Eric Garcetti
Righting a wrong on historic preservation in L.A.

To the editor: As a historic preservation planner, I find it distressing that Los Angeles would let a protected building be demolished without punishing the offender. Still, there are reasonable solutions to the fight over a new Hollywood residential tower. ("Judge's ruling on Sunset/Gordon tower puts tenants in limbo," Oct. 17) As City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell stated, the tenants already living there have done nothing wrong and should not suffer. Their rent should be placed in an escrow account established by the court until this issue is resolved. Vacant apartments should not be rented until then. The building facade that was demolished without approval cannot...