Parks, Perry want Ling off CRA panel
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.