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Gettin' Down on the Housing Department

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It's about time this department gets some heat. LAist once made a call asking questions about sketchy violations from landlords and what was the answer?

"We are not your filing cabinet for complaints sir."

Well, that's some big help for the little guys. All they could do is lead us towards court with our non-existent fancy lawyer.

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After a scandal three years ago and the usual slamming from the Office of the Controller earlier this month in an audit (using phrases like "no defined comprehensive goals and performance measures" for the whole department), the LA Times reports in a fairly lengthy article today that contracts were going to family and friends with political ties. You know, the kind where toilets costs $2,500 to install instead of the usual $620 or bathroom grab bars are installed for the criminal rate of $2,500 when they should go for $250.

Needless to say, some got fired.

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