L.A. Today: Elections And Redevelopment
In addition to the more well-known races, 16 candidates are vying for four seats on the Los Angeles Community College District Board, notes the Los Angeles Times. The paper recently found massive waste inside the $5.7 billion construction program.
Kevin Roderick of L.A. Observed had a nice blog post the other day lamenting sustained media coverage of the powerful government entity.
L.A.’s district attorney has launched an investigation looking into an alleged conflict of interest by one former community college official, the Times reports today.
Despite the election, the Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to discuss absorbing $930 million from the city’s redevelopment agency to safe guard the funds from Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking to eliminate the agencies. The CRA, in a hastily called meeting, voted Monday to transfer $100 million more to the city for a list of projects, reports the L.A Times. The council will also vote on that allocation today.
Check out former Daily News editor Ron Kaye's take on the ongoing salvo here. He's outraged, to put it mildly.
I’m taking a wait and see approach on this one, for months the council has pushed the debate over redevelopment funds to a later date. Also, California’s controller released a report Monday, chiding the agencies for lack of accountability and transparency, shorting schools by at least $40 million.
And finally, need a ride to the polls? You can take a taxi for free, the Daily Breeze says.
Reach reporter Andrew Khouri here.