Meetings are the first Thursday of the month
Los Angeles – January 15, 2015 – Freeport McMoRan has withdrawn their application to drill a new well and redrill two existing wells at their current facility on Jefferson Blvd, west of USC, in part due to the efforts of the North Area Neighborhood Development Council (NANDC). NANDC provided a forum for community concerns on drilling at its meetings and rallied the community to attend public hearings on the subject in January and November of 2014. At a November hearing held by the Zoning Administration there was sufficient public concern to trigger an extension of the public comment period.
The LAPD is taking a survey and wants your opinion on how Body-Worn Cameras should be used. Please complete their survey by January 16, 2015. The types of questions they are asking are:
- When should officers turn the camera on and under what circumstances should they turn them off?
- Are there instances or locations where you believe recordings should not take Place?
- How should the LAPD protect the privacy of those individuals who are recorded on video?
- Do you believe officers should be able to view the video prior to writing the necessary reports?
- Do you believe that Department supervisors should regularly review the video captured to ascertain opportunities for improved training?
- Any other comments you would like to provide and questions you believe the Police Commission should ask the LAPD as the development of the policy is reviewed.
NANDC was instrumental in shining a light on issues surrounding the Freeport McMoRan Drilling Proposal. With NANDC joining in the outreach effort and several board members attending the meeting, attendees voiced their concern about the effects of chemicals, while Freeport McMoRan insisted the drilling was the same thing they have been doing since 1965. A public hearing on this subject in January attracted the attention of City Council President Herb Wesson, State Senator Holly Mitchell, and Congresswoman Karen Bass. With the large outcry of concern regarding potential toxic chemicals, the hearing caused a delay in a decision on the drilling proposal. Associate zoning administrator May Zaitzevsky said she would accept information and public comment on the proposal until early January.
Concerned residents may send their comments to be received by January 5 to JoJo Pewsawang, (213) 978-1214, JoJo.Pewsawang@lacity.org.
Read the KPCC Article prior to this November hearing.
Read the KPCC Article about a hearing for this project, January 2014