Mayor Antonio Villar (right) with his $400,000+ Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Rudy Montiel (left).
To say that corruption does not exist within the dysfunctional agency known as the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), is to say that Mayor Antonio Villar has been a "transparent and ethical beacon" at 200 Spring Street.
Simply, the state of public housing under the control of HACLA is a legal and dysfunctional trainwreck, with its corrupt toxic fumes polluting the political air at City Hall. But lets make no mistake here, this stench has been around for years.
The HACLA's Public Housing Projects are gang-infested fiefdoms that breed future generations of gang members and foster dependency on the largess of government (ie. WIC, Food Stamps, Welfare, mixed with subsidize, sub-standard housing).
But where I differ with Ron Kaye on his excellent missive regarding Montiel's actions at HACLA, is the premise that Montiel acted alone in crafting this scheme. It is true that Montiel stand to gain financially but who was to "give his final blessings" on what non-profits, would get the contracts to run HACLA' housing domains? One should maybe look on the right of the picture above.
In the Ramona Gardens Projects, the new "Connected Non-Profit Legacy LA"
was not only created to revitalize the Hazard Park Armory, but in the minds of community observers, was the "Trojan Horse" that would reinvent the Ramona Gardens Community to meet the needs of USC's future expansion plans.
Many have opine that Ramona Gardens would become the workforce housing location for future employees of USC's planned expansion of its Medical School Complex and the Biotech Corridor Project of the CRA Eastside-Adelante Redevelopment Area. This can be backed up with the past comments from the likes of USC Chief Lobbyist David Galaviz
and CRA's Steve Valenzuela, who grew up in Ramona Gardens.
Most would agree that the Ramona Gardens area is in need of reinvention and the Mission of HACLA needs investigated vetting. But the issue of providing for our city's housing dependents and hopefully educating them with the tools to become future homeowners, should not be usurp by questionable legal dealings, that foster more governmental dependency.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: CRA, David Galaviz, HACLA, Legacy LA, mayor antonio villaraigosa, Ron Kaye, Rudy Montiel