Another sweetheart deal for pals of pols, another public subsidy, another lawsuit…
It’s an axiom of journalism that man bites dog is news because it’s out of the ordinary while dog bites man is not because it happens all the time. That’s what makes it so hard to make news out of City Hall’s sweetheart deals for insiders — they happen every day.
Still, Howard Fine and Daniel Miller in the L.A. Business Journal found a way to tell the dog-bites-man story of a CRA subsidized development in a poor part of town on the site of a former Goodyear Tire factory by showing how it “has become a classic example of how
difficult it can be to redevelop in South L.A.“
Efforts to put a shopping center on the property have languished for 18 years and there’s still a few rounds to go as site’s tenacious owner Stanley Kramer tries to fend off the CRA’s eminent domain proceedings.
The CRA has promised a $14 million public subsidy to a non-profit called Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles which played a key role in helping Jan Perry to get elected to the City Council and naturally she wants her friends to succeed in life so Kramer is being pushed out of the way.
Kramer, who owns scrap metal recycling businesses, has his own non-subsidized plan for a shopping center at the site at Slauson and Central avenues along with his receycling facility. He’s spent millions fighting against the confiscation of his property and the turning it over to other private interests. The case has caught the eye of groups fighting against eminent domain abuses but Kramer is running out of options.
Battle lines are drawn over NBC-Universal’a $800 million expansion plan
for NBC studios which would move from Burbank and create 1.5 million square feet of new
commercial, office and residential space on Lankershim Boulevard, adding at least 14,000 car trips per day to the already
The Daily News’ Connie Llanos reported on the release Monday of a
County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky flatly says the project is just too big and needs to be scaled back while City Councilman Tom LaBonge sounds like he’s flatly opposed but in fact has left himself wiggle room, saying: “It’s a dream to think that you can fit so much onto one little
The city will do anything to be able to boast it’s actually home to NBC-Universal — or any other major corporation for that matter — and drools at the tax revenue the project will generate so the only question would seem to be how much the project will be downsized and how much will be invested in freeway and street improvements.
And that will depend on how well organized the community is.
Come on Rocky, call off the dogs and listen to the community’s voices
Operating under the auspices of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office,
the Dispute Resolution Program has done its best to make a bad situation worse by siding with Home Depot and making a mockery of mediation efforts.
The point person is mediator Barbara Goldfarb whose lack of communication is matched only by her insensitivity. She set up the meeting last night to set up a meeting on the Jewish High Holidays to figure out how to run roughshod over well-organized community opposition.
No Home Depot protesters outnumbered the hand-picked participants in the meeting and made it clear that they’re not going to be ignored no matter how hard the city tries.
Here’s some of the voices the city doesn’t want involved in the process thanks to Fox Channel 11 which covered the event: