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Around the Halls: April 5 - 7, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, April 05, 2010, at 06:25AM
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Today is Monday, April 5, and the attention of City Council continues to be focused on the budget deficit and impending layoffs. Sneaking in are a funding plan for supergraphics enforcement, flexible Convention Center pricing and permits for outdoor dining.

MONDAY: Three committees are meeting on this day after Easter.

At Public Safety, the City Attorney's office will be presenting the actions required to create a Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, and will be discussing what went wrong in the previous attempt, which ended up in the removal of a fire chief. That effort had been centered around building a fire department museum at Firehouse 23, on 5th just east of Los Angeles.

At Budget and Finance, CF 10-0529 is a motion asking that $600,000 in funds from a Westwood supergraphics settlement be used to hire investigators for the City Attorney's office so that it can continue enforcement against illegal signage.

TUESDAY: Council is in session, as are two committees.

At Council, focus continues to be on the City's budget deficit. The Council is requesting that DWP follow through on a $73 million transfer it had promised, and would really like to see the money by April 16.

At Planning committee, CF 05-1345-S1 rescinds two sections of the city's density bonus ordinance to comply with the terms of a lawsuit the city lost.

WEDNESDAY: Council meets, as do four committees.

At Trade, Commerce and Tourism is CF 09-0136, an ordinance to implement flexible pricing for the Convention Center. The City Council approved the plan back in December.

A seven-item Council agenda is focused on layoffs and consolidation, with General Managers continuing to report on their plans for who to cut.

Public Works committee is scheduled to consider CF 08-3167, an ordinance that would require all eateries with outdoor dining to get a permit, the fees from which would pay for rules enforcement. The item was referred to the committee in August of 2009, and has been continued three times.


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