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“Are Black Folks Crazy?” Secret Meeting was CANCELED because “Scientology” had a problem with some of the information.

                                     BREAKING NEWS

August 30, 2012
To Skid Row,
As many of you know by now, last night’s “Are Black Folks Crazy?” Secret Meeting was CANCELED because “Scientology” had a problem with some of the information.
In what was to be a “Tell-All Town Hall” meeting in which many truths about African-American’s and mental illness were to be discussed in front of an anticipated “standing room only” crowd inside of Scientology’s Community Center deep in South Central Los Angeles, after a heated discussion behind closed doors, organizers canceled the event only minutes prior to the official time that the doors were to open for the meeting. Skid Row community activist General Jeff, one of the event’s organizers, stated that “Our(African-American’s) position as well as the information we are providing will not be compromised for any individual or organization regardless of whether they let us use their building or not!”.
Apparently “Scientology” does not want to offer an official public response, but if anyone wishes to know more, please feel free to contact them directly!
The meeting was to publicly share information on the statewide African-American CRDP (California Reducing Disparities Population Report), which is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). After first releasing the information July 17th of this year, Dr. Diane Woods, Lead Researcher for the project, has traveled all over the State of California sharing the same information during various public meetings in all 58 counties in California, including Butte County, Alameda County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County.
There was nothing different about the information for this meeting, but Scientology had a problem with it. There are many more questions that need to be asked!!!
That said, “thank you” goes out to all those who came and supported. Unfortunately, this meeting will NOT be rescheduled!!
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
VP, Outreach and Communications
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health

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Skid Row Resident Verbally Attacked at Last Night’s DLANC Planning Meeting

 

 

August 22, 2012

To all,

 

Apparently the dust hasn’t settled on one of Downtown L.A.’s current “hot topics” because emotions are running high and the finger-pointing has begun.

 

That said, during last night’s Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Planning committee meeting (which is open to the public), Skid Row resident General Jeff was verbally attacked by Russell Brown during “Board member comment” on the agenda. Russell Brown, in a wild rant, falsely implied that General Jeff spoke of money exchanging hands between Skid Row Housing Trust, powerful Downtown business group Central City Association and CCA members that also sit on DLANC’s Board, then suggested that this somehow tainted the Board’s vote of non-support.

 

A visibly upset General Jeff responded with an emotional recap of what exactly was said during last week’s “legal and valid” DLANC Board vote where Skid Row Housing Trust was denied a letter of support for a liquor license/alcohol permit for their “New Genesis Hotel”, a soon-to-open, low-income housing building at 5th and Main Street which will have ground floor retail, thus the desire to serve alcohol.

 

Even after the DLANC Planning committee meeting resumed, Brown tried again to “paint false pictures” of Jeff wrongfully influencing the DLANC Board vote in a hastened effort to strum up support for himself and SRHT. That’s when an ethics issue presented itself because Brown kept repeatedly referring to SRHT Executive Director Mike Alvidrez simply as “Mike”, which then implies the possibility of their association being more than applicant/committee member, which therefore brings into question the possibility of “collusion”. Brown’s dialogue then addressed the process of “what needed to be done in order for SRHT to win their appeal”, which confirmed a legitimate question of a possible ethics violation by Brown.

 

Brown, the former DLANC President and former Executive Director of the HCBID, is currently the Chair of the DLANC Transportation committee and is also on the Pershing Square Advisory Board, has been accused of ethics violations in the past which led to an “official grievance hearing” for his alleged behind-the-scenes “networking”. Jeff, Skid Row’s resident representative on the DLANC is also the VP of Outreach and Communications for the neighborhood council and an outspoken community activist for the Skid Row residents who have had past complaints in the way Skid Row Housing Trust has operated their dozens of buildings in and around Skid Row. Apparently, Brown tried to use this past history to belittle Jeff’s position and undermine his efforts to improve the Skid Row community.

 

General Jeff is now exploring the possibilities of filing a formal grievance against Brown but questions whether Brown is subjected to ethics compliance since he is in fact not on the DLANC Board, but is just a public participant. Both the City Attorney’s office and the Empowerment L.A. office (formerly known as Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) will be contacted.

