Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
– Albert Einstein

Progress

December 2012 FHCP Community Board Members review EIR proposals

Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Community Board Members review EIR proposals and interviews 4 EIR firms.

November 2012 FHCP releases a Request for Proposals (RFP)

Friends of the Hollywood Central Park releases a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the preparation of CEQA/NEPA documentation and environmental studies.  

August 2012 Aileen Getty Foundation

The Aileen Getty Foundation donates $1.2 million to fund the Environmental Impact Report.

March 2012 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood creates special committee

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood creates special committee within DOT to help plan Hollywood Central Park next steps.

January 2012 January 2012

The California Supreme Court ruling leaves many issues to be resolved, including the Park’s EIR funding.  FHCP Board members are working with Council Member Garcetti and the Bureau of Engineering to resolve.  Planning is underway for the FHCP 2012 DC Advocacy trip.  Meetings have been scheduled with the Administration, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Congressman Adam Schiff and others.  Contact Alfredo Hernandez at alfredo.hernandez@hfcp.org if you are interested in participating.

December 2011 Environmental Impact Report – CEQA/NEPA

On December 15, 2011 the CRA/LA Board of Commissioners approved $2 million dollars to initiate the Park’s EIR.  The City Council approved the expenditure on December 16 and it was signed by the Mayor.  However, on December 29th, the California Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s right to abolish redevelopment agencies, effective February 1, 2012 (California Redevelopment Agencies, et al v. Ana Matosantos).  Click here to read the Court’s opinion.

March 2011 Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip

A FHCP delegation, numbering 16, traveled to DC at their own expense, to advocate on behalf of the park. The delegation spent three days of intensive meetings with members of the House and Senate, Department of Transportation and City Parks Alliance which yielded excellent results.

June 2010 USC School of Architecture, Master Landscape Studio

Under the direction of Professor Gerdo Aquino, 20 gifted master students studied and re-created the park for their term project.  The results were imaginative and well received by the Hollywood community.  Many of their ideas will be incorporated into the soon to be designed Park.

March 2010 Beacon Economics

In anticipation of an essential advocacy trip to Washington D.C., FHCP commissioned Beacon Economics, a leader in the field of economic forecasting, to conduct a study of the park’s return on investment.

February 2010 First Appropriations Request

Working with Congress Member Xavier Becerra, FHCP submitted an appropriations request for FY 2011.  Although the request moved out of the Transpiration Sub Committee, it did not make it to Appropriations.  FHCP intends to submit another appropriations request for FY 2013.

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