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Monday, January 03, 2011

Is the "Connected Non-Profit" Legacy LA on the move with "discretionary funding help" from Councilman Huizar?

Legacy LA meeting agenda from September 22, 2010.

"Is Legacy LA GRYD programing derided from established City of LA Recreation and Parks programs?"

"Why is Legacy LA conducting programing in a Recreation and Parks facility?"

Is this person the cousin of Legacy LA Executive Director Lou Calanche? Does Calanche' mom also work for Legacy LA? Sounds like nepotism reigns at Legacy LA.

Did Legacy LA just receive $200,000 dollars from Councilman Jose Huizar as stated to me by Hazard Park/ Ramona Gardens Community Member Lupe Andrade via Lou Calanche? What were the "political conditions" of this monetary gift if Calanche's comments to Andrade are true?

We get phone calls and documents..........
Two weeks ago, i received a phone call from a friend who forwarded my contact information to someone who wanted to discuss with me some information she had on the "Connected Non-Profit Legacy LA. Lupe Andrade, who father and brothers I have known for years, wanted to discuss some issues with Legacy after visiting their Hazard Park Armory location. It seems to Andrade that some of Legacy's practices were questionable to say the least, joining other community members who question Legacy's true purpose for being.
Legacy LA was plain and simply a political creation to award friends of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Jose Huizar. The original designated front people for Legacy LA, Jenny Krusoe and Carlos Alvarado have move on leaving Krusoe's Executive Director choice Lou Calanche, the chore of accounting for the public money allocated to Legacy and dispensing in form of patronage jobs. Make no mistake, Legacy LA is just a front for the politicos to deposit money and for what? That answer may become clear before March's elections.
Judging from the programs listed on the documents above, Legacy LA programing is a not-too-cheap rip off on existing Recreation and Parks programing. Is this by mistake or is there something sinister here? In the past, we have noted that Calanche has made statements regarding her goal to provide recreation programing in El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights. Thus, the question here is whether Calanche had the blessings of the likes of Councilman Huizar and Mayor Villaraigosa to use awarded GRYD contract money in this way. (** We should note that the 2010 financial statement from Community Partners shows that Legacy LA received $358,200 in public money, page 32 of PDF) This should raise a red flag from the likes of AFSCME union reps who are facing further cutbacks in budgeted employee hours.
Then one should also note the "possible illegal usage" of the Hazard Park Recreation Center. It seems that Legacy LA has no permits to conduct programing at the facility. Most, if not all groups pay a fee for facility usage. Question here to Ms. Calanche is this, where are your copies of the paid for permits? And if there are no permits, who "in-house" set this up and how? Lastly what happen to the supposed programing that Calanche stated would be on-going at the Armory in a recent Eastern Group Publication story?
As the story stated above, Calanche makes the outlandish statement that they are expanding programing into Ramona Gardens, when the truth is that they have been attempting to recruit youth away from the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center. But then maybe there is another "political motive" for moving into space in Ramano Gardens. As Calanche stated to Lupe Andrade, part of the condition for receiving the $200,000 from Huizar, was to counter the popular community support for CD 14 Council Candidate Rudy Martinez. It seems that Huizar is willing to use his "discretionary money" to buy patronage and support.
That's if Lou Calanche is telling the truth.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar: Crook

January 03, 2011 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay, I'll be the first (maybe):

NOONE CARES!


... now show me that they got CLARKS (bar) funds, and maybe - but only maybe - I'll both to read this screed.

January 03, 2011 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The money for the Gang Reduction Programs has been abused since Antonio took office. A lot of the money isn't even going to programs that help at risk youth but more political favors to non profits. Mayor Hahn did a good job of watching the money but I'm hearing in CD14 and other areas the money is being abused. I wish the media would investigate like JIll Stewart to find the money trail. Another point is Federal money given to LA for key CLEAR target zones has been moved out of some of those zones. In other words Anotnio who is suppose to monitor the money out of his office is moving it around where it shouldn't be moved period. Another good investigative story.

January 03, 2011 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I actually read the entire post. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment. I have no idea what you're trying to say, but It seems you have more questions (I count nine questions in this post) than answers. If you're writing this cryptic gobbledegook for an audience of one or two Huizar staffers, why not just send it to them in an email?

January 03, 2011 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scott's garbledegook will cost Rudy Martinez 500 votes. But such "featurings" at this blog will cost Martinez much more: his legitimacy as a contender.

January 03, 2011 6:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CLARTS funds will be the undoing of Huizar. Rudy's people have all the goods on him.

