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Around the Halls: December 6 - 9, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, December 06, 2010, at 09:16AM
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Today is Monday, December 6, and Council returns to action this week and an $88 million budget deficit, signage code, the Little Tokyo Recreation Center and more credit card meters are among the items to appear on the agendas.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee holds a joint session with Personnel committee, while Planning and Land Use Management meets two days earlier than normal.

The City's 2010-2011 deficit is currently at $87.84 million, according to a new report from the CAO's office submitted as part of CF 10-0600-S48. The item goes before Budget and Finance with plans for how to cover the gap.

While the City isn't yet ready to take on the full sign code rewrite it had previously started, the Planning Department reports in CF 08-3386-S1 that there are changes it would like to see move forward. Most sweeping is a change that would see signage changes approved only via sign districts, and not via specific plans or development agreements.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as does the Energy and the Environment committee.

A sculpture honoring retired firefighter Arnett Hartsfield will get the official ok to move forward when CF 09-0096 goes to Council. The $25,000 work would go at the African American Firefighter Museum.

The Fire Department's budget comes to Council via CF 10-0600-S43, where the department will have to figure out how to solve a $13.4 million budget deficit.

Technical drawings for the Little Tokyo Recreation Center could move forward via $4,400 in funding that heads to Council as CF 10-1828. Bureau of Engineering's Survey Department would be doing the work.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns and three committees meet.

$100,000 in NEA funding for study of the Broadway Arts Center will get its official Council approval via CF 10-0748.

The Environmental Impact Report for the Nikkei Center at 1st & Alameda is up for final certification as CF 10-0875.

A discussion on how to spend the City's Measure R Local Return funds will take place at Transportation committee under CF 10-0600-S49.

The City's deployment of 10,000 credit card parking meters has been so successful that it wants to double that number by May. CF 09-0600-S173 says that the new meters have had a 99% uptime and that calls to the meter complaint line have dropped 55%.


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