As you will see from the links that we will provide and This land stealing (often known by the terms "takings," redevelopment," "land grabbing,""eminent domain," "corporate welfare," "municipal projects," is happening all over the United States at alarming proportions....
Isolated stories sporadically appear in the newspapers, but the true magnitude of the takings is often unreported. Since the mainstream media have so far refused to publicize these facts, we can only estimate the numbers. Many articles have been written about this situation that have appeared in the magazine of the Apartment Owners' Association of Southern California, though, and as a result we have spoken to hundreds of property owners, some of whom called from other states.
The agencies and private entities throughout the United States that we know have been part of this little known group of land grabbers are: The Community Redevelopment Agencies, the Federal Agency HUD: Housing and Urban Development, the various Port Authorities, City Attorneys and various other elected municipal, state and federal officials, City Housing Departments, many non-profit and for-profit housing corporations and housing developers. The Catholic Church, and more specifically Cardinal Mahoney, has been involved through their connection with the CRA, though it remains to be seen if they are aware of the corrupt actions of the City and CRA.
Community Redevelopment Agency CRA
Redevelopment agencies exist in most major cities in the U.S.. They promote a form of corporate welfare that gives government monies to private entities to build projects in so-called blighted areas. In order to do this, the CRA routinely uses or ABUSES the power of eminent domain to force owners of properties that unfortunately lie in the path of the CRA to sell their properties to the CRA who in turn sell or lease them to high-powered cronies who in some instances have made campaign donations. The amount the CRA offers is generally far below market value so that the owners must be FORCED to give up their properties. Challengers to this unwanted takeover are frequently visited by building inspectors who make accusations about lack of building permits on seventy year old houses and/or they are falsely and maliciously prosecuted in order to silence the challenger and force them into submission. To make matters worse, the CRA depletes the General Funds of counties and cities because of a self-perpetuating system called tax increment financing*. This means that monies are diverted from police, libraries, street maintenance and schools in order to fund more CRA projects such as unnecessary sports stadiums, $300,000 per unit apartment complexes for affordable housing or ultimately empty parking lots. (For a more complete description of the CRA go to: Click here to visit http://www.redevelopment.com -- (Close the window to return to this document). Redevelopment: the Unknown Government)
The CITY OF LOS ANGELES
We are going to confine the rest of our attention to the City of Los Angeles since that is where our research and experience began. We will also link to websites in the other cities and areas of the country in which these property takings are occurring.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES C.R.A.
To see what the CRA says about itself, Click here
Don't be fooled or confused by the City's excuse that they must clean up the slums. Don't believe them when they say that redevelopment will help the community. Don't believe it when they say they will pay you market value for your property If buildings need to be upgraded, fixed or renewed, IT SHOULD NOT RESULT IN AN UNLAWFUL TAKING of the property. ALL of the owners mentioned on this website COMPLIED WITH ORDERS OF THE CITY.
ALL TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE GIVEN EXCUSES AS TO WHY THEY MUST DO THIS OR THAT. Communism was supposed to give a fair redistribution of wealth to the public. That was obviously a lie. Hitler told the people that the Jews were responsible for the Great Depression. That was a lie. The Taliban claimed that all other regimes are evil and that they, alone, were pure and good. THE ACTIONS OF THE POLITICIANS AND CRONIES OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES HAVE SHOWN THEM TO BE AS OPPRESSIVE AND CORRUPT AS THE ABOVE-MENTIONED TYRANTS. REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IN SELLING LIES TO THE PUBLIC. THEY HAVE THE BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERTS THAT MONEY YOUR MONEY CAN BUY.
according to the CRA, they are providing loans to the people in Boyle heights. Here is what the CRA says about their projectBut according to many residents of the area, quite the opposite is being done.