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Around the Halls: November 8 - 10, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, at 08:48AM
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Today is Monday, November 8, and on the agendas at City Hall this week are DWP reform efforts, a blueprint for planning, Broadway streetscape and the harassment of bicyclists.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee meets as normal, while the Rules and Election and Energy and Environment committees hold a special session to continue their DWP reform efforts.

At Budget and Finance, CF 10-1522 is an item allowing the Community Development Department to hire outside counsel for assistance in processing New Market Tax Credit applications.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do two committees.

At Council, item 34 is CF 10-1516, a request by Dick Clark Productions to get a refund for overpaid special event fees from the 2009 American Music Awards. The company paid $79,211.81, but actual expenses reported by city departments were only $10,992.28. The majority of the unspent funds were due to LAPD, which estimated costs of $76,840, but later reported only $8,886.01 spent.

At Jobs and Business committee, CF 10-1238 is a draft ordinance changing the minimum tax threshold for filming from $2.5 million to $5 million.

At Planning and Land Use Management, the agenda's first item is a discussion of new Planning director Michael LoGrande's "Blueprint 2010-11" plan for department reorganization.

CF 10-2382 and CF 10-2383 are a pair of motions related to the regulation of alcohol sales. 10-2832 asks what enforcement mechanisms are in place to make sure establishments have a valid Conditional Use Permit, while 10-2383 asks for clarification on the differences between restaurant, nightclub and bar uses.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, as do three committees.

At Housing, Community and Economic Development, CF 10-1367 is a request by CRA to add $50,000 in legal expenses to finish out litigation that followed Angels Flight's fatal crash in 2001.

CF 10-1271 adds $1 million to the Broadway streetscape plan, putting funds in place to partially reimburse property owners for expenses in glass block replacement and architectural lighting.

At Council, item 12 is CF 09-2357, a suite of recommendations related to food trucks. Most ask for departments to report back.

Item 13 is CF 09-2895, an item asking the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance that would make it a civil violation to "harass, threaten or assault a bicyclist."

Item 32 is CF 08-0923-S7, continued consideration of updated rules for ownership of medical marijuana dispensaries.

At Elections and Neighborhoods committee, CF 09-1115-S4 is continued consideration of the City Clerk's report on recently held neighborhood council elections.


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