In an effort to keep you in the loop, here are the latest happenings around the Greater South Bay area. A mayor is sued by his former colleague, an attempt to lower the threshold to pass transportation measures and gang crime is down in the Hub.
After approving modifications to the former landfill site, that removed affordable housing out of the equation, the city announced they a new housing development that will bring 900 new homes to the South Bay. (Daily Breeze)
On a side note, Cerritos News reported exclusively about Mayor Albert Robles being sued by his former boss’s daughter and former Water Replenishment District (WRD) board member Lynn Dymally, who is alleging sexual harassment. There is no love lost between these two. You may recall when Dymally was initially suggested to be appointee to WRD, Robles cast the lone dissenting vote. He would later change his vote to make the appointment unanimous.
Senator Isadore Hall (D-Compton) recently honored Compton resident and recording artist Kendrick Lamar on his philanthropy for Compton Unified School District (CUSD) students. The State officially declared the rapper a “Generational Icon”. (LA Times)
The other good news out of the “Hub” is the recent reduction in crime. The latest preliminary data shows:
Criminal homicide is down 30% between year 2013 and 2014…while in 2014 and 2015 (YTD) is down 50%.
Aggravated Assault down 30% between year 2013 and 2014…Between 2014 and 2015 (YTD) is up slightly .4%.
City of Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is proposing to lower the threshold of votes needed to pass a measure for transportation funding. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Brown and councilmember’s Angie Reyes and Olivia Valentine voted in favor of tabling the item and continuing at a later meeting. The item was mixed with mixed reviews from residents in attendance.
District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay is seeking help from residents to stave off the independent groups backing her opponent, David Ryu, to replace the termed out Tom LaBonge. In an email sent to supporters, she asks for their help in defeating the special interests seeking to ruin her chances of ascencion to the dais. Despite the support of most of the sitting council members, she appears to be concerned her message will be dissipated with the influx of cash on Ryu’s behalf. (LA Times)
With the homeless count numbers in, the data proved what our eyes are already seeing. Homelessness is a growing epidemic around the Greater Los Angeles area. Both the City of Carson and Inglewood planned to build more affordable housing but those plans were scrapped in favor of bringing “football/futbol” back to the 2nd largest television market. How will Angeleno’s fair with many cities forgoing the development of affordable housing in favor of the more prized “market rate” properties? (Daily Breeze)