“Actually, it’s not. It’s public money going to job creation going to provide more revenues,” Villaraigosa said. “It’s part of an effort to revitalize the city and it’s an effort that I stand by.”
Of course, it’s all about creating jobs — the current excuse used by the job-killing mayor and City Council to continue their policy or redistributing the wealth from the poor to the rich.
Gov. Jerry Brown is going along with the farce and is set to sign SB 292 freeing AEG from key elements of state environmental laws at an invitation-only event this morning at the LA Convention Center.
Here’s the CBS report:
Jeff Dietrich serves a thousand meals a day at his soup
kitchen on skid row. He sees the poor and needy firsthand.
he does not see why a $1 million of taxpayer money, that could go to help the
people on skid row, is ending up in the hands of one of the world’s largest
architectural firms. The money is slated to go to the firm that designed
Farmers Field, the new, privately-financed football stadium.
you drive around here and see all the people on the streets pushing shopping
carts, when you see them lying on the streets, when you see them homeless, you
have to ask yourself how can you use money for that type of activity,” Dietrich
we found that is just what the mayor is proposing.
promises of no public money going to the stadium project, he has OK’d $1
million of federal community development block grant money, earmarked to help
the poor and needy, to go to the Gensler Architectural Firm.
are moving from Santa Monica to a building dubbed the “jewel box” in Downtown
L.A. The money is for rehabbing the building to turn it into a trendy office
complex for 250 employees.
think it’s pure politics and driven by the stadium project,” she said.
the Legal Aid Foundation, they filed a complaint with HUD, which administers
the money, alleging mismanagement of the community block grant funds.
think we’ve said from the beginning we didn’t oppose the stadium project, but
we didn’t want public money and we didn’t want backroom deals. And that’s what
responded saying Gensler is eligible for the money, as long as they create just
29 new jobs. At least 51 percent have to be held by low or moderate income
workers, who have no more than a high school education.
sounds easy enough, but even people within the city questioned it. In e-mails
obtained by Legal Aid, one person involved with
granting the money said, “This project could meet a national objective, public
benefit, etc. But I imagine this will not.”
Lewis and his wife, Beth Mueller, tried to get some of the same public funds
that went to Gensler. Through the Central City Community Outreach, a church on
skid row, they proposed more than two-dozen programs to help the needy. All
were turned down.
are better ways to spend a million dollars and provide a lot more jobs,” Lewis
some of the questions and despite the fact that Gensler still has not said what
jobs would be created and how, the City Council approved the mayor’s proposal.
The company and the city are still working on the final agreement before the
money changes hands.