L.A. may be added to list of investigated housing authorities

May 21, 1998
According to Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), chairman of a House subcommittee with HUD oversight, Los Angeles faces the possibility of being targeted for a federal public housing investigation, despite earlier reports that Housing and Urban Development Department investigators had already picked Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco.
      His remarks are likely to continue the controversy over HUD's examination of those cities, all with black Democratic mayors, among mayors groups and Democratic leaders who complained that the selection was politically and racially motivated. If Los Angeles--whose mayor is a white Republican--is selected, it would defuse some of the complaints. HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo has criticized the targeting of the original three cities by HUD Inspector General Susan Gaffney, saying it appeared to be "illegal or unethical."