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“SKID ROW HOUSING TRUST “FAILS” TO OBTAIN ALCOHOL PERMIT From DLANC

October 25, 2013

To Skid Row, 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- In what has been a confusing couple of weeks, it was “officially” declared by the City of Los Angeles that Skid Row Housing Trust “failed” to obtain a letter of support regarding an alcohol permit for their New Genesis Hotel on Main street, near 5th street.DSC_0076

At the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) Board of Director’s monthly meeting, held on October 8, 2013, a confusing vote left all in attendance under the impression that SRHT had the necessary votes. But the confusion began prior to the vote.

With 28 Board members on the DLANC Board of Directors, a DLANC Board member who represents the Skid Row residents discovered an often overlooked “common law bias” issue which led to most of the Board members having to recuse themselves from this specific vote. In addition to that, there were also several DLANC Board members whose voting eligibility was in question due to either being extremely tardy in taking the required ethics training or simply not taking the exam at all.

With a “qualified voting quorum” of 14 Board members needed in order for the meeting to become official, there were exactly 14 Board members that were eligible. The vote for the alcohol permit was 6-for, 2-against, 4-abstain and 2-ineligble (chose not vote based on eligibility concerns).

The tabulation of the votes is were the confusion happened. There were many in attendance who assumed that the 6 “for” votes only needed to beat the 2 “against” votes and it was publicly announced that the motion carried (meaning the letter of support was approved). That notion remained “in the air” until the next day when said Skid Row resident representative on the DLANC Board reviewed the recently revised and approved DLANC By-Laws (August, 2013), which clearly states that “a simple majority, INCLUDING ABSTENTIONS” must be acquired in order for a motion to pass.

That means that 6 “for” votes are EQUALLED by 2 “against” votes PLUS 4 “abstention” votes which thereby means that a “simple majority” was not reached.

The confusion continued briefly because of two different voting scenarios. Of the 14 eligible Board members, a simple majority would be 8 “for” votes (one more than 7, which is half of the 14). But, if only the “voting 12” were counted, the simple majority would have to be 7 “for votes”.

Today, it was “officially” confirmed by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE)/ EmpowerLA who sent correspondence to all of DLANC’s Board of Directors members confirming first that they counseled with the City Attorney’s office who joined in agreeing that said vote “DID NOT” pass.

Please be reminded that this was ONLY for a letter of support from the DLANC and that there is more to the actual process which will ultimately decide whether Skid Row Housing Trust will receive an alcohol permit, or not.

Stay tuned….. IMG_0287

General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
(2007-present)

State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member
(2013)

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
(2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications- DLANC
(2012-2013)

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health
(2012-2013)

Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)”

Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Skid Row Housing Trust DOES NOT get support from DLANC for New Genesis Hotel for Alcohol Permit

October 21, 2013
General Jeff / DLANC
To Skid Row,
While it was publicly announced that SRHT was approved for a letter of support for an alcohol permit for their New Genesis Hotel from the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council during it’s October 8th Board meeting, after reviewing DLANC’s by-laws it appears as though that announcement was wrong.
We are currently waiting for clarification from both the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) and the City Attorney’s office.
But in reading DLANC’s by-laws, in (Article V, Section 3- Official Actions) a “simple majority” vote “INCLUDING abstentions” is needed in order for a motion to carry. SRHT only got 6-votes of support, versus 2-against AND 4-abstain which means out of 12 votes a majority was NOT reached.
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In another confusing scenario, there were ALSO two Board members who were ineligible of voting because they have not yet taken the mandatory ethics and funding training. Now if they are also counted (it takes 14 Board members to reach a qualifying quorum in order for a vote to count), SRHT would need 8 votes to have the “simple majority”….Again, they ONLY got 6.
Motion DOES NOT carry.
Stay tuned for official clarification, but we are “extremely confident” in our position.
This latest successful effort was led by General Jeff’s “pre-vote” actions to have several key DLANC Board members recuse themselves from this particular vote due to being connected to the Central City Association (CCA), the same as the applicant- Skid Row Housing Trust. Additional action was taken by Kevin Michael Key, Rick Young and Charles Porter who all spoke out against this item during the meeting.
There are still more steps in this process, so our fight isn’t over with yet!!!
Skid Row, stand up!!!!!!….Let’s GO!!!!!!!
Power to tha People,

General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
(2007-present)

State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member
(2013)

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
(2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications- DLANC
(2012-2013)

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health
(2012-2013)

Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)

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Re: Skid Row Housing Trust refuses to accept complaints against own management

