LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is claiming another victory for governmental accountability, the environment, and affordable housing. On June 4th, AHF was granted a Judgement Granting a Peremptory Writ of Mandate in a case to halt development of a 12-story, 323-unit luxury development at the site of the Southern California Flower Market adjacent to Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles.
On June 17th, the Court issued the writ, which sets aside City Council’s approval of the project and enjoins the City and developer, the Southern California Flower Growers, Inc., from any further action on the project until it complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
This project was championed by former Councilmen Jose Huizar, who has since been indicted on racketeering charges related to taking bribes to approve real estate deals. He is awaiting trial. The former chairman of the City Council’s powerful Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee allegedly took bribes of cash and gifts from developers to support their projects. He faces 41 charges related to the alleged scheme.
This project was to provide zero units of housing to lower income people even though it is located near L.A.’s Skid Row, the epicenter of homelessness in California. Skid Row is also home to many extremely low-income people who live in older hotels and motels because it is the cheapest available housing in the area. Studies show that when…