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Troubled Muralist “dissies” Skid Row community AGAIN!!!!!!

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Jeff GeneralJeff Page 3:08pm Aug 30
August 30, 2013
To Skid Row,
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES– Today, the Skid Row community was disrespected AGAIN by the same guy who claims to want to work with our community, but NEVER does. His name is Daniel LaHoda and today and tomorrow he is painting a mural on a wall at 5th and San Pedro.
He has done this twice already, last year at 6th and Ceres and before that at 6th and Alameda.
Today, someone from Skid Row called him a “selfish, opportunistic con man”….Another had an even stronger concern, Brother Deacon said “The problem I have with all of this is why are these four white people coming to a majority Black community and painting Black folks on the walls and not working with us by offering us the opportunity to paint our own people on our community’s walls?”
Trust me when I say that there was even more outrage than this, including a homeless man who first saw them arrive at 8:30am. He respectfully asked if he could “earn a couple dollars helping out, sweeping up, painting or something?”….Daniel LaHoda turned him down telling him that it was an insurance issue, but later told me that he was paying for the  mural project himself…..And you couldn’t even respect our community enough to “give a couple bucks” in the
form of a donation to someone that wanted to EARN it?
Skid Row mural outrage by Blaze 5th and San Pedro
During a series of text message exchanges directly with LaHoda, Skid Row community activist General Jeff stated “While you may have permission from the business owner to do a mural, you don’t have the community’s blessings”.
Here is the entire text from today’s Facebook post;
SKID ROW, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES– For some strange reason, Daniel LaHoda keeps “dissing” Skid Row with his art projects. Almost two years ago, LaHoda first came to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council with Skid Row Housing Trust to ask for support for their mural project….There were numerous issues that were voiced to them, LaHoda publicly stated that he understood the sensitivity surrounding these community concerns and would address them immediately- He did not….Then, last year, the same problems surfaced as he attempted to paint another mural in Skid Row, LaHoda AGAIN stated that he understood the sensitivity surrounding the community concerns- AGAIN he failed to show respect…..NOW, today LaHoda was spotted painting another mural in Skid Row at 5th and San Pedro WITHOUT the community’s blessings, but still maintaining that he is willing to work things out.
This is like a broken record and for some odd reason, Daniel LaHoda doesn’t seem to “get it”, or simply doesn’t want to.LaHoda is BAD for our community. For these reasons; 1) He doesn’t live here and fails every time to include the Skid Row residents in the project….2) After explaining to him on numerous occasions how important it is for the Skid Row residents to have a say in what goes on the walls in our community, LaHoda time and time again fails to show respect to the Skid Row community and apparently thinks that it’s okay for him to “do whatever he wants”….3) His demeaning actions are uncalled for, unnecessary and unwanted in Skid Row… There are many more issues (too many to type).The “Skid Row Public Space Task Force” has scheduled an EMERGENCY meeting to discuss how to handle LaHoda’s disrespectful actions….stay tuned.This is an OUTRAGE!!!!!!!

skid row community outraged by michael blaze
 
 
Also, here is a recent LA Times article that mentions Daniel LaHoda’s shenanigans;
And lastly, here is an LAPD alert on Daniel LaHoda;
Why would the Skid Row community want the negative energy from this guy on it’s walls?????
The majority of us DON’T!!!!!!!!!
Regards,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
(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)
Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)

RADIOTRON’s 30th-year anniversary at MacArthur Park

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Jeff GeneralJeff Page LOS ANGELES- 1st-generation west coast Hip-Hop pioneer General Jeff (left), once a backup dancer for west coast Hip-Hop legend Egyptian Lover, joins Egyptian Lover on stage during his featured performance during RADIOTRON’s 30th-year anniversary at MacArthur Park on August 11, 2013…as they remind the thousands in attendance of the good ole days of west coast Hip-Hop…Also on stage (not in photo) performing with them was Jaime Jupiter Gerald Bo Brown , Lady E and O/G Magic Mike (dancer)…..Egypt dj’ed, performed some of his classic hits (And My Beat Goes Boom, Egypt, Egypt and more) and also programmed an original Roland TR-808 drum machine live on stage.

