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Monday, April 19, 2010

Councilman Huizar's "State of Boyle Heights" Address

Showcasing Boyle Heights or Highlighting USC's Expansion Plans?
Lets give credit where credit is due.
CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar will on Thursday April 22, 2010, give the inaugural "State of Boyle Heights" speech in collaboration with the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce.
You can be a part of history by shelling out $10 and get in return, huevos y chorizo with Huizzy, free parking courtesy of the "connected non-profit Legacy LA, a private behind the scenes tour of the USC Medical Complex and most important, an early morning speech crafted by Rick Coca, whoops, an inspirational address on the gentrified future of Boyle Heights by Councilman Huizar.
What will be some of the main talking points of Councilman Huizar's address to the connected masses?
** The state of the gang feud near Soto and Michigan Street?
** The status of public contributions to the "connected non-profits" and the role those allocations will have in Huizar's 2011 re-election campaign?
** What "connected non-profits" will get affordable housing contracts within the Adelante Redevelopment Zone?
** A report on the status of the CLARTS Fund? Doubt that.
** How much CRA money will USC get for their Biotech Corridor aspirations?
** Status on the Oscar's Bar double murder investigation?
** Report on the Wyvernwood Condo Proposal?
** Will Huizar declare Boyle Heights one big "Enterprise Zone" as many sidewalk vendors, sidewalk swapmeets salespeople and Paleta Cart merchants do on a daily basis? How much sales taxes are we collecting from these hard-working merchants?
** Who is going to redevelop the Sears Tower on Olympic and Soto?
** Is The USC Complex in the Boyle Heights or Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council area?
** How many current Boyle Heights residents will face relocation in pursuit of future gentrification?
** what is the ratio of public dollars to connected non-profits and businesses and kickbacks to the local politicos?
** How many new liquor merchants are doing business in Boyle Heights?
These and others thoughts will surely be on the mind of those who gave up 10 paletas worth of cash for this early morning conclave, on how you can be a part of a better Boyle Heights, with the financial and human cost to be determine in some backroom at a later date.
** BTW, whoever crafted this flyer should note that the Hazard Park Armory is an collaboration between Legacy LA and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks. Maybe Rec. and Parks should be given credit for offering their parking spaces? But then USC is Legacy LA.
Your thoughts...........
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

My thoughts are these:

1. Jose better have that speech written out and proofed a couple of times or it's going to be looking like Scott's postings.

2. It might heip to skip all this self-indulgence, "The State of Boyle Heights" is quite a bit pretentious, but all part of the wind-bag-ism that CMs use to get votes. What will it include? It sounds like a lot of PR for the hospital, the "University Hospital" at that. I kind of liked tradition with "General Hospital," but "County-USC Med Center" was ok. But now it looks like it's all a USC agenda.

3. After the "Hospital" part of the speech is over, what's left? I think the one's interested in the hospital really don't have much interest in thre rest of the Boyle Heights speech, other than any news it might bring to add to the USC version of "manifest destiny" in the city.

4. And I really glad to see that a hospital affiliated event is not so uptight with health concerns like cholesteral and arterial damage so as to ban chorizo from the menu. Instead, it highlights that part of the breakfast fare. Irony or contradictions, whatever you call it, the idea to get votes and approvals of plans overrides such concerns, as is the usual case.

4. Please Jose, don't make any of these "State of" plans for the rest of cd-14. If anything, a press release will do.

Overall, the area by the hospital is changing rapidly after the blocks of housing were razed in the 90s and other expansion replaced the industrial areas.

You can see the progree with all the cars lining Valley Bl. next to Lincoln Park. It used to be that you oould see the park and lake easily during the weekdays since there were no cars, in contrast to weekends. Now, it's pretty competitive for parking because of the hospital that is still blocks away.

Why do you worry about whether things are shady when you see they ARE? It's really just a matter of being able to call them on things as they come up and having numbers of people becoming aware of the wool before it's completely enveloped them.

But since Garcetti's Brown Act bypass for the DWP vote last week, what do you expect from them? Compliance with anything that they don't agre with? (and Eric's not even a lawyer to worry about such things as rulss and laws anyway- why should he, he's a Rhodes Scholar?

In CD-14- a ways from the non-hopital area.

April 19, 2010 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Word around the neighborhoods is about a certain strong, influential candidate who will be jumping into the race against Huizar. I wonder when he will come out because Huizar as bad as he's been just like all typical politicians when they're up for relection start to work hard. But its too late, he should have done that a long time ago

April 20, 2010 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

didn't they have a town meeting like this that went horribly bad a few years ago? how is this the ingural state of boyle heights & why do i have to pay to hear whats going in my neighborhood? isn't my representative supposed to tell me this things...for free? and not only when hes looking to make himself look good for an election???

April 20, 2010 10:25 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

The buzz is getting louder.

April 20, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree this flyer sends the wrong message to residents. Why isn't this state of Boyle Heights being held in the middle of the community instead of USC where there have been political paybacks? I also agree that residents should have to PAY to hear what their councilman has done for them. That's like the Mayor yesterday asking people to PAY to hear his speech. I want to know who benefits from the money, and why does USC get the focus of this breakfast instead of a business along Cesar Chavez that is hurting because of all the illegal vendors all over the district. Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale East LA County do not tolerate illegal vendors but LA politicians don't care they are hurting businesses.

April 21, 2010 10:16 AM  

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