Parks, Perry want Ling off CRA panel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champLing is executive director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, an affordable-housing development and property-management company. Ling and some colleagues on the CRA Commission have angered developers by requiring affordable units, job training and other community benefits, even when projects do not get CRA funding. But Ling said her decisions are within the law and support the mayor’s vision. “When a real estate project comes before CRA and has substantial concessions and substantially increases the value of the land, some of us agree that the development should have to give something back to the community,” Ling said. Besides, she added, she’s just one person on the seven-member board. However some developers believe Ling’s advocacy is influencing CRA staffers. “CRA, as an agency, is making these kinds of demands of economic conditions that bear no relationship to the CRA’s authority and what is being asked of them to approve,” said Ben Reznik, an attorney representing JSM Capital in a lawsuit over development requirements in the North Hollywood redevelopment area. Villaraigosa’s office said Tuesday that Ling has his complete and unwavering support. “Joan Ling is an expert in real estate finance who asks tough questions and who tells the truth,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. “The mayor did not appoint Joan Ling to be a rubber stamp on the commission.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two City Council members are urging their colleagues to deny the reappointment of an affordable-housing advocate to the Community Redevelopment Agency Commission, charging that she has interfered with projects and hurt development efforts. In a letter to the council Tuesday, Councilman Bernard Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry said CRA Commissioner Joan Ling has exceeded her authority by seeking to impose affordable-housing requirements and community-benefits conditions on projects in CRA zones. “It has been our experience that in her role as a CRA Commissioner Joan Ling promotes an agenda that is driven by personal advocacy and results in a negative effect on South Los Angeles projects and housing projects in downtown Los Angeles,” the letter said. Ling was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2005, and her reappointment is being considered today by the council’s housing, community and economic development committee. last_img read more

Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES In other trade moves reported Friday, Los Angeles Clippers stalwart Blake Griffin is set to sign a new five-year deal that will see him remain in California.The Los Angeles Times and ESPN both reported that Griffin would sign a deal worth $173 million after scrapping scheduled meetings with Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.It follows a tumultuous week for the Clippers, who on Wednesday saw Chris Paul depart for the Houston Rockets ahead of free agency starting on Saturday.READ: Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’Paul joined the Rockets following a reported rift with coach Doc Rivers. Griffin, the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, last week opted out of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Paul George and Russell Westbrook are set to become teammates in the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Indiana Pacers star Paul George is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster deal that will see Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis head in the opposite direction, reports said Friday (Saturday, Manila).ESPN reported that four-time All-Star forward George heads to the Thunder despite pledging to remain with the Pacers for the 2017-2018 season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments George, 27, had been widely linked to a 2018 move to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next year.READ: Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead, the Pacers star is now poised to join Oklahoma City, where he will forge a partnership with NBA 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.No further details of the proposed deal were immediately available, but the move would enable Indiana to obtain talent for losing George, something they wouldn’t get if he played out his contract next season. Paul and Griffin have been integral to the Clippers’ record of reaching the post-season in the last six seasons, although they have never made it further than the second round.Griffin has also endured recent seasons disrupted by injuries that have restricted him to just 83 regular season appearances in the past three seasons.Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season in 61 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more