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LaBonge Can't Sleep; Galanter on Development

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If you missed Tom LaBonge talking with Patt Morrison on KPCC Tuesday, you missed hearing the charismatic council member for Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, and North Hollywood say that he sleeps with his lights on.

The subject of their chat was the latest DWP rate hike. When asked whether he thought the DWP should use a carrot-and-stick strategy to compel energy conservation, LaBonge went off on one of his signature tangents:

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We should turn our lights – dim our lights. I know, in my own home, I keep my lights on all night because of the challenges we sometimes have – the perception, or the fear of, any type of crime that would occur.

He didn't say anything else about crime in the interview.

Here's another city council tidbit: Former city council member Ruth Galanter, who long represented the Westside before redistricting moved her district to the Valley, weighed in this morning on the development debate via the Daily News. The gist:

Of course developers are going to propose projects that make money. That's how they stay in business. If they don't stay in business, we won't have any more housing for those who need it, including our children. Responsible officials and responsible members of our community need to make sure that what we allow developers to build will best meet community needs. But on this issue, "just say no [to all development]" is not a responsible answer.

Galanter has been involved in development issues at least since the mid-70s, when she fought to save two Victorian houses in Santa Monica from getting flattened for a six-story condo project. The houses were ultimately moved to the city's Ocean Park neighborhood as part of Santa Monica's Heritage Square.
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