Los Angeles—Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin issued a tentative ruling in favor of the City which would allow the 48 unit low-income Lorena Plaza project in Boyle Heights to go forward.
"The dearth of affordable housing in Los Angeles is a crisis that puts our economy and the very foundation of our community at risk," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "When well-planned and properly-approved affordable housing projects come under attack, my office will stand up and fight."
In his Statement of Tentative Decision in El Mercado De Los Angeles, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Judge Fruin provided the parties 15 days to propose modifications and proposals in the Statement of Tentative Decision, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure, section 632 and Rule of Court, Rule 3.1590. The Court also ordered the City to file and serve a proposed judgment within 5 court days and is permitting Petitioner to file an alternative proposed judgment. After receiving these documents, the Court will issue a final Statement of Decision and Judgment.
Deputy City Attorneys John Fox, Kathryn Phelan and Len Aslanian handled the litigation for the City along with outside counsel Christi Hogin of Best, Best & Kreiger. Attorney Ed Casey of Alston & Bird represents Real Party in Interest A Community of Friends. Attorney Andrew Brady of DLA Piper and UCLA Law Professor Jonathan Lasloff represents the League of Women Voters and the United Way who filed a joint amicus brief.