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L.A. Unions, Allies Issue Fake Parking Tickets to Protest Bank Deals
(LA Times, 8/21/14)
Such deals "make New York and Wall Street much richer and our city much poorer," said the Rev. Jonathan Moseley of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, one of the members of the Fix LA Coalition. "This cannot be tolerated."
L.A. Council Faces Key Question: Who Pays to Fix Broken Sidewalks?
(LA Times, 8/19/14)
State law is “crystal clear” in leaving property owners responsible for fixing and maintaining their sidewalks, City Councilman Paul Krekorian said at a committee meeting Monday. However, during the 1970s the city voluntarily took on responsibility for fixing sidewalks damaged by street trees -- even though the city did not necessarily plant those trees.
L.A. Council Calls for Banks to Renegotiate Bond Interest Rates
(LA Times, 8/13/14)
Over the past several months, union coalition Fix LA has criticized L.A.'s Wall Street interest spending by pointing out that the city could use more money to repair broken sidewalks, erase cuts in the number of city crossing guards and clean alleys filled with trash. The tag line of a coalition report on the city's swap deals is "Invest in Our Streets, Not Wall Street."
Crossing Guards Outside LAUSD Schools at 10-Year Low: Report
(NBC Southern California, 8/13/14)
Los Angeles city workers and community leaders on Tuesday urged the city to hire more crossing guards to protect students as they walk to and from school in the wake of a report revealing a drastic drop in crosswalk staffing. "The need for crossing guards has not declined, it has only increased," Cheryl Parisi, chair of the Coalition of LA City Unions, said at a press conference held as LAUSD students headed to their first day of class.
City, County Join Forces in Program to Help Homeless Get Off Skid Row
(LA Times, 8/13/14)
Los Angeles city and county workers launched a major effort Wednesday to clean up skid row and offer medical, mental health and social services to help an estimated 1,700 homeless people get off the streets.
Activists Call For $3M Investment To Restore LAUSD Crossing Guard Cuts
(CBS Los Angeles, 8/12/14)
On the same day that over 600,000 LAUSD students returned to classes, members of the Fix LA coalition released a study showing that one-third of elementary school corners identified by the city as eligible for a crossing guard due to heavy traffic are being left unguarded.
A Case Study in L.A.'s Crumbling Infrastructure
(LA Times, 8/5/14)
For years, Mrs. Bianco has been asking City Hall for help. But she'd have had better luck writing to the North Pole and asking Santa for an asphalt mixer and a bulldozer. "We ... have tried to get our alley repaired for decades!" she wrote in an email to her council office, speaking not just for herself, but for her late husband, Angelo, a longtime LAUSD teacher whom she lost about a year ago.