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Monday, August 27, 2007

It Might Take A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION To Solve The City's Homeless, Housing and Traffic Problems Since Local News Media Is Like "Tommy"

Why Solve City Problems When City Officials Are Making Money Off The Problem?
by Zuma Dogg

If you are able to think like this, you may have a future as Mayor, Councilmember, elected official or Gravy Train Riding Crony (How to think like a successful elected politician):


First of all, if there is no apparent problem, create one. There is no money to be made unless you are raising and spending money. So find a problem, because where there is a problem, there is a solution. And the solution will have to involve new money. (Yea!)

But, a lot of times, there are creative solutions that don’t cost a lot of money, or no money at all. Now THAT’S a real problem for a politician. Make sure you don’t let any of THOSE solutions get out there. So remember, if you want to model a powerful elected official in the City of Los Angeles, like a mayor or councilmember, if you are able to find a problem that needs fixing, but it won’t take a lot of new money to throw at the problem; don’t waste your time. You won’t be able to generate any interest. And you won’t be able to generate any money for you and your cronies.

So once you filter out the non-profitable problems that do not require the infusion of new money, and you have selected a warm and fuzzy City problem (like kids, homeless, affordable housing, seniors, crime reduction, etc.) that you can put a good spin on – you are ready to start hiring consultants, lobbyists, cronies, friends, relatives, whoever else you can use to drive up total cost. And oh yeah, you will need plenty of contractors. (The more the better!)

And at the same time you are ready to start asking for the new money needed to fix this important new problem that needs the full attention and resources of the City. Perhaps there is some bond money available, you can raise taxes, subsidize, create new taxes, invent new fees, and solicit money from the private sector. (But it almost always comes from the public revenue sources.)

Now you have a ballgame! A win-win situation. Except for the pueblos who end up losing by paying for it. Because now that you have money being thrown at the problem, you wanna make sure they don’t stop throwing it. And one way to make sure the problem never gets solved is to siphon enough money off the top so there isn’t enough to get the job done.

Then, they come back and ask for (and get) more money to keep the gravy train rollin’ down the shady non-profit highway!

IF ZUMA DOGG WAS MAYOR, he would put together a City, County and State task force and start solving these problems immediately. One of the problems is that there is too much finger pointing, and blame-deflection instead of simply stamping out the fire and fixing the problem. ZD is of the belief all the right answers are out there in the community and inside the City, County and State departments. There is just too much bureaucracy, and too many people surfing the wave of public funds for their own financial enhancement.

IT WILL TAKE PUBLIC PRESSURE TO CUT BACK ON THIS. AND THE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE JANICE HAHN OR SOMEONE TO CALL FOR A TASK FORCE.

First of all, we need to question the inventory of some of these affordable housing construction projects. ZD hears it’s an open secret with at least one (certain) citywide construction company that the city gave a bunch of money to for redevelopment, not only about the lazy-ass, shabby work; but looting the materials purchased by the housing authority for these public work projects and they end up on other people’s private jobs.

MAY THE PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES SUGGEST AN INVENTORY CHECK OF THESE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS THE CITY IS GIVING MONEY TO?

The issue needs a Federal investigation because the local jurisdiction may be compromised at the City and State level.

We want to start seeing some accountability with all of this public money. Because you can’t seem to fix the traffic, schools, homeless problem, crime or anything else. That’s because inappropriately excessive amount of the money makes it into people’s pockets and the rest is wasted through bureaucracy, fraud, waste and abuse.

I KNOW THE POLITICIANS AREN’T GOING TO JUMP OFF THE GRAVY TRAIN, JUST YET. SO LET’S START ATTACKING THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE WITH THE MONEY THAT IS LEFT OVER! (That’s a good middle-ground starting point. And who knows, if you are able to improve the efficiency with the rest of the money that you don’t pilfer, maybe THAT will be enough to start seeing a noticeable improvement.)

These public-private shell game schemes are getting more and more complicated. (See Grand Ave Project where even the CRA spokesperson says, “The most complicated deal in every aspect. Bureaucratic? Yes.”) And as the depth of shadiness gets deeper and deeper; accountability and transparency gets shadier and shadier. It’s getting harder to what is happening in the darkness on the edge of town where it all goes down.

And if the mainstream media would shine a little light on this darkness, I think they would recognize a lot of familiar faces. Again, it will probably take a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION to fix this local problem, that is quickly becoming a NATIONAL problem.

ZumaTimes.com
zumadogg@gmail.com

16 Comments:

Anonymous . said:

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August 27, 2007 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You would be the one to look to Janice Hahn for guidance. The Janice Hahn who wants to raise parcel/ property taxes for her new gang program. Over objections from Laura Chick and the majority of councilmembers, who want to see how previous taxes are spent first, and aren't willing to throw more money blind into still another taxable program when so many have proved to be run by current gangbangers who are just good at convincing people that they're reformed and can form a bridge. Sociopaths are very good at that sort of thing. Zuma and Janice, excellent.

