09 Feb 2008
In May, City of L.A. Councilmember Wendy Greuel learned that then Sacramento Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes had introduced a bill, AB 212, which would have directly benefited MWH Development and Snowball West Investments.
The bill, created at the behest of Mark Handel/MWH Development, would have violated the City’s “home rule” and inserted State authority over local land use matters. AB212 would have forced the City of LA to grant a zoning change within the parameters set by a current zoning law, even if that law was not in compliance with the City’s general plan.
Greuel launched a vigorous lobbying effort on behalf of the City and Fuentes was forced to withdraw the bill before it went to a vote. This episode raised further questions in the minds of community members as to the credibility of the developer and property owner.