Yaroslavsky Calls For Inquiry Into Mega-Mansion Permits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County supervisor is calling for an inquiry into the permitting process for a proposed mega-mansion that has drawn the ire of residents in wealthy neighborhoods bordering Beverly Hills.

In a letter Thursday to the head of the city planning department, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said it was an “embarrassment” that the property owner’s application to build the 85,000-square-foot compound got as close to approval as it did.

The property owner has since decided to scale back the plans and reduce the mansion’s size by about 30,000 square feet.

The supervisor also questioned the city staff’s decision to initially issue exemptions for the property that he says would have allowed the developer to avoid meaningful environmental review.

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  1. Luvy says:

    Is that what the mansion would look like? Is that the owner?

  2. barkerpatty says:

    HOW MANY FAMILIES WILL LIVE IN THIS HOUSE? IT SHOULD HOUSE AT AT LEAST 50 PEOPLE. WHAT ABOUT THE ENERGY COSTS THAT DRIVE UP THE RATES. THERE SHOULD BE SOME SORT OF SANDARDS FOR THE RICH. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE ONE PERSON LIVING IN A 10,000 SQ. FT. HOME WITH ALL THE UTILITIES GOING. NO CONCERN FOR RECYCLING AND CONSERVING.
    BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER. STOP THE MADNESS.

    1. Borsia Novak says:

      The rich pay their property taxes and utilities just like everyone else. They don’t have any obligation to share their house with others unless they want to, just like you are not required to share yours.

  3. CMolina says:

    Who cares? It’s THEIR money so it’s THEIR business! When is the private sector going to say ENOUGH to all the government meddling?

  4. Brate says:

    It’s not their money and it’s not their business. We live in a thing called a ‘community’ where we are bound to do what’s best for the majority. If you want to build a compound, head out to the country.

    1. Borsia Novak says:

      No; it is their money and their business. America is a free country, or it claims to be.
      If you want to live in a communist country, which is what you are describing, you might want to try N. Korea.
      In America you are allowed to live in a way that suits your liking and your income. We have no obligation to be any more connected to the community than we choose.
      America is also not a majority rules democracy. The freedom of the individual takes priority over the rights of the community so long as it does not interfere with the function of that community, which building a big house doesn’t.

  5. Earner says:

    His money. He earned it, owns it. Its his land. His rights, let him build it!! If its ur land and ur money you should be able to do whatever u want. I dont care if u drive a prius, just dont force ME to. Have a nice day.

  6. James says:

    Seems to be an “issue” amongst the rich elites in Beverly Hills. Just like the numerous private gated communities. This isn’t even really a news story. A real news story would be all of the people living out of their cars in Venice.

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