Monthly Archives: December 2008

Privatization

Privatization Debate

 

 

At first glance the “privatization” of Los Angeles may have an appealing sound, especially during these challenging financial times.

 

Unfortunately we are dealing with local LA Politicians and Venture Capitalists with no system of checks and balances to protect the tax payer.

 

We have seen a clear example of what to expect and in some cases the truth has been kept in smokeless back rooms.

 

Let us look at the LA Zoo for just one example. The city is racing to spend 40 to 60 million on just one exhibit, the Asian Elephants.

 

 Bond money from various sources is placing the city in more debt and is draining General funds. Once complete the city is planning on “privatizing” (giving the Zoo the GLAZA) to run.

 

As in many schemes taking place in Los Angeles, public funds are being used to cover the risk normally assumed by private sector and then the Tax Base is being comprised with sweetheart deals when no bed tax needs to be paid for decades.

 

In the case of the community redevelopment agency, public funds are once again used to cover the risk, money is shimmed of the top to friendly non-profits and the increase in tax money generated by the new development is diverted from the General Fund and goes back to the CRA to be used in a legal ponzie scheme. All the while the politically connected and friendly developer rakes in millions.

 

If one wants to go private, then go private all the way, risk and service are a part of the private sector that separates it from the public sector.

 

David Hernandez

Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

 

 

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“Secrecy Rules in L.A.’s $24 Million Gang Program”

 http://www.laweekly.com/content/printVersion/416546

 Greetings my friends and supporters,

This is typical of the brash despicable behavior being exhibited by those in power in the City of Los Angeles.  Instead of transparency and accountability they refuse to identify 50 individuals who they have given power over 24 million dollars of your tax money!

Given the failures and criminal activity of those involved in prior and current gang prevention programs, we can not allow this breach of the public trust. There is no excuse and no defense for this unethical behavior.

As a Candidate for Mayor, I have begun to explore all avenues, including legal in order to prevent this abuse of the public trust.

I will keep you advised of all progress.

Respectfully,

David Hernandez

Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

PO Box 9158,

North Hollywood, CA 91609

https://lasmayor.wordpress.com

Secrecy Rules in L.A.’s $24 Million Gang Program

Carr and Villaraigosa use 50 anonymous people to decide who gets the money

By Daniel Heimpel

Published: December 18, 2008

LOS ANGELES CITY GOVERNMENT, long unable to keep kids from joining gangs, is in the early stages of a program spearheaded by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that he says will make a dent in gang-related violence and murder. A few days ago, though, inside a crowded room at Los Angeles City Hall, it became clear that City Council members who have touted the mayor’s plan are in the dark, and the entire extremely unusual process for spending $24 million in taxpayer funds annually is emerging as one of the most secretive in modern city history.

Seated at a long conference table with maps showing the 12 city “zones” that the Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) task force plans to focus on, task force director the Rev. Jeff Carr explains that the new, $24 million program will differ from the L.A. Bridges program, into which City Hall poured millions of dollars before admitting that it was not closely tracking the children and could not prove that children were prevented from joining gangs.

The dismantled L.A. Bridges, designed by a squabbling City Council during the 1990s, badly failed. As L.A. Weekly reported in a December 14, 2006, article, “Broken Bridges,” City Hall ineptly funneled taxpayer money into the hands of a now-imprisoned gunrunner who claimed to have gone straight and peddled himself as a gang “expert.”

Carr, a “social-justice” advocate and evangelical minister whose past efforts to deal with gangbangers have been mixed, promises major differences this time. He is limiting the youths reached through prevention programs to 100 children per zone. They will be chosen through a 53-question assessment tool Carr says was formulated by experts to single out kids actually at risk of joining a gang — not simply perceived to be. Outreach agencies hired by the city must meet with their young clients three times a week, and with the significant adult in each child’s life once a month.

Despite these structural changes, GRYD is already showing similarities to L.A. Bridges: Eight of 12 nonprofits selected are former recipients of Bridges money.

Moreover, Carr and Villaraigosa insist on

keeping anonymous the names of the roughly

50 people appointed by Villaraigosa to hand-

select those 12 nonprofits, and even the names

of the six Villaraigosa insiders who chose the

secret group of 50 are secret.

The secrecy is not only bizarre — Carr could name no other city doing it — but may itself create serious image problems if publicly funded GRYD runs into trouble. Carr says Deputy City Attorney Richard Bobb, who died recently, advised that anonymity be used so as “not to compromise the process.”

Carr concedes that not even the City Council knows the names of the 50 anonymous private citizens now telling the mayor where to award $24 million in antigang funds. “That is the one place where we are not being completely transparent,” Carr says. “Fair enough.”

Carr insists that nonprofit groups that apply for GRYD’s $500,000 “prevention grants” and $250,000 “intervention grants” faced a process so stringent that it eliminated “backroom deals.”

The process is based upon awarding “points” to nonprofits identified by the anonymous private citizens who are assembled, roughly, into five-or-six-person teams in each of the 12 citywide “zones.”

For example, in Watts, the final contenders were the L.A. Conservation Corps and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. Those two groups’ grant applications were reviewed by the five anonymous committee members, who in turn had been recruited by Villaraigosa’s anonymous task-force recruiters. According to Carr, sufficient knowledge of the gang problem earns applicants 10 points. Organizational capability, which includes adequate staffing and a history of financial stability, earns 20 points. An operational plan, including prevention services and a way to evaluate effectiveness, is worth 50 points. A well-presented budget earns 20 points.

In Watts, L.A. Conservation Corps earned 84.25 points compared with Watts Labor Community Action Committee’s 82.75 points. In a second round, worth 50 points, both groups were inspected and interviewed by two members from Villaraigosa’s secret selection committee and one member of his anonymous six-person oversight committee. Carr says L.A. Conservation Corps won 33.5 points to the other group’s 32.83, so L.A. Conservation Corps got the city contract.

Social worker Reginald Quinn and consultant Bill Burgess, both connected with the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, praised the mayor’s secretive selection process. After all, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program had just secured $500,000 in gang-prevention money and is putting in for another $250,000. Says Burgess: “This is the mayor’s baby.”

 

Time to Rock and Roll-engage and kick in!

Much has been reported about the current Mayor’s record and the millions of dollars he has raised for his 2009 campaign. It is also being reported that there is no real competition based on the funds he has raised and the fact that a Billionaire Developer is not going to run for the seat.

 

The Mayor’s campaign staff has stated the money raised by the Mayor will be used to promote his record.

 

Well, here is my record. I do not have millions in the bank, but have millions of reasons to run, all of which includes you!

 

All of my efforts have only been possible due to your support, confidence, leg work and funding. I know who the real hero’s are and so do you.

 

Here is my record; look it over and if you believe we would continue to be a good team, then I ask that you take action now. Here is a list of things you can do.

 

1. Forward this e-mail on to your e-mail groups.

 

 2. Host a meeting/coffee for me to come and meet your family, friends and businesses associates.

 

3. Make a contribution (max $1000.00 per person) and send it to Committee to Elect David Hernandez for Mayor PO Box 9158, North Hollywood, CA 91609. ID# 1312393

Contributions are not tax deductible but vital.

 

I have agreed to participate in the City’s “matching funds” program. They city will match the funds I raise once I reach the qualification amount of $150,000. Once the amount is reached the City will issue the first check in that amount. The maximum amount they will match is $667,000.

 

In Your corner,

 

David Hernandez, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

Web site under construction: www.dave4la.com

https://lasmayor.wordpress.com