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LA HOUSING AUTHORITY (Shady As Hell): The L.A. agency's director has discovered millions of dollars missing and thousands of residents unserved.
When Rudolf Montiel came from El Paso three years ago to clean up the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, he didn't know enough to be daunted.
LA. Unified to get $600 million for construction
HOW FAST WILL THEY BE ABLE TO SPEND IT?
Despite declining public school enrollment, Los Angeles will be able to count on more than $600 million in state school construction funds because of a bill signed Sunday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, local officials said.
ZD on Mt. Gleason LAUSD Parental Concerns
[Villar, Superintendent Brewer, Garcia, Morris, Korenstein, Acosta PLEASE WATCH]
[BONUS ENDING: ZD's Motorcade "Shell Shocked" by AC/DC]
RENTS ON THE RISE --- AGAIN!?!?
Rents on the rise as home prices slip: Some of the increase is attributed to the crisis in the housing market.
While homeowners were being stung by shrinking property values, renters across the state found themselves having to dig deeper into their pocketbooks in the third quarter, according to a report to be released today. full article
CRA AGENDA ITEM ON EMINENT DOMIAN:
ZD's INBOX: Hello! This 10 AM meeting of the CRA Board of Commissioners tomorrow will consider an action item pertaining to the Valley Plaza/Laurel Plaza/Valley Plaza Park redevelopment plan -- namely a resolution to authorize cooperation with the Planning Department to seek eminent domain authority against community based organizations that own land at Valley Plaza and other small business owners -- probably asserting "urban blight" which the developer of course is creating on the 70% of the shopping center he owns.
ZD's OUTBOX (clarification I sent back): Are you saying the property owner who owns 70 percent of the affected area is letting the area become a blight so that the CRA can claim eminent domain and he gets a buy-out? i know if it's cra and eminent domain, there's reason for concern...is that it? If not, what's the angle?
ZD's INBOX (reply): Yes that is correct; State law seems to require that private enterprise be allowed to improve blighted areas before eminent domain authority is granted; Jh Snyder creates the blight; he can end it as well; in fact, we have evidence that he immediately doubled the rent for businesses in Valley Plaza once he became the landlord. He now threatens the remaining land owners with eminent domain which small businesses may fight. We will see how the CRA board meeting goes tomorrow.
PS There is additional evidence that the CRA is in need of a backbone implant: the Urban Land Institute 2004 report urged that the CRA, not the MTA, take a leadership role in the redevelopment of NoHo. MTA has in fact chosen the developer for the land it owns in NoHo. CRA adopted new design guidelines for NoHo only days before the MTA vote for "Art Wave." LA Weekly did a nice article on this vote.
CRA has never responded to the Rec and Park Commissioners who wanted a report on the proposed demolition of 5 acres of dedicated park land that Jh Snyder wants at Valley Plaza. Report is 4 years overdue.
VIllaraigosa's Shady (Illegal?) Phone Tax Scheme:
ZD's INBOX: Is Villar lying? Current rate at 4% not 10%. That was repealed. Now he says 9% is OK.It was $4.00 per $100. bill 8 months ago. It was raised to $10.00 (after they put the 10% on by Villar). Repealed by the Judge which returned it to $4.00. May be found in whatever code had all of the charges of the city administrative or municipal code; or the legal decision to repeal the 10.00% should say it was returned to 4%.