The culture of City Hall, which begins with the city’s leadership, is what holds Los Angeles back from being a forward-thinking city that puts smart policies before bureaucratic rules, Austin Beutner said Friday at the American Institute of Architects’ second in a series of conversations with mayoral candidates.
While detailing the city’s governance problems, Beutner told the crowd of urban planners, architects and reporters that he supports the development of Farmers Field, while noting that the process has not been open enough. Last year, Beutner co-chaired Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s blue ribbon commission that analyzed the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s plans to knock down part of the Convention Center and build a professional football stadium.
“Has the process been transparent as far as the city is concerned? I don’t think it’s been transparent enough,” Beutner said, adding that city officials should be doing a better job of discussing community benefits and the stadium’s aesthetic. “Whatever gets eight votes or 15 votes is what gets done in this city.”
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