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Around the Halls: Power Distribution, Colburn Way, Eliminating Business Taxes, Ciclavia Funds

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, at 07:17AM
CicLAvia Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

$200,000 in city funds from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Fund will go toward the next Ciclavia, which takes place on October 9.

Today is Monday, September 26, and safeguards in L.A.'s electric distribution network, the naming of "Richard D. Colburn Way," and "unconscionably high" business taxes are among the topics at City Hall this week.

MONDAY: Three committees meet.

AEG will make a presentation to the Ad-Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium and Convention Center Renovation on its environmental impact report process for Farmers Field. The focus will be on transportation and traffic issues.

While the stadium discussion is about creating new jobs and revenue for the city, AEG is in a different kind of revenue debate at Budget and Finance committee, where CF 11-1523 is a request to put a lien on the L.A. Kings' property in El Segundo over $170,746 the team owes in unpaid taxes from 2006 through 2009.

TUESDAY: Council is in session, as are three committees.

Could a blackout like the one recently felt in Orange County happen in L.A.? That's the question posed by CF 11-1578, at Energy and the Environment committee. DWP is requested to report on the status of safeguards in place in its distribution system.

A good reminder of the uncertain pace of development is at Council, where CF 05-0231 and CF 07-3162 are part of a motion to reaffirm vacations of portions of Santa Fe Avenue between 1st and 4th for the One Santa Fe project. The vacations were first passed in 2008.

Upper 2nd Street between Grand and Olive would become "Richard D. Colburn Way" under CF 11-0960, which is at Council. The span runs alongside the Colburn School campus that Colburn helped open in 1998.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, with four committees.

The elimination of the city's gross receipts business tax is the topic of Jobs and Business committee, which will hear a report under CF 09-1914-S7. The report, by the Business Tax Advisory Committee, calls the tax "unconscionably high," noting that it is approximately 9.5 times higher than neighboring cities.

A working group would be convened to study more severe penalties for the destruction of historic features under CF 11-1449, which goes to Council.

New rules to require developments include more bicycle parking go to Council as CF 09-2896.

$200,000 in city funds from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Fund will go toward next month's Ciclavia under CF 11-0600-S97, at Council.

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