The Millennium Hollywood Project’s Historical Precedent: M. H. Sherman, the Water Board and the Development of the San Fernando Valley
April 17, 2013 § 1 Comment
As it happens, there is a precedent for this circumstance in Los Angeles’ civic history. While doing research for my documentary Under the Hollywood Sign, I learned that one of Hollywoodland’s key developers, Gen. M. H. Sherman, was buying up huge tracts of agricultural land for development in the San Fernando Valley during the same period–the late teens and early 20s. At that point, Sherman–for whom Sherman Way and Sherman Oaks are named–was also serving as Water Commissioner on the board of DWP, thereby controlling the commodity that was essential to the Valley’s transformation. Conflict of interest? Of course! But no one suggested he recuse himself from civic office, and we all know what happened to the farms and orchards that once filled the Valley. By wearing two hats, Sherman enriched both himself and his legacy as a City Father.
Until now, I thought such shenanigans were a thing of the past, yet here we see William Roschen about to benefit from the very project he is in the process of approving. Conflict of interest? You might think so, but at City Hall it’s only business as usual–just as it was a century ago.
Related article: https://underthehollywoodsign.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/the-millennium-hollywood-project-a-highrise-future-for-a-gridlocked-little-town/
PLEASE ALERT YOUR ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES, AND STAKEHOLDERS….
MILLENNIUM HOLLYWOOD SKYSCRAPER PROJECTS/ PLUM COMMITTEE HEARING……..
The Millennium Skyscraper Projects Plum Hearing has been scheduled for June 4th at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., L.A., 90012, in Room 350.
This is about THE FUTURE OF HOLLYWOOD
More info.: http://www.stopthemillenniumhollywood.org
Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the LA City Council will
hear the appeal that has been filed by a number of communities
opposing Millennium projects.
Please attend this very important hearing.
All communities, organizations or individuals who have either
officially voted and/or expressed opposition to Millennium projects,
please attend to support your vote of opposition..and to
support all who have voiced opposition.
It is time for Opposing organizations, PEOPLE, Communities that will be crippled by these projects, to speak out about the TRUTH and the
inappropriateness of the Millennium Skyscraper Projects for the area,and the still huge, unresolved problems with these projects.
Now is the time to show up and speak up for the record.
There is no guarantee public testimony will be accepted when/if
Millennium goes to City Council.
Please help us fill City Hall with people who are passionate about
their communities and Hollywood’s future.
For FREE parking in City Hall Building just call your councilmember’s
office the night before or early that day with make and license number of your car.
In the meantime, send your comments to Sharon Gin, Legislative
Assistant, Planning & Land Use Management Committee at:
Refer to Council Files 13-0593 & 13-0593-S1
Or call Sharon Gin at 213-978-1074
E-mail and/or call The Plum Committee with reasons why they must oppose these projects:
The Hollywood Councilmembers:
(Millennium is in his district..CD13)
To reach ALL Councilmembers:
Unlimited Height Skyscrapers, blocking the Capitol Records Building, and The Hollywood Sign from view,with the unprecedented 6:1 FAR (floor area ratio comparable to L.A. Live and Staples Center Density) are not appropriate for Hollywood. They will cripple Hollywood.
For more information and to sign the on line petition go to:
Millennium Opposition Information……….
What’s wrong with Millennium Projects:
Transactional City Planning in Hollywood | The Planning Report
AN INDEPENDENT TRAFFIC STUDY NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE PROJECTS GO BEFORE
PLUM AND COUNCIL.
This will not happen with Plum Committee hearing scheduled so soon.
The Plum Committee Hearing should be DELAYED.
Projects are being rushed through before Mayor elect Garcetti steps
Decisions are being made by a Plum Chair (Ed Reyes) who is termed out, and by Councilmembers who will be long gone as Millennium projects go on for many years to come.
Why are the new Councilmembers and new Plum Committee, not part of this important decision,since it is THEY who will be dealing with Millennium for years.
When writing Councilmembers you may include that.
