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Integrity Initiative series

From ways NII could be fought in court to Weinstein’s salary, our coverage ran the gamut
By Hannah Miet | December 05, 2016 05:00PM

Michael Weinstein speaking at the launch of "Love Condoms" at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on August 12, 2009. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Weinstein speaking at the launch of “Love Condoms” at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on August 12, 2009. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Gail Goldberg (Getty) Con Howe (CityView) and a model of DTLA (AIA LA)

Gail Goldberg (Getty) Con Howe (CityView) and a model of DTLA (AIA LA)

Part 1: How did LA’s planning process become such a mess?

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

A JJJ demonstration prior to the Nov. 8 vote, when it was approved (Mike Dennis)

A JJJ demonstration prior to the Nov. 8 vote, when it was approved (Mike Dennis)

Part 2: Would the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative make Build Better LA obsolete?

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

Developers have been rushing to get their projects entitled

Developers have been rushing to get their projects entitled

Part 3: In run up to NII vote, developers rush in herds to get entitlements

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

Michael Weinstein in his 21st floor office in Hollywood (Mark Boster/Getty Images)

Michael Weinstein in his 21st floor office in Hollywood (Mark Boster/Getty Images)

Part 4: Can Michael Weinstein stop development without compromising his AIDS charity? 

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Governor Jerry Brown speaking at the Democratic National Convention (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Governor Jerry Brown speaking at the Democratic National Convention (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Part 5: See you in court: How Build Better LA and the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative could be challenged

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