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Around the Halls: November 15 - 17, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 15, 2010, at 09:38AM
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Today is Monday, November 15, and a Library funding ballot measure, Chinatown affordable housing, hotel jobs and the special events permitting process are on the agendas at City Hall this week.

MONDAY: Public Safety, Budget & Finance and the Ad-Hoc River committees meet.

At the Ad Hoc River committee is CF 10-1457, a LaBonge motion seeking to establish a non-motorized boating program along portions of the L.A. River.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

At Council, CF 11-1100-S2 is a proposed March ballot measure that would increase funding for the Library Department.

At Planning and Land Use Management committee, CF 10-1761 is a report on 53 new Mills Act contracts, including the Pan American Lofts at 3rd and Broadway and the Douglas Building at 3rd and Spring.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, with four committees.

At Housing, Community and Economic Development, CF 08-3192 is a CRA motion to add $800,000 to the agency's loan to Yale Street Family Housing for the development of an affordable housing project at 715-721 Yale Street in Chinatown.

CF 09-0096 is a CRA motion for $25,000 to be spent on a tribute to Arnett L. Hartsfield at the African American Firefighter Museum.

At Trade, Commerce and Tourism committee, CF 10-2489 is a motion to extend the LAX-targeted Hotel Worker Retention Ordinance citywide.

Similarly, CF 10-1716 would require that hotels that downsize or close for remodeling give priority consideration to their previous workers when they reopen.

At Council is CF 10-1766, a motion starting proceedings to vacate a portion of Lower Grand Avenue between 2nd Street and GTK needed for the construction of the Broad Collection art museum.

At Personnel committee, CF 10-1546 is a report on staffing in the special event permit office of the Bureau of Street Services. Of the five positions intended to support special events, only a typist position has been filled. According to the motion by Councilman Jose Huizar, that has led to difficulties in managing the permitting process, and a lack of sufficient outreach.

At Public Works committee is a verbal one-year status report on the city's new special events ordinance and the consideration of three motions — CF 09-3042, CF 09-3044 and CF 10-1162 — related to changes in the ordinance.


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