CITY OF LA settles lawsuit by buying Elephant Hills in NE LA

Elephant Hills (El Sereno)

Background: Big developer Monterey Hills Investors planned to build homes on a hillside in El Sereno in the NE Hills near Debs Park using an EIR approved over twenty years ago. Local residents led by former Debs Park Director Elva YaƱez protested the development to the Planning Commission and City Councilmember Jose Huisar. The City demanded an updated EIR from the developer, the developer sued, and the City just settled the lawsuit and bought the land for around 12 million dollars to be 20 acres of open space.

LA AUDUBON contributions:

We wrote letters and met with Huisar, we testified publicly at the Planning Commission and City Council.

LA TIMES story is here