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LOS ANGELES : Council Rejects Proposal for Regional Planning Panels

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Councilwoman Joy Picus to put a measure on the April ballot asking voters to decide whether the citywide Planning Commission should be replaced by four regional panels.

Moments before the council voted 10 to 3 to kill it, Picus, who represents the southwestern San Fernando Valley, told her colleagues the plan would “empower a citizenry” frustrated and alienated by city government by giving them authority over land-use decisions.

But a report by city Planning Department chief Con Howe said the Picus measure--which would require voter approval because it would amend the City Charter--would be too costly and would make it more difficult to articulate a citywide planning vision.


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