Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Boxer says new Westside affordable housing is federal stimulus money at work

Officials broke ground Saturday on a new residence hall that will provide 196 units of affordable housing for low-income veterans near Los Angeles International Airport.

With airplanes thundering overhead in close range -- sometimes as often as one minute apart -- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Victoria Reggie Kennedy (the wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy) and veterans from each branch of the Armed Services celebrated the $34.9-million project, which is expected to open in the fall of 2011.

Funding for the project known as Westside Residence Hall II was raised from a variety of sources, including nearly $20 million from the Economic Recovery Act, $7.5 million from a state housing and development infrastructure fund and $7.4 million from the city of Inglewood's redevelopment agency.

The first Westside Residence Hall -- which will be joined with the new complex -- opened in 1993 on the adjacent lot, which had formerly been a 500-unit dormitory for Northrup University.

Tim Cantwell, who built the original Westside Residence Hall and owns the building, said the facility has housed 8,000 veterans since then. Still, he said, "there is a dearth of affordable options for veterans to exit into when they come out of the service or when they come out of other programs."

U.S. Vets, a nonprofit group, provides services at the site, which has a mental health clinic and career center.

"Affordable housing for heroes is an objective that everyone supports," U.S. Vets President Dwight Radcliff said during the program. "Veterans are committing suicide at a rate of 18 deaths per day, according to VA reports, and we must realize that the VA alone can't help and can't be the sole answer to these veterans' needs." 

"This is serious work," Radcliff added.

Officials said rents in the units range from $375 to $650, including meals. The new building will add 148 studio apartments and 48 units with shared kitchen facilities to the complex.

Boxer, who is holding several fundraisers for her reelection campaign this weekend with Kennedy, praised the project as an example of the impact of the Economic Recovery Act.

"When we all work together instead of fighting ... we can get a lot done," the California Democrat said.

Boxer's Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, has repeatedly said that the stimulus program has failed, citing California's 12.3% unemployment rate.

-- Maeve Reston in Inglewood
Comments () | Archives (15)

With all the botox she shoots up into her face I have a hard time believing she can say anything, she is the biggiest do nothing I have ever seen. 17 years of doing nothing.

Wouldn't have been wiser to spend the money on buying empty apartments and renovating them?

I think spending $ 180, 000.00 per unit is sort of like the $ 15,000 toilet seat that Boxer voted for!

Wait to you see how much of the 34.9 million is spent on 'soft' costs!

$35 million to build 194 studio apartments? That's $180 grand each.

Why not just buy 194 houses in Moreno Valley? Our vets could get a five bedroom/three bath house for $150k and they're already built.

Boxer just doesn't get it. Give 'er the toss come November.

Less than 200 units, just breaking ground, at such expense after all this wait, is a drop in the bucket. And it's only for veterans, what about those who have lost their jobs, or got downsized, and don't have government worker pensions?

NOT that I think Meg Whitman would do better for all her talk about creating jobs. She is a billionaire and totally removed from the real world, she only grew eBay to make money for herself. She has had no public service interest all her life, as we know never even voted. So we have an ineffective rich life-time pol like Boxer, doing too little too late at too much cost, or a totally selfish example of Capitalist Green and Ego in Whitman.

"she is the biggiest do nothing I have ever seen. 17 years of doing nothing."

Posted by: roger bohman | July 24, 2010 at 03:26 PM

I strongly disagree. Her major 17 year accomplishment include breaking the financial health of this State. It takes talent to do that.

Just look at her. She continues to push us faster towards bankruptcy by spending on broken social programs that net the State nothing.

Again, another Barbara Boxer lack of judgement. At $178,000 per unit, the government would have been better off allowing Habitat for Humanity to handle this project, resulting in owners, not renters. When the government does a project, it ends up as a slum with the government on the hook forever.

So this is how we "take care" of our beloved veterans? We stick them in government housing (think a 2010 version of Jordan Downs) and offer them a "comfortable" place to stay underneath the incoming flights of the world's 6th busiest airport.

Nice Babs ... get lost ... get out of office ... go away.

Just in time for the elections. Coincedent? Hmmmm.

Any help veterans can get is a step in the right direction. It is shameful to see those who put their lives on the line for us in various wars panhandling at freeway exits and intersections. Some boneheads here would rather criticise and play some stupid politics with issues directly affecting the lives of many families.

Real estate magnate exploitations continue all for the good of the real estate magnates and their medical minions. Someone will probably write a book on it someday, but it is not going to be me. Write it yourself.

This lying politician Boxer must be voted out of office. Vote out all incumbents.

boxer? what is her real name? what has she EVER done for taxpayers besides spending our money?

Neither Boxer, nor her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina, have Integrity. It's a sad state of affairs for Californians that these candidates are the supposed best each political party has to offer voters.

As a 50 year Californian, I‘m voting for Senator Boxer. She has worked tirelessly in getting the right things done for the people of California and America. She has earned my respect and deserves re-election. Better an experienced, capable, knowledgeable and highly effective fighter than a failed CEO with zero experience in legislative process. I’ve known Senator Barbara Boxer for several years and have followed her policies and legislative actions closely. As for Carly Fiorina, she has never held an elective office, and frankly, was not an effective CEO of HP as evidenced by its stock value during her controversial tenure. Barbara Boxer is well informed, respectful, committed, experienced and highly effective. Boxer is our best choice for Senator of California, and the best Senator for Americans.

a democrat"s stimulus package aka an unemployment check


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: