Successor to CRA Takes Shape in L.A.

Carren Jao provides an update on efforts by the City of Los Angeles to replace its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which was dissolved by state mandate earlier this year.

Seeing the dissolution of the CRA as an opportunity for the city to develop a more effective system for catalyzing economic development, "without the accompanying allegations of inefficiency and corruption that plagued its almost 70-year-old predecessor," the Los Angeles City Council has given formal approval to plans to develop a successor agency. According to Jao, the new entity, which is modeled after agencies in other major cities, will include an Economic Development Department and an accompanying economic development nonprofit. 

"The city hopes that contracting with a nonprofit will afford more flexibility and creativity, because the entity will not have to go through the government bureaucracy," reports Jao. "Of course, [city administrative officer Miguel] Santana is quick to confirm, the mayor and the City Council will still be the ultimate decision makers."

Next steps include the hiring of a consultant to help develop a more detailed proposal for the agency, with City Council approval aimed for January 2013, and implementation by July 2013.

Full Story: CRA 2.0


Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.