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Gail Goldberg, L.A.'s Top Planner, Resigns

After four years at the helm of the Los Angeles Planning Department, Gail Goldberg announced her resignation today.

Goldberg came to Los Angeles from San Diego with a vision for high-density development around transit corridors.

But she was quickly accused of using density bonuses to allow developers to overbuild, all in the name of affordable housing. In an L.A. Weekly story in 2008, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called her a "density hawk." When Planning Commission President Jane Usher resigned, she charged that Goldberg had allowed developers to run the show at City Hall.


In a statement today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thanked Goldberg for her service: "Gail's strong leadership helped bring together distinct members of

the planning community and cultivated a department committed to

developing streamlined processes," he said.

Goldberg's last day will be July 16.


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