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Skid Row parks to close Jan. 31st due to lack of funding (2013)

Skid Row parks to close Jan. 31st due to lack of funding (2013)

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Published by Katherine McNenny

From General Jeff

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Published by: Katherine McNenny on Jan 17, 2013
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January 16, 2013To Skid Row,DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- It was officially announced today by SRO Housing Corp.that both Skid Row parks will be forced to close at the end of this month, January31st due to a lack of funding.Last year when funding ran out, City Councilmember Jan Perry came up with thefunding to keep both San Julian Park and Gladys Park open until December 31st, 2012.SRO Housing Corp. extended the deadline an additional 30 days, but no new fundinghas been secured.Last week, City Councilmember Jose Huizar's staff met with Skid Row communityleaders to discuss the formation of the Skid Row Public Space Task Force which intendsto work to address community issues such as trash clean-up's and the lack of trashcans, the lack of public toilets, problems related to homeless feedings and more. Thefirst meeting is tentatively scheduled sometime in February, but it is not clear if Huizar'soffice can act soon enough before the fast closing deadline which is about two weeksaway with action that will keep said parks open.SRO Housing used to rely heavily on the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) forfunding, but when new Governor Jerry Brown took office last year, he abruptly closeddown the CRA and all of their funding went back to the State of California. It wasconfirmed at last week's SRPSTF meeting by Councilmember Huizar's staff that bothparks now belong to the City of Los Angeles (since they are both within the City of Los Angeles' boundaries).Last month, Skid Row community activist General Jeff spoke about this pending issuebefore the Department of Recreation and Park's Board of Commissioners at theirmonthly meeting. Chair Barry Sanders verbally confirmed that "Gladys Park will notclose" (at that time, only Gladys Park was under the control of Rec and Parks). It isunclear if Rec and Parks is now responsible for San Julian Park as well.The most important pending issue, however, is how the closing of Skid Row's onlypublic areas will affect how LAPD patrols and enforces the area. Last month, Skid Rowcommunity activist General Jeff shared the Skid Row community's park concerns toLAPD at Central Division's monthly C-PAB (Community Police Advisory Board) meeting.LAPD Captain Horace Frank verbally replied by saying "We cannot have the Skid Rowparks close". Captain Frank stated that the Department (LAPD) will begin to look into

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