first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings After much debate Friday, the Los Angeles City Council came up with a novel plan for making the embarrassing incident of a planner’s inappropriate call go away. They coerced a developer into paying out an additional $20,000 to shut up the complainers. Surely it was no surprise to developer Gary Schaffel or anyone who wants to build things in Los Angeles. Developers are used to paying out to get what they want in this city. The payout came after a city planner accidentally left a voice message with a tenant and not with Schaffel that his condo project in Valley Village would get city approval “no matter what.” The renters displaced by the redevelopment have been fighting the project and were rightly incensed to hear that there seemed to be collusion between City Hall and the developer. The solution of the council won’t fix anything, but it simply throws money at the problem in the hope that it goes away. There’s one thing the public can be thankful for: At least they weren’t using our money this time.last_img

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