City Provides Guidance on Missing ASNC Inventory

The board is asked by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to reach out the parties they believe are in possession of missing property.

The City of Los Angeles' Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has provided guidance to the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council regarding the lingering issue of unaccounted for inventory.

The ASNC's recently elected officials were inducted last October. Though the board committed to move forward in a spirit of camaraderie, they've have seen meetings marred by disputes over the location of more than $11,000 in inventory items listed as unaccounted for by Treasurer Judy Knapton.

[Click here to read the story about Knapton's report listing missing ASNC inventory]

Board member Joseph Riser and Former Treasurer Mark Legassie claim that Knapton's report was inaccurate because it listed as missing items that were purchased for other community groups, such as $1,000 Neighborhood Purposes Grant to Noah's Wish for emergency pet housing.

In their formal response to the dispute, the department concurred with Legassie that an emergency generator worth $900 and the $1,000 worth of animal crates listed as missing, were, in fact, purchased for community groups and were not the property of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.

However, several other items are still listed as not recovered, including a cargo bin and emergency supplies that Legassie asserts were purchased as a gift for the Hermon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The Department has recommended a plan of action to the board to deal with the issue of the missing equipment, which calls for publicly devising a plan of action to reach out to the parties believed to be in possession of the items.

"This process will ensure that the Board has agreed as a body with respect to its property and how possession of the property should be addressed," a letter from Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Interim General Manager Grayce Liu. "Other items should be removed from the inventory list if they were lost/broken/discarded or specifically issued to another organization."

Mark Legassie January 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM
This whole thing is nothing more than a failed attempt by two ASNC officers (hint President and Treasurer) to discredit the former Treasurer, and has robbed ASNC residents of over $50,000 and their reputation. These two officers (Martha Benedict and Judy Knapton) spoke words at ASNC meetings (as well as published articles for the Patch) that amount to slander and libel, both of which are criminal activities punishable by jail and/or fines. It's nice knowing that truth has won the battle -- this backs up my belief that eventually the truth will come out. But shame on The Patch for falling into those officers' webs of deception and untruths and then exhibiting bias views in their published stories. A news media outlet is supposed to be unbiased and fair, showing both sides of the story instead of just one.
Mark Legassie January 12, 2013 at 01:07 AM
One additional comment -- I was mistaken and wish to clarify that Patch did indeed publish the former Treasurer's report on 11/27 which disputed missing items story and provided the actual location where the "missing" items are stored: the Hermon Emergency Storage Bin.
David Fonseca January 12, 2013 at 01:11 AM
That information was posted here--Mark. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/legassie-responds-to-missing-items-inventory#photo-12358690 And we've already reported in the past on DONE's initial audit report, which addressed your accounting practices. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/asnc-released-from-exahustive-efforts-program
Mark Legassie January 12, 2013 at 01:18 AM
I stand corrected -- Patch did indeed publish the report disputing the missing inventory story, but I was not aware.
Gil January 12, 2013 at 02:15 AM


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