Around the Halls: September 15 - 17
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — It's Monday, September 15, and the wheels of government roll onward. It's a slow week for Downtown items, with the highlight being a plan by Councilman Bernard Parks to move the Los Angeles Marathon to Presidents' Day.
MONDAY: Budget and Finance is the only council committee meeting, and there's one item of Downtown significance. CF 08-2402 is a motion by Councilman Bernard Parks to have the city explore moving the Los Angeles Marathon to a holiday Monday (such as Presidents' Day) in order to lessen the impact the event has on church-goers. The current event organizer is in negotiations to hand the race off to a different organization, so the occasion provides a good time for the subject to be brought up.
TUESDAY: Council's in session.
Item 32 is CF 08-0006-S18, an application to receive a $1000 reward payment for an individual who gave LAPD information that lead to the arrest of a tagger at 7th and Grand.
At Information Technology and General Services committee, CF 08-0196 would set up a development agreement between the city and the Little Tokyo Service Center for planning on a gymnasium and parking garage to be built on Los Angeles between 2nd and 3rd. The city's supposed to built the garage, while LTSC builds the gym.
At Planning and Land Use Management committee, Item 7 is a report on CF 08-0224. This is the motion asking for options to preserve Little Tokyo's character. The Planning Department recommends building more protections into community overlays on top of the existing community plan.
WEDNESDAY: Item 30 on the Council agenda is CF 08-2119, the motion to support extending Red Line hours during the holidays. The important milestones for making this program a reality are private fundraising, and Metro board approval.
At Public Works committee, CF 07-3144 would create the "Police Facilities Motor Transport Vacation District," which perhaps is not as exciting as it sounds. The city would vacate Werdin Place north of 3rd, which has already been taken for construction of the Motor Transport facility.