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Around the Halls: September 8 - 10

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 08, 2008, at 11:02AM
hall Ed Fuentes

It's Monday, September 8, and Council's finally hitting its swing after a two-week recess and light week back in session. There's no signature Downtown issue this week, but we've gathered a collection of items that Downtowners should be aware of.

MONDAY: Three committees are in session. First up at 9am, Public Safety considers a slate of day-to-day LAPD items, none directly related to Downtown.

Budget & Safety has an item (CF 07-1973) moving administration of the Pershing Square Special Tax Fund from the Treasurer's office to the City Administrative Officer. That's where all other similar special taxes are managed.

At 3pm, there's a special meeting of the council's Ad Hoc River Committee. The committee is working on setting up agreements and finding funding that will allow the River Master Plan work to go forward.

TUESDAY: Full slate, with five committees and a council meeting.

In council, two items of interest in the Special Events section.

First, CD9 is sponsoring the closure of Winston between Main and Los Angeles during PARK[ing] Day, September 19th. Our coverage of last year's event is here.

Second, CRA plans to hold a ribbon cutting for Upper 2nd street at Grand Ave. on October 6th. The special event asks that the span be closed for the event, though, so it sounds like it may well be open to traffic earlier.

In Planning & Land Use, the council looks to get sign enforcement back on its feet. CF 08-2020 is a motion instructing the Planning department to revise the sign ordinance and report back.

Down the street, the County Board of Supervisors will hear a staff recommendation to execute a 15-year lease with the Weingart Center at 512 - 522 S. San Pedro. The 20,000 square foot space would house offices for the Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health and Department of Mental Health. This action would relocate the county's health center from 511 E. 6th and consolidate operations that had been spread around at different sites. (PDF Report)

WEDNESDAY: Three committees and a council meeting are scheduled for Wednesday.

In Housing, Community and Economic Development, the CRA will be reporting (CF 08-2141) on the status of legislative action needed to approve $96 million in bonds for renovations to Angelus Plaza and the creation of affordable housing funds. See our initial report and an August followup on CRA approval.

Item 10 on the council agenda is the ban on smoking in Farmers' Markets that was approved last week by committee (see our report here. That's CF 07-1790 for those scoring at home.

Item 18, also from last week's "Around the Halls," is the approval of the agreement on advertising rights at the convention center (CF 08-2051). Council is asked to authorize the Convention Center to execute the agreement.

Transportation committee has a trio of reports on Downtown items.

First, DOT reports back on a motion (CF 07-0508) from February of 2007 asking the department to look into ways to increase transit to cultural events Downtown. There's not much new in the PDF report.

The next item is the presentation of the report on late-night DASH, which we covered last week.

Finally, the Committee hears the recent motion to extend the Red Line's hours this holiday season.


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