CD5 Coalition Hit Piece Analysis #9: Creed Puppet Menu Piece

http://ethics.lacity.org/PDF/disclosure/Comm/Cmp/64802_J%26Z-Creed1706_Developers-REV.2.pdf

Methodology

We reviewed this piece based on the claims made in the piece.  Specifically that the assertions relate to Koretz’ re-election.

The piece refers to a Creed website that explicitly states that the numbers referenced are for “this election cycle.”

Claim

Data

Conclusion

The Creed campaign states that this refers to the Casden Project at Pico/Sepulveda.

There is no evidence of contributions to the Koretz campaign in this election cycle.

The Creed campaign states that this refers to the 333 La Cienega Project also known as “The Caruso Project.”

There were two assertions here.

  1. Contributions: There is no evidence of contributions to the Koretz campaign in this election cycle.
  2. Emergency vehicles: As for the assertion that the project would “block access” to Cedars-Sinai, the campaign responded to our request for back-up by saying “The additional cars on the road of residents and shoppers visiting this location, will increase the immediate traffic in the area and make streets more congested. This will directly make it more difficult for Emergency Vehicles to pass by this location, enroute to Cedar Sinai.”  There is a big difference between “blocking” access for emergency vehicles as the piece states and “making it more difficult” for emergency vehicles.

    What is certainly true is that increased congestion contributes to degraded response times.The project is served by Station 61.

The Creed campaign states that this refers to the Century City Center JMB Project.

The project is a 37-story office tower of approximately 800,000 square feet.  The project’s future is in doubt.  The developer may sell the project which would include entitlements to the larger, original project of two 47-story towers with 483 luxury condos and a 12-story loft.  The original project was 1,400,000 square feet.

$700 in contributions from JMB (as AP Properties) was found.

The Creed campaign states that this refers to two mansions owned by Arman Gabay of M & A Gabaee, including one at 360 N. Stone Canyon Road.

There are two assertions here:

  1. Contributions: There is no evidence of contributions to the Koretz campaign in this election cycle.
  2. That a court found Koretz’ favor illegal:  The court did not find that Koretz’ favor was illegal.  It did find that the “Los Angeles City Council relied on improper evidence to grant a 50-foot height variance.”  The court ordered the council to “excise” the evidence from its findings and clarify the findings, which it did.

Note

The Creed campaign asked us to publish data relating to contributions to others who work in Koretz’ office as well as contributions made to Koretz in past election cycles including some over a decade old.  As that data is irrelevant to the claims made in the mail piece, we leave it to the Creed campaign to publish that data.

We will provide links to contributions made during this election cycle for Creed and Koretz.

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