January 03, 2011 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is there any truth to the rumor that Huizar placed his Boyle Heights district office in the same location of Leon de Oro, one of the most infamous dives in Boyle Heights. Is it true that his mom promised the owner of this bar that his mijo would reward him with way above market, public paid rent? What is Huizar's mom connection to all these Boyle Heights bars? I thought it was Antonio's mom who was the bar hopper.

January 03, 2011 9:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

spot, you gotta figure out a way to say it in a way that makes people care. i wanted to but have no idea.

January 03, 2011 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you look closely Lou Calanche has 666 on her forehead. The guy red spot mentioned is actually Huizzzy's uncles, cousins, twin brother married to his sister's neighors step brother.

January 03, 2011 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it than when I read Red's posts I feel like I'm in a Seinfeld episode?

January 03, 2011 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A.'s politicians need to be investigated by the F.B.I. if this mess is ever going to be straightened out. Most of them are so much worse than Bell's.

January 04, 2011 12:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Jose Huizar and Legacy LA should hook up and with all the money there put together should ran off and buy there only little Island..they belong together.I say CROOKS,CROOKS,CROOKS..

January 04, 2011 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder if Lou Calanche will respond to speculation that her cousin is a parole felon.

January 04, 2011 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Jose Huizar gave Legacy LA $200.000 for the exchange that Legacy LA try's to get the residents from Ramona Gardens to vote for Jose Huizar and not Rudy Martinez..hummmm. Why would the residents from RG vote him (Jose)what has Jose H ever do for RG I'll tell what NOTHING. I just moved out 2 years ago and when I go visit all I hear is Rudy Martinez came down and had a basketball game with us, or Rudy came just to came down. I was give a copy of a wish list that went out to Jose Huizar. He said he was going to do this and that, geuss what nothing happen again. He wants the resident to vote for him? thats a joke but he is a joke and so is Legacy LA. I heard that Legacy LA told a reporter that they are expanding there services that why there in the Ramona GArdens..Lou tell the truth oris it the you lie so much you don't even own the truth. The resident of Ramona Gardens have Rudy back. Someone said one day it's time for fresh blood.

January 04, 2011 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think that Jill Stewart should get Jose Huizar and all the city hall inveatigated before Jose leaves city hall. That would be nice and Legacy LA too, all of them are CROOKS...

January 04, 2011 3:16 PM  

Anonymous g said:

HUIZAR'S A CROOK SO WHAT? HE STILL WILL WIN. YOUR ONLY PROMOTING HIM KEEP TALKING ABOUT THESE INCUMBENTS AND YOU'LL GET 4 MORE YEARS OF THEM. IT'S ALL SHOW BEZ. THEIR ARE CANDIDATES YOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR TIME ON NOT THESE OVER FINANCED INCUMBENTS. READ BETWEEN THE LINES WHAT YOUR DOING IS STUPID. THE PAPERS AND MEDIA DO IT AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS. who's talking about alarcon now one more for the record.

January 04, 2011 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

has many body realize that Jose Huizar is on this blog 9 or 10 times, it's all about jose and Lou. Whats does that tell you CROOKS, CROOKS " where are money for the community" oh I know Legacy LA has it....

January 04, 2011 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so if Legacy LA has the $$. where are the services? is there an evaluation of services ever published? the folks with the large contracts (tax payer's dollars) should be providing the services to the community!! where are the results? where is the accountability? these agencies reciving public funds should be as accountable as elected officials! Evaluation results need to be made public! accountability!!

January 04, 2011 11:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't listen to the WHITE MAN!!! They screwed us before they'll screwed us again. If Scott Johnson cares about the community he will join forces with LEGACY LA and focus on the well-being of the residents then be so concerned about Legacy "so called" stealing money from RG Rec Center.
The End.

January 05, 2011 7:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar and Legacy LA should pack up and get the hell out of our community..we do not want any CROOKS to be leaders..

January 07, 2011 1:38 PM  

Blogger Mike said:

That's the problem with "guerrilla journalism", it's usually written by gorillas!

I wonder if Scott Johnson is doing all his research and writing on city time-paid for with taxpayer dollars?

January 07, 2011 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jewish Community Foundation is going to give Legacy LA some money for their program.

1. All of Legacy LA kids are the wrost in the community.
2. When was the last time Jose Huizar looked at the books, or anybody to see how the money is spent.
3. They need to stop lieing about how they ended up in Ramona Gardens,they got kick out of the Hazard Park Aromary for drinking up there.
4. They should get there program removed from our kids.

January 10, 2011 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

yawning...

January 18, 2011 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LEGACY L.A IS THE BIGGEST JOKE EVER.. THE ONLY LEAGACY I SEE IS LEGITIMATE ROBBERY...

July 20, 2011 9:11 PM  

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