Abundant Housing Los Angeles (AHLA) and Culver City For More Homes (CC4MH) are two local lobby groups who want to remove single family zoning in Culver City. They support multi-family housing in every part of the city. They take their talking points and strategies directly from YIMBY Law. They have their agenda and their beliefs, and they absolutely deserve to be heard.
But what would you say if you knew that the lobby groups were having private planning sessions with Mayor Alex Fisch?
Is that fair? Is that right? Is that balanced? Is that common sense?
It certainly was not common knowledge, but it is now that we have the public records to show that they were working together a year ago. Then-Mayor Alex Fisch did not disclose in public meetings that he was working with lobby groups on one side of a complicated issue that impacts all residents in the city. You can see in these pages, Leonora Camner, Anthony Dedousis, and Roderick Hall, all leading members of Abundant Housing Los Angeles (AHLA), having frank conversations with Alex Fisch about how to steer our city-wide housing and land use decisions.
Noteworthy is mention of “Paavo”, who is Paavo Monkkonen, a Culver City resident, professor at UCLA, and member of the General Plan Update committee. We will dig into his guiding role and also his relationship with Professor Elmendorf from UC Davis.
And stay tuned: Nancy Barba, who will be the subject of another post, is both a member of CC4MH and on the Culver City Planning Commission. She has been asked to recuse herself from the official discussions of housing and land use, but she claims that our City Attorney has given her the go-ahead to serve both the city and her lobby group.