jeff on stage with Egyptian Lover

 

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Skid Row’s General Jeff lashes out at LAHSA and “Home For Good” in local paper

General Jeff by Blaze

Outspoken Skid Row community activist General Jeff responded below;
 
As I have been saying since the inception of Home For Good, they will NOT “end homelessness in LA in 5 years” as they so boldly and ignorantly claimed in November 2010.
Either they were lying to themselves while lying to the public just to gain kudos from their peers, or they were lying to themselves while lying to the Federal Government just to get to the front of the line of President Obama’s “Opening Doors” 4.6 billion-dollar project that is run by the Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, D.C. (Don’t just believe me, see for yourself)
Either way, they were BLATANTLY lying to each and every homeless individual and family by “selling them a dream” and giving false hope to a demographic, of which many already suffer from mental illness. Once Home For Good’s 5-year window officially closes in November 2015 and they have fallen well short of their overly-stated expectations, there will need to be even more funding allocated to the mental health services that will be needed because of the “false hope” and misleading projections that the homeless community has unfortunately gotten comfortable with and is now wrongfully believing that they will no longer be homeless. In other words, there is no true barometer of how much damage Home For Good will have ADDED to the already overbearing issues connected to homelessness. (Home For Good will need to publicly apologize to each and every homeless person in Los Angeles once their failure is official!!!!!)Homeless (5)
It is NOT FAIR for Home For Good to “steal” housing that was already in the pipeline for homeless persons that are on waiting lists and instead move homeless veterans to the front of the line, thus housing the homeless vet which then lowers that specific demographic, but also creates a backlog for the “regular homeless”. (Please keep in mind that Home For Good has NOT built one single unit of housing for THEIR homeless, but instead has taken away from the OTHER homeless folks that were already in line prior to HFG’s creation in 2010).
And as for LAHSA’s Homeless Count numbers, I’ve been speaking out against their severely FLAWED system for years….They have refused to publicly respond and/or make the necessary adjustments so that ALL homeless folks can and will receive the services that funding is being allocated for on their behalf.
When LAHSA’s Executive Director Michael Arnold states that the homeless numbers in Los Angeles County are up to well over 58 thousand because of the “hidden homeless”, people need to understand that these are NOT new homeless, just “newly counted”….These folks were homeless during previous counts, they just weren’t being counted at all….Shame on LAHSA for leaving them out from the beginning (For the record- the first Homeless Count was in 2005)
This is just one example of the FLAWED system of counting homeless folks of which Mr. Arnold recently admitted was 95% accurate (which constitutes a 5% failure rate)…BUT without any transparency, even these numbers cannot be audited for truth. Also, Mr. Arnold admitted that their transitional housing programs were at a 35% failure rate and therefore were in the process of being cut permanently. (Transitional housing includes the missions and shelters)
In the end, it is the American taxpayer’s that will continue to “pay’ (pun intended) for the many blunders at the hands of these so-called “experts. And most importantly, it is the homeless individuals and families that will suffer from a lack of housing AND a lack of services due to inaccurate counting and data, which therefore automatically leads to inaccurate funding. One of the results of this phenomenon are the thousands of homeless folks left to fend for themselves (think of the many panhandlers you walk by on a daily basis). Not to mention the thousands of homeless folks that were incarcerated during LAHSA’s 3-day “counting of the homeless” event. (QUESTION: Where are the numbers from the jails and prisons regarding the homeless folks???)skid row street life by Michael Blaze
All of this “miscounting” could (and should) be avoided BUT the “caretakers” are “living comfortable” and obviously don’t have a need to see the big picture which ultimately is an improved Downtown Los Angeles. (which is what all the rest of us truly want…right???)
With these types of blunders (and there are indeed many more) there is no wonder why homelessness is alive and well with NO signs of slowing down, let alone “ENDING” in 5 years.
What a waste.
We have got to continue to hold these folks accountable, otherwise we will ALL suffer from their combined inefficient actions.
Best,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
(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)
Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)