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The LA CRA has even brought in a fixer, Valley businessman Greg Lippe, whose job it is to tell Jerry why the CRA dollars should not go to police and fire. Ron Kaye seals the deal in telling the story of how Chris Essel's LA CRA bought a Hollywood property for nearly $1.5 million more than market value - using your money - and now wants to sell it to a politically connected individual for less than 15% of what they paid. Man, where can I get a deal like that?
It's not even a liberal-conservative thing. From myself on the Libertarian right to JoeB on the progressive left many find the whole concept of redevelopment as corporate welfare of the worst kind. Indeed, the Governor is on the right track. Props to JERRY!
In other news
After playing on on TV, LAist reports that Council President Eric Garcetti is indeed considering running for Mayor.
The OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET reports that CM Dennis Zine may have made a splash recusing himself from a vote on an LAX contract his lady love was seeking for her employer, but on at least three occasions Zine may have voted on other issues she was lobbying for. There goes that campaign for Controller.
Back on the corporate welfare issue, the City is also fast tracking money for building a Downtown NFL stadium. Of course, there needs to be a team, the likely pick being the San Diego Chargers, though our old friends The Rams may return from St. Louis if some reports are to believed. Whatever plans the City and developer AEG have has to get moving fast before JERRY! shuts down the CRA. Stay tuned.
And finally the Studio City Neighborhood Neighborhood Council, home of dangerous enemy of freedom Lisa Sarkin and her legendary opponent the always lovable and verbose, platicador laureate, Michael McCue, wants the MTA to rename the Universal City Metro Red Line Station the Universal City/Studio City Metro Red Line Station. Okay.