April 16, 2014 |
Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million or more in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape. The unspent funds were rendered all but useless in 2007 when then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ruled that the fees developers are required to pay to fund public art had to be spent within a one-block radius of the construction project that generated the fees.
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April 11, 2014 |
The Los Angeles City Council reversed course and voted Friday to nix part of a plan that city officials said could have inadvertently boosted the pay of top city managers. The council had voted unanimously Wednesday for a salary plan to cover city workers who aren't unionized. A document prepared for the council suggested that under the plan, dozens of city department heads would get a series of pay increases over the next 15 months. Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement Wednesday that City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana had unintentionally included general managers in the document, which “was never our intent.” Wesson spokesman Ed Johnson said that if Mayor Eric Garcetti had signed off on the plan, raises would have automatically been granted to every department head.
April 4, 2014 |
Production rivals New York and Los Angeles are engaged in a tug of war over the "Late Show. " A day after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged CBS to move "Late Show" to L.A. , the New York City Council followed up with its own charm offensive. "For 32 years, 'The Late Show' with David Letterman has been a proud part of New York City's amazing entertainment culture," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves. "That is why I'm writing to urge you to keep future production and filming of 'The Late Show' right here in New York City, where the program began and where David Letterman found such great success.
March 31, 2014 |
Richmond, a small industrial city north of San Francisco, on Tuesday is expected to approve one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. City leaders will vote a second - and final - time on an ordinance that will boost the hourly minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017, up from $8 an hour currently. The vote in Richmond, a city of about 100,000 residents, would follow a spate of cities and states that have passed increases to their minimum wage. Connecticut, for instance, last week passed a law that will raise the state's rate to $10.10, the same amount President Obama is calling on Congress to approve.
March 24, 2014 |
Earlier this month, Santa Clarita settled a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, and in doing so became the first city in California to embrace innovative election rules that could point the way to a more representative politics. The lawsuit, filed last year, grew out of major demographic changes in the city. Not only had Santa Clarita grown by more than 60% since 1990; it had also seen a sharp increase in the city's non-white population, which went from 31% to 44% over a 10-year period, with Latinos now making up almost a third of the city.
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March 19, 2014 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pay $185,000 to end a lawsuit over a rear-end collision involving a city car driven by Councilman Jose Huizar. On a 14-0 vote, council members signed off on the payout to David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer whose vehicle was struck by Huizar's city-owned SUV in 2012. The council approved the agreement without comment. Because the settlement was treated as a consent item, lawmakers did not discuss the case -- either in open session or behind closed doors -- during the meeting.