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Around the Halls: Accounts Receivable, Streetcar Funds, Park WIFI and Blossom Plaza

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 31, 2011, at 08:39AM
Blossom Plaza CRA/LA

Conceptual rendering of the proposed Blossom Plaza development, which would connect the Chinatown Gold Line station to Broadway.

Today is Monday, October 31. The city's $586 million in accounts receivable, federal funds for the streetcar, USC's development plans and negotiations for Blossom Plaza are among the topics at City Hall this week.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee meets.

The city has just under $586 million in accounts receivable, according to a report in CF 10-0225-S2. Most of that is from ambulance billings and parking citations that the city isn't sure it will ever be able to collect.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

Permission for the L.A. Streetcar project to apply for TIGER funds goes to Council in CF 11-1781-S1. The project hopes to get $37.5 million in federal funding.

WIFI in city parks is the topic of CF 11-1812, which goes to Information Technology and General Services. The motion cites New York City's recent deal with AT&T to bring free service to parks, but does not explicitly limit itself to free service.

An update on work toward USC's University Park Campus Specific Plan goes to Planning committee as CF 08-2620. You can download the underlying Nexus Study via the council file, but beware: it's 31 megabytes.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, as do four committees.

Negotiating rights for the Blossom Plaza project in Chinatown go to Housing, Community and Economic Development as CF 10-1093. The project's original developer dropped out in 2008 and the city bought the land back. The city is now proposing to sell the site to Forest City West, who would develop a multi-modal transit hub and at least 200 units of residential, if the two can reach agreement on price and timing.

Google and Computer Science Corp. will continue discussing the city's email transition with Council in a possible closed-session item under CF 09-1714-S2.

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