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Thursday, October 08, 2015

A Open Letter to LAPD Hollenbeck Captain Martin Baeza

We present the following Open Letter to LAPD Hollenbeck Division Captain Martin Baeza regarding the University of Southern California Health Science Campus Hyatt Hotel Project and its supposed request for an unknown number of ABC Licenses to sell/serve Alcohol in a health/crime sensitive community.
LAPD Captain Martin Baeza, with CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar.
** Blogger's Note: Consider this a Teachable Moment on how to request accountability from your Public Servants, especially when the actions of an appointed body can have major, future ramifications on a crime/health sensitive community facing more stress on its infrastructure. For the record, there are over 200 Active ABC Licenses within the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. Surely, the members of the Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board would be cognizant of the impact of adding more choices for alcohol in an area such as the Greater Hazard Park/Ramona Gardens Community .........., or maybe not. We will find out soon---Scott Johnson. 

Good afternoon Captain Baeza,
I hope this open letter/email finds you and the staff of the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division safe and well.
At the October 5, 2015 Meeting of the Hazard Park Advisory Board, the Facility Director advised Stakeholders that she attended a recent meeting (August or September) of the Hollenbeck Division Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB).
During the CPAB Meeting she attended, a presentation was made by representatives of the Hotel Development on the University of Southern California (USC) Health Science Campus, that noted in part, the Developer's desire to seek approval for an unknown number of ABC licenses for the sales/serving of alcohol on the location.
In the interest of Openness and Transparency, can you provided the following documentation and information regarding the proposed sale/serving of alcohol on the site of the Hotel Development (Please note that this open letter/email also acts as a formal California Public Records Act Request)?
First, can you provide a copy of the Hollenbeck CPAB Agenda from either August or September, 2015 that denotes this presentation.
Second, can you a copy of the Official Meeting Minutes of the Hollenbeck CPAB, where the Hotel Development Presentation (noting the ABC licenses request) was made.
Third, can you provide documentation on any action (which notes the specific voting record of CPAB members in attendance) that was taken to either support, or not support all or any aspects of the Hotel Development Project?
Please note for the record, that I have contacted representatives of the Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and LA-32 Neighborhood Councils regarding any actions on their part, regarding supporting (or not supporting) the supposed Hotel Developer's request for ABC licenses. None have done so.
In ending, I look forward to your response on this matter, especially in lieu of its potential, future impact upon the Greater Hazard Park/Ramona Gardens Community.
With respects,
Scott Johnson
Greater Hazard Park/Ramona Gardens Community Member

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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