In her own words, Mayoral Candidate and 9th District City Council Woman Jan Perry has had a “bird’s eye view” of planning in Los Angeles since 1990, when she was tapped by then City Councilman Mike Woo to be his planning deputy. In the over two decades since then, Perry has been a key figure in City Hall when it comes to any discussion of planning and Los Angeles, most prominently as a member of the City Council for the last eleven years.
Roughly one hundred people filled the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium in the new LAPD Police Administration Building to hear Perry outline her vision for the built environment of Los Angeles. The conversation was moderated by Bill Roschen, President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times.
There were three themes that dominated the discussion: Perry’s track record supporting attractive affordable housing, a need to protect Los Angeles’ communities and how term limits get in the way of good planning.
While she wouldn’t say that changing Los Angeles’ term limit laws, Perry complained that because of the role that a Council Member (or Mayor) has in creating a vision for an area of the city and moving projects that she was hesitant to get the ball moving on projects that would end after her terms for fear she would be tieing a successor’s hands or starting a project that would never be finished. “There was a point in 2011 when I stopped working on new projects, because I knew I wouldn’t be in office when it was completed because of term limits,” she explained.
But within the 9th Council District, Perry is known as a leader who has succesfully pushed for major projects. At various points in the evening she talked of her support for attractive affordable housing projects such as the Avalon development for seniors. She also talked up the city’s parklets program in response to an answer about green space. “I have demonstrated that you can build quality affordable housing that fits into the community.” Read more…