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want to fight l.a. city hall? it could get a lot more expensive

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want to fight l.a. city hall? it could get a lot more expensive

in los angeles, you can fight city hall — for a price.neighborhood activists, tenant advocates and others alarmed by city decisions about proposed developments can lodge appeals with the planning department for an $89fee.now city leaders are weighing whether to increase that price: city planners initially suggested tripling the fee to $271.budget officials recommended hiking it to $13,538— an amount they say would completely recover city costs. then city staffers offered up a range of options in between.financial analysts say higher fees would help the planning department cover the true cost of processing those appeals, freeing up money for other needed services. beyond city hall, some development advocatesargue a hike is needed to discourage frivolous appeals.but the idea spurred an outcry from neighborhood activists, who argued a higher fee would silence ordinary angelenos fighting improper decisions.the fee increase is“an attempt to prevent residents who are low income, those who can’t afford to spend $13,000, or $6,000 or even $600 on an appeal from being heard by their democratically elected government,” said damien goodmon, an activist who has battled the city over south l.a. projects that include a 30-story complex known as cumulus.the furor over the fees reflects a persistent tension for a massive city still under financial pressure: when should people have to pay their way for city services — and when should the city foot the bill?l.a. has been reexaminin...