August 27, 2007 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

thiers more informitive info here
http://barfinthehat.blogspot.com/

August 27, 2007 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow! Looks like Robin K and Mayor V are looking for reinforcement.

“Mayor hires activist as policy advisor”

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mayor28aug28,1,224184.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=7&cset=true

“ … Villaraigosa's deputy chief of staff will be Dan Grunfeld, president and chief executive of Public Counsel, ….

…. Public Counsel has a $7-million budget and provides $66 million in legal representation each year. With 3,600 volunteer lawyers, the group helps low income communities form nonprofits and nonprofit developers who want to build affordable housing. … “

Zuma must have been so effectively shedding light into the dark corners of nonprofits and affordable housing and exposing their trickeries, that they need someone to counter.

Zuma vs. 3,600 volunteer lawyers?

August 27, 2007 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So if there isn't money for streets and sidewalks because we are about to give raises to city workers without bothering to compare to the private market, then we can have a $1.5 billion bond issue. Good thinking. Let it get so bad that we have to tax ourselves. Don't look now, but same thing is happening up the street at Water and Power. New bonds, higher rates, to keep overpaid workers overpaid. Clever devils!

August 27, 2007 5:44 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

5:07pm,

You like how I throw Janice's name out there!?!? LOL! Just stirring it up. I knew that would drive you nuts. Yes, it's true, I like Janice, but she sure does get twitchy when I start mentioning this non-profit stuff.

I NOTICED THE NAME MARIA DE ANGEL CAME UP TODAY IN ONE OF THE COMMENTS.

Captain Jack and any other insider types who contact ZD directly or indirectly through phone and email...CONTACT ME BY PHONE IMMEDIATELY. I can assure you some very interesting information relating to this comment.

Imagine getting pulled over for a tail light, and you end up getting busted for something much bigger.

Well, I don't know...but we may have a case of that here. And I do mean a case. One newspaper reporter got a call from me today.

I can't do this on my own, but if I was already cranky...you rocked my f-ing world with that comment about MDA today.

Tell her ZD says, "Hello"!

And to everyone else who got messages from ZD today who works at City Hall...You really should call me back sooner than later, at this point. The timing is hilarious!

August 27, 2007 5:45 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

5:36pm said..."the group helps low income communities form nonprofits and nonprofit developers who want to build affordable housing."

Hey! Maybe I can run through the program and start my own affordable housing rackett.

August 27, 2007 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Words of wisdom from the homeless mutt.

August 27, 2007 6:25 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Actions of racketeering and corruption from the politicians living in homes.

August 27, 2007 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

*The $2,500 toilet (that usually cost only $300 to $400 including installation)

*Paying contractors for work that was never done


About the Housing Authority

Are those $2,500 each toilets installed?

If I were the reporter, I would go find out.

If I can’t find them, there will be more news about the ghost toilets.

If I find them, I will take a picture of the $2,500 toilet.

And I will have the World Exclusive Picture of a $2,500 toilet in an affordable apartment!

August 27, 2007 9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAV appoints the president and chief executive of Public Counsel to be his new deputy chief of staff, so that MAV can have the backing of 3,600 volunteer lawyers to defend the $2,500 toilet in an affordable project?

August 27, 2007 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All of this is related to the Taracena/Housing Authority case. Taracena is telling people that he was told to involve Estrada and Valdivia by Montiel and Del Angel. Look out for secret real estate deals near Estrada abd Jordan Downs by Montiel and Mayor.

August 27, 2007 9:43 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

9:43pm,

can you send me an email explaining a little more in detail what you are talking about. it is of interest to me. zumadogg@gmail.com.

not quite putting it all together based on these little comments.

August 27, 2007 10:29 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

9:43pm,

Wanna see something funny. watch garcetti ask her about DA investigation and problems with the housing programs under her authority.

http://lacity.org/cdvideo_wm.htm
item 41 from july 13, 2007. she can barely speak.

August 27, 2007 10:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zumma said ............

http://lacity.org/cdvideo_wm.htm
item 41 from july 13, 2007. she can barely speak

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I think you should have said she can barely speak "English".

August 28, 2007 3:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She is a liar. I'd agree that she can barely speak. The reason they gave 2000 vouchers is because they cannot use them. HACLA has alienated landlords and if they do use the vouchers HUD will recapture the funding. Now, Montiel has been there almost 3 years and has no clue about redevelopment. In fact he told his commissioners back in March that they had not provided Montiel with any guidance, it went unnoticed. Further there is no internal talent to make it happen. The summer jobs? someone forgot about it, the authority is mismanaged grossly!!! Much worse than before!

September 05, 2007 10:27 AM  

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