 

After the meeting, one co-committee member felt it necessary to console an emotionally hurt General Jeff and stated “What Russ did was out-of-line, in my opinion” as ALL of the other members of the DLANC Planning committee rapidly left in a group following Brown, not even offering a token “goodbye” to Jeff which is not only respectful, but has become a customary action after all DLANC Planning committee meetings for members to greet one another upon departure, further suggesting that the possibility of collusion may expand even deeper within DLANC Planning committee’s ranks. Said committee also includes DLANC President Patti Berman, Downtown attorney Shiraz Tangri (who is also a part of Downtown L.A.’s Streetcar, Inc.), long-time Downtown broker Brady Westwater, Downtown architect Simon Ha and others.

 

Is this the type of behavior that the Skid Row community will have to continue to be subjected to in it’s efforts to be respected by the rest of Downtown Los Angeles?

 

Stay tuned……

 

General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
VP, Outreach and Communications

 

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health

 

ARE BLACK FOLKS REALLY CRAZY? Dr. V. Diane Woods, Mr. Toni Mohammad & Mike Davis – Aug.29th 2012

YOU are invited to this “TELL-ALL TOWN HALL” meeting where the truth about African Americans and Mental Illness will be revealed!!!!
Never-before-heard information delivered by an esteemed panel of well-respected experts, including:
(All Confirmed)
DR. V. DIANE WOODS – Lead Researcher- 2012 CRDP African American Mental Health Statistics and Population Report
MINISTER TONY MUHAMMAD – Western Regional Director- Nation of Islam
ASSEMBLYMEMBER MIKE DAVIS – Vice-Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus
…and more (pending confirmation)
Panel Moderated by: GENERAL JEFF– Skid Row Community Activist
 
Special Guest Poet: Twin- Skid Row Flowin’
 
WHEN:             Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
TIME:               6pm SHARP to 9pm – Doors open at 5:30pm
WHERE:           Scientology Community Center
                         8039 S. Vermont (81st and Vermont)
                         Los Angeles, Ca. 90044
ADMISSION:     FREE!!  (Members—NO special code needed for this meeting)
There will also be complimentary food and refreshments for all in attendance.
Street parking is available and public transportation is encouraged.
Please arrive early to ensure seating and/or entry, depending on availability.
At some point in our lives, we MUST all begin to talk “TRUTH!!!!…..and we will on this night!!….ARE YOU READY?

General Jeff Co-Founder and Proud Member of Skid Row’s 3 on 3 Street Ball Leagues

General Jeff

 

Proud Member of Skid Row’s 3 on 3 Street Ball Leagues

A General Jeff Is A Proud Member of The Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

General Jeff Board Member of DLANC

IT’S OFFICIAL:…….Skid Row Housing Trust DENIED

 a Letter of Support for a liquor license at their new SRO Hotel on Main Street in Downtown L.A. by the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) ……..Stand up, Skid Row!!!!!!!…..Our collective voice was heard!!!!!!….Thanks goes out to everyone that heard our cries for help and supported our efforts to be properly respected in our recovery community!!!!….BUT, it’s not over with yet!!!!!!….This was just the first step!!!!!
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Operation Healthy Streets in Skid Row – Aug-Oct 2012 schedule pub.

N O T I C E
STREET AND SIDEWALK CLEANING
AUGUST – OCTOBER 2012

                 

                   Operation Healthy Streets in Skid Row clean-up schedule


To protect public health and safety, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public
Works will continue implementing OPERATION HEALTHY STREETS, a street and
sidewalk cleaning schedule for the Skid Row neighborhood.

7-Day Comprehensive Cleanup
AUGUST 13-17 and AUGUST 20-21, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Trash and Hazardous Waste Removal, Power Washing, Disinfection, Motor Sweeping)
Day 1: San Julian St. from 7th St. to 6 th St.
Day 2: San Julian St. from 6th St. to 5th St.
Day 3: Towne Ave. from 7th St. to 4th St.
Day 4: San Pedro St. St from 7th St. to 5th St.
Day 5: 6th St. from Gladys Ave. to Wall St.
Day 6: 5th St. from Gladys Ave. to Wall St.
Wall St. from 5th St. to 7th St.

