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Thursday, May 31, 2007



Initiated by: Your Shady Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

I checked the lacity website today to research this file number a little more, and it was removed from the website. So I contacted the City Clerk's office and the item has been referred back to the Housing and Economic Committee. So it's not a vote on Friday, looks like they are drafting the ordinance in Committee; then hopefully, it will have to be sent back to be amended; then put before Council; then have to be continued; then sent back to committee for revision/amendments; then put before a vote of Council -- we can only hope.

Otherwise, look for a magic bullet train from San Francisco to San Diego; or LA to Las Vegas, coming to the home or business in YOUR CRA area, soon. Cause the rich real estate investors who are moving out of Los Angeles and into Las Vegas need a fast and easy way to commute back to LA for their business meetings and to visit the properties they own in LA.

But not everyone is a rich property developer who moved to Vegas (I'm told Asian's especially love leaving LA and moving to LV.) So to all the everyday, average types and flat out low income earners, who can now travel to Vegas more conventionally: Now you can hop the train to Vegas after work on Friday, lose all your money and return to LA with even more financial problems before bedtime. So sounds like it's a win-win for everybody!


AND, I heard the San Diego Association of Government (SD SCAG) feels the SF to SD bullet train doesn't go far enough, and they want it to extend right into Mexico. So you can travel back and forth from Mexico to anywhere else in California on the train. (I think that's a good idea, because no immediate concerns national safety comes to mind.)

The SF to SD magic bullet train still has to be put to a vote of the people. The Vegas train people are saying can be built in 2-3 years once they press the start button, cause they will have crews in Vegas and L.A. working simultaneously.

When concerns of Eminent Domain taking people's home for the magic train, that will get you to SF or SD much faster (if that's a priority for you) was brought up to FLY LA project presenters, we were told, "It's not the kind of train that is going to run through neighborhoods. But industry, yes. So we will have to claim eminent domain in business areas. It is not our goal to take your homes."

Great, so you won't lose your home, you'll only lose your job, or business. And of course some homes would have to go as well, too. Just not the "goal".

So I hope they hurry up and draft that Eminent Domain ordinance and vote it in...Because I do not feel this is a good time for the City and State to be focusing on basics. The City is in pretty good shape. I think the time is now to spend billions and billions and billions and billions on multiple magic bullet train projects for the rich to turn the whole region into a daily suburban commute. We can call it Los Vegas, North Mexico. (And forget SCAG, we need a new one from SF to SD, and LA to LV.) That's gonna be the new region for daily commute of rich business people and degenerate gamblers. Better use that Eminent Domain and build some casinos here in LA, so people don't abandon the City entirely. Oh yeah, you're trying. Thanks! Herb Wesson for Mayor. He never met a casino vote he didn't like. (Check the record y'all!)

ZUMA DOGG FOR MAYOR OF LOS VEGAS, NORTH MEXICO! The first thing I'll do is speed up the Eminent Domain process so we can start clearing out the homes and businesses so we can start building all these competing rail projects that have to fight for the rail space, and there is plenty of money to fund all of these projects at the same time. CONSTRUCTION INTERESTS...START YOUR EQUIPMENT ENGINES!!!

contact: zumadogg@gmail.com


Anonymous Anonymous said:

(I'm told Asian's especially love leaving LA and moving to LV.)

What a dumbass.

May 31, 2007 12:48 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

If you check the demos, is that NOT a trend? If my source is inaccurate, I want to remove it.

May 31, 2007 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who needs to go to Vegas when we have Vegas as close as your Indian Casinos in our home state of California what a bunch of bigots

May 31, 2007 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cause the indian casino's dont have what Las vegas has.

May 31, 2007 2:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blessings of diversity: a tightly-knit group of politically-motivated immigrants, with a long tradition of caste politics and, ahem, bribery, meets a bunch of standard-issue American political hacks with a view to rent-seeking. Note the attempt to weld all "Asians" together into a political weapon - pointed at the American majority. And also that Governor Guinn is a . . . Republican.

Nevada Governor Promises More Asian-American Appointments, India-West, December 24, 1999.

I'snt this a trend

May 31, 2007 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's elect Smelly Numb Nuts Mayor of Las Vegas, Mexico or anywhere else we can send the timewaster.

All of us are as dumb as he is for reading and responding to his nonsense.

