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Around the Halls: Anti-Harassment Ordinance for Cyclists, Bond Ratings and Sidewalk Talk

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, at 06:53AM
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Cyclists ride to City Hall in 2009.

Today is Monday, July 18. An ordinance making it a civil offense to harass cyclists goes to Council, as committees discuss the city's bond ratings and talk about sidewalks.

MONDAY: Public Safety and Budget and Finance are joined by the Ad-Hoc River committee in holding Monday meetings.

The city's bond ratings are the topic of CF 11-1240, which goes to Budget and Finance. A report from the CAO says that Moody's recently downgraded one class of city debt, but that ratings are otherwise stable.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

Sidewalks next to the proposed 1111 Wilshire development in City West would get a little wider with the passage of CF 09-3010-S1, which goes to Council. The motion would amend street standards to allow a 15-foot sidewalk instead of one that is 12 feet wide.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, joined by two committees.

An ordinance that would make it a civil offense to harass a cyclist goes to Council as CF 09-2895. The ordinance came to Council earlier in the spring, but the new version adds running cyclists off the road to the list of forbidden activities.

Sidewalk damage would be required to be fixed when a home is sold under the "point-of-sale" model proposed by CF 05-1853, a motion that has rattled around committees for the last six years. It goes to Public Works committee. A related motion—CF 05-1853-S1—would remove an exception that makes the city liable for sidewalk damage caused by street trees.

An update on the city's street furniture program goes to Public Works committee as CF 11-0600-S14. The report-back instructions are interested in how the program is impacting city revenues.


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