The owner of the Hollywood Palladium is seeking a court order stopping the City of Los Angeles from imposing conditions on the use of the concert hall that it claims will drive it out of business.
In a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Palladium Investors Ltd. said the operator of the Palladium will stop using the hall –“at great financial loss to petitioner”– unless the court overturns restrictions that include a limit on the hours it can remain open, limitations on parking, and an “illegal” requirement that the owner must pay for any police services in connection with Palladium events.
The petition says that the Palladium operator and owner cooperated with authorities as required by city law in devising security plans and addressing police concerns. A security consultant was hired to come up with a security plan , new fencing and lighting was put in, and rap and heavy metal concerts were no longer booked.
Despite that, the Los Angeles Police Dept. last August, “in spite of the extensive and diligent efforts” of the owner, asked the city’s zoning administrator to revoke the Palladium’s “deemed to be approved” status for concerts, the petition said.
The administrator’s rulings imposing conditions on the Palladium were mostly upheld by the City Council on Feb. 9.
The conditions “will force the Palladium to be demolished or otherwise to be switched away from its use as an entertainment venue,” the petition said.
The suit also noted that the Palladium is in a high-crime area but that other businesses there are not targeted by police in the same way.