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Now that Mayor Villaraigosa has selected Michael LoGrande to become director of planning, we've asked activists from around the city to give LoGrande advice: How should he approach the job?

Here's the response of Neil Anderberg, Palms Neighborhood Council.

Next: Denny Schneider, longtime Westchester and LAX community activist.

Schneider has a novel idea: Look to history and learn from mistakes.

There's one thing that I doubt has happened from time immemorial: Going back and taking a look at projects that were approved. How well planned were they, in terms of their impact on the surrounding community? How effective was the mitigation? Although money — and, by extension, paid staff time — is short, it is important to look at history so that we improve our planning.