The lawsuit was filed in LA Superior Court by the Federation ofHillside and Canyon Associations and the Coalition Against thePipeline. The suit claims the proposed projects will worsen trafficgridlock if the city doesn't get millions of dollars in state andfederal transportation funds to improve local roads, and thatmillions more in grants will be needed to expand the sewer systemand ensure a dependable source of water.

The lawsuit essentially attacks the so-called Citywide GeneralPlan Framework, which the City Council approved Aug. 8 to guidefuture development. The homeowner groups are asking the court tostop all projects covered by the framework, including the giantmixed-use development that a team led by billionaires PhilipAnschutz and Rupert Murdoch wants to build around Downtown'sStaples Center.

If a Superior Court judge sides with the homeowners, thedecision could also halt construction at the 1,087-acre Playa Vistamixed-use project on the Westside—the largest infill development inLA's history.

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