Gail Goldberg – Planning in LA

Last May, when the search for a new Planning Director for the City of LA was announced, UEPI, as part of the Alliance for a Livable Los Angeles, helped draft a letter to the new planning director with a vision for a new Los Angeles. A little over a year later, it seems that the vision has a good shot at becoming a reality.

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On Saturday, July 22nd, the Alliance for a Livable Los Angeles hosted a community forum with the new planning director, Gail Goldberg. Over 150 residents filled a meeting room at the LAANE office, for a dialogue with Gail about the future of planning in Los Angeles. Community groups presented on a number of issues including affordable housing/gentrification, transportation, fresh & health food access and the impact of new developments on surrounding communities. Overall, Gail’s responses were, as one of the event organizers put it, “music to our ears.”

She concurred with the resident who expressed frustration about the impact on the downtown community of high-end fortress-like developments like the Medici, where residents come and go from their homes by driving in and out of the parking garage–completely disconnected from the surrounding community. Gail talked about how new development needs to contribute to the vibrancy and health of a neighborhood.

Planning_director_meeting_087 When Belmont and Jefferson high school students (affliated with UEPI’s Project CAFE) talked about the need for healthier food in their neighborhood, Gail admitted that this is an area that planners don’t think about enough, and offered a meeting between herself and the teens to discuss what they have learned about the food environment in the Pico Union area.

She’s motivated, energetic, articulate, and she’s promising to take her role as planning director to a whole new level. As she sees it, there is a lot more the planning department can be doing to look at the city in a holistic way that leads to real change. It was a great meeting, and it left us all feeling optimistic!

Also of note at the forum was the large turnout of seniors from the Korean Workers Center who were there to talk to Councilman Reyes about concerns over the recent heat wave and air conditioning. See Bob’s post for more on that. Councilman Reyes stayed for the duration of the two and a half hour event, answering questions and speaking with residents before and after the forum.

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2 comments on “Gail Goldberg – Planning in LA
  1. Marcus Marchand says:

    Hello

    My name is Marcus Marchand. I was born and raised in Portland Oregon. I have lived in Miami and Seattle but what I have learned from living in Portland and my travels to other cities is that Portland has been very lucky as it has been growing. I currently work for a Prem Group, a property management company. I am working in a very progressive up and coming neighborhood called the South Waterfront. I would really like to relocate to Los Angeles and live and work in the downtown area. I was talking with a few of the architects that designed a few of the condo high rises that were built in downtown LA. I would like to work on a sales team whose soul purpose is to revitalize the downtown area of LA. I want to help create a city center for LA. Who would I talk to get this started? I really want to be apart of something and it seems that Los Angeles could use all the help it could get.

    Please feel free to contact me at any time. My email is marcusnpah@yahoo.com and my contact # 503 548 7539

    I hope to hear from you soon. Have a great week!

    Marcus Marchand

  2. Marcus Marchand says:

    Hello

    My name is Marcus Marchand. I was born and raised in Portland Oregon. I have lived in Miami and Seattle but what I have learned from living in Portland and my travels to other cities is that Portland has been very lucky as it has been growing. I currently work for a Prem Group, a property management company. I am working in a very progressive up and coming neighborhood called the South Waterfront. I would really like to relocate to Los Angeles and live and work in the downtown area. I was talking with a few of the architects that designed a few of the condo high rises that were built in downtown LA. I would like to work on a sales team whose soul purpose is to revitalize the downtown area of LA. I want to help create a city center for LA. Who would I talk to get this started? I really want to be apart of something and it seems that Los Angeles could use all the help it could get.

    Please feel free to contact me at any time. My email is marcusnpah@yahoo.com and my contact # 503 548 7539

    I hope to hear from you soon. Have a great week!

    Marcus Marchand

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