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Join SCPC for “What’s this EIFD Thing?” on July 18th

scpcadmin | June 10, 2018 in Upcoming Events | Comments (0)

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What’s this EIFD Thing?


How Does it Fit into La Verne’s
Planning Goals?

How Can Other Cities Do the Same?


EIFD Graphic - La Verne


Wednesday, July 18, 2017
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Millennial demographics, internet fueled lifestyles, last mile delivery and a sharing economy (rides, workplace) are altering land use and tax generation priorities for cities. Concurrently, the State is driving cities to change land use processes based on climate action and affordable housing mandates, while providing development incentives through new districts.   Cities can pursue economic development and comply with state mandates using new “sustainability and housing districts” (EIFD, HSD, WHOZ, NIFTI, CRIA, AHAs) that blend zoning and CEQA incentives with tax increment financing to generate tax revenues, jobs, housing, and AB32 compliance. Presentation will include case study on the first EIFD approved in Los Angeles County for Gold Line TOD improvements in the City of La Verne. Learn how to enable economic development in your community while complying with state housing/ sustainability requirements to attract uses/tenants that will thrive, not disappear in a digital economy.


LaVerne Project Map




Our speaker:

Mr. Larry J. Kosmont, CRE®

President and CEO of Kosmont Companies


Mr. Larry J. Kosmont, CRE®, is the President and CEO of Kosmont Companies, which he founded in 1986. Kosmont Companies is an industry leader in public/private real estate transactions and economic development. Mr. Kosmont’s 43-year career encompasses financial structuring and negotiations, development, and management of real estate and public finance transactions exceeding $12 billion. In 1990, he founded Kosmont Realty, a real estate brokerage firm. In 2015, he launched Kosmont Transactions Services which sources private financing for public projects, P3 initiatives, and infrastructure funding. He is a Principal of California Golden Fund, an approved EB-5 Regional Center.

Mr. Kosmont served as Interim City Administrator for the City of Montebello, CA from May 2011 to March 2012 as part of a financial turnaround assignment awarded to Kosmont Companies. From 1975 to 1986, Mr. Kosmont served in the roles of City Manager, Director of Community Development, and Redevelopment Director in the cities of Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Bell Gardens, and Burbank.  

Mr. Kosmont is a registered Municipal Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and achieved a Series 50 professional qualification. Mr. Kosmont is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of California (BRE No. 01182660).




Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, soup du jour,
mixed greens with house vinaigrette dressing.


With one of the following selections:


Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with
mushrooms and pearl onions.


Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine –
Sautéed boneless trout, grilled almonds, lemon emulsion, and leek duxelles fondue


Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with sherbet and coffee or tea.



Cost: $40 general public, $25 for students with ID


Use the pull-down menu and button below to register via PayPal.  Multiple items for you and any guests can be added to your cart before checkout.  


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The planned on-line registration closure is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.   After this date, refunds will not be provided. 
On-site registration (by check only) is an additional $10 and not guaranteed.

This event is eligible for 1.5 hours of AICP Certificate Maintenance Self-Reporting Credit.

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In partnership with the the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association.





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For further information contact Bob Fazio at (626) 765-4036 or at




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“DTLA – A 24-Hour Center in the Making” has been cancelled.

scpcadmin | May 7, 2015 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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This event has been cancelled. 
Current registrants will receive refunds. 


DTLA – Downtown Los Angeles

A 24-Hour Center in the Making


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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The robust Downtown Los Angeles we enjoy today has been more than 50 years in the making. A result of strong leadership, dedicated professionals, private investment, and public resources, the dream of a 24-hour urban center is coming true. New and revitalized neighborhoods have emerged, from the Old Bank District to South Park, the Fashion District to Gallery Row.

No longer just a 9-to-5 destination, DTLA is now sought after as a place to live, work, recreate and experience the arts, culture, and major events. Join the Southern California Planning Congress to hear one of the area’s most ardent proponents, with over 20 years of engagement, share his insights into Downtown’s past, present, and future. 


Our guest speaker:


Hal Bastian


Hal Bastian
President & CEO of Hal Bastian Inc., a Downtown revitalization consulting firm, and former Director of Economic Development & Executive Vice President of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District




Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.


With one of the following selections:

Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.



Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID


This event has been cancelled. 



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Event Summary – “Hollywood Central Park – A Freeway Cap Park…”

scpcadmin | August 18, 2014 in 2014 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – July 2014

Hollywood Central Park:
A Freeway Cap Park Bridging
Divided Neighborhoods



Our guest speaker for the evening was Laurie L. Goldman, Executive Director and Founding President of Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHP).  Ms. Goldman presented the development concept and working model of the proposal to cap the US-101 Hollywood Freeway within the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles to create a 40-acre public park.


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Bob Fazio, SCPC’s Vice President of Programs, introduced the speaker and project, giving some background on its origins in the days when the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA\LA) was still active.

Ms. Goldman then provided a history of the project and its design concept, which she reviewed through the aid of a physical model. When implemented, the project will provide 40 acres of new parkland within the Hollywood community.  Seattle’s urban park over the I-5 freeway near its downtown opened in 1976, and the Hollywood Park concept came to life the following year.


