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The LA Department of City Planning released a preview of our city’s Housing Element update, which explains how Los Angeles will accommodate 450,000 more homes by 2029. Unfortunately, Planning’s approach is a plan for failure.

Planning believes that the City can achieve over 80% of LA’s housing growth target with no significant zoning or policy changes, and that the remaining 20% can be accommodated through several weak community plan updates. The facts don’t support this approach, and going down this path would mean failing to build enough housing, particularly in the high-income areas that use exclusionary zoning to keep new people out. It’s a NIMBY’s dream come true.

It’s time to speak out. The Equitable Distribution approach to the Housing Element is the right way to plan for LA’s future. Please send this letter to Planning and City Hall to convince them to change course.

Also, Planning is having Zoom public hearings on the housing element initial study on Tue 1/26 at 5:15pm, and Thu 1/28 at 11:15am.

This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard on the flaws of Planning’s housing element approach. Here is the webinar link and login IDs:
Tuesday – 733-042-203 (English) | 248-966-475 (Spanish)
Thursday – 715-621-491 (English) | 679-132-603 (Spanish)

[Webinar link – https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar]



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Welcome to our newest field organizer, Margaret Muñoz! Check out Margaret’s article here.

As an LA native and urban planner, Margaret aspires to end the housing and homelessness crises in Los Angeles. Prior to AHLA, Margaret interned with other prominent advocacy nonprofits across the city. As an undergraduate she interned with the League of Women Voters LA. Additionally, Margaret successfully secured an internship through the competitive Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Through funding from the Getty Foundation, Margaret interned with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Education Department.

Margaret is energized by her work as a Community Organizer with AHLA and looks forward to where her career as a housing-focused urban planner will take her!

Margaret holds a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College and will graduate in May 2021 with a Master of Urban Planning, concentrating in Housing, from USC.