In this week's cover story, “Community Watchdog Cary Brazeman Fights Villaraigosa's Crusade to Allow Development Everywhere: L.A.'s postwar zoning code on the chopping block,” writer Steven Leigh Morris interviews Cary Brazeman, the former CB Richard Ellis exec turned community activist whose unincorporated watchdog group, L.A. Neighbors United, is trying to unmask what he claims are the the Planning Department's clandestine efforts to gut the Zoning Code, allowing for ever larger condos and commercial property everywhere in the city. L.A. Neighbors United has now filed two lawsuits against the city for its recently passed on pending ordinances violating the California Environmental Quality Act. The first two videos are of Brazeman in Peet's coffee shop in West Hollywood.

The third video is of Deputy Planning Director Alan Bell, in his City Hall office, explaining that what Brazeman asserts “just isn't so,” and that the Planning Department is out to protect individual communities. Watch the videos after the jump…

Cary Brazeman

Deputy Planning Director Alan Bell

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