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general jeff / michel blaze / dlanc

June 28, 2013
To Skid Row,
The below correspondence is some of the brand-new structuring going on at City Hall.
This is what will ultimately replace the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) which was responsible for funding a substantial amount of funds for low-income housing in and around Skid Row.
Since the CRA is no longer available, please get used to these new entities.
If you have ANY issues, I highly suggest that you do feel free to contact them and “speak on it”!!!!!!!
Please feel free to use my name if there are ANY problems and let them know that I sent you!!!!!
With Love,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Los Angeles Housing Department <>
To: General Jeff <Skid Row group>
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 3:18 PM
June 28, 2013


To all our housing and neighborhood development partners:


The Mayor and City Council approved the dissolution of the Community Development Department (CDD) effective July 1, 2013 in line with efforts to simplify and consolidate the City’s economic development processes.  All functions, programs and services provided by CDD will be integrated into the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) and the Economic Development Department (EDD).


The following community services programs previously managed and administered by CDD will be integrated in HCIDLA:


  • FamilySource Centers
  • Office of Traffic Safety
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Community Action Board
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Human Relations Commission
  • Commission on Community and Family Services
  • Administration of the Consolidated Plan
  • Environmental Review 


The entire portfolio of programs and services currently managed by the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) will be managed and administered by HCIDLA such as the following:


  • Rent Stabilization
  • Compliance
  • Code Enforcement
  • Housing Finance and Development
  • Homeownership Program
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program
  • Lead Abatement Program
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Asset Management
  • Handyworker Program


HCIDLA will remain at LAHD’s current location, 1200 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Our phone and fax numbers will likewise remain the same.You will also still be able to reach us by e-mail on our City e-mail addresses.


Our website address will now be


HCIDLA’s Management team is composed of:


General Manager: Mercedes MárquezExecutive Officer: Rushmore Cervantes

Assistant General Managers:


Administration – Luz Santiago
Regulatory Compliance and Code – Roberto Aldape
Housing Development – Helmi Hisserich
Program Operations – Manny Chavez


We are aligning our programs and services to better serve our constituents. We are making every effort to ensure a seamless transition without disruption to the services and programs provided to residents and businesses.




Deputy Mayor for Housing and
General Manager, Los Angeles Housing Department

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L.A. County homeless ranks rise by 16%, to more than 58,000

wDowntown L.A. homeless

Homeless people’s tents and tarps on Winston Street near San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles last February. The county’s homeless population is up 16% over the last two years, according to a report released Friday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / February 27, 2013

More than 58,000 people in Los Angeles County are homeless, an increase of 16% over the last two years fueled by the lingering devastation of the recession and rising rents and housing prices, according to a survey released Friday.

The increase marked a sharp departure from homeless counts in 2011 and 2012, which showed the numbers of county residents without shelter dropping from 3% to 7% over previous years.

The biggest increases were among single men and people who have been without permanent shelter for a year or more. The study showed marked drops in homelessness among veterans and families.

The disappointing findings came despite more than $80 million in state, federal and local funds pouring into housing and other services last year through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a joint agency of the city and county that has overseen counts every two years since 2005.

It could get worse. More than $80 million in federal stimulus funds the county received for emergency housing since 2009 dried up in August, said Michael Arnold, the Homeless Services Authority’s executive director.

According to the Los Angeles County Probation Dept., Gov. Jerry Brown‘s realignment program has diverted more than 15,000 low-level felons to Los Angeles County jails and probation programs. Arnold said that has resulted in thousands of people being released early into the community without adequate services or housing.

“The environment has conspired to make it look bad for Los Angeles,” Arnold said. “We really need the economy to recover at a faster pace.”

Homelessness tends to lag economic recovery, Arnold said, as people hit with job loss or other setbacks struggle to stay afloat then finally run out of options.

“It takes a long time to burn through your resources and become homeless,” Arnold said.

At the same time, housing costs are rising with the improving economic outlook. Only 46% of California residents can afford to buy a home, and L.A. County rents are in the top 10 of any state, Arnold said.

In 2009, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area was $1,361. In 2013, that jumped to $1,421,  according to a study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The number of emergency shelters has dropped by 8%, also because of the downturn, officials said.

Homelessness among veterans dropped 23%, from 8,131 in 2011 to 6,291 in January 2013, when the new count was conducted. Family homelessness is down 28%. Arnold said that’s a direct outgrowth of federal aid for veteran families.

A Los Angeles business task force on homelessness, in a statement, attributed the local rise  to a spike in “hidden homeless” — people who stay in garages or backyards who aren’t easily detected.

“Clearly this group needs further examination and attention from all those who are invested in ending homelessness,” the task force said in a statement.

genreal jeff at city hall gathering


From L to R: General Jeff, Skid Row community activist, Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission, State Assemblymember Mike Davis, Crushow and his family, Skid Row community

From L to R: General Jeff, Skid Row community activist, Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission, State Assemblymember Mike Davis, Crushow and his family, Skid Row community


Jeff GeneralJeff Page

10:53am Jun 13


(Please keep in mind that this is a pending legal matter and I have been advised by my legal team against sharing any detailed specifics that may adversely affect the outcome of our case)……Appeared in court yesterday in order to have my “second”attempt at a first arraignment…learned that the City Attorney’s office has assigned a “special prosecutor” just to handle my case, only……BUT, he didn’t appear in court……”third attempt” at first arraignment next month……Even with a “manufactured” case against me, I learned from my counsel that they were already offering a plea bargain deal…….WHAT????????…You gotta be kidding me…..This ain’t a game show DEAL OR NO DEAL, this is my life— NO DEAL!!!!!!!!!……PROVE your “illegitimate” case in court!!!!…..Anyway, what they offered was NO jail time, 24 month’s summary probation AND (here’s the kicker) stay out of Skid Row for the duration of my probation period (which means a “minimum” of 2 years)……….Ah-HA!!!!!!!!!!!

So NOW we start getting to the bottom of all this…….It appears as though “They” want General Jeff OUT of Skid Row!!!!!!!!…..But why?????….and at what cost?????…..It appears as though “THEY” would choose to taint my name and reputation rather than respect my “ABOVE BOARD” methods to improve the Skid Row community for it’s residents…..WOW!!!!!!!

Please do me a favor, since I cannot speak publicly to this, if you read this- Can you PLEASE share your thoughts???

And again, for the record, I am NOT a drug dealer, do NOT condone the drug trade (why would I when it is the main obstacle that is hampering my positive community activist efforts?) and continue to be harassed and attacked in a multitude of ways when I am humbly sacrificing my own life in order to help the less fortunate from a street perspective (and for FREE nonetheless)…..Yeah, it’s not the non-profit way, but does that mean it’s wrong???

Skid Row's Operation Face-Lift / The Community Is Outraged by Michael Blaze

This country was founded on the principal concept of “We, The People”….Does that not apply to us in Skid Row and are we not capable of recreating the efforts of our founding fathers??……What say you??