that within the next six weeks to two months.”

The cost of those alternative designs will be around $1 million, according to Arevalo.

The city is also reactivating an ad hoc subcommittee dealing with the park redesign. Councilman John D’Amico will join that subcommittee, which also includes Councilwoman Abbe Land.

D’Amico will replace Mayor John Duran on the subcommittee. Duran explained that D’Amico’s background as an architect and land use expert makes him a better choice for the panel.

The subcommittee was formed three to four years ago to meet on an as-needed basis, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Prang told Weho Patch after the council meeting.

The subcommittee is not covered by the Brown Act, the state's open-meeting law, and therefore is not required to invite the public to its meetings. However, D’Amico said, the public will be included.

“There is every intention to hold public meetings, which Abbe and I will now be leading, rather than John [Duran] and Abbe,” D’Amico told Patch after the council meeting. “Abbe and I will meet first with the architect so I can get the history of the plan as it is."

"We’ll then have the city summarize for us what the concerns of the residents are as well as our own input," D'Amico said. "I met with residents. I know Abbe met with residents. Then we would begin a series of meeting with the public.”

D’Amico said a time line for those public meetings would be announced at the next council meeting on Jan. 17. He speculated the meetings could begin as soon as late January or early February.

In response to several boards and commissions saying they were not offered enough opportunity to give input in the planning of the Plummer Park redesign, D’Amico told Patch he intends to invite such groups to the public meetings.

“That way, we would make sure there were not boards and commissions that missed their opportunity,” D’Amico said. “I think it is very clear the set of things we need to do to make sure that people who were included stay included, and [those who] were not included are included.”

Arevalo also announced that a real estate broker representing the city had contacted owners of properties adjacent to the park about selling their land to the city for park expansion. However, none of those property owners were interested in selling to the city.

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joninla December 24, 2011 at 08:49 PM
For anyone who continues to believe the existing Process is one that provides the Residents the ability to affect major change, not withstanding my own personal observations over the last year or less, there is a good article in LA Weekly (2010) about exactly the ongoing (and I think worsening) problem trying to go through the public meetings and getting change. http://www.laweekly.com/2010-04-01/news/west-follywood/ "Not in my backyard" thinking keeps the the City's power in tact. How many people affected by the plans for Plummer Park have followed through on the other issues regarding spending and building in WeHo that may not be directly affecting your lives, but exist and need the whole city to come together to correct the situation. Otherwise, as the article points out, the result is always bad for the upset residents of any one project, but that's not enough to affect the active voting population of WeHo when the next elections come around.
Chloe Ross December 24, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Ladies and gentlemen: Do you think for a second - a Large Hadron Collider second - we will not be there every step of the way. Better not to give ideas to others who don't need anything new to offer that fits another purpose. Do you think the P3 will take all our efforts and hard work and just nod our collective heads and say - "Ooooh - a subcommittee - now we can all relax and let it fix it self?" Grow up. We are taking a few hard earned seconds off for a holiday that happens to fall on a Sunday. Nothing has stopped on the P3 end and for anyone at all to be so naive to think it has, needs to set out those cookies and milk and watch for the fat guy tonight. Your article is a year old, after all and the park IS in our backyards and if it's gonna look a leaf different - we intend to be in evidence. Don't believe everything the city thinks, either. If they thought - we wouldn't even be having this P3 issue. Happy Holidays. I am sick as a parrot and in bed. Hope your day is merry and bright.
Chloe Ross December 24, 2011 at 09:35 PM
And so many P3 elves were there every step of the way - Steph, Cathy, Allegra, Virginia, Geoffrey, Trevor, Taylor,Martincomet, Laura, Lynn, (why don't I have a list dammit?), tree guy, Sofiya, Russian citizens of WeHo, Steve, Shawn, Sofia, Summer, Jen (while pregnant), James Mills - the Bright Star of our Patch and Chapel Hill, Danielle, our podcaster and USC cinematographer, WeHo News, if I have left dear souls out - (and I have) start a new reply and add your name. I was there too and my husband. A neighborhood within a neighborhood was created. You had to be there. Join us in 2012 as P3 works to get our lovely, historic park back on the road to reflecting our history and our community. I have made seriously great new friends - perhaps the best part of all. Happy New Year - Chloe
joninla December 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM
That is seriously offensive. You neither own the right to determine who can oppose the park nor set your agenda as the only voice to be included in preventing the park. Clearly, you have become so involved with your new community that you have declared anyone not on board with what your 'new family' understands about local politics and the Political Procedures that have been consistent since that 2010 article. It took years of Legal Action to finally protect and preserve the 'tara' project - after the California Supreme Court ruled the City, following its regular notice procedure process was improper and invalid for the proposed project the city wanted. Had there not been the legal action, 'tara' would be gone. There is now legal precedent that the City fails to correctly follow notice procedures and if they do not cow-tow to your new little family, there would be grounds to stop them, were there informed, educated and thinkers taking part in efforts to save the park.
Chloe Ross December 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM
To whom is this addressed <<That is seriously offensive. You neither own the right to determine who can oppose the park nor set your agenda as the only voice to be included in preventing the park. Clearly, you have become so involved with your new community that you have declared anyone not on board with what your 'new family' understands about local politics and the Political Procedures that have been consistent since that 2010 article.>>

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