Opposition to "Las Villas" mounts
Regardless of his denial and the efforts of an "Ad Hoc Body" that calls themselves a "Neighborhood Council", the coalition against the "Las Villas" project continues to grow.
The following is a letter to Councilman Ed Reyes,
Dear Councilman Reyes,
Tonight I attended the HHPNC meeting at Franklin High School. A coalition of parents and community members from Lincoln Heights informed us that you are in support of Las Villas project. Furthermore, it was stated that you previously did not support similar proposals near this same area based on obvious reasons of negative impact to the Lincoln Heights community that is already struggling with gangs, graffiti, under performing schools, crime etc.....
My question? Why do you support this project? As an educator, I know that this particular project will in no way help the students and community directly effected by its close proximity to Lincoln High School, Gates St. School, Little Flower Missionary School, Kwan Ying Buddhist Temple and Carmelite Convent.
It is with my sincerest hope that you reconsider your position to this and vote against this particular project.
And this regarding the actions of the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
As a Los Angeles citizen, I do believe I have thew right to comment on the agenda of a public entity. Any NC is a public entity, not a private club.My question is : What is the difference between a high sounding agenda talking about financial accountability and similar good things, and "NONC board meeting agenda at all",if, in both instances, there is no way to know (To read ) the minutes ofthe meetings of the NC's board and no public disclosure of accounting to show exacting what are spent, and whether any third person that is no related to the transaction has "verified" the expense item?If in both case, where there is agenda posting no agenda posting,stakeholders or members of the public cannot see the minutes and the verified accounting, then what good does the Posting of Agenda do?I think, the answer is that neither is of any good to the public.
Sincerely,Lewis Wong B.Sc CAAFormer NC director and officer 03-04Las Villas is in trouble and rightfully so. More alarming is the role of government in not protecting the interest of community members in this process.
Link to nolasvillas.com