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Aound the Halls: October 20 - 25

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 20, 2008, at 08:19AM
hall Ed Fuentes

It's Monday, October 20, and City Council is talking money. Tuesday's a special "Finance Day," and the councilmembers are looking for revenue. In a light week for Downtown items, the highlight is a special Saturday screening in the Council chambers.

MONDAY: At 3pm, the Ad Hoc River Committee will be meeting. The committee, which includes both Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Jan Pery, tackles issues related to Los Angeles River redevelopment.

Outside of Council, DLANC's Sustainability Committee holds its first meeting at 6:30pm at Arda's Cafe. For more information, check the committee's website.

TUESDAY: Council's in session, and it's "Finance Day."

Item 6 is CF 08-2122, the motion establishing a "Collections Sheriff" for the city. In short, it provides new powers for the city to go back and find people who owe it money. If that's you, you should care.

The rest of the agenda is similarly full of ways for the city to find a little more revenue. Appropriately, even the Special Event motion is light, with only $2,452 in waived fees.

In Planning and Land Use Management, CF 08-2655 would make Little Tokyo Lofts (the Westinghouse Building) into a Historic-Cultural Monument.

WEDNESDAY: Housing, Community and Economic Development committee continues CF 08-2541, the motion to consolidate several SRO Housing Corporation loans and allow the affordable housing provider to "backfill" delinquent payments.

At Council, special motions total $34,426 in fee waivers. It's not Finance Day.

Rules & Government committee looks at several amendments to the City Charter that would go before voters on a March 2009 ballot.

SATURDAY: In a special weekend Council item, Councilwoman Jan Perry hosts a free screening of Spike Lee's film "Miracle at St. Anna's" at 1pm. Perry's uncle was a Buffalo Soldier, and he'll be present for the event. The Downtown News previewed the event, but forgot to ask a critical question: Will there be popcorn? The answer, unfortunately, is no. There's no food or drink allowed in Council chambers, which is where the screening takes place. There will be a reception afterward, and reservations are encouraged by calling 213-473-7009.

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