Editor’s Note: Leslie Dutton’s Full Disclosure Networkon Thursday released its hour-long, two-part show to community and public access TV stations on why public support is needed for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to abolish Community Redevelopment Agencies statewide to help restore California’s financial solvency. The show, based on interviews with me, was inspired by the LA CRA’s effort to lock up $930 million in planned and proposed projects to scuttle Brown’s effort and perpetuate a flawed and corrupt redevelopment system. Here are links to the six segments online:
Segment # 1 – Citizen Uprising To Challenge Cra Corruption?
Veteran Newsman Ron Kaye, describes the Los Angeles Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that has been plagued with cronyism and
corruption. Citizens in Hollywood and downtown LA have begun to
challenge the use of public funds going to questionable developers for
unwanted projects promoted by elected officials who receive campaign
contributions from the developers
Segment # 2 – Abolishing Redevelopment Agencies To Save California
Newsman Ron Kaye describes the most notorious CRA project by politically
connected developer Hal Katersky who has a history of bankruptcy. The
economics of L A Redevelopment projects have been fraught with waste of
taxpayers funds. He suggests that Governor Brown’s proposal to abolish
the CRA Agencies statewide is a good idea to use the funds to wipe away
the massive California debt. He laments that CRA Commissioners have
moved to tie up the money so the Governor cannot use it.
Segment # 3 – Cra Hoards $ Billions That Could Help Solve State Debt
Bureaucrats making decisions have not produced results that benefit the
public, according to Veteran Newsman Ron Kaye. He says we need to start
over and rethink how to really help the blighted neighborhoods. He
describes how the CRA Commissioners have almost a billion dollars that
could be used by the State’s debt problem, instead of being used for pet
project favored by local politicians.
Segment # 4 – The Cra Web Of Corruption Fostered By Special Interests
Budget crisis worsens as politicians bicker. Ron Kaye describes the
politicians who won’t cut a deal with the Governor. Circumstances in LA
were driven by corrupted few with power. Public Employee unions emerged
as power players who gained power with lucrative contracts.
Segment # 5 – Corrupt System=elected Officials+judges+law Enforcement
The decline of Los Angeles could be stopped with citizen watch dogs and
the people being empowered. The system must come to terms with reality
and stop juggling books to continue pay raises for public employees. The
Use of Eminent Domain and “Go along to Get Along” has turned the L. A.
CRA into a system that encourages people to do bad things. He says
things need to be shaken up and responds to FDN’s question….. Is he
afraid of being isolated as a watch dog?
Segment # 6 – Re-inventing Democracy & Empowering People
Newsman Ron Kaye suggests that America has to change, economically and
politically. People need to feel they have the power to affect their
circumstances. Government\’s role should not be to dictate how people
should live. “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, not a Lexis
SUV” he suggests that we should look at Egypt to see what is happening.
“Our system is fragile and could be made to change” ….”if a thousand
people went down to City Hall they would be made to listen.” The
collective actions of people is beginning to cause change and making
City Hall nervous. He explains why.