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Around the Halls: Bank Wrongdoing, Signage Rules, Methodist Lease, Murals and Sidewalks

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011, at 07:51AM
New Mart Sidewalk Replacement Eric Richardson

A contractor works on sidewalk replacement outside the New Mart building, at 9th and Los Angeles, in 2008.

Today is Monday, October 17. Financial wrongdoing by banks, signage rules, a deal between El Pueblo and the Methodists, mural rules and sidewalk repairs are among the issues at City Hall this week.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee meets.

City Council last week passed an ordinance in support of the Occupy L.A. movement, while at the same time patting itself on the back for its not-yet-completed Responsible Banking Ordinance. A motion in the same aim comes to committee Monday in CF 10-1763-S2. It asks that Council exclude from its qualified bond list any institution it believes has committed financial wrongdoing in the last five years.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do four committees.

The City is still officially boycotting Arizona over immigration law, but CF 11-1745 asks that rules against official travel be waived to allow councilmembers to attend next month's National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Phoenix. The motion notes that the group decided to keep the meeting location in part to bring attention and debate to the issue.

Signage rules come to Planning and Land Use Management for another round in the multi-year effort at reform. CF 11-1705 contains the current version of the proposed changes.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, along with three committees.

The lease agreement between the city and La Plaza United Methodist Church that was worked out in August goes to Council for final approval. The church has been in the building under the new deal's terms for the last two months.

New rules to allow murals go to Council under a bundle of file numbers. The new rules would provide a method to legalize existing murals and to permit new ones. As outlined in a report from the Department of Cultural Affairs (PDF), smaller new murals would be allowed with a commitment to maintain the piece and apply anti-graffiti coating. Larger works would require an easement be given to the city, which would be responsible for graffiti removal.

Sidewalks are the topic of the day at a joint meeting of the Public Works and Budget and Finance committees. While adjacent property owners have been legally responsible for sidewalk repairs since 1911, the city took tree-damaged sidewalk repairs upon itself in the 1970's when funding was available. Funds dried up, but the rules stayed on the books. CF 05-1853 lays out several enforcement options.

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