Blighted Land Meets (CRA) Sleight of Hand
CD4 candidate Stephen Box, at City Watch LA, writes about Saturday’s LA
Alliance of Neighborhood Councils meeting at which Community Redevelopment Agency official Jim Dantona defended City Hall’s attempt to save the agency from being abolished by turning it into a non-profit outside Gov. Jerry Brown’s control.
“Any attempts to move forward must be supported by real data, not simple
anecdotal evidence, and the people of LA must come first with a process
that is participatory and supported by honest and open accounting,” Box writes..
“The City of LA’s credibility has been destroyed by stalled projects that
blight communities, approvals of projects to politically connected
developers of dubious performance history. As developers return to the
trough for additional funds to complete projects already approved and
funded, the CRA’s scramble to divert funds from essential programs and
services is a self imposed death blow.
“The City of LA’s ability to weather the current fiscal crisis depends on
its credibility. The world is watching, the financial community is
preparing for triage, and the people who call LA home have been
betrayed. It is imperative that the City of LA put the people of LA
first by putting our money where it belongs, in our communities.”
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Why the NFL Doesn’t Need a Team in Los Angeles
By Andres Martinez, Zocalo Public Square
In a tribute to the National Football League’s nostalgia-tinged,
size-doesn’t-matter, redistributive genius, Super Bowl XLV will pit the
nation’s 152nd largest metropolitan area against its 22nd largest.
Green Bay defeated Chicago yesterday to clinch the National Football
Conference; Pittsburgh prevailed against the New York Jets in the AFC
Think about that. In what other contexts could Pittsburgh and New
York – not to mention Green Bay and Chicago! – compete on a level
The NFL’s socialistic revenue-sharing arrangement, which treats all
franchises alike and thus helps shine an outsized spotlight on
communities like Green Bay and Buffalo, is made possible by a
half-century-old law that exempts sports leagues from antitrust laws
when negotiating their TV contracts. The NFL, Congress decided, should
be considered a “single entity” rather than a collusion of franchises
and their owners, at least when making deals with TV networks.
Call to Action: Help Save the Marina from Over-Development
By “We Are Marina del Rey“
February 1, 2011 at 9.30 a.m. the LA County Board of Supervisors will
hold a public hearing on the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Plan
Amendment (LCPA), which proposes to change land uses and development
laws which will change the Marina forever with an increase in
residential and commercial development (density and building size), more
hotels and fewer recreational facilities, substantial reduction in
parking lost, and the obvious, a major increase in traffic.
February 1 is our FINAL OPPORTUNITY to
tell the Board of Supervisors that the greater Marina del Rey community
is opposed to their development plans. We want a master plan with
balanced development that is based on a community planning process and
the Marina’s recreational mandate.
Press Giant Rivalry: New York Times Knocks LA Times
By Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times
Big-city newspapers all across the country have suffered one indignity
after another in the last few years. But few of them have been as hard
hit — or gotten as much grief for it — as The Los Angeles Times.
Here in the city that has always strived to show how a sense of
sophistication lies beneath the silicone and the superficial, The Times
has joined the city’s impossible freeway traffic as a unifying force of
In the sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, hair salons and studio lots of this
sprawling metropolis, the notion that The Times remains one of the best
newspapers still in business is a foreign one.