May 31, 2007 2:09 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Asians lead minority shift into Vegas suburbs. Reno Gazette-Journal 7C 7/23/01

Asians lead minority shift into suburbs. Las Vegas Sun 1D 7/22/01

source: zuma's bat computer

May 31, 2007 2:30 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

But the story is about eminent domain and these high speed rail projects that will suck billions of dollars and conflict with each other.

May 31, 2007 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when does someone have to stay on topic?

Is this the Zuma Dogg of public comment talking, who cannot ever stay on topic, but rants and raves about whatever passes through the maze that sends the signals to the mouth?

Go take a shower, get some deoderant, clean out the van, shave, get a haircut, wash your clothes and make yourself presentable.

Then maybe we'll listen to some more of your nonsense.

Just maybe.

May 31, 2007 3:52 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


What do you mean I don't stay on topic during public comment?

Garcetti and City Attorney monitor every word and try and call me off topic.

I got a hair cut. It's great. Aks Council The other stuff, I'm trying...but when I get a $20, or whatever, I don't like to spend it on those things. I gotta do laundry and get new shoes though.

If I make it to Van Nuys, manana, I guess we'll find out!

But I'm not gonna stop appearing on TV, blogging and calling radio just cause I need to shave, shower and get new clothes. You don't smell that stuff on those mefiums. Sorry. But I really wanna try and be fresh and clean. It's not like I'm playing it up for the act.

Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre and my other West Coast colleagues are so fresh and so clean...I would love to walk around in super-fly threads...hopefully, someday very soon.

But the main thing is I don't go off topic on public comment. I would like to, but they are listening, just waiting...check the youtubes...

May 31, 2007 4:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Having lived on the streets for two years I think Zumma Dogg should be commended. He is of clear thought; who cared how Plato or Dr.Salk smelled? Could you, or anyone else, survive as well as he as has ? I think not.

May 31, 2007 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lincoln Heights
Articles from Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal


Los Angeles Times

December 22, 2003
New Housing Use for Lincoln Heights Building
The 78-year-old warehouse, bought for $4.4 million, will be converted into condominiums.

Author: Roger Vincent; Times Staff Writer
Business Desk

Edition: Home Edition
Section: Business
Page: C-2
A former paint warehouse in the Lincoln Heights district of Los Angeles is about to get a $20-million makeover. And not just new paint.

Next year, the 78-year-old W.P. Fuller Paint Co. building will be converted into condominiums as the trend of transforming obsolete or aging commercial buildings into housing moves beyond downtown.

The four-story building, near the Los Angeles River, will be turned into 105 units that developer Ryan Lehman described as "workforce housing" intended for people with moderate incomes. Most units probably will be priced in the low to mid-$200,000 range, he said, and 79 of them will be reserved for buyers who qualify for city and state housing subsidies.

Lehman's nonprofit Los Angeles development firm, Livable Places Inc., bought the building at 238 N. San Fernando Road for $4.4 million from Vin Sanh Properties. Vin Sanh is an importer of Southeast Asian food products that has been using the building as a warehouse but wants to move to a more modern facility, said Allan Maxwell of GVA Daum, a real estate brokerage that represented both parties in the transaction.

The 131,000-square-foot property was never officially on the market, Maxwell said. Developers made an offer on the building after the city expanded its "adaptive reuse" ordinance this year to include older neighborhoods such as Lincoln Heights, Mid-Wilshire and Hollywood. The ordinance was created in 1999 to streamline the conversion of older, vacant commercial buildings into residential units by relaxing building requirements. The ordinance is credited with reviving the residential movement downtown.

The makeover of the Fuller building will include cutting a light well in the middle from the roof to the basement, said Santa Monica architect Larry Scarpa of Pugh & Scarpa. His design calls for adding a fifth story with 15 units plus an additional 16 units and a 150-stall parking structure that will be built adjacent to the existing building.

There also will be 11,000 square feet of office space and a cafe. The ornamental concrete facade on San Fernando Road will be preserved and the lobby will be restored.

Scarpa, who is a board member of Livable Places, said the developer, which specializes in creating affordable housing near transportation hubs, sees great potential in Lincoln Heights.

Downtown Los Angeles, where 16 aging commercial buildings are currently being converted to 1,800 units of housing, may be saturated with residential development for the time being, he said. Several more downtown projects have been completed, approved or proposed.

Fuller Lofts, as the property will be known, is about a 10-minute walk from a Gold Line rail stop at Avenue 26, Lehman said.

Livable Places also is a partner in a proposed 151-unit condominium and retail project adjacent to that station on a 7-acre site formerly occupied by Bassett Furniture Co.