That they should Delay, should have delayed, and should have Deferred all decisions to the newly elected Councilmembers.
This would allow time for an INDEPENDENT TRAFFIC STUDY.
Request The Plum Committee Recommend City Council DELAY/DEFER any further decisions.
Millennium and Safety Issues:
Testimony of Pat McOsker, former President of The LAFD union, about
Higher Density in Hollywood to The Plum Committee at the April 17, 2012
Hollywood Community Plan Hearing..
It is time to for The Plum Committee and City Council to stop ignoring his warnings, as they apply to High Density Skyscrapers in this area of Hollywood as well:
I don’t know if supersizing Hollywood is a good idea or a bad idea..
I just know it is a DEADLY idea..
If you don’t do something about the Infrastructure…
And specifically, I mean, by having enough Firefighters and Paramedics
to protect that Community.
You know what’s going on…
40% of the time we’re not getting there on time right now…
To save lives, when people are not breathing..
To keep a fire from burning out of control.
So you can’t build up the City even more….
While the Fire Department is staffed the way it is right now..
Because it’ll be IRRESPONSIBLE.
It’ll take us even longer to get there.
More lives will be lost..
More fires will burn out of control..
And it’s irresponsible.
So, you know, there’s supposed to be a Mitigation, people pay fees,
Developers pay fees…
Those don’t come back to The Fire Dept.
You’re not following right now, Your Infrastructure Plan.
The Mayor just swept the Hydrant Fee clean on The Fire Dept.
Took Millions of Dollars out of it to Balance the Budget…
Rather than to put back into that Infrastructure that PROTECTION FOR
CITIZENS when Developers build.
This is DANGEROUS STUFF.
At community meetings with our LAPD and LAFD, many of them have
expressed their concerns and opposition to the Millennium projects.
Yet, they say, they cannot come out publicly about it.
On the heels of the recent Boston Marathon attack there are concerns
about terrorism, with these being the only towering buildings in the
area, looming so large, and surrounded by so many residential
communities, in The Flats and The Hills of Hollywood…
There are concerns about fire, getting to people in time, and basic
Millennium will be building on a fault line.
GROUPS OPPOSING MILLENNIUM PROJECTS:
Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council
Hollywood United Neighborhood Council
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Hillside Federation Organizations:
Argyle Civic Association
Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Association
Bel Air Knolls Property
Bel Air Ridge Association
Bel Air Skycrest Property
Benedict Canyon Association
Brentwood Hills Homeowners Assn.
Brentwood Residents Coalition
Cahuenga Pass Property Owners
Canyon Back Alliance
Franklin Ave. / Hwd. Blvd. West
Franklin Hills Residents
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood
Council – Land Use Committee
Hancock Park Homeowners Association
Highlands Owners Association
Hollywood Dell Civic Association
Hollywood Heights Association
Hollywoodland Homeowners Association
Holmby Hills Homeowners
Kagel Canyon Civic Assn.
Lake Hollywood Homeowners
Laurel Canyon Association
Lookout Mountain Alliance
Los Feliz Improvement Association
Mt. Olympus Property Owners
Mt. Washington Homeowners’ Alliance
North Beverly – Franklin Canyon Home owners Association
Nichols Canyon Association
Oak Forest Canyon Association
Oaks Homeowners Assn.
Outpost Estates Homeowners
Pacific Palisades Residents Assn.
Residents of Beverly Glen
Roscomare Valley Association
Shadow Hills Property Owners
Sherman Oaks Homeowners
Studio City Residents Association
Sunset Hills HOA
Tarzana Property Owners
Upper Mandeville Canyon
Whitley Heights Civic Association
On line petition opposing Millennium Projects:
On line petition opposing Millennium Projects:
Please Sign and Read and Leave Comments
“The Conservancy appreciates that this project does not propose to
demolish or significantly alter the Capitol Records Tower.
Yet the project does include new construction directly adjacent to
it,which could potentially cause adverse impacts to the Landmark.”
(Capitol Records Building..Historic Cultural Monument #857…
Millennium Projects will be built on a fault line.)
