CD 14 Councilman Huizar supporter and HACLA Commissioner Maria Del Angel called upon to resign over questionable expenditures
Rebecca Guerra says evidence is mounting that all the commissioners have abused their authority and residents are worried that proposed policy changes will just give them more power.
Guerra, a Pico Gardens Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) member, was at the Feb. 14 special meeting of the HACLA Board of Commissioners where policy changes to the Housing Authority’s procurement policy were on the agenda. She and two other members of the community asked the board to not do away with open bidding and to initiate an investigation into Del Angel’s activities.
Guerra said a local television reporter who said he is investigating the board’s spending habits approached her after the Feb. 14 meeting. Guerra met with CBS 2’s Investigative Reporter David Goldstein at her Pico Gardens home on Monday, and told EGP that’s when he told her about HACLA commissioner credit card charges for the Ritz Carlton, expensive dinners and furniture purchases. “It’s shocking, I’m appalled,” Guerra said.
Alvivon Hurd, who is known to her friends as “Bonbon,” also found Goldstein knocking at her door with information about questionable commissioner expenditures.
“It’s really sickening,” Hurd told EGP, adding there is no accountability on commissioner spending. “I hope we can put a stop to this. You [the board] can’t keep doing this to us and you’re really not doing anything [for the residents], you’re just taking money and spending it at will.”
Some residents and longtime observers of HACLA might of advise David Goldstein to investigate the dubious doings in Del angel's former Estrada Courts neighborhood, which was the home of the $2,500 porcelain bowls. Can anyone say Grande Vista and Gustavo Valdivia?
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