Today at 9:30 a.m. a coalition of Los Angeles groups will be attending the Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) bi-monthly meeting.
They want to seek answers as to why the City of Los Angeles plans to expropriate $1 billion in defiance of Governor Jerry Brown’s plans to close down the state’s CRA and use the funds held by the state’s CRA’s to help balance the state’s budget deficit now at $25 billion.
The coalition feels that the funds could be put to better use in helping to offset the cut backs to state programs.
The coalition cites what they believe is the overuse of blight designations in South and East Los Angeles communities as one of the main reasons for their position.
They say CRA funds would be better spent on keeping people from becoming homeless or improving city residents lives, rather than just building new parking garages for wealthy landowners.
It is unfortunate that until now there has been little reaction from the general public to the governor’s plans to abolish redevelopment agencies.
So far, it has been city and county officials and bureaucrats around the state who have been reacting speaking out in opposition to the governor’s proposal. It is time for citizens to start thinking and talking about how they want their taxes spent. What should our priorities be, particularly at this time of fiscal crisis?
Though today’s meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., that does not preclude the public from seeking to get information on whether the governor’s plan makes sense or not.
On January 14, 2011, the Commission, in a special 24-hour notice approved negotiating with the city to protect CRA funding from the state. We hardly call this adequate Public Notice that meets the Public’s Right to Know.
The January 14 meeting, was challenged on grounds of being in violation of the state open meeting law; thus today’s meeting.
Those wishing to get further information on the CRA’s plans can contact the CRA at 1200 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90017 or call (213) 613-5050.