The Planning Commission in June permitted Sixty Hotel to continue rooftop operations into the wee-morning even though residents near the hotel at Wilshire and Crescent voiced concern about noise from the rooftop bar and dining. And commissioners agreed to allow the hotel to continue operating without any new restrictions. Arguably commissioners tried to balance the interests of the city, the hotel and the residents in good faith. Yet it left neighbors feeling unheard and unhappy. What can we learn from the Sixty Hotel hearings?
If you expected to stream online the Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission meeting today at 6 pm you might have been surprised to see a different meeting was broadcast. Once that meeting ended, the streaming feed picked up an old city meeting. If you called the listen-only phone line (888-468-1195) to listen in — as indicated on the agenda — you also heard the audio from those meetings. After 7pm we called the comment line to find out when the meeting would begin. Turns out it HAD started at 6 pm. “You have to scroll down to see it,” we were told, but we’ve never had to scroll down to see a meeting streamed live. As for the listen-only phone line, staff seemed surprised the RSO meeting audio was not provided. “I’ll let them know.” OK then! More time wasted on this commission….Read more