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CRA Politicking: 2007
March 14, 2007, 4:42 PM
Filed under: CRA Districts

March 14, 2007

CRA tax dollars are now at work producing a public relations video featuring our own “Mayor Mara in outside locations (downtown & broadwalk).”  She is, as we all know, running for re-election and is already hard at work making calls and meeting with residents, lining up what support she can.  And now she will be on television as a star of a brand new CRA video. The CRA-produced video will provide self-congratulatory TV coverage for the mayor and to a lesser extent other featured incumbents. Has it occurred to any one of them what this use of public tax dollars looks like to us, the taxpayers?

Is a CRA-financed public relations video a proper use of public tax dollars? Of what possible use is such a video in removing slum and blight or promoting redevelopment, as CRAs are required to do?

The video script in its “final draft” gives our mayor the last word (supply your own background music):

“And I’m the Chair of the CRA Board, Mara GUILIANTI. Together as a Community Redevelopment Agency we are working to make YOUR Hollywood a great place to live, work and play.  Today and for generations to follow!”

So here we have a severely cash-strapped city with financial liabilities way beyond our ability to pay.  We have reduced services, more user fees, and long-neglected water and sewer infrastructure that is urgently in need of costly upgrades.  We also have an ethically tarnished city including a suspended commissioner, cops caught in an FBI sting, and a police chief who blew an undercover investigation. We have a failure of due diligence in granting millions of dollars to a developer who could not perform.  And there is more, including missing e-mails and computer hard drives that disappeared or crashed before prosecutors could examine them.

Have you had enough?  If so, it is time to act.  If you think it is irresponsible and wasteful for the CRA to be spending public tax dollars on a self-promotional video, please write the commission and tell them to put a stop this improper use of Hollywood taxpayers’ money

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