Billions In Fraud & Waste, Who Will Stop It? #589-590
February 13, 2011One Comment
Segment # 1 – Citizen Uprising To Challenge CRA Corruption?
Veteran Newsman Ron Kaye, describes the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that has been plagued with cronyism and corruption. Citizens in Hollywood and downtown LA have begun to challenge the use of public funds going to questionable developers for unwanted projects promoted by elected officials who receive campaign contributions from the developers
Segment # 2 – Abolishing Redevelopment Agencies To Save California
Newsman Ron Kaye describes the most notorious CRA project by politically connected developer Hal Katersky who has a history of bankruptcy. The economics of L A Redevelopment projects have been fraught with waste of taxpayers funds. He suggests that Governor Brown’s proposal to abolish the CRA Agencies statewide is a good idea to use the funds to wipe away the massive California debt. He laments that CRA Commissioners have moved to tie up the money so the Governor cannot use it.
Segment # 3 – Cra Hoards $ Billions That Could Help Solve State Debt
Bureaucrats making decisions have not produced results that benefit the public, according to Veteran Newsman Ron Kaye. He says we need to start over and rethink how to really help the blighted neighborhoods. He describes how the CRA Commissioners have almost a billion dollars that could be used by the State’s debt problem, instead of being used for pet project favored by local politicians.
Segment # 4 – The Cra Web Of Corruption Fostered By Special Interests
Budget crisis worsens as politicians bicker. Ron Kaye describes the politicians who won’t cut a deal with the Governor. Circumstances in LA were driven by corrupted few with power. Public Employee unions emerged as power players who gained power with lucrative contracts.
Segment # 5 – Corrupt System=elected Officials+judges+law Enforcement
The decline of Los Angeles could be stopped with citizen watch dogs and the people being empowered. The system must come to terms with reality and stop juggling books to continue pay raises for public employees. The Use of Eminent Domain and “Go along to Get Along” has turned the L. A. CRA into a system that encourages people to do bad things. He says things need to be shaken up and responds to FDN’s question….. Is he afraid of being isolated as a watch dog?
Segment # 6 – Re-inventing Democracy & Empowering People
Newsman Ron Kaye suggests that America has to change, economically and politically. People need to feel they have the power to affect their circumstances. Government\’s role should not be to dictate how people should live. “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, not a Lexis SUV” he suggests that we should look at Egypt to see what is happening. “Our system is fragile and could be made to change” ….”if a thousand people went down to City Hall they would be made to listen.” The collective actions of people is beginning to cause change and making City Hall nervous. He explains why.