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LA Housing Department Chief Steps Down

Los Angeles Times-

Los Angeles housing department chief Rushmore Cervantes, who has worked with the department for more than a decade, is stepping down at the end of March.

Cervantes could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. In a message to employees this week, he said he was leaving with “mixed emotions.”

Cervantes told employees that they had “collectively accomplished many things,” including tripling the amount of homeless housing under development, undertaking programs to stabilize neighborhoods and resell foreclosed properties, expanding shelters for people who had suffered domestic violence or human trafficking, and getting a new “linkage fee” approved to fund affordable housing.

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