BAA’s Appeal on multiple kitchens receives unanimous support by the West Los Angeles Planning Commission


On Wednesday night, the West Los Angeles Planning Commission unanimously upheld the BAA’s appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that allowed an excessive number of kitchens in a single family dwelling for projects on Tortuoso Way.   The BAA’s Appeal was generated out of the concern that many of these massive, speculatively-built developments could function as event facilities, or multi-family living units that are against zoning codes for single family residential areas.

The BAA would like to thank those community members who spoke on behalf of the Appeal, as well as Councilmember Koretz, who sent CD5’s Field Deputy, Jack Sripoona to address the Commissioners.

For news coverage, click here for BEVERLY HILLS COURIER article, “Bel-Air Association Scores Big Win on Appeal of 11-Acre Property with Excess Kitchens”

Bel-Air developer Jay Belson accused of defrauding investors


Jay Belson, who was involved with two developments in Bel-Air has been accused of misusing investor funds from several developments, including Bel-Air properties at 11005 Bellagio Place, and the one-development that incorporates two addresses at 911 Tione Road and 865 Stradella Road.  Belson is to pay millions to settle the case with U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.  

For more information, links to related news coverage is listed below:

Click here for LOS ANGELES TIMES article.

Click here for THE REAL DEAL article.

Click here for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Litigation link.

Click here to see SEC Complaint against Jay Belson, Smarte Real Estate Investments, Inc., Jack Rickman, LLC, John Blackstone, LLC, Residence at St. Ives, LLC, and Bellagio Place Residence, LLC


City’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee wants to increase the land-use appeal fees 20% and CEQA-related appeals to a whopping $13,538+


On Wednesday, August 15, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) recommended that the City Attorney prepare a new ordinance to increase land-use decision appeal fees by 20%.

Additionally, the PLUM Committee wants to charge $13,538 to anyone who appeals a land-use decision on environmental grounds — a serious concern of many Bel-Air residents and a clear discriminatory action for residents without the financial wherewithal to have their voices heard.

If you wish to voice your opposition to COUNCIL FILE NUMBER 09-0969, please do so by calling Councilmember Koretz, Planning Director Vince Bertoni, and Mayor Garcetti as quickly as possible.

Contact information:

Please indicate Council File Number 09-0969

Call or email Councilmember Paul Koretz:   (310) 473-7005;

Call or email Mayor Garcetti: 213 978-0600; 

Call or email City Planner Vince Bertoni: 213 978-1271;

For those interested in more background information:

Read all fee recommendations, click here.

Here is the link to the PLUM committee report for File No. 09-0969: 

Here is the link to the full report: 

CityWatch LA article, click here.

Preserve LA, click here.