Politics can make for strange bedfellows. Consider the endorsement of John Duran in tomorrow’s election for the 3rd District seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors by two of the most outspoken opponents of city plans to redevelop Plummer Park.
Stephanie Harker sent an email to members of the Protect Plummer Park group Sunday asking them to vote for Duran.
“As you know Councilmember Duran originally supported the Plummer Park Master Plan, which included the destruction of 56 old growth trees and the demolition of Great Hall/Long Hall,” their message said.
“Things change though — and sometimes they change for the better. It was John who called off the wrecking ball at the eleventh hour and by doing so, helped save the historic Halls. He then nominated Cathy Blaivas for the East Side Working Group and recently he joined us in a walk-through of the park to discuss options and alternatives for open space. Most importantly he is now willing to re-engage the community and work on compromises for a new plan for Plummer Park.”
Harker said that Duran also said he would support the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance’s request that the city authorize its use of the Great Hall courtyard for a fundraiser.
At a City Council meeting on Jan. 20, Duran asked that the city consider the possibility of moving Great Hall / Long Hall, a WPA-structure on the National Register of Historic Places, rather than tearing it down, as is called for in the Plummer Park redevelopment plan.