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Letters: L.A. bureaucracy and 'People St'

Re "Let 100 parklets bloom," Editorial, March 16

I laud The Times for its support of the city's new "People St" project. Streamlining community initiatives to transform available common property into sidewalk plazas and other desirable spaces is a welcomed development.

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More urgently, I wish such streamlining were applied to turf replacement on parkways to save our precious water and reduce noise and exhaust pollution from lawn maintenance.

Unfortunately, as my condominium association in North Hollywood has learned, we have to apply to one agency for acceptable trees, another for surfaces, plants and design, and yet another for consideration of a rebate. Home and business owners who push ahead without approval risk fines and removal of plants and surfaces no matter how drought tolerant and attractive they may be.

An online posting by the city with simple guidelines and a phone number or email address for questions would suffice.

Jack Cooper

North Hollywood

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