LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is asserting “denial of due process of law” by the Los Angles City Council with regard to the Council’s failure to act on AHF’s nomination of the iconic Hollywood Palladium for Historic-Cultural Monument status by the City. In a letter sent to the Los Angeles City Council today, AHF, whose world headquarters are located next to the Palladium in Hollywood, is asking the Council to delay a hearing on the Palladium Residences Project development scheduled for March 15th until after the Council holds a hearing on AHF’s pending nomination for the Palladium that the Council has yet to act on.
In the letter, sent on behalf of AHF by the Silverstein Law Firm, AHF asserts claims of denial of due process regarding lack of action on its application and nomination for Historic-Cultural Monument status for the Palladium. As to possible Historic-Cultural Monument status to actually protect the Palladium, AHF wrote:
“When AHF first began its review of the Project, it was odd that the applicant had not already nominated the Palladium as a City historic-cultural monument (“Monument”). The Palladium and its historic setting are clearly eligible for Monument status, and the City and applicant concede this fact in the Cultural Resources section of the Draft EIR for the Project.
The Project conditions as originally proposed by the applicant were not that the applicant would invest in a particular set of physical improvements to actually preserve the Palladium building, but rather that, in exchange for a more than doubling of the density permitted by right (an increase in value to the applicant on the order of approximately $50 million), the applicant would merely ‘nominate’ the Palladium as a Monument.”
Crescent Heights Communities, the developer of the Palladium Residences Project, still has not even nominated the Palladium, and there is no express requirement that it do anything to follow through on that process if it submits a nomination. AHF, on the other hand, is demanding a hearing so that it can follow through on its nomination application. “That City officials would make such a poor bargain in relation to one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues was shocking,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and a member and backer of the Coalition to Preserve L.A., a ballot initiative campaign seeking a moratorium on ‘mega’ development throughout Los Angeles. “In addition, we firmly believe a denial of AHF’s hearing on its nomination prior to a City Council vote would deny AHF its civil rights. Therefore, we respectfully ask that the Council delay that March 15th hearing until Council has held a hearing on our nomination.”
Tellingly, City Council Member Mitch O’Farrell (D, Council District 13) nominated the Palladium for Historic-Cultural Monument status on November 17, 2015 despite the fact that AHF’s nomination from last summer remained pending and had not yet been acted on by the City Council. Rather than work to protect the Palladium, O’Farrell’s nomination has instead appeared to unduly delay the hearing on AHF’s nomination.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 598,000 individuals in 35 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare