LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Opponents of a proposed Hollywood skyscraper project
filed a lawsuit today in hopes of blocking the development, alleging city
officials and the developer’s geologists failed to disclose the proximity of an
earthquake fault to the project site.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Robert Silverstein on behalf of several
community groups, names the developer –Millennium Hollywood LLC — the City
Council and the city of Los Angeles, challenging the council’s July approval of
the Millennium Hollywood project.
Opponents contend critical information about the Hollywood Fault, the
exact location of which has not yet been determined, was suppressed in studies
of the project’s environmental impact.
“City staff agreed to allow preparation of a Draft (Environmental
Impact Report) that would contain materially misleading and false
representations regarding the location of the Hollywood Earthquake Fault and
the fact that the east site of the property was within the boundary of the
city’s own Earthquake Fault Rupture Study Area,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the city violated the California Environmental
Quality Act and that “because the city failed properly and timely to notify
and consult with the California Department of Conservation, State Geological
Survey, as a responsible agency, the (environmental study) must be invalidated
on this additional ground.”
The multimillion-dollar project calls for 35- and 39-story towers on
Vine Street near the Capitol Records building.
Jeff Millman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, insisted that city
officials are looking into the project’s earthquake risks.
“While the city has approved the project’s design and concept, the
city’s Department of Building and Safety has directed Millennium to conduct
trenching that will be reviewed by the department’s geologist,” Millman said.
“The state is also mapping the area for any active faults,” he added.
“The city will not permit the construction of new buildings on top of active
Silverstein said the lawsuit — filed on behalf of
StopTheMillenniumHollwyood.com, Communities United for Reasonable Development,
the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Association and George Abrahams — is simply
aimed at getting the city to follow the law.
“What my clients are demanding is that City Hall stop suppressing
evidence, stop violating laws enacted by the state legislature and by the City
Council itself,” Silverstein said.
“If the city follows the law and listens to the impartial opinions of
seismic experts, then my clients can live with the results, whatever they may
be,” Silverstein said. “But we cannot accept City Council and developer
collusion that hides and minimizes critical life, health and safety
The lawsuit also refers to an earlier criticism of the project’s
potential to draw more traffic to the Hollywood area, alleging the city did not
heed Caltrans’ request to redo a study of the project’s traffic impacts.
“That city-sanctioned study was woefully inadequate,” Silverstein
said. “That’s not me or my clients’ talking, that’s Caltrans talking.”