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J. William Gibson

Buying Time at Playa Vista

A proposal to set aside half of the Playa Vista property for wetlands is a mixed victory for environmentalists and a shrewd connivance by developers desperate to stay in business. In the deal, announced last week with great fanfare, Playa Capital would hand over land west of Lincoln Boulevard, acreage......

Hold It Right There!

Photo by Anne Fishbein The stunning pullout this month by DreamWorks from the just-begun Playa Vista development has shaken the financial foundations of the proposed 1,087-acre complex near Marina del Rey. With the departure of DreamWorks, Playa Vista instantly lost the benefit of $35 million in city tax credits tied......

Playa Vista To Spend Summer in Court

Photo by Debra DiPaoloMarina del Rey’s Marriott Hotel was jammed last week as hundreds of Westsiders came to hear about the massive Playa Vista development. The crowd fell silent watching documentary footage of the great blue herons, pelicans and foxes that live in the Ballona Wetlands and surrounding open space......

Brinksmanship at Ballona Creek

Tuesday saw a sharp escalation in the 5-year fight between developers seeking to build the largest mixed-use development in Los Angeles history, and the environmentalists seeking to block it. Eleven days after Los Angeles federal District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew ordered a halt to construction, executives at Playa Capital Co......
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