To: Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Fr: Zuma Dogg
Re: REAP (Rent Escrow Account Program)
Dt: August 3,2009
Dear Mr. City Attorney,
As a concerned citizen and candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 2, I wanted to share some of the concerns that have been expressed to me over the past couple years regarding the City of Los Angeles's REAP (Rent Escrow) program.
The reason I am bringing this issue of REAP to your attention at this time, is because I know "protecting the city's treasury" is your primary goal, as it is mine, and as I am thinking, "Oh no...what if I become councilmember; the city is such a corrupt racket, what is the BIGGEST thing that I fear could cripple the city and make it wish it was never even founded due to the general fund draining lawsuits that are "out there in the air" waiting to be filed, along with the one I am already aware of.
IT'S RENT ESCROW BABY! And it's gonna cost the city a hell of a lot more than the Hunt/Dowd Venice Beach lawsuit.
And I am coming with this item as the person who brought the issues of subprime/foreclosures, recession, $1000 gold, high oil prices in response to FED rate cuts, city would be sued over density bonus law, condo-conversions in violation of city charter, special event fees were shady, the stock market would crash, Alarcon's Children's Museum would go belly up/lose the money/never get paid back, the city's LACERS pension money was overly invested in risky Wall Street and real estate investments, Grand Ave Project would never see the first floor built, the city was going to have to cut services, they wouldn't have enough money to operate and they wouldn't have to balance the budget because checks would just bounce. (I guess I was only partially kidding now that the city has indeed bounced $6 million...AND IT'S ALL COME TRUE...and that only scratches the tip of the iceberg as far as my predictions and warnings toward the goal of preserving the city's treasury.
SO NOW, as I think about the biggest nightmare looming in the city ready to bring it down...my "Deep Thoughts" turn toward REAP.
Here's something that is part of a big project about REAP that someone sent me:
The Los Angeles Housing Department is confiscating the rent money of 1,674 landlords in order to bankrupt small landlords. That way, the major real estate developers who contribute to local elections can buy up these properties at bargain prices. This will bring out the end of affordable housing in Los Angeles and force many low-income people, especially those who don’t contribute to the tax base or collect welfare, to move out of Los Angeles. This is a clever way to get rid of poor people without having the City being seen as "the bad guy".
Nuch, although Eric Garcetti tells me REAP is picture-perfect and only cracks down on those mean slumlords who do everything wrong and never fix stuff. WELL, then GOOD!
But ZD is here to tell you enough people have showed up to city council chambers and complained to Zuma Dogg that it is also a corrupt racket that I think you will be seeing some fire from that "where there is smoke."
DO A SURVEY OF COUNCILMEMBERS UNTIL YOU TALK TO THE ONE WHO SAYS, "ZD IS 100%, ABSOLUTLEY RIGHT. IT IS THE BIGGEST NIGHTMARE WAITING TO HAPPEN.
So please talk to Herb Wesson and Eric Garcetti and ask them to knock it off. Delgadilldo ain't the City Attorney anymore and The People are onto the REAP scam.
Give 'em one of those, "aiding and aibetting" talks! THEY need it and deserve it.
REAP: The program that keeps harrassing mom and pop smaller landlords by continuing to tack on new and innovative violations until they cannot afford to comply anymore, then the city councilmember takes the property and hands it over to their favorite developer to filp it into one of those million dollar condos that are sitting around vacant while more and more people leave town or take to the streets with Zuma Dogg.
But this isn't about compassion...it's about not getting hammered with the biggest slam dunk lawsuit of the biggest amount the city has ever seen.
A'ight Nuchinator. Just wanted to let you know so you can advise your clients. I will be advising them as well on the record. I hope saying, "I believe the City's RENT ESCROW PROGRAM is the biggest lawsuit waiting to happen that will have DEVASTATING economic reprucussions that will have Parks going into a Fred Sandford, "This is the big one Elizabeth" routine.
PULL THE PLUG ON THE SHADY SIDE OF REAP BEFORE I'M RUNNING INTO COUNCIL WAVING THIS BLOG POST IN YOUR FACE SAYING, "SEE...I WARNED YOU SIX MONTHS AGO!!!"
[NOTE: Mark your calendars for Thursday September 17th for the ZUMA DOGG CD2 CAMPAIGN LIVE EVENT including pre-party meeting/rally about the LAUSD/Parents Revolution. People from the L.A. Parent Union will be in attendance to help answer questions and help inform you as to what this is all about and how to get it started in at your school.]
Quote: "If more people knew what went on behind closed doors, before the council ever meets, and understood how their money and interests were being thrown to the wind, I think more people would be at that podium screaming their lungs out." - OurLA.org on Council's fake public comment decorum crackdown on Zuma Dogg. (Grieg Smith, you sound like a whiny little puss. You should stay quiet like you do the rest of the meeting and take a nap as we all know you have been known to do. Go WHINE yourself to sleep during the council meeting, GrIeg.)