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Around the Halls: Single-Use Bag Ban, Building and Safety Reforms, 'Reverse Redlining'

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, at 08:25AM
Plastic Shopping Bags John McGarvey [Flickr]

Stores would be forbidden from offering single-use shopping bags under Councilman Paul Koretz's proposed ordinance, which would require stores to offer reusable bags instead.

Today is Monday, December 12, and it's a short but busy pre-holiday week at City Hall. A ban on single-use bags, corruption in Building and Safety, small business development, "reverse redlining" by banks and neighborhood council elections are on the agendas.

MONDAY: No council meetings are scheduled. Budget and Finance committee is taking the week off.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

Single-use bags will be the topic of conversation at Energy and the Environment committee, which will consider CF 11-1531, Councilman Paul Koretz's motion to ban them in Los Angeles. Stores would be required to give away or sell reusable bags instead.

Corruption in the Department of Building and Safety is the focus of a joint meeting of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency committee and the Planning and Land Use Management committee. CF 11-1074 details actions that the department has taken since two employees were fired and pled guilty to soliciting bribes earlier this year. The department has reinstated its Internal Investigations Unit and will be distributing new phones to its inspectors that include GPS tracking.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, as do four committees.

How can cooperatives act as an economic development tool for growing small businesses? That's the question in CF 10-1901-S1, which goes to Jobs and Business committee.

$23 million in tax-exempt bonds for the Chinatown Metro Apartments return to Housing and Economic Development committee and then go straight on to Council after being continued last week. The money will help restart a stalled 123-unit development intended as affordable senior housing.

The Cochran Firm, founded by O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, has approached the city of Los Angeles about filing lawsuits on its behalf against banks that engaged in "reverse redlining"—extending mortgage loans to those the banks knew could not pay them. A motion, CF 11-1972, asks that the firm come make a presentation to the Council.

At Council, CF 11-2041 is a motion to study whether the city should step in to assist parcels next to Vibiana that are facing foreclosure.

The potential postponement of all neighborhood council elections for two years returns to Arts, Parks, Health and Aging committee after being continued previously. CF 11-1912 would leave existing board members in their positions for two extra years.

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