Jeff Smith noon, March 8
$1 Million Targeted for Homeless Will Be Diverted to L.A. Football Stadium
According to LA Weekly News, $1 million in federal block grants intended to help the Skid Row homeless in Los Angeles will go to subsidize the architect of the proposed new downtown football stadium. The big San Francisco-based architectural firm, Gensler, will move its office from Santa Monica to downtown LA with the $1 million in federal community development block grant funds stolen from the poor. In a February press release, LA officials boasted that they lured Gensler's 250 employees by granting the company a three-year tax holiday on revenues. The city, with typical disingenuousness, is claiming the move will create jobs, but that is silly; Gensler's Santa Monica office is only 20 miles away. This greasy and smelly maneuver helps the city subsidize the stadium to be constructed by Anschutz Entertainment Group which insists, of course, that taxpayers won't be paying for the project.