Day 7:
7th St. from Wall St. to Gladys Ave.
Spot cleaning of the following areas: Gladys Ave. from 5th St. to 7th
St., Stanford Ave. from 7th St. to 5th St., and Crocker St. from 5th
St. to 7 th St.

Locations and dates subject to change.

Impacts include temporary street and lane closures, temporary removal of street
parking, limited access to businesses or residential properties, etc.

Please remove all personal belongings, storage, and bulk items from roadways,
sidewalks and public access areas. Do not attempt to clean hazardous waste and/or
items that have the potential to put the public at risk. These items will be mitigated
by the City services. Absent an immediate threat to public health or safety,
removed personal property will be maintained in a secure location for a period of no
less than 90 days for rightful owner to retrieve.

Wednesday Spot Cleanups

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Trash and Hazardous Waste Removal, Motor Sweeping)
Dates:
August 29, 2012
September 12, 2012
September 26, 2012
October 10, 2012
Dates subject to change and are weather-permitting.

Impacts include temporary removal of street parking, temporary lane closures, etc.

If you require assistance and/or personal storage locker, please proceed to

1215 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for your cooperation as we ensure the cleanliness and safety of your
community.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and
upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to programs, services and activities.
A V I S O
LIMPIEZA DE ACERA Y CALLE
AGOSTO – OCTUBRE 2012
Para proteger el bienestar y la salud del público, el Departamento de las Obras Públicas
de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles continuara implementando
OPERATION HEALTHY STREETS, horario de limpieza de calles
y acera en el vecindario de Skid Row.
Limpieza Exhaustiva de 7-dias
Del 13 a 17 de Agosto y del 20 a 21 de Agosto del 2012
8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.
(Eliminación de basura y residuos peligrosos, lavada de alta presion,
desinfección, camionetas barredoras)
Dia 1: San Julian St. de la 7th St. hasta 6 th St.
Dia 2: San Julian St. de la 6th St. hasta 5th St.
Dia 3: Towne Ave. de la 7th St. hasta 4th St.
Dia 4: San Pedro St. St de la 7th St. hasta 5th St.
Dia 5: 6th St. de la Gladys Ave. hasta Wall St.
Dia 6: 5th St. de la Gladys Ave. hasta Wall St.
Wall St. de la 5th St. hasta 7th St.

Dia 7: 7th St. de la Wall St. hasta Gladys Ave.
Limpieza local en las áreas de: Gladys Ave. de la 5th St. hasta 7th St.,
de Stanford Ave. de la 7th St. hasta 5th St., y de Crocker St. de la 5th
St. hasta 7th St.

Locales y fechas sujetas a cambiar.

Impactos incluyen cierres temporales de calles y carriles, estacionamiento público
temporalmente removido, acceso limitado a negocios o propiedades residenciales, etc.

Por favor, retire todos los objetos personales, almacenamiento, y artículos voluminosos de
las carreteras, aceras y áreas de acceso público. No trate de limpiar los desechos
peligrosos y / o elementos que tienen el potencial de poner en riesgo al público. Estos
artículos serán mitigados por los servicios de la Ciudad. En ausencia de una amenaza
inmediata para la salud o la seguridad pública, la propiedad personal confiscada se
mantendrá en un lugar seguro por un período no menos de 90 días para que el propietario
legítimo pueda recuperarla.

Areas de limpieza programadas los Miércoles

8:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.
(Eliminación de basura y residuos peligrosos y camionetas barredoras)
Fechas:
29 de Agosto del 2012
12 de Septiembre del 2012
26 de Septiembre del 2012
10 de Octubre del 2012
Fechas sujetas a cambiar y si el clima lo permite

Impactos incluyen cierres temporales de calles y carriles, estacionamiento público
temporalmente removido, acceso limitado a negocios o propiedades residenciales, etc.

Si usted requiere asistencia y/o un armario personal, por favor viste este local:

1215 E. Calle 7, Los Angeles, CA

Gracias por su cooperación mientras nos aseguramos de la limpieza y seguridad de su
comunidad.

En relación con el Artículo II del Acto de Americanos con Incapacidades, la Ciudad de Los Ángeles no discrimina en base de incapacidad física, y
si usted lo pide, la Ciudad proveerá en un nivel razonable, igual acceso a sus programas, servicios y actividades.