NCSA representatives voted November 14, 2021 to support the LA Zoo project alternative 1 and to oppose both the original proposed project and alternative 2. See our public comment here.

UPDATE:

The LA Zoo came back in July with alternative 1.5. You can learn more at lazoo.org/about/visionplaneir/. The deadline has been extendedcomments must be submitted by 5 pm September 23. There will be another public meeting Monday, September 12 at 6 pm. The details are at eng.lacity.org/about-us/divisions/environmental-management/projects/los-angeles-zoo-vision-plan.

And check out what Friends of Griffith Park have to say: friendsofgriffithpark.org/la-zoo-expansion-take-2.

Several representatives of both Friends of Griffith Park and and the LA Zoo joined the advocacy committee for a special meeting to discuss the proposal, and, before we found out about the extension, our representatives voted in support of this statement (recommended by the advocacy committee):

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance voted last week without opposition to request more time for the community to discuss LA Zoo’s expansion project alternative 1.5.

We thank the Mayor’s Office for bringing the NCSA into in this conversation and the LA Zoo for engaging with us so deeply. We also applaud the LA Zoo for working to ensure best practices for animal care and for listening to community feedback and proposing a scaled-down design (alternative 1.5) that prioritizes native plants and habitats in new exhibits and that is more in keeping with the character of Griffith Park than the original proposed project, which we did not support. (We supported alternative 1.)

We support the mission of the zoo, which is:  from the daily care of animals to educating and inspiring communities to leading species-saving efforts in far-off lands, everything we do has a single unifying goal: to help create a better future for wildlife. We recognize that there are inherent tensions between that mission and the preservation of Griffith Park’s existing ecosystem and biodiversity. We hope to find a balance, and  we wonder if there is a way to meet the goals of the zoo and better address the concerns with alternative 1.5 raised by the members of the community (e.g., the impacts of the Condor Canyon and the California Visitor Center). Due to the constraints of the 45-day public review period and limited opportunities for conversation, we do not have time to find out. We think more outreach and dialogue might help, and recommend more expert and stakeholder engagement before settling on an option. 

PREVIOUSLY:

The NCSA supports the LA Zoo project alternative 1 (the Reduced Project Alternative) and oppose both the original proposed project and alternative 2 (the Multi-modal Transportation Alternative) as described in the environmental impact report (EIR) (in Council File 21-0828). While the LA Zoo’s general manager wrote that the vision for the zoo’s “proposed infrastructure and animal facility improvements prioritize animal welfare, conservation, sustainability, operational excellence and being a community resource,” we disagree, and we do think the improvements should prioritize animal welfare, conservation, and sustainability, in addition to biodiversity. Removing native habitat at the scale proposed in the project (21 acres) does not strike us as consistent with the stated vision, and, if given the choice between the proposed project and alternatives 1 and 2, we would much prefer alternative 1, which is identified in the EIR as the "environmentally superior alternative."

Additional sources:
https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/pdf/agenda/letter/LA-Zoo-Vision-Plan-EIR---Griffith-Park-Advisory-Board-comments---8-16-21.pdf
https://friendsofgriffithpark.org/la-zoo-expansion-is-taking-shape/
https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2021-10-20/how-la-zoo-plans-may-impact-california-wildlife-plants
https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0828_misc_10-11-21.pdf (Community Forest Advisory Committee letter)
https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0828_PC_AB_11-12-2021.pdf

NCSA representatives voted November 14, 2021 to support the LA Zoo project alternative 1 and to oppose both the original proposed project and alternative 2. See our public comment here.

 

Updated September 7, 2022