HOT Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on February 26 called on the University of Southern California to embrace and support community residents as it moves forward with plans to build a biotech research park at its Health Sciences campus, adjacent to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. To be successful, USC must design its research park to ensure “people are invited to come down the hill, or across the freeway or even from the other side of town” to work or study at the campus, Supervisor Solis said. Solis joined University of Southern California President Max Nikias, fellow County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and 250 business and academic leaders for the Los Angeles Biotech Summit, hosted by USC. While Supervisor Solis emphasized the need for a true community partnership for the research park project, she said she is supportive of the concept and is pleased to be working with USC President C.L. Max Nikias to ensure the research park creates high-quality jobs and educational opportunities for a broad range of residents.Memo to Supervisor Solis, you need to get acquainted with the true community leaders, not those enablers, who have supported paving park space into parking spaces ....., and remain SILENT as Historic Trees are bulldozed to make way for a sidewalk, whoops street-widening.
** The Boyle Heights Connected Non-Profit Legal Skirmish between East Los Angeles Community Corp. (ELACC) and Union de Vecinos over displace tenants near a First and Soto Street ELACC Development, has been resolved in favor of the tenants as the now Lincoln Heights-based Eastern Group Publications reports.
Months of negotiations between the tenants and ELACC resulted in the agreement that will give seventeen households, representing approximately 50 residents, the “Right of First Refusal” on leases for the first phase of the new housing complex scheduled to open in 2017. By law, all the displaced residents are entitled to a minimum of $19,000 in relocation money, which tenants will not have to return even if they decide to lease a unit in the new facility. It’s a big relief, said Vivara, who has lived in the same apartment for 17 years. She told EGP she was afraid she would lose her home and not be able to afford a new place. “Rent is extremely expensive,” she noted. Tenants received support from Union de Vecinos, a nonprofit network of Boyle Heights committees fighting against gentrification and displacement since 1996. Union de Vecinos helped tenants negotiate the terms of the deal allowing them to return when construction is completed. Initially, renters were told by ELACC that they could only return if they met the development’s strict income eligibility requirements and passed credit and background checks.
So much for the neighborhood tenants compassion of Maria Cabildo.
** Lastly, we want to wish former CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks and former CD 9 City Council Candidate David Roberts a bloggin Mayor Sam Birthday.
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Scott Johnson in CD 14
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