Weitzer fills in as Julia Duncan leaves Ryu’s planning staff

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

RENÉE WEITZER, right, at the Council District Four 2017 holiday party, returns to City Hall, and Julia Duncan, left, has (literally) moved upstairs to join the staff of the City Planning Dept.

Julia Duncan, Council District Four Senior Planning Deputy — who has worked on several neighborhood issues — left her post Feb. 16 for a position as a project planner in the City Planning Department.

Returning to the team after she retired two years ago, Renée Weitzer has 36 years of experience, many of them in Council District Four.

“Renée Weitzer is a venerable icon in Los Angeles City government. Few people know Council District Four, its places, and its residents better than Renée,” Councilmember Ryu said. “In her new role she will serve as a consultant on various projects in our district. We’re thrilled to welcome her back.”

Retirement isn’t for everyone

Weitzer says she’s happy to be back. After retiring nearly a year ago, she’s found the easy life is not what it’s cracked up to be.

“I’m crazy, I know.”

She gave it a go, though. She moved to Malibu, stretched in Pilates classes, and brought home a much-loved golden doodle two years ago. And, she traveled.
But, “there’s only so much traveling you can do,” she said.

Most surprising, she said, was she missed the constituents.

She is back where she’s happiest, meeting with the councilmember’s constituents, talking to developers and working on a few select projects.

These include CBS Television City — it’s on the market — and two projects in Hollywood: a proposed hotel at the Yamashiro site and the mixed-use project, 7500 Sunset.

Her contract through July can be extended, which is likely because the projects are in the early planning stages. She’s hopeful.

Meanwhile, Council District Four is seeking applicants to fill planning roles within the Council Office. Interested applicants for junior or senior planning roles can email Policy Director Nick Greif at nicholas.greif@lacity.org.

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