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November 5, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles voters must decide whether to tax home and property owners an extra $33.60 per year to overhaul the city's outdated fire stations and animal shelters. Proposition F on the November ballot calls for issuing $532.6 million in bonds--to be repaid over the next 25 years--to address what public officials are calling a public safety crisis.
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October 31, 2000 | JIM NEWTON and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles Police Department analysis warns that the combined effects of attrition, a politically popular transfer of officers from patrol duties to community relations, and a federally imposed set of police reforms could lengthen emergency response times, jeopardize other city services and cost taxpayers more than $50 million a year. Some police officials, in fact, believe that even those estimates are conservative.
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October 30, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The future of a half-mile-long mural in Valley Glen that chronicles the history of Los Angeles, particularly struggles by ethnic groups, remains in financial limbo. Supporters have begun raising $500,000 to restore the fading canvas while seeking another $1 million to finish the timeline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The future of a half-mile-long mural chronicling the city's history, particularly struggles by ethnic groups, remains in financial limbo. Supporters have begun raising $500,000 to restore the fading cultural canvas while seeking $1 million more to finish the timeline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Los Angeles ordered an inventory Tuesday of its vast and scattered art collection, an accounting that would assist a study looking into dividing city assets as part of the San Fernando Valley and Harbor secession proposals. The City Council directed the Cultural Affairs Department to report on the contents and condition of the art collection in 60 days and to develop a plan for conducting a more detailed appraisal of the more than 2,000 works of art.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2000
The city controller announced Wednesday he is withholding nearly $600,000 from the $4 million in payments the city agreed to make to the Democratic National Convention because he believes the expenses are unjustified. "The council, as provided by the [City] Charter, may overrule me on this matter and request that some or all of this amount be issued," Controller Rick Tuttle wrote in a letter to city lawmakers. "I am unwilling to issue this remaining payment without further council instructions."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a final price tag yet to be determined, the Los Angeles City Council was told Tuesday that it will cost $5 million a year to pay for some of the police reforms being sought by the U.S. Justice Department. The City Council received the news at a closed-door meeting with a team of city officials negotiating with federal authorities over how best to implement long-sought changes in the police department. The next meeting is scheduled in two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000
The City Council on Wednesday agreed to combine two bond measures into one $532-million initiative that will ask voters in November to pay for upgrading and building fire stations and animal shelters in selected sections of the city. In recent weeks, the council has debated whether the issues should be merged on the ballot. Some members have questioned whether the bonds favor only those sections of the city that would get the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to ask voters to consider taxing themselves an extra $35 a year to upgrade fire stations and animal shelters in selected areas of the city. Two bond measures raising $532 million for fire station upgrades and construction of two animal shelters are set to go before voters in November. The first measure includes $378.5 million for the city Fire Department, which would use the money to build a fire station in San Pedro and upgrade 19 others.
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