Gov. Brown Hangs Tough on CRAs After Meeting Antonio, Other Big City Mayors
Citing a poll showing two-thirds of voters back him, Gov. Jerry Brown
had this to say after hearing how the mayors can’t live without their
redevelopment slush funds:
“The hallways are going to be crowded in the coming months with people
who say, ‘Please keep the money coming.’ And my message is, ‘The money
is not there.’”
“My hunch is that redevelopment is a somewhat mysterious process to the
average voter. If you’re saying you’re going to close the
county hospital or lay off firefighters or you’re going to eliminate
something called redevelopment, I think more people are going to say, ‘I
think we can do without redevelopment. We can’t do without public
safety or schoolteachers.’ “
“The defenders of redevelopment have a hard sell.”
“An economist would be hard-pressed to show me that continuing
redevelopment and laying off the equivalent of $1.7 billion worth of
employees is not an equal job loss. I think they’re pretty even.”
You can email your support for the governor’s plan to abolish all CRAs to balance the state budget by using the form on his website. You can FAX Attorney General Kamala Harris at 916-323-5341 if you want her to take legal action to stop the LA CRA and others from locking up redevelopment funding before the legislature acts.
Golden Key Gives Black Eye to Wannabe LA Mayor Rick Caruso
Billionaire developer isn’t helping his campaign to be mayor of Los Angeles with his heavy-handed attempt to get the Glendale City Council to confiscate Ray Patel’s Golden Key Hotel adjacent to the Americana at Brand development.
The widely-publicized case involves Glendale threatening to use its power of eminent domain to seize Patel’s hotel and turn over the property to Caruso so he can make it part of his Americana development, which is built on land given him by the local redevelopment agency.
KRLA 870 talk show host Kevin James interviewed Patel for an hour today about how Caruso has offered $6 million for his property — what he paid for it in 2002. Patel doesn’t want to sell and today is filing his own plans to redevelop the hotel — plans he says that have been thwarted by Glendale officials after years of assurances his business wouldn’t be jeopardized by the Americana project.
Redevelopment Agencies’ Filings Contradict Jobs Claims
By Jim Miller, Riverside Press-Enterprise
SACRAMENTO – Many redevelopment
agencies’ recent reports to the state list few, if any, jobs created and
little in the way of new construction or building
rehabilitation, according to state data..
Local officials have attacked the idea, saying the elimination
of California’s more than 400 redevelopment agencies would
cripple efforts to create jobs and revitalize blighted blocks in a
But many of the agencies’
own filings with the state controller’s office failed to show
such achievements, at the same time the agencies collected
billions of dollars’ worth of property tax revenue that otherwise
would have gone to schools, cities and counties.
What happened to the rule of Law in LA County?
By Bob Blue, via email
In their haste, Los Angeles rushes with 24-hour notice, to shield their funds through convenance.
Instead of acting in their best behavior, Redevelopment Agencies are spending like drunken sailers (Eli Broad, $52 million), while at the same time furloughing employees, closing libraries, and “brown-outing” Fire Stations.
In Los Angeles, they are rushing so fast, that the ante has been increased.
Let’s give $52 million to a Billionaire Eli Broad. And yet that money could keep libraries and Fire Stations open.
And as CRA/LA Vice Madeline Janice said, 1601 N Vine is the poster child for abolishing CRAs. LA overpaid (discovery of a hidden appraisal) by $1.4 million for a total of $5.45 million to a developer who’s “star projects” are going bankrupt. Now the City is proposing to sell it back to the same developer for $825,000.
And in Glendale, another Billionaire, Rick Caruso, whose Americana Brand Development is under performing and whose Condos won’t sell, runs to the little Glendale Council and asks them to bully an hard working immigrant whose family came to this Country legally and run a nice hotel, Mr. Ray Patel and the Golden Key Hotel.
Caruso and the Glendale City Council, under Caruso’s control are telling Mr. Patel either sell or be condemned.
What did Mr. Patel do to have the City of Glendale use its Eminent Domain power against him to force him to give up his property? – Nothing. He is small hard working businessman.
Why isn’t this type of story being reported?
Because Redevelopment Agencies are truly – The Unknown Government (for the very Rich and Well Connected).
And Los Angeles and Glendale Politicians are in the thick of it and will get away with the theft of public funds and the abuse of Eminent Domain while the press, with its great responsibility to shine a light on government activities, instead reports on the Cities of California “outrage” of their Redevelopment Funds for the Rich and Connected.
But there is apparently no concern or rule of law in LA County.
Because all there is no accountability when all of this going.
At the very least, why don’t we here a statement from the Board of Supervisors?
At the State Level, why isn’t our new Attorney General, Ms. Harris speaking up for these abuse – We need an injunction and we need open and public debate?
And what about those of us who support Gov. Brown, are we being heard?