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Weiss targeted by recall drive

first_img“I will continue to focus on my priorities of public safety and what’s best for my district,” Weiss said. “I am proud of my record and proud that two years ago three out of four voters asked me to continue to do this job. I am not going to change for one group.” The last council recall attempt was in 1984, when residents tried unsuccessfully to remove City Councilman Art Snyder from office. Under city procedures, the recall group must develop a statement for the recall to serve on Weiss. He will have 14 days in which to publish a response to the notice. The recall group will then be able to circulate petitions to try to qualify for the ballot. City election officials estimated that the group would need about 23,000 signatures of registered voters from the district to qualify the recall. An election would be held 60 days to 110 days after the petitions are approved. Part of the dispute between the homeowners and Weiss centers on a mitigation fund established by JMB Realty Corp., which plans to build a 47-story tower in Century City. Weiss created a fund that called for two $2.5 million deposits spread over phases of construction, with expenditures from the mitigation fund subject to City Council approval. Eveloff said the community had negotiated what it believed was a better deal, with $5 million that would be deposited into a special fund that would be allocated based on a formula developed by the homeowner groups. Weiss said he believed that the proposal would have allowed one group of homeowners complete control, with no council review. Eveloff said the efforts of the committee have been limited to the Westside, but he hopes to reach out to San Fernando Valley residents, who make up 25 percent of the district. Richard Close of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association said some recall backers were at a recent meeting of his group, but it was yet to take a position on the issue. Rabbi Daniel Kolobkin said the groups were putting too much blame on Weiss. “I don’t know how you can hold one person accountable for all the growth in the city,” Kolobkin said. “Jack Weiss has done all he can to deal with the growth.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of Westside homeowners officially launched a recall drive Tuesday against City Councilman Jack Weiss as part of a long-running dispute over development in their neighborhoods. The Recall Jack Weiss Committee announced it will serve him with the notification of a recall, the first step in a difficult process to qualify a recall for the ballot. “We are seeking the recall of Jack Weiss due to his extraordinary disdain of residents and his refusal to act in an open and transparent manner,” software engineer Mike Eveloff said at a morning news conference. “This has resulted in overdevelopment and increased traffic on our roads.” But Weiss said he would not be distracted by the group’s effort. last_img

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