Bel-Air Pariah: Nile Niami's confusing response to BAA on why he blocked Carcassonne Road


Niami’s explanation and witness accounts differ significantly.  Re-print of BH COURIER article:

BEL-AIR PARIAH – Megamansion developer Nile Niami’s seemingly never-ending feud with Bel-Air residents continued this week.   Last week, the Courier reported that his 10701 Bellagio Rd. project had trucks blocking both Bellagio and Carcassonne roads last week, blocking drivers from getting through and residents from getting to their homes.  When L.A. Parking Enforcement officials arrived, they were allegedly threatened by crew members at the site. In emails obtained by the Courier, Niami responded to Bel-Air Association Executive Director Shawn Bayliss about the issues at the site, claiming that he was out of town when the street blockage occurred, and that it was caused because the crane’s engine broke down and it “took an hour for the mechanic to get there.”  Bayliss wasn’t buying it, however.  In another email, he responds that he was at the site and personally saw the crane “operating perfectly” for approximately an hour and 45 minutes. Bayliss surmised that Niami was either “lying, or being lied to” adding that “the level of contempt that has been displayed is quite literally criminal.” 

Click here to link to BH COURIER (page 10).


Zoning Administrator to Hear Appeal on Hadid’s 901 Strada Vecchia on June 7

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Re-print of BH COURIER ARTICLE by Matt Lopez (link to article below):

A hearing set for June 7 by the Los Angeles Planning Department could go a long way toward determining the fate of celebrity megamansion developer Mohamed Hadid’s 901 Strada Vecchia in Bel Air.  The hearing by the Zoning Administrator will be addressing an appeal from a group of residents regarding the issuance of an Erosion Control Plan for the megamansion.

 In a filing on behalf of Bel-Air Residents Joe and Beatriz Horacek and John and Judith Bedrosian, the group’s attorney Victor de la Cruz wrote that the residents are appealing an Erosion Control Plan approved by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) “that is nothing more than an illegal scheme aimed at disguising significant amounts of grading that require discretionary entitlements and California Environmental Quality Act review for the entire project.” 

The Erosion Control Plan approved by LADBS allowed 2,283 cubic yards of grading, which the lawsuit says brings the total amount of grading at the site to date to 14,200 cubic yards – all without a single valid grading permit having ever been issued to the project. “Approximately 17,000 cubic yards of grading has now taken place at the site without the issuance of a single valid grading permit or required discretionary approval.” De la Cruz writes. A maximum of 6,000 cubic yards of grading are allowed without discretionary entitlements, which makes it puzzling that Hadid was ever allowed additional grading at the site. “Simply put,” writes De la Cruz in the lawsuit. “LADBS erred in allowing Mr. Hadid to subsume grading under an erosion control plan to somehow evade discretionary review.” De la Cruz and the group of Bel-Air residents said they believe that the Erosion Control Plan is simply a way for Hadid to continue work under the nose of inspectors. 

The appeal hearing is set for June 7 at 10 a.m. in the West Los Angeles Municipal Building at 1645 Corinth Ave. Los Angeles. 

Click here to link to BH COURIER article (pages 1 and 11).


Real Estate Developer Arrested in Federal Bribery Case

Well-known Bel-Air real estate developer and Charles Company founder, Arman Gabaee (aka Arman Gabay), was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly paying monthly cash bribes and attempted to purchase a $1.1 million Santa Rosa residence to secure a $45 million LA County lease.  The case involves a property at 12000 Hawthorne Boulevard in Hawthorne.

Link to Department of Justice news release.

LA TIMES “Beverly Hills developer faces federal bribery charge in LA County lease deal”

THE REAL DEAL "West Hollywood developer arrested on federal bribery charges"