Construction on Fuller Lofts is slated to begin in July and be completed by September 2005.

Copyright 2003 Los Angeles Times
Record Number: 000082488


February 9, 2004

Los Angeles Business Journal
$75 Million Mixed-Use Project Slated for Lincoln Heights
by Danny King

AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc., which completed two apartment projects in or near downtown Los Angeles last year, bought the old Bassett Furniture Manufacturing plant in Lincoln Heights and will redevelop the 6.7-acre site into a $75 million mixed-use project that will include nearly 400 residential units.

AMCAL paid $7.3 million for the property at 306-360 W. Avenue 26, just east of the intersection of the Harbor (110) and Golden State (5) freeways. The property includes 190,000 square feet of buildings completed between 1919 and 1978.

The five buildings will be razed for a 121-unit affordable apartment complex and a 101-unit senior housing complex, as well as 165 condominiums and 10,000 square feet of retail, said Percy Vaz, president at Westlake Village-based AMCAL. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2006.

Vaz said the market-rate condos would be sold from the high $100,000s to the high $200,000s.

As for the retail space, “We’re thinking of a Kinko’s-type retailer and a coffee shop,” said Vaz, who added that property grading would begin later this month.

AMCAL finished work on the 101-unit Castellar Apartments on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Chinatown in October and completed a 49-unit complex at Figueroa and 78th streets in December.

Lee & Associates’ Mike Smith and Jim Kinetz represented AMCAL while Lee’s Matthew Artukovich and David Brandt represented the seller, E.B. Malone Co.

May 31, 2007 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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May 31, 2007 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Condo conversions create council quandary Los Angeles Business ... Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs the city council's Planning and Land Use ... be converted to condos or be razed to make way for a new condo development. ...

May 31, 2007 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Alger created a plan whereby he would tell Neighborhood Councils to buy equipment from Do-It-Center if a % of the profits went to No 2 Home Depot. If any money was left over, it would go to the Congress of Neighborhood Councils.

Proof is on this video about 11 minutes in.

This has implications for the Congress of Neighborhood Councils, No 2 Home Depot, Jim Alger, and Joe Barett. Something is really wrong with this picture and the City should launch an investigation.

Mayor Sam or Zuma Dogg, why don't you feature this video and the controversy on a new thread?

May 31, 2007 8:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Greuel might be able to get away with it, but not NC. I can't make it through the video, but I'll just assume you got it wrong, cause that's the stupidist thing I've ever heard.

Scroll forward to 11 minutes. You don't have to watch the whole thing. I didn't get it wrong, Jim Alger says it clearly.

Zuma Dogg, watch the video if you really want to be a public advocate.

May 31, 2007 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Mayor Sam covering up the video story because he is friends with Jim Alger and Jim used to advertise on the blog and contribute as Councilman John?

May 31, 2007 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Mayor Sam covering up the video story because he is friends with Jim Alger and Jim used to advertise on the blog and contribute as Councilman John?

May 31, 2007 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg, why don't you watch the video and comment on it? Scroll just past 11:00 and tell us if the story is correct.

May 31, 2007 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The NC system is being used to extort money from businesses to fight the opening of competing businesses!

Remove Jim Alger from the NC system!

May 31, 2007 9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll just assume you got it wrong, cause that's the stupidist thing I've ever heard.

Zuma, just watch the video. It is the stupidest thing you ever heard, plus it is probably the most illegal. Just scroll past 11 minutes, you don't have to watch the whole thing. Don't you think that Alger is shady anyway?

May 31, 2007 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Barrett appeared on Alice, for God's sake! He obviously knows a lot about retailing and urban planning.

Let's give "Joe B." a chance to explain the Jim Alger/Do-It-Center controversy. He deserves it.

May 31, 2007 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You want some cheese to go with your whine?

You want some corruption (Congress of Neighborhood Councils leader Jim Alger) to go with your ignorance (No 2 HD leader Joe Barrett)?

No 2 Home Depot Sunland and all of the the above are property of Do-It-Center, Inc. Copyright reserved.

May 31, 2007 9:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But this idea is so ridiculous, it doesn't even matter. Let them pursue it...it will never be allowed. But it sounds good at the meeting, and gets people fired up, so fine.

Jim was talking about something that had already happened. It doesn't matter if it's "allowed," Jim did it anyway. Months ago!

May 31, 2007 9:56 PM  

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