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Around the Halls: Olvera Merchants, Building and Safety Reform, Restaurant Express and the Downtown Stadium

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, at 07:09AM
Restaurant Express Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Central City Association CEO Carol Schatz answers a question about the Restaurant & Hospitality Express program at its June 2010 launch.

Reform at Building and Safety, the effectiveness of the Restaurant Express program and negotiations for Farmers Field are topics at City Hall this week.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee meets.

The state of revenue projections is the focus of CF 10-0600-S51, which goes to committee.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do four committees.

The YWCA is almost done with its new Job Corp headquarters at 11th and Olive, and the non-profit goes to Council with CF 11-0937 to ask for permission to string some wire across the alley and connect to 1031 S. Hill.

The city's excited about snagging Microsoft's worldwide partner conference, and CF 11-1058 is a motion to install banners announcing the event on street poles around the city.

The Olvera Street merchant agreements return to Council as CF 11-0449-S1. At issue are clarifications to a few details of the rent deal, plus a provision requiring the merchants whose ownership records don't match up with the city's to prove El Pueblo's approval on their transfer.

Comprehensive reform of the Building and Safety department is the focus of CF 11-1074, which heads to a joint meeting of the Planning and Land Use Management committee and the Audits and Governmental Efficiency committee. The item follows the recent firing of two building inspectors who were recently arrested by the FBI and pled guilty to soliciting bribes.

Separately, Planning committee wants to know how the Restaurant and Hospitality Express program is working. Launched one year ago, the program was touted as cutting in half the time needed to open a restaurant.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, as do two committees.

Trimana at AT&T Center wants to offer off-site sales of beer and wine, and CF 11-0835 goes to Council for the body to make a determination of public convenience or necessity.

Salary and furlough agreements with various city employee bargaining units are the main issue at Council under a variety of topics.

THURSDAY: Normally a quiet day at City Hall, Thursday will see the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Proposed Downtown Stadium and Events Center. The agenda has not yet been posted, but the meeting will take place at 9:30am.

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