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October 21, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Developers have defaulted on $41 million in loans from the Los Angeles redevelopment agency, which has failed to properly check the background of borrowers, negotiate strong terms and aggressively collect what is owed, according to an audit released Tuesday by the city controller.
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August 18, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The head of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency said Tuesday that he planned to move ahead with a major overhaul that would effectively create seven regional agencies to better focus the department's limited resources in different parts of the city. CRA Administrator Robert Ovrom said the plan, set to go to the agency board Thursday, is based on his belief that smaller organizations are more nimble and successful than large ones.
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January 8, 2004 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
Two public agencies have hired a consultant to draft a comprehensive plan for future commercial, retail, residential and transportation developments in North Hollywood. Although redevelopment efforts have been underway for years, officials with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said they sought a fresh perspective, new ideas and a comprehensive vision and strategy to guide future projects.
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August 23, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor James K. Hahn said Friday his top economic development deputy will be leaving the mayor's office to join the city redevelopment agency, where he will oversee projects in the harbor area. Jonathan Kevles will also serve as the Community Redevelopment Agency's liaison to the mayor's office. "This move will boost our redevelopment efforts throughout the city," Hahn said in a statement issued while he was on vacation in Hawaii.
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May 21, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday gave the Community Redevelopment Agency an extension of powers to remake Hollywood, despite opposition from several residents who charged that the city has squandered public money and is forcing mom-and-pop businesses to sell out to wealthy developers. The CRA's power of eminent domain expired in 1998, but the council reinstated it for another 12 years on Tuesday.
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April 30, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
After nearly 17 years of city government efforts to redevelop Hollywood, at a cost of $220 million, the area remains significantly blighted with at least 73% of properties requiring repairs or major rehabilitation, a city study has concluded. The report by the Community Redevelopment Agency said that crime, depressed property values and high vacancy rates also remain serious problems for the 1,100-acre area.
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December 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Burbank City Manager Robert "Bud" Ovrom, who is widely praised for strengthening the city's economy with downtown revitalization projects, has announced he wants to head the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Ovrom, 57, is seeking to replace agency Executive Director Jerry Scharlin, who is expected to step down in January. Ovrom told his staff in an e-mail Monday that he is considering the post at a time when Burbank is politically and economically sound.
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February 24, 2001 | Patrick McGreevy
Despite reservations, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday confirmed the appointment of Jerry Scharlin as administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency. But the council rejected a request by the CRA board for a four-year term, and instead gave Scharlin an 18-month contract as head of the city's premier blight-fighting agency.
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February 20, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite his familiarity with the rough-and-tumble life of corporate boardrooms, Jerry Scharlin was caught off guard by the level of controversy, intrigue and hardball politics he has experienced as interim administrator of Los Angeles' troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.
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