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L.A.’s Neighborhood Councils Flex Their Muscles

From the L.A. Daily News, January 24, 2013 A recent fight over a proposed $3 billion bond issue for street repairs illustrated the growing influence of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles City government, as they exerted enough influence to keep the measure off the ballot for now. The success in …

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Update on Digital Billboards in the City of L.A.

The LA City Council’s pending new sign ordinance will not outlaw digital signs. Despite the City’s ban on new billboards dating back to 2002, the City is in the process of approving a new ordinance that will allow new signs (including digital signs) in designated “sign districts” which are to …

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Free Admission at Several L.A. Museums January 26 & 27

At LACMA (Photo by -SHANE NOIR- via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr) If your New Year’s Resolution was to spend more time checking out local museums, your budget is no excuse this weekend, as several area facilities will be absolutely FREE to visit. The Museums Free-For-All event is in its eighth year, and for …

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LA City Council Confirms Grayce Liu’s Appointment to DONE GM

The LA City Council unanimously confirmed the Mayor’s appointment of Grayce Liu as the next permanent general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment on Friday. Grayce Liu was made interim general manager in August of last year after former GM BongHwan Kim left to take a position in San …

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Boost For Bikes: City Council Allows Car Parking To Be Swapped For Bike Spaces

Bike rack (Photo by via the LAist Featured Photos pool) It took a long time but the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will dramatically increase the number of parking spaces for bikes in new developments. The Bike Parking Ordinance will allow new developments—both residential and commercial—to swap some parking spots for bikes …

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City Council Puts $3 Billion Road Repair Bond Issue on Back Burner

Public meetings will be held before the plan goes onto a future ballot. From NorthridgePatch.com Responding to the uproar by Neighborhood Councils and community activists, the City Council Tuesday dropped plans to put a $3 billion road repair bond measure on the May 21 ballot. Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino, who …

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Consolidated Plan Community Follow-Up Meetings

How Will Federal Funds Transform Your Community? Last October, you told the City of Los Angeles how Federal funds should be spent to improve your neighborhoods, such as more affordable housing, job training, and street repairs. The City heard you and has included many of your ideas in a plan that will make these improvements, and more, possible in …

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City of Los Angeles Needs Pollworkers for the 2013 Municipal Elections

City Clerk June Lagmay announced today that the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division is in need of approximately 3,000 additional pollworkers to staff polls for the 2013 Municipal Elections on March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013.  The Election Division expects to place a total of 6,240 …

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