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Around the Halls: January 10 - 12, 2011

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, January 10, 2011, at 10:27AM
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Today is Monday, January 10, and "P3" should dominate Council talk this week as the City tries to fill a $53 million budget hole. Also: outdoor smoking and transportation projects.

MONDAY: Public Safety and Budget and Finance committees meet.

Drastic action needs to be taken if the city doesn't quickly go through with its proposed Public-Private Partnership (P3) for nine parking garages. That's the message from the offices of the CAO and CLA, who recommend increased furloughs — shutting down whole departments for one day a week — and stopped police hiring to fill a $53.2 million budget hole. The parking deal would sell off operation of the nine garages, and has been opposed by businesses worried that a private operator would drive up costs and drive away customers. The budget balancing plan comes to Budget & Finance as CF 10-0139-S2.

Smoking in outdoor dining areas at Los Angeles restaurants becomes illegal on March 8, 2011, and CF 08-1544-S1 is heading back to Budget & Finance to look for funds to assist in notifying businesses.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do four committees.

Staples Center and L.A. Live are among the venues having to pony up for traffic management at special events. CF 11-0018 allows the city to collect $1,319,659 from six venues, including $328,813 from the Downtown entertainment complex.

A pair of Downtown business improvement districts are at the Jobs & Business committee. CF 10-1958 is a report on the reconfirmation of the Little Tokyo BID, while CF 09-0125 is a 2011 planning report for the Figueroa Corridor BID.

Ronald Nichols takes a step toward becoming General Manager of the Department of Water and Power with CF 10-1951 and an appearance in front of the Energy and Environment committee.

WEDNESDAY: Council meets along with two committees.

Expect more talk about the P3 parking plan and furloughs as that item heads to Council. The proposed concession and lease agreement for the P3 plan will also be discussed.

Projects to be submitted for Metro's 2011 Call for Projects will be discussed at Transportation committee under CF 10-2277. Expectations are that there will be roughly $100 million available countywide. Downtown projects to be submitted for funding include the widening of N. Spring Street near the Los Angeles State Historic Park, repaving of Alameda Street from 7th Street to the 10 freeway, Fashion District Streetscape Phase III and bus stop improvements in City West.


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