The Padilla Problem
Just received this e-mail -- i've hidden the names for privacy reasons.
We need some major community support on Monday at
the Braude Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., @ Sylvan
St., 2:30 p.m to block this. Several years ago, the staff of the
Councilmember was asleep at the wheel and let this slum
project go through without getting the community involved.
The Applicant leases property from MTA, 46,400 sq. feet at
12 cents per sq. foot. According to Real Estate Professional
X. xxx xxx, nearby industrial properties lease for
up to $1.25 per sq. foot. This applicant re-leases a majority
of his property for close to 90 cents per sq. foot.
Besides MTA not collecting fair market value for it's property,
the applicant makes a killing, plus he doesn't offer legal
amenities such as water, power and other utilities. In case
you don't know what I am referring, look at the photos in
the attachment. Radtke Construction is a "poster child" for
committing Urban and Visual Blight at the corner of S.F.
Road and Bledsoe. Travel down little San Fernando Road
and see the trash and debris and abandoned vehicles. This
is also a prime location for prostitutes serving adjacent workers.
Of course the businesses that lease from Radtke don't pay taxes
or business licenses, and cheat the commerical real estate owners.
Now, again the Council office has failed to notify the community.
Besides not employing competient staff to watch over this type
of neighborhood blight, the Councilmember is too busy running
for State Senate. The attached planning department document
was created on Thursday, June 30, plenty of time for the Council
office to let the community know and be prepared.
If we don't win on the Zoning, at least we can get MTA to charge
the real fair market value to Radtke that Radtke Construction
charges (12¢ versus 90¢) to it's tenants.