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Around the Halls: North Spring Street Viaduct, Streetcar Funding, Expo Improvements

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, June 06, 2011, at 07:41AM
Proposed Addition to North Spring City of Los Angeles

Proposed southern addition to the 1928 North Spring Street Viaduct

Today is Monday, June 6, and an environmental impact report for the North Spring Street Viaduct project goes to Transportation committee on Wednesday, headlining this week's City Hall agendas.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee has the only meeting on the City Council agenda. Closed session items make up the majority of the agenda.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

A hearing for the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District's small expansion, which adds the Pacific Electric lofts, leads off the Council agenda. The item is CF 10-1083.

ARAMARK's extended concession contract at the L.A. Convention Center goes to Council as CF 10-0922. The deal is intended to give the City time to publish its long-delayed RFP for private operation of the facility.

Also up is a motion to extend the city's contract with LA Inc. That contract, with goes to Council as CF 11-0639, would be for three years.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, again with three committees.

$900,000 in streetcar environmental funding will get transfered to Metro under CF 10-0937-S2, which is at Housing, Community and Economic Development. The funds were previously approved by Council and the Community Redevelopment Agency.

Support for legislation that calls for Major League Baseball to allow public ownership of the L.A. Dodgers returns to Council as CF 11-0002-S71.

Exposition Light Rail funding at Council as CF 09-1295-S2 includes $250,000 for improvements at the Flower & Pico station. Work includes a new ticket machine, fare collection area, lighting and a rain canopy.

The Environmental Impact Report for the North Spring Street bridge heads to Transportation Committee. The draft EIR was first published last summer, but plans to widen the span were met with controversy. The latest proposal would widen only the south side of the viaduct, leaving the north side intact. The new construction would be joined to the old bridge only at the deck level.

A discussion of funding for neighborhood councils goes to Education and Neighborhoods committee. The funds have long been eyed as a potential source of budget-balancing savings.

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