Hollywood Earthquake Fault: Why Residents Should Care
Parrish tells LA Weekly that Los Angeles is one of the few California cities that still has its own city geologist to advise it on geological and fault issues.
"Because the City recognized the importance of knowing where active faults were, it took the initiative several decades ago and mapped the location where it believed the Hollywood Fault to be, from information current at that time," says Parrish via email.
Gracie Zheng The slight slope on Argyle Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street is called a fault scarp, a result of one side of a fault moving vertically against the other. The construction (right) is Blvd6200.
But now, in what is seen by some as a vote of no confidence in Los Angeles City Hall and the Department of Building and Safety, Parrish is leading a team of geologists who are digging trenches in Hollywood to pinpoint the fault traces.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who represented Hollywood as a City Councilman for many years before becoming mayor, did not make an issue of the Hollywood Fault before backing the Millennium project and Blvd6200.
Garcetti's spokesman, Jeff Millman, queried by the Weekly about Garcetti's voting record, did not directly respond to the paper's question. He instead discussed how City Hall is now trying hard to find out where the Hollywood Fault is:
"While the City has approved the project's design and concept, the City's Department of Building and Safety has directed Millennium to conduct trenching that will be reviewed by the department's geologist. The state is also mapping the area for any active faults. The city will not permit the construction of new buildings on top of active faults."
In another twist, Hollywood resident Abrahams has filed a complaint with the City Ethics Commission against Raymond Chan, interim general manager of the Department of Building and Safety.
The September 6 complaint alleges that Chan violated "conflicts of interest, money laundering and ethics rules" because his son Jeremy Chan "had a business relationship with the law firm of Sheppard Mullin," lobbyist for the Millennium project. Jeremy Chan, a law student at Southwestern Law School in L.A., worked as a paid student intern at Sheppard Mullin from January to May 2013, as confirmed by Jerry Neuman at Sheppard Mullin.
Says Abrahams: "Certainly it's not right for one family member to be working for a firm that's seeking approvals while the father is making a decision on the application."
The ethics complaint also alleges that Jeremy Chan:
... made financial donations of $4,600 to City officials from Sept. 20, 2012 to July 17, 2013 ($2,600 to Wendy Greuel on two occasions, $1,300 to Eric Garcetti on June 6 , and $700 to Cindy Montanez on July 17), according to public records.
Abrahams asked the City Ethics Commission to investigate the sources of Chan's donations and whether his father "induced" them.
Raymond Chan was appointed interim general manager of Building and Safety by Villaraigosa in September of 2009 amidst a lurid controversy: his predecessor Andrew Adelman was forced out after an anonymous city consultant accused him of drugging, kidnapping and raping her.
In the four years since then, Chan has not been elevated to permanent general manager. The Weekly could not reach Chan -- Zamperini says city employees can't comment on allegations involving complaints filed with the Ethics Commission.
Meanwhile, Blvd6200, which will contain more than 500 luxury residential units and extensive retail, already shoots up from the ground between Carlos Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard near Argyle Avenue.
It's "very likely" that the complex will be placed within a state regulated Alquist-Priolo Fault Zone when the state completes its trench-digging and mapping of the Hollywood Fault, says Parrish, and this will set off a mandatory geological investigation of the project.
Next, find out who, of all people, lives alongside the fault: