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L.A. Mayor Garcetti Expected to Announce Plan for $13.25 Minimum Wage
(LA Times, 8/26/14)
"There is a crisis in wages for the working poor and we feel strongly about the largest increase as soon as possible,'' said Maria Elena Durazo, chief of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
LA’s Broken Sidewalks: City Council Votes to Keep Studying the Decades-Old Problem
Staff will report back on how best to prioritize the repairs. Ideas so far include creating a complaint-driven mapping system and focusing on areas that present the greatest challenges to pedestrians. Council members also asked for reports on the possibility of paying for the repairs through assessment districts or low-interest loans.
Fuentes Has Different View on Sidewalks Now that He’s on L.A. Council
(LA Daily News, 8/24/14)
The council is in the middle of a debate over the issue, with an estimated 4,200 miles of bad sidewalks and not enough money to cover the costs. Among the proposals being studied is reviving the 50-50 program where residents pay half the costs, setting up a sidewalk repair trust fund and also offering a low-interest loan program. Another possible proposal is assessing homeowners the cost of repairs once they sell their home.
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.