February 8, 2013 – Los Angeles’ top budget analyst warned that the city could lose 500 cops and be forced to close jails, cut the Fire Department and make other public-safety cuts if a proposed half-percent sales tax doesn’t pass on March 5. Los Angeles is at a financial crossroads, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana wrote in a detailed report released Thursday. Although the city has made significant budget savings in recent years, without new money, the city could have to reverse hard-fought police staffing gains. LA Mayor Villaraigosa said the report shows the progress that has been made in reducing the projected structural deficit from more than $1 billion to the projected level of $200 million this year.
Link to Full Article: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22544647/budget-analyst-warns-that-los-angeles-is-at
Link to “City at a Crossroads” Report: http://cao.lacity.org/Reports/City%20at%20a%20Crossroads%20Report%20020713%20-%20final.pdf
January 10, 2013 – Under pressure from complaints they were rushing a $3 billion street repair bond issue to the May 21 ballot, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday pushed off the proposal for a week until a plan on public outreach can be developed. Two key groups of neighborhood council leaders – the Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils and the Neighborhood Councils Budget Advocates – said they want 60 days to examine the proposal, which would have the effect of keeping it off this year’s ballot. In a presentation to the City Council, Nazario Sauceda, director of the Bureau of Street Services, said the problem of street repair has been escalating over the years as the city neglected maintenance from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Link to Full Article: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22343047/l-city-council-delays-vote-3b-street-repair
January 5, 2013 – In a mostly amicable race so far, one of the first issues to divide the leading candidates for Los Angeles mayor involves another city altogether – Beverly Hills. During a candidate debate last week held in Beverly Hills, the leading candidates were split over plans to have the $6.3billion Westside subway extension route run under a high school in that affluent city. The subway route is opposed by the city of Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills Unified School District, both of which are suing to stop the construction. During his tenure at LA County Metro (Aa2 / 5447123S9), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed to greatly expand rail lines throughout the county.
Link to Full Article: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22319795/mayoral-candidates-split-westside-subway-route
January 4, 2013 – The most recent passenger traffic figures show Ontario International Airport (A3 / 544435XP0) continues to lose passengers while Los Angeles International Airport (Aa3 / 544435X39) and John Wayne Airport (Aa3 / 684212EK5) are gaining. In fact, John Wayne had its best November in five years, up 6.4 percent, according to an airport news release. Comparing the first 11 months of 2012 to the first 11 months of 2011, ONT is down 5.25 percent, LAX is up 2.53 percent and John Wayne is up 2.7 percent. The newly formed Ontario International Airport Authority will meet Monday to consider a business plan to regain control from Los Angeles World Airports.
Link to Full Article: http://blog.pe.com/cassie-macduff/2013/01/04/ontario-airport-is-still-losing-out-to-lax/
Source: LAWA 2012 CAFR
January 3, 2013 – LA County Metro (Aa2 / 5447123S9) is installing four electric vehicle charging stations at five Park-and-Ride facilities starting mid-January. Charging stations at Union Station and Sierra Madre Villa Station will open to the public in the next couple of weeks, while Willow Station, El Segundo Station, and Universal City Station’s chargers will become available by mid-February. The chargers will be available to members of the public on a subscription basis, with the charging cost running $1 per hour up to a maximum of $3. Metro representatives say this marks the first time a transit agency has directly incorporated EV charging stations as part of its transit system.
Link to Full Article: http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/transportation/park-and-ride-how-about-charge-and-ride.html
January 3, 2013 – The top budget official at Los Angeles City Hall warned Thursday that the city could lose up to $115 million in federal grants if Congress fails to stave off automatic across-the-board budget cuts scheduled for March 1. In a report submitted to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said tens of thousands of residents would be affected if the city loses out on $92 million in federal assistance for housing programs and $23 million in funding for public safety and community development.
Link to Full Article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/la-budget-official-warns-of-major-cuts-if-congress-fails-to-act.html
December 25, 2012 – The county’s Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure is meant to clear polluted waters, but educators say the plan will drain millions of dollars from cash-strapped schools. Under the plan, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is proposing an annual fee for all property owners to help clean up polluted waterways and recharge groundwater supplies. School districts across the county are opposing the plan, saying the fee could cost districts countywide about $14 million a year – resulting in the loss of up to 200 teachers. This would be a significant financial burden to schools already struggling under years of state funding cuts, district officials say.
Link to Full Article: http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_22259248/school-districts-are-lining-up-against-l-countys