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Still Imaginary Piero II Could Set Affordable Housing Precedent

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The Downtown News reports today that the California Supreme Court shot down LA's petition to review an appeal the city lost to developer Geoff Palmer this summer. The Tuscany-lover didn't want to include the mandatory 15% affordable units in his Piero II and won a lawsuit against the city in 2007 and an appeal in July. Now the Supreme Court's refusal to consider the matter could end up making the appeal a precedent-setter, meaning hard roads for California cities that want to set affordable housing mandates. And specifically bad news for Mayor Villaraigosa's affordable housing plan, which was supposed to be drafted right around now (and maybe still is). Funny that Piero II could be such a game-changer--it's still a dirt lot. The paper reported last month the project is on hold.
· Court Refuses to Review Low-Income Housing Ruling [DN]
· No Affordable Housing at Downtown's Piero II [Curbed LA]