August 18, 1991
Michael H. Salzman, former executive director of the Los Angeles Housing Authority, has died at his retirement home in Santa Barbara. He was 75. Helen Salzman, his wife of 52 years, said he died Thursday. He had been suffering from the effects of a 1987 stroke. Salzman, formerly of Long Beach, served as head of the housing agency from 1971 until his retirement in 1979. Before that appointment, he was a principal planner for the city of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2011 |
Barry Smith, 56, caught my attention Tuesday morning when he stuck his head into a dumpster at the Jordan Downs housing complex to dig for recyclable containers. When he came up for air, I asked if he'd heard the latest scandalous news about the spendthrifts at the Los Angeles Housing Authority. No, said Smith, he'd been busy scraping to get by. So I told him about the newest outrage. Not only did the housing authority board quietly agree to a $1.2-million payout to the chief they fired last spring, Rudy Montiel, but an audit by City Controller Wendy Greuel and a report by KCET's "SoCal Connected" have revealed lavish travel and dining expenses, as well as perks for employees, including $4,500 spent on Land's End sweaters.
February 6, 2002
In "Agency Takes a Bite Out of Housing Police" (Feb. 3), HUD spokeswoman Nancy Segerdahl was reported as saying the federal government should not be held responsible for the policing reductions in housing projects run by the Los Angeles Housing Authority, as the authority is not told how to spend its money. I would argue that HUD is responsible, because not enough money has been given to the authority to tackle the dual issues of housing-project maintenance and policing. In spite of funding shortfalls, the Los Angeles Housing Authority used perhaps its most important resource--people--to create workshops wherein community members and the police could work together to address security and safety issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1993
Starting June 1, the Los Angeles Housing Authority will once again take applications for a waiting list for housing for low-income people, senior citizens and the disabled. The agency stopped taking applications last June when it had more than 24,000 and fewer than 100 vacancies each month among its 8,600 units. But by dropping no-shows and ineligible applicants, the list was cut to just over 10,000, said Lucille Morris, director of housing management.
April 10, 2008
I propose this addition to "50 Ways to Love Your Dodgers" [March 27], under the heading "Know Your History": Meet the Ghosts of Chavez Ravine: To appreciate where you are, you need to understand where you've been. Before Chavez Ravine became Dodger Stadium, it comprised the neighborhoods of Bishop, La Loma and Palo Verde, home to more than 1,000 people. The anti-communist hysteria of the 1950s derailed the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority's progressive ideal of building state-of-the-art low-income housing on the site, and the land was eventually sold to the Dodgers.