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June 5, 2015: What happened at the May 12, 2015 FMOG Zoning Administrator Hearing?

Read the Neighborhood News Interview with Jefferson Park resident Steven Peckman…

Leslie Shaw Park refurbishment beginning thanks to Council President Wesson

Leslie Shaw Park refurbishment beginning

The fencing has gone up yesterday to begin the refurbishment of Leslie Shaw Park.

The park was last refurbished in 1994. In November of 2012, Sandra Pruitt organized a community meeting (announced to members of this Jefferson Park United mailing list) to discuss refurbishing the park, with Mike Shull and Dana Valdez of the Department of Recreation and Parks to listen to the community and to give us their expert advice. Two further meetings were held (announced here and here)  to refine community priorities.

On July 28, 2014 (meeting minutes), Sandra Pruitt organized a committee to begin fund-raising for the park refurbishment.  Sandra Pruitt and Norman Gilmore worked to put together the story of the park at and organize a fund-raising campaign, with the Los Angeles Parks Foundation acting as a fiscal sponsor.

So we were very surprised and relieved when it was announced only a week later at the September 4, 2014 UNNC Governing Board meeting that Council President Wesson had secured one-million dolars in state funds for the refurbishment of the park.

I think it's important to know that our neighborhood became eligible for these state incentive funds because of the new Jefferson Square and Jefferson Park Terrace apartment buildings, which added about 100 units of permanently affordable income qualified housing in our neighborhood. 

Both of these buildings received extensive design review by United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council which I believe greatly enhanced the final versions of these new buildings. The fact that this new housing also helped us qualify for park refurbishment funds is a tremendous bonus.

Please visit the Leslie Shaw Park website to see some historical park photos and learn about the park's namesake.

June 4, 2015: UNNC Oil Meeting

WHEN:          Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7pm.

WHERE:        CD10 Field Office (1819 S. Western Enter on S. Manhattan Place, just one block west of Western Avenue.)

WHY:            NEW INFORMATION - Ask UNNC to change its position to now oppose any installation of a CEB 800 gas burner

May 12, 2015: Oil Hearing Report

GREAT NEWS: The Hearing file will stay open until August 14 which allows us to send comments to the Zoning Administrator (ZA) until that date.  Send your comments!!!!  


New information revealed by FMOG during the Hearing resulted in the following research:

May 11, 2015: UNNC Supports Community on Murphy Oil Site

The UNNC supported the community and submitted a letter to the Zoning Administrator regarding placing the proposed gas burner in the existing work facility.  The letter will be presented to the ZA during the Planning Hearing on May 12, 2015.

OIL Hearing May 12, 2015 (rev 150509)

May 12, 2015 HEARING on Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas (FMOG) request to install a gas burner in the park at 27th and St. Andrews and receive an exemption from environmental review.  Please attend and participate.  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

9/19/14: Community Responds to FMOG Application: Conditions & Mitigations

The UNNC developed a list of recommendations called Conditions & Mitigations regarding the Murphy Oil site at Gramercy and Adams in response to the recent application by FMOG to expand the operations to the park-like setting at 27th Street & St.

FMOG submits Request to put Burner into “Park” on 27th St.

Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas (FMOG) submitted a request (Plan Approval) to LA City Planning to expand the natural gas operations (installation of a CEB 800 gas burner) into the landscaped hillside adjacent to 27th Street below the designated work area of the oil drill site on Adams and directly next to the St. Andrews Apartments in Jefferson Park.

Oil: Outcome of June 3, 2014 Hearing

Today LA City Council President Herb Wesson announced during the June 3, 2014 meeting of the South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission that he had brokered an agreement regarding two appeals about the LA City Planning Dept., approval that allows the oil company, Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas (FMOG), to expand its operations of the Murphy oil site (Adams and Gramercy) into the enclosed "park" at 27th and St. Andrews south of the controlled drill site.

[NEW DATE] Hearing Notice: June 3, 2014, Expansion of Murphy Oil Site

Update about the May 20 S. LA Planning Commission Hearing and NEW DATE (JUNE 3, 2014) to hear the appeals of the LA City Planning Dept., approval that allows the oil company (FMOG) to expand its operations of the Murphy oil site (Adams and Gramercy next to St. Andrews Apts) into the enclosed "park" at 27th and St. Andrews south of the controlled drill site.  



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