Monday, October 17, 2016

LA-AYKM #3: SELF-HELP GRAPHICS

The City Council decided on Sept. 20 that it would sell a Boyle Heights non-profit the building in which it had been operating, for an undisclosed price. The property on 1st St. in the gentrification-resistant neighborhood sits just across the LA River from the Arts District, at the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles.

The non-profit, Self-Help Graphics & Art, had been leasing the property from the city.

What kind of community benefit does Self-Help provide in order to get discounted (free?) property in this market? What arrangement existed between Self-Help and Mayor Garcetti? Why wasn't the sale price shown in the council packet - the bundle of relevant documents attached to City Council meeting agendas - or spoken during the actual meeting? Is it typical for the city to give property to a non-profit it is already paying - with grant Department of Cultural Affairs money - to produce arts workshops and events? Most recently Self-Help was granted $17,940 for a series of workshops between mid-2015 and mid-2016. Contracts available in the city's database extend back to 2002, some with specific deliverables while, some, like a 2012 contract to "administrate visual arts" for $7900, are a bit more vague.

My request for the sale price of the building is pending.

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