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Around the Halls: February 1 - 3, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, February 01, 2010, at 09:12AM
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Today is Monday, February 1, and City Council's attention is focused on the dire state of the budget. Cultural funding would be particularly hard in a Wednesday item. Discussion of a Citywide Mixed Income Housing ordinance picks back up on Wednesday, but Planning department says it isn't really going to have any staff left to work on implementation.

MONDAY: As usual, Public Safety and Budget & Finance committees are meeting.

Budget & Finance will be concentrating on the City's fiscal shortfalls, getting updated revenue estimates, cash flow reports and a three-year outlook.

TUESDAY: Council is in session, joined by four committees.

At Energy and the Environment, CF 08-1356 is a two year old item related to selling to Metro the strip of land next to Alameda where the Gold Line Eastside Extension goes from elevated to surface running. One would assume this will go through -- after all, the rail line is already built.

Council has a short agenda focused on budget items, including the proposed public-private partnership for parking assets, a parking garage RFP and a look at what City employees could be moved to departments with their own budgets.

At Information Technology and Government Affairs, CF 09-0221 is an update to the contract for the art space in the LAPD Motorpool structure on Main street. The motion requests that Gilmore & Associates be the only name on the paperwork, though Pharmaka is still planned to operate the space.

WEDNESDAY: Council meets, with three committees joining it on the calendar.

Housing, Community & Economic Development meets jointly with Planning and Land Use Management to discuss CF 08-2614, a report relative to the development of a citywide Mixed Income Housing Ordinance. The report includes an ominous warning on Planning's ability to do the work, noting that by spring the department will have only 10 to 15 planners available to do any sort of policy work.

HC&ED continues its agenda alone, and will consider CF 09-3059, a CRA proposal to pay $120,000 for a panel convened by the Urban Land Institute to study the Cleantech Corridor.

Council has another skeleton agenda (only 13 items) focused on the budget.

Of note, CF 10-0150 would remove from law LAMC 5.115.4(d), the code section that transfers 1% of the city's hotel taxes to cultural programming.


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