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August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to take  preliminary steps toward approval of a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged streets . Lawmakers are weighing a 1% increase in property taxes on Los Angeles homeowners for 29 years to pay for the program. The revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs. Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander hope to include a proposal to issue city bonds for the work on the fall 2014 ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
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NEWS
June 9, 1988
This city has received $84,400 from the county for maintenance of streets and improvement of intersections along Garfield Avenue from Gage to Eastern avenues and along Florence Avenue from Eastern to Scout Avenue. A check for that amount was presented by county Supervisor Ed Edelman to Letha Viles, Bell Gardens councilwoman, and David A. Bass, city finance director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I learned two things when Deborah Murphy of Silver Lake sent me an email in mid-December. First, there's a pedestrian-advocacy organization in our car-crazed metropolis, and it goes by the name of Los Angeles Walks. Second, there's a city of L.A. Pedestrian Advocacy Committee. Murphy is executive director of the former, chair of the latter, and she wanted to know if I could meet with her to discuss a development she's not happy about. Namely, there's the possibility of a $3-billion street repair bond measure on the November ballot this year, but as currently conceived, it would fix only the worst of L.A.'s streets and do nothing for the city's abominable sidewalks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS
The largest street maintenance project in the city's history will start in about two weeks, when 33 streets plus the south parking lot at Sarzotti Park get $300,000 in repairs. The City Council voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday to award the project to two Los Angeles-area companies and J & H Engineering-General Contractors of Camarillo. Work will run through January, said Stan Hakes, public works director.
NEWS
March 19, 1989
The county Board of Supervisors has allocated $93,060 in gasoline tax funds to assist South Gate this year in the construction and maintenance of streets that are of general county interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
The city is on the verge of contracting for about $130,000 in street repairs for the coming year, City Manager Fred Maley said this week. Maley said bids from six contractors will be presented to the City Council at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The council will then consider awarding a contract. The council has earmarked money for the project in the city's budget for fiscal 1996-97. "The street work calls for an overlay pavement with a 2% mixture of rubber," Maley said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Wednesday took the first step toward placing a bond measure on the city ballot in 2008 to pay for repairs and resurfacing of more than 4,000 miles of streets. The council ordered the city Bureau of Street Services to report on the price tag for completing the work within 10 years. The city attorney will use the information to prepare a ballot resolution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Petaluma City Councilman Bryant Moynihan wants his community to double spending on battered streets that are ranked among the worst in the San Francisco Bay Area. Critics of the city's pavement repair efforts have painted rings around potholes, staged protests, and printed bumper stickers with tongue-in-cheek slogans such as "Got Potholes?" City officials estimate that it would cost $146 million to repair the 150-mile network of streets and $8.1 million a year for maintenance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles' new controller moved Wednesday to open city finances to quick and easy public scrutiny online, unveiling a website with extensive detail on how City Hall collects and spends billions of dollars. The website, Control Panel L.A. , gives users access to a huge volume of data on taxpayer expenditures for police, sanitation, street repairs and other services - information that previously would have taken weeks or months to get through formal requests for records. With user-friendly icons and drop-down menus, the site enables visitors to download, sort and analyze data on city employee salaries and more than 100,000 payments to contractors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Later this year and in years to follow, your Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rates will go up, not down, despite the new employee  contract for which city officials are uniformly patting each other on the back.  The deal with Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers involves real savings for years to come, no question about it. But as DWP boss Ron Nichols said at a recent City Council hearing, the contract...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to further explore a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged city streets. City staff will report back in 45 days on a proposed property tax increase, which would have homeowners pay about 1% of the value of their home over 29 years. (For example, a $350,000 house would see $3,500 more in taxes over 29 years, or about $121 more each year.) That revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Los Angeles lawmakers Wednesday agreed to pursue further analysis of an ambitious $3-billion proposal to fix thousands of miles of the city's most deteriorated streets. The money could come from a mix of sources, officials say, including a property tax or borrowing against future sales or gas tax revenues. One option would be to ask property owners to increase taxes the equivalent of 1% of their property's value, paid over 29 years. On a home worth $600,000, that would mean paying about $200 more a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to take  preliminary steps toward approval of a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged streets . Lawmakers are weighing a 1% increase in property taxes on Los Angeles homeowners for 29 years to pay for the program. The revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs. Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander hope to include a proposal to issue city bonds for the work on the fall 2014 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Eggplant gardens, at least for now, are officially protected in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti told me Tuesday that he has instructed city staff to "cool their jets" after learning from this column about two citizens who'd been ordered to remove vegetable gardens from curbside strips. Meanwhile, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion Tuesday to "immediately suspend enforcement of Municipal Code Section 56.08(e) in those cases where parkways are being occupied by vegetable gardens....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers were finishing repairs Wednesday to a downtown area street damaged when a water pipe burst. The line ruptured shortly after 2 a.m. on Wilshire Boulevard, between Bixel Street and Lucas Avenue in the Westlake district west of downtown. The break flooded the street and buckled pavement. Three of four lanes on Wilshire Boulevard were closed for several hours between Lucas and Bixel. By early afternoon, all but one of the lanes were open, and workers expected to complete street repairs by 4 p.m., a DWP spokeswoman said.
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