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Around the Halls: July 14 - 16

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, July 14, 2008, at 09:34AM
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It's Monday, July 14th, and the halls around City Hall and the Civic Center are bustling with items that should be of interest to Downtowners. The highlight of this first half of the week: Hail-a-Taxi goes to Council on Wednesday.

MONDAY: The Ad Hoc River Committee holds a special meeting to hear two reports, including one on the effect a recent ruling about navigable waterways has on the project. CRA also reports on the possibility of creating a Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation.

Over at Board of Public Works, the agenda includes approval for filming street closures set to occur the very same day. Given that closures must be posted 24-hours in advance, one is forced to wonder about the usefulness of the approval process.

  • 4th Street from Beaudry Ave to Hill Street on Monday, July 14, from 10pm to 5am
  • Santa Fe Ave from 3rd St to 7th St on Tuesday, July 15, from 8pm to 6am
  • Grand Avenue from 1st St to Hope Place on Monday, July 14, from 8pm to 5am
  • Hope St from GTK Way to 4th St on Monday, July 14, from 8pm to 5am

TUESDAY: Council's in session, and Item 18 is a first hearing for an ordinance change that would significantly raise parking meter rates Downtown. More on that very soon.

The County Board of Supervisors are expected to exercise the option to renew a five-year term for the Weingart Center's lease for 18,512 square feet of clinic space located at 511-515 East 6th Street. Also, the County will recommend support of a community effort to expand the Greater Chinatown Business and Community Benefit Business Improvement District to provide enhanced services for a two-year period.

WEDNESDAY: Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee will hear about grant status and a predevelopment agreement connected to the Venice Hope Recreation Center, at 1600 S. Hope.

In Council, a motion will be made after holding another hearing for public protest against the proposed surface and airspace vacation of Santa Fe between 4th and 1st. This is part of the One Santa Fe development.

The item of the week is number 17, a Council approval of the LADOT Hail-a-Taxi proposal from May. The motion would have Council authorize the pilot program and give the Board of Taxicab Commissioners authority to tinker with it during its run.


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