AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Villaraigosa also said he was upset to learn the agency had other funds earmarked for homeless services that had not been spent. “I think we need to bring in new leadership there,” Villaraigosa said. Last week, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky also called for change at the agency. LAHSA Executive Director Mitchell Netburn said he had no plans to resign his $150,000-a-year job but agreed there needs to be a change in philosophy on how the homeless are treated. Villaraigosa said he has earmarked $50 million to the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the homeless, which would enable the county to bring in social services. The mayor also used the radio show to defend the Los Angeles Police Commission and its decision last week to disagree with Police Chief William Bratton in the officer shooting of Devin Brown. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for a management change at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as he stepped up criticism of the agency that handles the region’s homeless programs. Following reports in the Daily News and from city officials about financial and management problems at LAHSA, Villaraigosa said he hopes to see agency operations change and coincide with the release of a report later this month outlining recommended shifts. “I think we’re going to have to make some very serious changes to this authority,” Villaraigosa said during his monthly “Ask the Mayor” radio show. “That’s why I appointed a whole new set of directors – to get a new group of leaders in here and to put on people who will ferret out the mismanagement.” LAHSA, a city-county agency formed to deal with the homeless problem, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, including a Daily News report that found it improperly used $1.7 million in federal grants in 2004 and 2005 to make temporary loans to cover emergency bills. The commission determined officers acted improperly in the shooting of the 13-year-old – overruling a determination by Bratton that it was within policy. “I am not undermining our police officers,” Villaraigosa said. “The voters spoke clearly when they said they wanted civilian oversight of the Police Department to continue, and they reviewed the information and came up with their recommendation. What I have said is we need to respect the process.” The mayor also said the city needs to show federal authorities that it is complying with a federal consent decree in investigating police shootings. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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