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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Final appeal: support Red Car Trail easement Thursday

Message from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy people who are leading the appeal on this development, asking for a historic trail easement to be granted.  The Red Car trail will connect Elysian Park to Griffith Park.

This is the last chance to save the trail and support the Community Plan.

Tom LaBonge opposes the trail easement or inconveniencing Menlo in any way. You may remember Menlo as the notorious LA slumlord who was ordered by a judge to spend time living in one of his hell-hole aparment buildings until he fixed major problems. Great guy, Menlo.

Lots of background, pics and maps at the Corralita's Red Car Property blog.
Dear Supporters,

The final hearing for the Menlo condos on Riverside Drive is next Wednesday, June 9, at 4:30 PM.  The East Los Angeles Planning Commission will hear the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s appeal of the zoning variance and site plan review for the project.  Granting a variance requires a finding that the project is consistent with the Silver Lake-EchoPark-Elysian Valley Community Plan, which shows a hiking and equestrian trail across the subject property.  This is the last chance to require a trail easement as a condition of project approval.  A protected trail corridor would double as a safe passage for wildlife between Griffith and Elysian Parks.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Come to the hearing.  This case is the ONLY item on the agenda, so there will be no waiting around for your item to come up.  Every member of the public will have 2 minutes to address the Commission.  Even coming to say “I support the Conservancy’s appeal” will help.

East Los Angeles Planning Commission
Wednesday, June 9, 2010  4:30 PM
Ramona Hall Community Center
4580 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Conveniently located near the Metro Gold Line (Southwest Museum Station), and Metro 81 and 83

2. If you can’t make it to the hearing, or even if you can, you can email the Commissioners with your thoughts.  Rhonda Ketay, the Commission’s Executive Assistant will forward all emails from the public.  She can be reached at Rhonda.ketay(at)  It would be great if you could CC eric.bruins(at) as well so we can hear your thoughts too. 

If we win at this hearing, it cannot be appealed by the developer.  This is our last best chance to save the trail and wildlife corridor.

Thank you,  The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy