Supporting Gov. Brown’s Plan to Abolish CRAs Statewide
The 2,300-member Associated Administrators of Los Angeles sent Assembly Speaker John Perez a letter this week urging him to back Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to abolish Community Redevelopment Agencies statewide to restore California to fiscal stability. (Brown-CRA-support.pdf)
It’s an important step that schools, police, firefighters, librarians and everybody else — except developers — ought to be sending to the governor and legislators to restore funding to schools and public services that are being robbed by CRA funding of projects that amount to welfare for the rich.
One can only wonder why LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has yet to speak up for CRA abolition to protect the schools — unless, of course, the mayor has ordered him to keep his mouth shut.
Here’s the email the governor’s office is sending out to support
s of his stance:
From: governor <To:
Sent: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 10:00 am
Subject: Re:We Support Gov. Brown on CRA Issue
Thank you for contacting Governor Brown s office regarding funding for
Governor Brown s Budget proposes a far-reaching realignment of government
functions by restoring to local government authority to make decisions that are
best made closer to the people, not in Sacramento. The governor s plan also
envisions reorganizing state government to make it more efficient and save
scarce tax dollars by consolidating or eliminating functions. Since it will
take some time to fully implement these changes, he plans to ask the voters for
a five-year extension of several current taxes so that we can restructure in an
orderly manner with minimal disruption.
If we make the tough decisions now and put our accounts in order, we will again
make California the national leader in job creation as our nation slowly
recovers from the current recession. We begin 2011, after the longest budget
stalemate in the history of California, with a budget gap of more than $25
billion. Short-term measures and gimmicks adopted in recent years did not solve
our problem and in fact made it worse. This Budget closes our short-term budget
gap and also eliminates projected future deficits.
As California s economy begins to recover and recover it will the governor s
restructuring plan will make California government more transparent, efficient
and responsive to the people. This is a tough budget for tough times. The
governor looks forward to working with you and taking decisive action without
Once again, I thank you for sharing your views with Governor Brown on such an
Office of Constituent Affairs
South Central Farmers: Planting Seeds in Concrete
For all the talk about sustainable energy, sustainable communities and a sustainable planet, the actual policies of the City of Los Angeles still keep supporting what is unsustainable: Skyscrapers and luxury development.
One of the leading groups engaged in urban farming, South Central Farmers, is taking a step forward by reopening its community center with festivities Saturday five years after City Hall had their plots of land bulldozed.
Here’s the announcement:
“¡Aquí estamos y no nos vamos!” In 2006, the internationally renowned South Central Farmers’ shouted their slogan and commitment to the bulldozers and sheriffs: “We are here and we’re not going!” For the last five years, the Farmers have kept that promise, and this Saturday Feb 19, 2011, they make one more commitment to South Central. The South Central Farmers will celebrate the re-opening of their community center at 41st and Long Beach, the intersection of the Farm, and commit the South Central Farmers Centro to providing cultural and education opportunities to their community.
In a neighborhood especially hard hit by healthy food shortages, budget cutbacks, job losses, and housing repossession, the Centro will offer cultural activities, art and music opportunities, and classes in Aztec danza, second language acquisition, music production, and other topics as needs arise. Spearheaded by the “Centro Collective”, which includes the SCF Support Committee, the L.A. Brown Berets Autonomous Chapter, Raise The Fist, various community organizations and members will work towards managing the Centro.
The collective has dubbed Saturday’s free event “Planting Seeds in Urban Concrete: A Musical Night of Resistance.” Festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and include music by local performers Chaos Out of Order, Guerrilla Queenz, Inner City Dwellers, and Sherman Austin. Other performers include Poetic Anagrams, Tiwaeis and Lionness, Xitlalic Guijosa, Rebecca Gonzales, and Morales Leon. Lidia Garcia, Tracy Para, and Amoe Arte are among the artists that will display their art along with Samuel Lara, Edgar Ibarria, and Chale Arevalo. An open mic will be available to the community. Donations are requested for the no alcohol, no drugs family event.