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Around the Halls: April 12 - 14, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, April 12, 2010, at 08:15AM
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Today is Monday, April 12, and the budget remains just about the only thing City Council can talk about. Given the back-and-forth with LADWP right now, it's only appropriate that a Tuesday committee meeting features three motions looking to install someone to monitor rates.

MONDAY: Only Budget and Finance committee meets, holding its session in the council chambers. As usual, the budget deficit is the topic of conversation, with an update on the current situation and discussion of what amount to transfer from the city's reserve fund.

TUESDAY: Council meets -- at the unusual start time of 11am -- as does Energy and the Environment committee.

At Council, the budget debate continues, with updates, talk of consolidation, and discussion of the implications of the spending freeze recently announced by the Mayor.

While all debate thus far has been about how to stem the bleeding in the current year's budget, CF 10-0600 proposes to start discussion of the 2010-2011 budget on May 14, holding public hearings before each council meeting and in a special Monday session.

Also at Council, CF 09-0136 is the flexible pricing ordinance for the Convention Center. Council approved the concept in December.

The meeting's final item, CF 08-0923-S5, sets up registration fees for medical marijuana collectives registering with the city.

At Energy and the Environment are three motions looking to create a rate-monitoring position at LADWP. CF 08-1967 calls for the creation of a "fully independent ombudsperson." CF 09-2544 calls for a "Inspector General." Finally, CF 08-1967-S1 calls for an "independent Ratepayer Advocate."

WEDNESDAY: Council meets, as do two committees.

Council's focused on -- can you guess? -- the budget.

Transportation committee will get an update on the department's budget situation, including the impact of early retirement.


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