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Around the Halls: Olvera Street Square Footages, Arts District BID and Tourism Marketing

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 07:58AM
Convention Center Eric Richardson [Flickr]

An extension of ARAMARK's concession contract for the Convention Center goes to Trade and Tourism committee on Wednesday.

After the Memorial Day holiday, City Council returns to talk Olvera Street measurements, renewal of the Arts District BID, and tourism marketing.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do the Jobs & Business Development committee and the Budget & Finance committee.

Council will likely reject a proposal by the Mayor to consolidate HR functions in a number of departments, including Recreation and Parks, El Pueblo and Transportation. The motion comes in as CF 11-0261-S1.

The 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival would get permission to use the city's Mangrove parking lot at 1st and Alameda under CF 10-0124-S2, which goes to Council for approval. The festival takes place September 24-25.

Square footages for Olvera Street businesses are to get remeasured under amendments to the recent concession agreement that came to Council under CF 11-0449.

The City of Los Angeles has a tax of mutual funds, and the Council fears that is driving companies out of the city. CF 10-2297, at Jobs & Business committee, would exempt the funds from city business taxes, while continuing to tax mutual fund managers.

Documents for the Arts District Business Improvement District go to Jobs & Business committee as CF 11-0827. The slightly-reconfigured BID has passed its 50% petition requirement, and the item will go to Council on Wednesday.

Just up the street, the County Board of Supervisors will vote to amend the Grand Avenue Project's development agreement to extend deadlines and allow changes to the Broad Art Museum's parking garage that would support residential development. The City Council and CRA have approved the changes already.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, as do five committees.

Council asks for an update on the city's contract with LA Inc. under CF 11-0638. The current contract expires on June 30 after four years.

With the city's potential RFP for private operation of the Convention Center still in the revision phase, the center would like to extend its contract with ARAMARK for one year under CF 10-0922.

Second consideration of the L.A. Tourism Marketing District goes to Council under CF 11-0378. The district would include all hotels with fifty rooms or more, and would give LA Inc. a steady revenue stream to use in the promoting the city as a destination.

Historic Cultural Monument status for the May Company garage at 900 S. Hill goes to Council as CF 11-0710.

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