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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new chief of Los Angeles' Community Redevelopment Agency said Monday he has fired two top managers after concluding that he needed a "different team." "I was brought in to try to turn the agency around," said acting CRA Administrator Jerry Scharlin, who was hired earlier this summer to take over the financially strapped agency. Those terminated were Chief Deputy Administrator Diana Webb, the CRA's No. 2 manager, and Chief Financial Officer Pierre Lorenger.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
The Community Redevelopment Agency board on Thursday approved a plan to close the North Hollywood field office and move to a more secure and larger building nearby, in part because of concerns about death threats against agency workers. The LAPD has investigated four threats this year and three last year against employees of the CRA in North Hollywood, where the agency's use of eminent domain powers to take property has infuriated many landowners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999
Prompted in part by death threats against employees, the Community Redevelopment Agency board on Thursday approved a plan to close the North Hollywood field office and move to a more secure and larger building nearby. The Los Angeles Police Department has investigated four threats this year and three last year against employees of the CRA in North Hollywood, where the agency's use of eminent domain powers to take property has infuriated many landowners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Community Redevelopment Agency board tapped private management consultant Jerry Scharlin on Wednesday to serve as interim administrator and help the board reorganize the financially troubled agency. City Council members voiced concern that Scharlin lacks experience in redevelopment, but CRA board members said that is not as important in an interim administrator as skill in helping the board revamp the agency's management structure and budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1999
The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency is hemorrhaging: $630 million in debt and down to 200 employees from a high of 350, even as the number of projects it oversees is up from 17 to 31, with more in the works. Revenue projections for the CRA have been wholly unrealistic, and there has been an exodus in upper management. Steps must be taken to right this ship, but what exactly should be done? This much is clear: A Los Angeles City Council takeover is not a good idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency board delayed appointing a new administrator Thursday after one member suggested a private consultant be selected for the post to help with a planned reorganization. The board agreed to meet again Wednesday to discuss a successor to John Molloy, who abruptly retired from the administrator's post on Tuesday in a dispute with the board over the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Battered in a dispute with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency board over the department's future, agency Administrator John Molloy said Tuesday he is taking a retirement buyout package effective today. Molloy, 52, issued a terse statement saying he is proud of his four years at the helm of the CRA and thanking the agency staff for its work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan asked the Los Angeles City Council on Thursday not to override a budget proposed by the Community Redevelopment Agency board, saying he agrees with the board that bonds should not be used to fund administrative expenses. Board members have asked CRA administrator John Molloy to revise his budget to eliminate at least $1 million in debt financing of administrative expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
Intervening to save union jobs, Los Angeles City Council members warned Tuesday that they will fight additional staff cuts at the Community Redevelopment Agency. While not offering an alternative to patch a CRA deficit, council members put the CRA board on notice that it will probably face a battle if it tries to make deep cuts in the agency work force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Critics of the Community Redevelopment Agency said Thursday they have retained control of the advisory panel overseeing the agency's North Hollywood program, guaranteeing another two years of battle over how to revive the area. In elections this week, the anti-CRA bloc maintained its two-thirds majority on the city's 25-member North Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area Committee, said Glenn Hoiby, the panel's chairman. "The general attitude of the majority of members is the same," Hoiby said.
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