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The CRA conducted the first feasibility study for the Hollywood Central Park in 2007, and in 2009, Friends of the Hollywood Park (FHP) was created. The New York High Line linear park was created soon after on the West Side of Manhattan on an abandoned railroad viaduct, opening in 2009 and then extended in 2011.

The local area in Hollywood is park poor.  With a population of 187,000 inhabitants, including approximately 40,000 children, the creation of new open space is needed and will raise the low amount of park acreage per capita.  Federal funding for the environmental impact report has been pursued through the offices of both former City of Los Angeles Mayor Villaragosa and current Mayor Garcetti. Construction cost has initially been estimated at close to $1 billion.


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A major challenges in developing the park is its presence over a State-owned (Caltrans) facility. FHP has worked out a coordination plan where one representative from Caltrans funnels all communication, to avoid a complicated coordination scheme where multiple Caltrans divisions are communicating in parallel with the project team but not with each other.  The County of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has become the assumed funding clearinghouse for many State and Federal funding streams, but this project is unique and an atypical government-funded major infrastructure project in the area.

An additional challenge for the project is City zoning designations.  If an “open space” designation were to be used for the park, certain complementary uses that would make the park functional would be prohibited.  Special zoning for this project is being pursued to allow all planned elements.

FHP is also buying land along the edges of the park to enable development of affordable housing projects to increase much-needed new residential uses that would be complemented by the nearby park and ensure that low- and moderate-income residents would not be displaced by the project and its impact on property values.


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We look forward to seeing this project develop.  It will provide much-needed park land in Hollywood and a viable community gathering place.


For more information, visit the project updates page.





SCPC Event Summary – “Here Comes the LA Streetcar!”

scpcadmin | November 22, 2013 in 2013 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – March 2013

Here Comes the LA Streetcar!
Heading into Downtown’s Future


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Carol Schatz and Shiraz Tangri presented the latest news on the LA Streetcar project in the Art Deco-themed Bar Fedora room of First & Hope, an upscale Downtown restaurant.


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Carol and Shiraz focused on the detailed framework for the local property tax funding source and the related political campaign, as well as the burgeoning downtown residential population, growing local commercial economy, and the need to complement future development with the Streetcar. Carol is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Central City Association of Los Angeles and Downtown Center Business Improvement District, and is a Member of the Board of the Community Facilities District. Shiraz Tangri is with the legal firm Alston & Bird, and is the general counsel for LA Streetcar Inc.


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In December 2012, the Downtown Los Angeles community voted to approve a Community Facilities District (CFD) to provide matching funds to finance the proposed LA Streetcar Project. The Streetcar will link the Civic Center to the Historic Core along Broadway and the LA Live Entertainment District. The project’s goal is to help transform Downtown into a lively live, work, and play destination.

After an introduction to the project and our speakers by Bob Fazio of the Southern California Planning Congress Board, Carol presented an in-depth overview of the growth in downtown since a revitalization of various neighborhoods began in the early 1990s. The growth in residential units, and the ongoing permitting of new residential projects, was very informative and quite astounding. The foundational anchors of the downtown area, the new burgeoning cultural icons, and how the LA Streetcar will tie them altogether, were the motivational high-notes of Carol’s presentation.


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Shiraz discussed the nuts-and-bolts of the project: how it was funded, how the local tax initiative was spearheaded and championed, and how it will be built in terms of new technologies and the intricate route to be woven through existing downtown roadways. The project would link the Civic Center, the historic Broadway corridor, and the LA Live entertainment complex. Special technology, if feasible with final project engineering, would allow the Streetcar to operate without overhead wires. The project would be the first Los Angeles transit project to be owned and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and future extensions could provide direct service to the Music Center.


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2013Mar - D2 STangri


All in all, it was an extremely informative evening, rich with highly motivational subject matter for any champion of the future of Downtown Los Angeles.




Streetcar project updates can be found at:



Thanks to all who attended the “Powering Up Watts” event

scpcadmin | December 14, 2011 in 2012 | Comments (0)

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The Southern California Planning Congress
would like to thank all of the guests that attended
our January event!

A meeting summary will be posted shortly. 


“Powering Up Watts:

The Jordan Downs Master Plan”


Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant: 1911 West Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90026




How can public housing be revitalized to
break the cycle of poverty and remain affordable? 

How can human capital be harnessed to improve
the community’s quality of life?


Master Plan Site MapIn the 1950s, former federal facilities for WWII workers were converted into the 700-unit, Jordan Downs public housing complex.  

Although it began as partially integrated, it was soon associated with societal ills: institutionalized racism, welfare state dependency, and disenfranchisement that contributed to its role as the Watts Riots flashpoint and a breeding ground for gang violence.

Watts Is Worth It GraphicThe City of Los Angeles has launched an ambitious $1 billion community-based master plan to redevelop aging Jordan Downs.  While it includes a denser mixed-income “new urban village,” the emphasis is not on buildings but innovative, inspiring programs aimed at investing in people.



Please join us to hear our first 2012 guest speaker

John R. King II
Director, Policy and Planning Department – The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles 




Dinner Menu Selections:

Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable, and Rice or potato

With one of the following selections:

Boneless Breast of Chicken –

Marsala: Sautéed, with a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce

Filet of Sole –

Normandie: Braised, in Chablis, mushrooms and cream.

Pasta Monégasque –

Penne pasta with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.


On-line registration for this event has closed.



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