Editor’s Note: The City Council today put off until Feb. 9 consideration of dismantling the CRA and reorganizing it as a non-profit. Mayor Villaraigosa and other big city mayors are lobbying Gov. Brown today to drop plans to abolish all CRAs.
Road Map to CRA Scandal – It’s in City Controller Audits from 2000 – 2006
Five City Controller audits since 2000 can help State Controller John Chiang’s effort to examine 18 Community Redevelopment Agencies — including LA’s — to see if they are worth the billions of dollars poured into them.
Here’s links to the audits website and to the CRA audits since 2000:
Community Redevelopment Agency Review of Capital Records Parking Transaction
Assessment of the Internal Control Process at the Community Redevelopment of the City of Los Angeles
Review of the Loan Underwriting Practices at the City of Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency
Financial and Compliance Audit of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Disposition of Real Estate
Follow-Up Audit of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
Throw in Staples Center and LA Live along with the Vinegate, Kodak Theater, CIM Group deals, Hollywood and VIne apartments and the Grand Avenue Project and a pretty clear picture of abuse is as clear as the skies over LA after a heavy rain.
Then, there is the CRA’s trashing of Boyle Heights and the Eastside by importing the homeless, the mentally ill and the very poor into neighborhoods struggling with poverty.
Here’s a link to video of the CRA’s Eastside Adelante Public Advisory Committee voting Tuesday to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to abolish all CRAs as part of a plan to erase a $25 billion budget deficit and restore California to financial stability.
DWP.’s 2010 Water Management Plan: Will Lowered Supply Lead to Slower Growth?
By David Coffin, Westchester Parents
After decades of rosy water supply projections proclaiming practically limitless supply, the (DWP’s) new 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) is coming to terms with a long overdue reality. Water supply hasn’t grown as expected and the water supply isn’t expected to grow substantially…
In recent years there has been a growing contradiction between ‘sufficient’ water supplies regularly cited by planning documents for new developments, and the city’s strong arm tactics to force residents into conserving.
Will the new 2010 Urban Water Management Plan’s reserved assessment offer us some relief from the aggressive development that came with the overstated assessments we have saw over the last decade?
The decision to provide water connections to new projects, thus manage growth is a political decision; and I might add that it’s not the result of any calculation that considers both supply and demand. With that in mind you won’t find any new verbiage in the plan that protects the community by linking development to water supply, real or projected.
If there is any relief in sight it will probably have to be the result of political pressure or a court decision.
With far lower projections in this latest plan it would not be unreasonable for residents to expect, even demand a moratorium on new developments. Water supply had dropped to dangerously low levels when projects were approved and built within the scope of the previous UWMP projections. The new UWMP has served notice; the margin of safety is gone.
Officials can’t keep ducking from reality and ignore the regions limits to water supply and then compound the problem by repeatedly approving new developments that consume more water. It’s a one-way ticket to disaster.