Website.. Projects/Preservation Issues:
For three decades Hollywood Heritage has been an advocate of the
preservation and protection of Hollywood’s historic resources.
We support the goal of preserving what is most significant in
Hollywood,while encouraging responsible new and infill development.
Our organization has nominated many of the current Historic Cultural
Monuments, listed the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment
District in the National Register of Historic Places at the national
level of significance, provided technical assistance to developers and
owners of significant properties, and participated in public policy
discussions through the formulation of the Community Redevelopment Plan
of 1986 and subsequent urban design plans, specific plans and in
property entitlement discussion involving historic resources.
These efforts have resulted in the rehabilitation of significant
landmarks and districts in Hollywood.
Our expertise in this area has led us to the conclusion that the
Millennium Hollywood project has significant and adverse impacts on a
number of Hollywood’s historic resources.
CEQA guidelines define a project as having a significant environmental
impact when the project causes a substantial adverse change in
significance of a historical resource as defined in State CEQA Section
The City of Los Angeles CEQA Thresholds Guide (2006, p. D.3-3) also
maintains that a project would have a significant impact onhistoric
resources if the project results in a substantial adverse change in the
significance of a historic resource by construction that reduces the
integrity or significance of important resources on the site or in the
vicinity via alteration of the resource’s immediate surroundings.
While we appreciate some of the mitigation measures designed to
preserve the historic Capitol Records and Gogerty Building, we believe
that the proposed project would substantively alter the context in
which these buildings gained their significance by compromising the
Portions of the project are grossly out of proportion with the
identified resources, thereby minimizing them and irretrievably
altering their setting….
We also find the current version of the Millennium Hollywood Draft EIR
to be deficient in its assessment that the project would not cause an
adverse change in significance for the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial
and Entertainment Historic District.
The heart of Hollywood is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places and functions as one of the City of Los Angeles’ major tourist
destinations and economic engines.
The Hollywood Boulevard Commercial
and Entertainment Historic District is a 12 block area of the
The district contains 103 of the most important buildings in
Hollywood,listed at the national level of significance in the National
Register of Historic Places.
The development pattern of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized by the
construction of buildings of generally 12 stories at major
intersections, flanked by one and two-story retail structures.
The District was formally designated by the National Park Service on
behalf of the Secretary of the Interior in 1985.
At the time, there were over 60 contributors and approximately 40
non-contributors which all dated from the 1905-1935 period of
Since its listing, the District has seen significant and positive
restorations, now having the largest collection of restored historic
theaters in use in the nation.
The District can count the beneficial reuse of the Broadway and
Equitable Buildings, the Hollywood Professional Building, and the Nash
Building, and many restorations, spurring the renaissance of Hollywood.
But the District has suffered the loss of several contributors, and has
seen the addition of overly-large developments such as Hollywood and
Highland, the W Hotel and Madame Tussaud’s.
The current Millennium Hollywood project fails to significantly address
the negative impact created by the mass and height of the proposed
development in regards to the existing structures in the vicinity.
This will be the largest tower in the area.
While creating opportunities to see landmarks such as the Hollywood
Sign from areas within the development, the project fails to address
the fact that these new view lines will alter views that have been
publicly available since the inception of these landmarks.
In the “Related Projects” section of the DEIR, which compares this
project with other projects nearby, unapproved, proposed developments
are used alongside existing structures, allowing the square footage
increase that this project suggests to be seen as more reasonable.
However, the structures included on the comparative chart are all less
than one-third the size of the proposed Millennium tower.
The only project that is as large is the proposed redevelopment of the
Paramount Studios Lot.
At 1,385,700 sq. ft., the Paramount Lot is a much larger property and
does not have any single building of a comparative height as proposed
The addition of the proposed tower will overwhelm contributing
properties in the district and the proposed “separation” of new and old
construction is simply not an adequate mitigation measure.
If you would like to participate with and/or support the opposition to
the Millennium projects ..
Go to http://www.stopthemillenniumhollywood.org
for more information.