Scratch the surface of the record of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) as long as three decades ago and you will find the same kind of financial shenanigans, mismanage abuses and violations of federal rules that resulted in subjecting the city’s poor to substandard housing conditions as you do today.
Five days later, his spokesman was still saying the mayor and “his staff were not consulted nor
informed about the settlement prior to the board vote,” and disclosure of the spectacularly self-indulgent expend spending by staff was “old news.”
Then, Kamin went public, saying “the mayor’s staff was advised of the proposed terms,” which should have come as no surprise since one of the mayor’s more than 200 deputies and assistants was assigned to HACLA.
Deputy Mayor Matt Szabo then admitted: “The
mayor was absolutely aware and authorized the settlement in this matter .. Although
he may not have been briefed on every detail of the settlement, he certainly
authorized and encouraged the chairman of the board to move forward with the
settlement so that the agency could end an unfortunate chapter and move
The HACLA scandal isn’t going away anytime soon — there are too many dirty deals still to be revealed, including contracts to tear down the Jordan Downs housing project and rebuild it as a mixed used development.
Too much money is involved, too many bodies are buried in the HACLA scandal, too many people know the truth and would take to a federal grand jury and produce documentation.
If the mayor knew nothing was amiss, he is incompetent. If he did know, he deserves whatever he has coming to him.