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Around the Halls: February 16-19

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, February 16, 2009, at 01:12PM
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It's Monday, February 16, and the City is celebrating the Presidents' Day holiday. Up this week: a green roof for City Hall, another space for Pharmaka and more money for a program assisting families on Skid Row.

MONDAY: It's Presidents' Day, and City offices are closed.

TUESDAY: Council's in session, and a pair of committees are meeting.

At Council, CF 09-0349 would have the city apply for $100,000 from the California Department and Fire Protection. The funds would be used to put a green roof on City Hall, almost certainly on the flat roof above the 4th floor. An RFP would be put out for design.

At Information Technology and General Services, CF 09-0221 authorizes the Department of General Services to negotiate a lease with Gilmore Associates and Pharmaka for the 1,000 square foot gallery space being built into the front of the LAPD Motorpool on Main street. The two issued a joint response to the RFP for the space, the only one received by the department.

Related to the same site, the committee will enter closed session to consider CF 09-0261, a settlement between Old Church LLC (owners of Vibiana, the former Cathedral) and the City. Turns out the City miscalculated its property line for the motorpool and encroached onto Old Church's space. The proposed settlement would give Old Church $622,000 and rights to encroach under the city's space for foundations needed in future construction.

WEDNESDAY: Another Council meeting joins four committees in session.

At Council, CF 09-0261 makes a quick appearance after being in committee a day earlier. Council can go into closed session if it wishes.

CF 08-0097-S7 would reprogram roughly $91,000 in saved funds to a program called Assistance to Families on Skid Row. The program had previously been funded with $133,000.

At Arts, Parks, Health and Aging, finally some movement on CF 08-2019, a motion made by Councilwoman Perry last July asking various departments to report on park sites in the Historic Core. One might suspect the answer now is, "We just bought one."

Also, CF 08-3455 asks Caltrans to come report on a lawsuit alleging that the department illegally painted over a mural. While the motion doesn't name names, this is most likely a suit by artist Frank Romero over the destruction of his work "Going to the Olympics" in June of 2007.

At Public Works committee, the debate about filming is set to get back underway. On the agenda is a contract extension for FilmL.A. and a discussion of tax breaks for film companies.

THURSDAY: Only one committee meeting is currently agendized, but it's possible one or two more might make their way into the docket. No Downtown-specific items on the agenda for the Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence & Youth Development.

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