BEER & POLITICS DEBATES SECOND+PCH PROJECT TUESDAYBy Dave Wielenga
The latest pivot point in the development of Long Beach—the proposed replacement of the tired, old SeaPort Marina Hotel with the high-rise Second+PCH hotel, residential and retail complex—will be the next topic of debate at Beer & Politics.
Developers Cliff Ratkovich and David Malmuth, who are requesting a slew of exceptions to zoning law and traffic restrictions to construct what they are calling an eastside gateway to the city, will push the advantages of the project.
Elizabeth Lambe, executive director of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (LCWLT), and Heather Altman, an environmental specialist and east Long Beach resident, will be enunciating the concerns of skeptics.
Judging by the length of Altman’s written response to the Second+PCH draft environmental impact report—a 29-page treatise—that’s a lot of enunciating. But she says she could have written more. “Finding flaws with this (DEIR) document was like shooting fish in a barrel,” Altman writes on her blog, EgretsNotRegrets.com—which, may we point out, doesn’t sound very environmental.
The final member of the Beer & Politics panel will be Gary DeLong, the third district councilmember who will ultimately cast a vote on the Second + PCH project.
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