The UrbDeZine community is saddened to lose one of its own: Michael P. Russell of the award winning Los Angeles Author Panel. Michael’s article about Los Angeles homelessness is one of UrbDeZine’s most widely read of all time. The following is a tribute and memory we received notifying us of Mike’s passing on August 8, 2018: Continue Reading Announcing the Passing of Michael P. Russell
Mayor Garcetti said: “We need money to build housing for the homeless.”
Voters said: “Here is $1.2 billion for housing the homeless.” (November bond issue.)
Mayor Garcetti said: “We need money to provide services for the homeless.”
Voters said: “Okay, we will tax ourselves a one quarter percent sales tax, so that you can provide needed services for homeless.”Continue Reading LA’s new homeless money: What Garcetti could learn from Bradley and de Blasio
Ok, that will be the last Rolling Stones distorted allusion in this op-ed.
Please close your eyes and imagine with me the reality that developers experience in the building application process ….Continue Reading Empathy for the Devel . . . oper (with apologies to the Rolling Stones)
That hissing sound you hear is the air coming out of the U. S. real estate market. While the decline will not be comparable to the 2008-2010 debacle, the downturn will have a negative effect on the rest of the economy.
Let’s examine some of the telltale signs.Continue Reading The Hissing Sound and the U. S. Real Estate Market
It was none of these things for the homeless.
For the homeless, it is a life without shelter, food, health care and a positive environment. Their environment is freezing and often wet.
Regardless of where you live, most would agree that we have a major societal issue on our hands.
While I have traveled to all but two states and all major cities, my perspective of homelessness is based upon the City of Los Angeles, because this is where I have lived for most of my career.
As the project manager of the Bunker Hill Urban Renewal project in downtown Los Angeles, I became aware of “Skid Row” and the “homeless” in the late-1960’s.Continue Reading Mind Blowing Facts about LA’s Homeless People and How to Un-Homeless Them
On April 20, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his budget for next year.
After a “speech” at a Valley Industry Commerce Association, the Mayor formally presented his budget at City Hall.
What can I say?!! It was underwhelming.
Because 78 percent of the City of Los Angeles budget goes to paying just salaries. This does not include pensions.Continue Reading In LA, There is Never Enough Money for…………
Trust in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective.” Sadly, on numerous occasions, the City of Santa Monica and some their residents have proven that they cannot be trusted. Continue Reading You Cannot Trust Santa Monica
Governor Brown does not like affordable housing. But, he does like the bullet train that will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. The first leg will connect Bakersfield to Fresno. (None of my transportation consultant friends support the high speed train or the first leg.)Continue Reading California Needs Brown to Trade the Train for Affordable Housing