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Bernson Postpones Key Porter Ranch Hearing

Los Angeles city officials announced Thursday that a key City Council hearing on the proposed 1,300-acre Porter Ranch project has been postponed until July 10.

Councilman Hal Bernson, who represents the Porter Ranch area, wanted the delay to “give his constituents more time to review the latest plan,” said Ali Saar, the lawmaker’s press deputy.

The hearing had been set for July 3. With the postponement, the Fourth of July holiday “won’t be an obstacle,” Saar said.

Opponents of the project had hotly complained that Bernson’s original decision to set the hearing date for July 3 would make it difficult for many of their supporters to attend because they would be away on long holiday breaks.

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Meanwhile, Paul Clarke, press deputy for the Porter Ranch Development Co., the partnership that plans to develop the project, said the hearing was delayed because the city attorney’s office was unable to finish its review of the complicated package of actions the council will be asked to approve.

A Los Angeles City Council panel voted 5 to 0 last week to support the Porter Ranch project, which calls for construction of up to 6 million square feet of commercial-office space and 3,395 homes in the Chatsworth hills north of the Simi Valley Freeway.


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