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Saturday, October 30, 2004

CRA Tricks and Treats

Well it's the weekend and while most of you are getting ready to take the kiddies trick or treating or pondering your Presidential picks, we here at Mayor Sam's Sister City want to take a look at the treats given out by our Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.

As City Controller Laura Chick sends details of a CRA audit to the LA County Grand Jury, we have smaller fish to fry.

We asked for details on contracts at the Community Redevelopment Agency. We got one little tidbit so far - apparentely the CRA is leasing for $1 a year a former LANI transit park and an 80 spot parking lot in North Hollywood to something called the "Regional Arts Council" (which at one point alledegly had something to do with the wasteful and useless Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs but which our sources tell us later spun off and away from CA. In turn, this "non-profit" is sub-leasing them to a restaurant and a parking operation respectively. Anyone know more about these kind of arrangments and why wouldn't the CRA just lease this property directly to the businesses using them - or better yet sell them at fair market value to the concerns involved. Either way, recouping the value of the property back to the agency. If there are a lot of deals like this, isn't the agency losing money it could be earning to pay off it's massive debt? If any of you have thoughts or information on this, please feel free to pass it on.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Question of the Day?

Did the issue of Chris Hammond, developer, receiving almost all of the CRA money available to the City, at the Mayor's urging for this ONE project, while bouncing checks all over the place, having constant well known and public financial problems and his WIFE having a prominent position in dealing with issues CRA funds and CRA write offs.....come up. Where was the due diligence and the Mayor's concern for well needed CRA funded projects throughout the ENTRIRE CITY? If not why not?

November 01, 2004 9:39 AM  

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