Showcasing potential "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" in CD 14 CLARTS Fund Allocations
Late last week a Mayor Sam reader brought our attention to this upcoming Wednesday City Council Motion by CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar to allocate $17,000 dollars from the CD 14 CLARTS Fund to LA Voice PICO, a Catholic Church affiliated, progressive practitioner of liberation theology organization.
MOTION The Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) Community Amenities Trust Fund provides funding for community amenities within Council District 14.LA Voice PICO works to promote policies that strengthen families and improve quality of life in communities.This effort is of special benefit for the residents of the City and for CD 14 and deserves financial assistance from the City.Sufficient funds are available in the CLARTS Community Amenities Trust Fund for this purpose.I THEREFORE MOVE that $17,000 in the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) Community Amenities Trust Fund No. 47S, Department 14, be utilized to fund any aspect of the activities of LA Voice PICO to promote policies that strengthen families and improve quality of life in communities. I FURTHER MOVE that the City Clerk be directed to prepare the necessary document(s) with, and/or payment(s) to LA Voice PICOa, or any other agency or organization, as appropriate, in the above amount, for the above purpose, subject to the approval of the City Attorney, if needed; and that the Council member of the District be authorized to execute any such documents on behalf of the City. I FURTHER MOVE that the City Clerk be authorized to make any technical corrections or clarifications to the above instructions in order to effectuate the intent of this Motion.
On Friday, this blogger was made aware of a 6:30 PM meeting of the Santa Teresita Chapter of LA Voice PICO which the main item of discussion was the future of Ramona Gardens Saturday Farmers Market. According to a source who was in attendance, CD 14 Boyle Heights Field Office Director Jennifer Martinez stated that LA Vioce PICO and Legacy LA would take over the operation from the current person who is permitted to operate the weekly event Toni Juarez. Further, it was alleged that CD 14 staff was working on a business plan with LA Voice PICO/ Legacy LA in regards to the operation of the Farmers Market
We are ascertaining whether officials of HACLA (which own the property) or the RG Resident Advisory Council, were in attendance at this meeting. But regardless, there is documentation that associates of the Santa Teresita LA Voice PICO and Legacy LA, acted in a questionable manner when it came to promote policies (by allowing more beer and wine outlets) that strengthen families and improve (ethical) quality of life in communities. Thus meriting review whether the Santa Teresita Chapter can be accountable for any portions of the $17,000 allocation.
In the past, we have noted that current associates of the Santa Teresita LA Voice PICO and Legacy LA, worked with local political officials (including CD 14 Councilman Huizar), is supporting 7 Eleven's efforts to increase beer and and wine sales outlets in CD 1 and CD 14 sensitive communities. You can see their testimony on these two videos below.