Legacy LA and Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Board Member Lilianna Martinez speaks in support of 7-Eleven with Hollenbeck Police Advisory Board Co-Chairperson Margo Amador translating at 26:45 mark on video above.
Its starts with a little campaign money
, then come the proxy's to shill for their political sponsor's latest endeavor. But for Navy Veteran and Small Business Owner Ben Lee, 7-Eleven's push to open more stores in Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and elsewhere within the City of Los Angeles, could mean the end of the American Dream as owner of his small business.
More after the bloggin leap............
In emotional testimony on the video above, Ben Lee describes his struggles to establish his donut shop in a neighborhood that most would not dare try opening a business. Now after years of hard work and building positive relationships with the surrounding community, his landlord seeing "greener opportunities" with 7-Eleven, has Mr. Lee on a month to month lease pending approval of the third Lincoln Heights store. (link here to The Voice Newspaper's story on this controversy)
. We should note that the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council and Hollenbeck Division of LAPD are against importing anymore Beer and Wine Licenses into their respective areas.
But while Mr. Lee's dream of being an business owner is on a month to month hold, Legacy LA's Lilianna Martinez little "illegal vending enterprise" goes on nightly on Alcazar Street between Murchison and Evergreen on the north edge of the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects. Ms. Martinez should of taken notice of the many supporters of Mr. Lee at the hearing recorded on the video above and it was one of those supporters who send us this photograph of her illicit business activities.
Yet the big question here is why a non-profit that was bless with getting GRYD money via Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Huizar, would support more beer and wine sales in a community with profound issues related to alcoholism and its easy access. But then one must remember that Legacy LA was a political creation and will continue to execute the political agenda of its creators, no matter of who's dream gets in the way.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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