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

This event has been cancelled.  



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


This event has been cancelled.  
Current registrants will receive emails, and refunds via the PayPal system, both within the next couple of days.


APA CA Logo - Los Angeles Chapter

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 rjfazio@mac.com.




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

Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – March 2013

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


 Streetcar Rendering - http://www.streetcar.la/



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.


2013Mar - A1 Room

2013Mar - A2 Room


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.


 2013Mar - B2 Tables

 2013Mar - B1 Tables


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.


2013Mar - C1 BFazio

2013Mar - C1 CSchatz

 2103-03-19-Streetcar PP TitlePg

2103-03-19-Streetcar PP CFDetc

 2103-03-19-Streetcar PP EconGrowth

2013Mar - C3 CSchatz


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.


2013Mar - D1 STangri

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: www.lastreetcar.la.