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L.A. considering financial assistance for hotel projects
June 23, 2014 • By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
"The Los Angeles City Council is looking at providing nearly $180 million in subsidies to two major downtown hotel projects, while also setting the stage for other hotel deals across the city... In addition to those two deals, the committee will vet a new policy to let hotel builders in other parts of the city keep a major share of the tax revenue generated by their projects, as long as they meet certain criteria. Those taxes normally flow to the city's budget, helping to pay for police, fire and other services."
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Carol Schatz, a force for downtown L.A.
November 6, 2013 • By Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times
Downtown L.A. – it’s not a punchline anymore; it’s a destination. It’s vital in a way it hasn’t been since the 1940s, and hip in a way it never was to begin with. Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Assn. of Los Angeles, has pushed and prodded the makeover, wielding what the CCA calls L.A.’s most powerful Rolodex. It hasn’t been friction-free. Now, in the conflict over homeless people living on downtown streets, Schatz is the voice of the CCA’s business leaders, and the face of the enemy for some homeless advocacy groups. Read the full article (PDF)

Downtown L.A. Rises Up
May 22, 2012 • By Maura Webber Sadovi, The Wall Street Journal
The good news downtown continues to be the rebirth of entertainment and other uses dating back to the Staples Center's opening in 1999. Developers since then have converted older office buildings into residential properties, and downtown's residential population more than doubled to nearly 50,000, according to Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Association. Read the full article (PDF)

Enabling homelessness on L.A.'s skid row
April 9, 2012 • By Carol Schatz, Los Angeles Times
Allowing the homeless to keep any and all possessions on sidewalks protects unlawful conduct for a few and ignores the ramifications for most of society. Read the full article

L.A.'s trash industry gets ready to rumble
February 12, 2012 • By Kate Linthicum and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
'"This is a thinly veiled attempt for labor to organize an industry that they can't organize on their own,' said Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Assn. 'Since when is it the city's business to organize any industry, especially at the expense of residents and small and large businesses?"' Kate Linthicum and Jessica Garrison on the battle between business and labor groups over the future of waste hauling. Read the full article

House of the Hungry
December 12, 2011 • By Richard Guzmàn, Los Angeles Downtown News
"I think it's a transformative project," said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. "It's a huge space. That alone makes a difference." ...Read the full article

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