Last week, The Real Deal ran a five-part series on the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, the March ballot measure that seeks to halt most development for a period of two years. In case you missed it, here’s a recap.
In the first installment, we explained the underlying problems with L.A.’s planning process — the issues that gave NII fertile ground to build a movement.
Quote: “It’s just a dysfunctional process. I don’t know when or where it went wrong.” — Gail Goldberg, the executive director of the Urban Land Institute
In the second installment, we took a look at how the NII could affect Build Better L.A, an affordable housing measure voters passed in November.
Quote: “Build Better L.A. makes no economic sense at all.” — Jack Humphreville, a municipal watchdog who writes for CityWatch
In the third installment, we looked at the surge of new projects submitted to the city as developers fear their time is running out.
Quote: “I’m advising [clients] to work expeditiously to obtain entitlements prior to this potential catastrophe.” — Adam Tischer, broker at Colliers
In the fourth installment, we got intimate with Michael Weinstein, the controversial CEO of the AIDS Healthcare Organization, which is funding the ballot measure.
Quote: “He’s like that ex-boyfriend where you think you’ve seen the worst of them, but then they just continue to surprise you with how low they can go.” — Entitlement consultant Steven Afriat
In the fifth and final installment, we looked at the ways in which the NII and Build Better L.A. could be challenged — in and out of court.
Quote: “[For the NII] to reach into the function of a city as complicated as Los Angeles and declare an emergency moratorium without showing there is an emergency — that is [taking on] a critical government function.” — Allan Abshez, partner at Loeb & Loeb