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Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin has taken a first step toward investigating the city’s lease agreement and choice of an operator for an emergency homeless shelter in Downtown Los Angeles. Galperin Galperin’s move comes in response to SullivanSaysSoCal’s coverage of an inexplicably favorable lease deal worth $1.2 million for the landlord of the building at 1426 S. Paloma Street. The controller’s office also will look into a $4 million annual contract for a service provider with a public profile that raises questions about its fitness for the task of operating the proposed 120-bed homeless shelter. “Homelessness is the biggest crisis…

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