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March 3, 1999
Regarding Ventura Mayor Jim Friedman's comments that out-of-town money is helping to finance the anti-redevelopment movement, one might ask where the developers are from and where the money they would receive as a result of these activities would be going. Out of town, maybe? JOSEPH SIEKIEL, Ventura
March 24, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, has acknowledged the possibility of moving the franchise back to Los Angeles if Oakland can't get its act together on a new stadium. That's interesting. But if words translated into actions, the L.A. market would have landed an NFL team or two 15 years ago. More than half of the league's 32 teams have been linked to L.A. at one point or another, as in, Team 'X' could potentially move if it can't get a stadium deal where it is. At the league's annual meetings Monday, Davis said his patience is wearing thin over the Coliseum City project, the proposed redevelopment of the 850 acres in and around the Oakland Coliseum to create new homes for the Raiders, Athletics and Golden State Warriors.
October 26, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Aaron Epstein, a Hollywood businessman, got an offer recently that a lot of people in his situation would have leapt at. Hey, said City Hall, would you like a handout, Mr. Epstein? If so, we'll give you money — as much as $200,000 — to spruce up your building, inside and out. It's all part of a Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency program to brighten up Hollywood Boulevard, and Epstein is one of dozens of business owners eligible for cash loans. And the deal gets better.
November 20, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A vast but vacant Sears Roebuck & Co. product distribution center in Boyle Heights dating to the 1920s has sold for $29 million to a Los Angeles developer who plans to bring it back to life, perhaps with housing, offices and stores. The building has been a fixture on the East Los Angeles skyline for decades. Izek Shomof, who has renovated several office buildings and hotels in downtown's historic core, bought the sprawling nine-story Olympic Boulevard complex, where workers once glided on roller skates among far-flung racks of merchandise to fill orders from the popular Sears mail order catalog.
July 17, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
In his twilight years, Zhang Shan has simplified his daily schedule to the bare essentials: Wake up, eat breakfast, walk to Shuangxing Bathhouse and undress. The bathhouse, on the southern outskirts of the Chinese capital, is a remnant of a time long past when homes here lacked plumbing and all bathing was communal. The bathhouse was also a social gathering point where men flocked to sweat, talk politics and relax. But now, local authorities with an eye toward redevelopment appear intent on demolishing what is believed to be the last traditional public bathhouse in Beijing and the social culture that emanates from it. Zhang, 67, used to commute more than an hour by public bus to fulfill his daily ritual, but two years ago he moved within walking distance.
August 17, 1990
After the savings and loan scandal, the HUD scandal, the EPA scandal and the Pentagon spending scandal, the next scandal to be uncovered will be the redevelopment scandal in the cities across the nation. Developers are moving in and promoting the stealing of private property from owners of property just because these properties happen to be on valuable land that offers developers profit-making opportunities. The city government is encouraged to expropriate this private property, giving the rightful owners minimal compensation which would not permit them to even begin to duplicate their investment at current market prices.
September 4, 1988
I have been privileged to work as a teacher, counselor and now a principal in the Bellflower Unified School District for the last 25 years. Soon after I started, my wife and I moved our family into this community for two compelling reasons. First, Bellflower was a community that had a strong sense of identity and a commitment to the future. Secondly, it has always been important to me to be involved in the community I serve as an educator. As an educator, I was always fascinated with the number of students I had whose parents had attended our schools and who intended to live here when they went out on their own. When I asked them why, the answers would always contain some reference to a feeling about Bellflower having this sense of a community with direction, and that the people here cared about them and their future.
January 28, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has sent state officials a warning that his department could be unable to provide $26 million in vital law enforcement services unless the Legislature extends the deadline to shut down redevelopment agencies. In a Jan. 24 letter to the governor and other state officials, Baca urged them to support a bill by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) that would push the closures to April 15. If the agencies shut down as scheduled in February, Baca said, smaller cities served by his deputies could be forced to cover some continuing redevelopment costs by slashing their law enforcement budgets.
May 30, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The city of Adelanto had planned to spend $15 million on affordable housing. Artesia proposed to invest $2.3 million in downtown improvements. Atascadero budgeted $53 million for upgrades including a pedestrian bridge downtown and a better wall at the city zoo. These municipal projects and many more statewide are in question because of a dispute between cities and the state over what should become of hundreds of millions of dollars in property tax...
