Of hillsides and Hispanics

Some property owners opposing new restrictions on hillside development in El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Monterey Hills tried to play the race/ethnic card during a hearing on the ordinance last month at city hall. The EGP News reports:

“Materials were circulated during the meeting that made a number of claims against the ordinance. Among them was the charge that the new zoning ordinance was discriminatory because it singles out largely Hispanic communities for the most severe building codes in the city, while none of the other hillside communities such as Hollywood Hills Echo Park or Mt. Washington are subject to the new changes.”

That strategy didn’t work, with the council passing the Northeast Hills zoning restrictions 12-0.

Photo: ballookey via flickr.

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