The CRA has come back from the dead — won’t somebody drive a stake into its heart and kill it once and for all before it sucks all our money?
Clearly, the board members of the Community Redevelopment Agency are for reasons known only to themselves suffering short-term memory loss.
It was just over a month ago, on March 8, that the convened for a joint meeting with the City Council for the purposes of finalizing terms of a “cooperation agreement” that would make the CRA part of the city itself — in act of defiance of Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to abolish all such agencies statewide and put the tax dollars they have been squandering to better uses like keeping teachers and cops employed.
Two days later, the details were finalized, and in the CRA’s final meeting on March 17, the board ratified this item:
”CONVEYANCE OF ASSETS
CONSISTING OF PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. ENTER INTO
AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TRANSFERRING ALL OF CRNLA’S PERSONAL PROPERTY (I.E. OFFICE
EQUIPMENT; OFFICE FURNITURE; COMPUTER EQUIPMENT; COMPUTER SOFTWARE; VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT; AND LEASEHOLD EQUIPMENT) TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES FOR $1.00 IN CONJUNCTION WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO BY BOTH PARTIES DATED AS OF MARCH 10,2011.”
“CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY TO CITY OF LOS ANGELES. CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A TO CITY OF LOS ANGELES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AS CONTEMPLATED IN THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CRA/LA AND THE CITY OF LOS ANG<
span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(22, 19, 28);">ELES DATED AS OF MARCH 102011 ”
Reasonable people presumed that was the end of the CRA if not the end of the city’s welfare-for-the-rich giveaways of tax dollars for developments nobody wants or needs.
Not so fast. The CRA didn’t hold its meeting April 7 but now it’s sent out an agenda for a meeting on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the usual place, the Garland Center on West Seventh (CRALA Agenda A4-21-11-1.pdf).
First order of business: Another round of approvals of the gift of public land and taxes to billionaire Eli Broad for the Bunker Hill museum to house his personal art collection and provide parking for it as part of the still non-existent Grand Avenue Project that he got the city and county to buy into.
Next up is $17.5 million in aid to a project in the presumably blighted and poverty stricken area at Wilshie and Vermont — presumably that’s what CRA money is supposed to go for.
Other CRA gifts would prsumably help the ease poverty in booming Hollywood and heavily-endowed USC. There’s even some crumbs for South LA neighborhoods that actually are poor.
Whether the CRA is now a city agency rather than one created by the state, or it’s a ghost or a vampire, it is going to have to be dealt with it.
But Item 10 on Thursday’s agenda suggest the CRA Board really doesn’t want to hear what you have to say anymore than the City Council does.
“RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT CRA/LA BOARD
MEETINGS: CHANGE RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING PUBLIC COMMENT AND MULTIPLE SPEAKERS AND CONFORM TO CITY COUNCIL RULES “
In other words, the board will limit how many speakers get to talk and for how long — rules the council invokes only when there are large numbers of malcontents filling the room.
It probably doesn’t matter anyway since the CRA agenda has “Public Comment” as the very last item, after everything has been voted on and just before adjournment.