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CRA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO STREAMLINE OPERATIONS, GENERATE $3 MILLION MORE FOR HUMAN NEEDS PROGRAMS

 CRA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO STREAMLINE OPERATIONS,
 GENERATE $3 MILLION MORE FOR HUMAN NEEDS PROGRAMS
 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Administrator Edward J. Avila today announced a major plan to revamp the agency. It calls for streamlining operations to generate more than $3 million


in administrative savings for low-cost housing, child care and other social services during the next 18 months while making CRA more responsive to community needs.
 Avila today transmitted a report to CRA commissioners for action at their Dec. 19 board meeting. If approved, the Los Angles City Council would have to concur with the proposed reorganization plan and administrative budget cuts which would become effective immediately.
 No layoffs of permanent employees are anticipated. However, a number of vacant executive and management positions would be eliminated and some managers and other staff would be reassigned.
 Altogether, there would be a net reduction of 15 permanent positions. In the fiscal year starting July 1, 1992, the plan envisions 355 budget positions as opposed to the original forecast of 370.
 At the same time, Avila is proposing organizational changes aimed at making CRA more responsive to community needs. For example, CRA planners would be reassigned to serve directly under the operations directors based in the various redevelopment projects.
 Three new positions would be created to focus on economic development, human services and historic preservation. In addition, a new long-range and strategic planning unit would focus on long- range redevelopment issues.
 To improve agency oversight of its assets, the assets management staff would be expanded. Under the reorganization plan, the deputy administrator for finance and audits also would assume responsibility for accounting.
 The staff reorganization plan is part of a concerted attempt by the administrator to hold the line on administrative expenses in the fiscal year starting July 1, 1992 though he hopes to implement many of the recommendations this year to maximize savings.
 Besides the staff reduction, the plan announced today will trim a variety of administrative costs running the gamut from limiting travel to paring expenditures for data processing and computers.
 "While avoiding layoffs, my plan would pare CRA staff and other administrative costs during the next 18 months to make about $3 million in additional funds available for affordable housing, child care and other human needs at a time when the city is in dire need of these services," Avila said.
 He added that the agency already earmarks a third of its budget for very low, low- and moderate-income housing. Subtract debt service and that figure tops 50 percent.
 Avila has headed CRA, the nation's largest redevelopment agency, since March of this year. He said his reorganization plan evolved during the past nine months.
 "My intent is not just to cut costs. I'm also proposing to restructure CRA so that we're putting staff where they're needed most," Avila said. "Putting planners on the project operation teams in the communities is one example. In the same vein, next year I will be adding more staff to the housing department and creating new positions to focus on child care and human services, historic preservation and economic development."
 Among the more significant changes, Avila is proposing a major restructuring of the CRA Planning Department. Besides transferring planners to operations and creating the new planning policy unit, the managers of planning services, environmental planning, art, transportation, architecture and urban design would report directly to the administrator.
 Since the city controller now serves as CRA's controller as well, there is no longer a need for an agency controller and deputy controller.
 Seven executive and management positions would be eliminated including the chief of operations (vacant), deputy chief of operations, controller (vacant), deputy controller, director of rehousing, property management and maintenance (vacant), director of maintenance (vacant), and development control manager (vacant).
 In addition, 18 other staff positions will be deleted. Some of these are vacant while other will be phased out through attrition or reassignment. Six of those jobs are temporary positions.
 Avila also announced he will be asking for approval to appoint Diana Webb, currently deputy chief of operations, to serve as chief deputy administrator. Webb, an urban planner with more than 16 years experience, joined the agency in 1984.
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 /CONTACT: Marc Littman of Community Redevelopment Agency, 213-977-1951/ CO: Community Redevelopment Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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