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Pico-Olympic traffic plan on hold after judge’s decision

E.I.R. is required

by Amy Klein

May 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

Granting a temporary victory to neighborhood councils, a judge today ordered the City of Los Angeles to conduct a new environmental impact report (EIR) before implementing the Pico-Olympic traffic plan.

For the last six months, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Jack Weiss have been promoting a three-phase plan to change traffic through portions of the city and Beverly Hills. But a preliminary injunction filed by the Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (GWLACC), which has served as a spokesperson for its member businesses as well as numerous homeowners groups, has stopped the plan.

"The city of Los Angeles is ordered to fully comply with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act by conducting an appropriate, complete and comprehensive environmental study for the project," Superior Court Judge John Torribio worte in his decision. "Respondents are restrained from any actions in furtherance of the project unless the resulting document has been prepared, publically circulated, and approved in a manner required by law."

Jack Weiss said, "While still looking closely at the decision, I'm inclined to move forward with the environmental review to get it done as quickly as possible to relieve traffic in West L.A."

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