skid row housing trust

October 3, 2013
To all,
After a series of complaints against Skid Row Housing Trust and their management division SRHT Property Management, Skid Row residents were denied the opportunity to file multiple complaints against high-ranking executives and management.
On behalf of the Skid Row residents, General Jeff (who represents the Skid Row residents on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council) went to Skid Row Housing Trust’s main office yesterday and was DENIED the opportunity to file complaints against Executive Director Mike Alvidrez, Supervisor Robert Newman- who oversees multiple buildings including the Boyd Hotel where residents have reported several incidents within the last two months which have not been rectified to the resident’s satisfaction, Head Insector Sonny Ervin, who met with General Jeff yesterday along with Rod Babcock, Manager of SRHT Property Management, along with other employees who manage various SRHT buildings in Skid Row.
(Please see the below correspondence of the latest incident which led to yesterday’s meeting.)
In what can only be described as “in-house stonewalling”, several Skid Row Housing Trust employees all attempted to avoid the efforts of General Jeff to formally file said complaints on behalf of several SRHT tenants. After numerous failed attempts, General Jeff requested information regarding how to contact Skid Row Housing Trust’s Board of Directors by attending their next meeting. He was DENIED that option as well.
by michael blaze
“When a Skid Row non-profit landlord whose mission statement claims they ‘provide a complete range of support services’ for their formerly homeless tenants, then fails to provide said support and then finally denies their tenants and their representatives the opportunity to file complaints, is a sad state of existence for all Skid Row residents”, said General Jeff. “It is apparent that Skid Row Housing Trust has a wall of secrecy and protection for their upper-level management which shields them from harm and I’m convinced that their Board of Directors doesn’t even know all the horrendous activities that are going on in these buildings….most of it by the staff and other employees which thereby create an intimidating environment for all of the tenants”, Jeff added.
(Please see the following text taken directly from Skid Row Housing Trust’s website);
The Trust develops, manages and operates Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless individuals in the Los Angeles area. The Trust’s Permanent Supportive Housing also provides a complete range of support services necessary to move beyond poverty, illness and addiction.
The Trust ends homeless by providing homes that are affordable coupled with the help needed to permanently break the cycle of homelessness.
It is the Trust that provides the structures, but it is the residents who make our buildings homes and communities.

Marc Hayutin, Chairman 
Sidley Austin, LLP
 
Curtis Hessler, Secretary
 
Patrick Spillane, Treasurer
IDS Real Estate Group
David Armitage
 
Robert E. Carlson
Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP (retired)
Jennifer Caspar
 
Paul Gregerson, MD
JWCH Institute
Adam Handler
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Steve Hatter
 
Cheryl Hayward
 
Vivienne Lee
 
Elsa Luna
YWCA of Greater Los Angeles
Bob Morse
One West Bank
Vanessa Rodriguez
Mercury Public Affairs, LLC
On behalf of the Skid Row resident’s, I STILL request to file complaints against all of the above named employees who work for Skid Row Housing Trust, plus their SRHT Property Management employee who “disrespected me and assassinated my character” in the below correspondence.
During yesterday’s meeting, SRHT Property Management Manager Rod Babcock “encouraged” General Jeff to contact “the police department, fire department or get an attorney if you feel you need to”.
There is NO place for such a condescending and sarcastic tone with such SERIOUS matters on the table!!!
Sincerely,
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- DLANC
(2012-2013)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health
(2012-2013)
Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)
State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member
(2013)
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: General Jeff <issuesandsolutions@yahoo.com>
To:mike@skidrow.org” <mike@skidrow.org>
Cc: Robert Newman <robertnewman1@gmail.com>; “sonny@skidrow.org” <sonny@skidrow.org>;
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 2:48 PM
Subject: Request for Investigation regarding Skid Row Housing Trust and SRHT Property Management employee
October 1, 2013
Skid Row Housing Trust
and SRHT Property Management,
It has just been brought to my attention that there was a verbal incident between one of your employees and a resident of your Boyd Hotel in Skid Row today.
It appears as though the manager of the building (Carla) was extremely unprofessional, disrespectful and unnecessarily aggressive towards Mr. Kirk Roberson who has resided in SRHT’s Boyd Hotel for well over 10 ten years.
It was reported to me that today was bug spraying day on Mr. Roberson’s floor. He has already given both Skid Row Housing Trust and SRHT Property Management copies from medical professionals confirming his health status (which includes asthma) which thereby deemed his room “qualified for non-spraying”. But, Boyd Manager “Carla” stated that the medical paperwork was not valid and then insisted that Mr. Roberson exit his premises in order for the bug spraying to proceed. Mr. Roberson complied and attempted to further explain the medical paperwork.
SRHT Property Management employee “Carla” suddenly became outraged. With the two 360Solutions bug spraying employees in her presence, she started shouting numerous negative and hate-filled verbal attacks towards both Mr. Roberson and Skid Row resident representative General Jeff (who has NEVER met, nor spoken to “Carla”- EVER!!!!!)
Some of the threatening and disrespectful statements made by “Carla” included, “I’m tired of your bullshit, this will not continue on my watch”….”You’ll be outta here before I will”….”You ain’t nobody. You’ve been here 12 years and ain’t going nowhere” (Which to me implies that she assumes Mr. Roberson is stuck in Skid Row)….”I don’t give a fuck about General Jeff or anybody else you call”……”Fuck you!!!”
In hearing this, I am not immediately concerned about the verbal attacks towards me. My initial concern is for the well-being of Mr. Roberson and all the other tenants in this Skid Row Housing Trust building, many of whom struggle on a daily basis to overcome their own personal issues, only to be subjected to the unwarranted actions of their most immediate on-site caregiver. It bewilders me to think that your organizations would subject these residents (many who are formerly homeless) to a person of this type of unprofessional character. (I say that because this is not the first instance of my hearing about her incompetence as a professional. These other matters are also currently being addressed in an appropriate manner)
At this time, I request a formal investigation into this matter and expect a thorough and complete summation of your findings with a copy of your final report shared with me. And upon the findings of any fault by your employee, a public apology is additionally requested.
It is incidents such as these that motivate me to do all that I can to improve the conditions in Skid Row for all of it’s residents, the majority of which suffer from various issues, such as mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence, rape and more.
Please feel free to contact me in regards to this matter, 323.445.0723.
Thank you,
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)
State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member
(2013)