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Around the Halls: March 15 - 17, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, at 08:46AM
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Today is Monday, March 15, and agendas are short this week as the Council continues to wrestle with the state of the budget. Newsstands could get more scarce on Broadway thanks to an ordinance change due at committee on Wednesday, and neighborhood council rollover funds get pulled on Tuesday.

MONDAY: Budget & Finance committee has the only scheduled meeting. Along with other budget issues, a motion asks each department to set up a Joint Labor Management Committee to confer on implementing personnel cuts.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do two committees.

Just seven items are on the Council agenda, five budget-related. Included is CF 09-0600-S180, which transfers $1.6 million in neighborhood council rollover funds to the city's General Fund.

At Information Technology and Government Affairs, CF 10-0199 is a Cardenas / Huizar motion asking if the city can make any more money from leasing space to telecommunications companies.

Also, CF 10-0330 is a Hahn / LaBonge motion asking that the city negotiate changes to its contract with the City Employees Club to let the club sell merchandise with the city seal on it to non-employees.

WEDNESDAY: Council meets, again joined by two committees.

At Council, the big topic is layoffs. Department managers will be reporting on specific layoff plans, including numbers and position titles. Other cost-saving measures will also be considered.

At Public Works committee, CF 10-0096 is a report on newsstand licensing that was previously continued. A proposed ordinance change would prohibit the operation of newsstands in front of buildings that are designated as Historic Cultural Monuments.


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