January 27, 1987 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
Margueretta Gulati, the Oceanside redevelopment director who helped nurture the city's budding urban renewal effort despite sometimes-formidable obstacles, announced Monday that she has resigned to take a similar post in Riverside. Council members expressed sorrow over the departure of Gulati, who will begin work in Riverside by early March. "She has done one heck of a good job," said Councilwoman Lucy Chavez, a staunch redevelopment supporter.
November 16, 2013 | By Mary Ellen Podmolik
No Coke. No fries. No desire to change things. The Billy Goat Tavern has been a Chicago landmark for generations and a fixture under North Michigan Avenue for almost 50 years. And its owner wants to remain there, regardless of whatever redevelopment goes on above it. Sam Sianis, who runs the tavern and is the nephew of the Billy Goat's original owner, William Sianis, said he knew nothing of potential plans for a massive redevelopment disclosed Monday that would involve replacing the Realtor Building, on property located above the Goat.
September 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The genius of the state's late and not-very-much-lamented community redevelopment agencies was that they built projects that raised property values and then kept for themselves the higher tax receipts that resulted. Normally, taxes are divvied up among the city, the county, the school districts and the state, but in a California-style CRA project area, any tax receipts beyond what the parcel already had been generating would stay with the agency to pay off bonds and invest in new projects.
August 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Denounced by one property owner as a “communist land grab,” a bill is advancing in the California Legislature that would allow local governments to spend tax money to seize land from residents and provide it at a discount to private developers. Dubbed by some as the “son of redevelopment,” SB 1 would replace redevelopment project areas disbanded more than a year ago with new Sustainable Communities Investment Areas. The establishment of the areas would allow local officials to use money from the growth in property tax revenue, bonded indebtedness and powers of eminent domain to take properties from some and give them to others for economic development.
August 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Redondo Beach City Council has agreed to press on with a planned $300-million makeover of its long-ailing harbor and pier area, voting 3-2 to launch a lengthy environmental review of the proposed revitalization. The council also agreed to extend for two years its exclusive agreement with Centercal, the developer that hopes to bring a movie theater, boutique hotel and new restaurants and shops to the 15-acre waterfront. The split vote came just before midnight Tuesday, after more than five hours of discussion and as the expiration of the city's exclusive negotiating agreement with Centercal neared.
July 24, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
As a student at Jordan High School in Watts, Shanell Blackmon had flunked chemistry, ditched class and didn't think she would ever graduate. Along came Evan Dvorak, a 24-year-old physics teacher fresh out of college. He broke down the forbidding subject with patient explanations and fun experiments. He was inspiring: "Nothing less than your best. No excuses. " He talked Shanell out of dropping his honors class, insisting she could do the work - and she did, finishing with a B. In June, Shanell's hard work paid off when she proudly donned her blue cap and gown and walked across the stage to receive her diploma.
May 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Palm Springs, already in the midst of a long-overdue makeover, is now scrapping an empty downtown shopping mall along once-fashionable Palm Canyon Drive, reopening some closed streets and preparing to showcase the start of its Downtown PS redevelopment. After losing its mid-century luster and enduring decades as a second-tier tourist destination, the desert city of nearly 46,000 is building again. Its target: to attract visitors to Palms Springs' burgeoning night life, art scene and retro-cool culture, supporters say. "There's been a changing of the guard," said commercial real estate broker Mark Spohn of Sperry Van Ness.
August 30, 1992
The article by Dan Akst "Taking From Locals, Giving to Developers" (Aug. 18) points out how government takes from the poor and gives to the rich through redevelopment. Blighted areas are denied public works, housing, federal grants, public subsidies, low-interest loans, so cities can then take control of land by setting up urban renewal programs under California redevelopment law. Since increased property taxes in redevelopment areas go to the redevelopment agency for a period of 30 years and more, the diversion of these taxes must be made up by new taxes.
March 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials agreed Wednesday to pursue a parallel track for redeveloping the city's Convention Center in the event that Anschutz Entertainment Group and the National Football League fail to reach agreement on the Farmers Field stadium downtown. Jan Perry, chair of a special City Council committee overseeing the AEG deal, said she remains hopeful that the city can continue to work with the entertainment giant in both drawing an NFL franchise and building the stadium in the L.A. Live area.
December 21, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Cities and counties across California faced a Friday deadline for handing over millions of dollars - tens of millions in some cases - as the state winds down more than 400 redevelopment agencies. Some cities, such as Santa Ana, are refusing to hand over the money, heralding another potentially contentious battle over the funds. Friday was the deadline for many of the former redevelopment agencies to transmit funds that had been set aside to build affordable housing. The funds will be redistributed by the counties to cities, schools and other local government entities.
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