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Coalition of LA City Unions Responds to Mayor’s Budget
(Coalition of LA City Unions, 4/15/14)
Statement from the Coalition of LA City Unions in response to Mayor Garcetti’s proposed City budget: The $8.1 billion proposed budget released today by Mayor Garcetti comes on the heels of a groundbreaking research report by the Fix LA coalition, showing how Wall Street is ripping off Los Angeles taxpayers by charging the City $204 million in fees annually.
Eric Garcetti's 'Back to Basics' budget offers modest service upgrades
(L.A. Times, 4/14/14)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday unveiled a hold-the-line budget for the coming fiscal year, proposing modest increases in a handful of city services and zero reduction in the business tax -- an issue that the mayor repeatedly has promised to tackle.
Coalition of L.A. City Unions Responds to Proposed Zoo, Pool fee increase
(L.A. Times, 4/14/14)
The mayor's budget calls for a new $1 entry fee for the city's swimming pools and a $1 boost in zoo admissions, from $18 to $19 for adults. Those efforts were criticized by the Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which said Garcetti should have gone after fees charged by Wall Street banks.
Proposed Budget Does Not Include Any Cost-of-Living Increases for City Employees
The first budget released by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks to reform the city's business tax while simultaneously boosting basic city services, like road repairs and library hours.
Garcetti Shares 'Back to Basics' Agenda in State of the City Address
(LA Times, 4/11/14)
In his first such address, L.A.'s mayor focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government. He did not always provide timetables.
Stop the Bank Robbery of Los Angeles
(Captial & Main, 4/10/14)
It turns out that the city of Los Angeles spends more than $200 million on annual fees to Wall Street banks and other financial institutions…These fees may be just the tip of the iceberg. Their numbers only came to light because the report’s authors, who have some background in finance and had a hunch what to look for, were able to penetrate buried records and obscure data from many different city departments.
2020 Commission: Combine the Ports of LA and Long Beach
A good idea? That depends on who’s talking.
"The combining of the two ports is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard of," said Rich Dines, Vice President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach…
Sung Won Sohn, a former member of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, agreed with the 2020 Commission that the competition isn’t creating any new jobs.