Distance Learning Sites / Parks and Libraries / Los Angeles Students / Staffing and Supplemental Programming / COVID-19 Pandemic

MOTION-- Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that schools in Los Angeles County and elsewhere in thestate will not be permitted to return to in-classroom learning when school resumes this fall. TheLos Angeles Unified School District and many private schools have been working diligently todevelop effective distance learning plans that work for all students and their families, butsignificant concerns have nonetheless arisen about excessive absenteeism and reduced studentengagement, among other things. Continue reading

Budget Motion / Mayors Proposed 2020-21 Budget / Non-City Entities / Fiscal Year Pre-Paid Permits / Permit-Issuing Bureaus / General Fund Savings / Upfront City Staff Costs

MOTION-- I MOVE that the Mayor’s Proposed Budget for 2020-21 be amended to instruct the CityAdministrative Officer to report on the feasibility of allowing non-City entities such as utilitiesand telecommunications providers, to pre-pay permitting costs for the entire fiscal year at permit issuing bureaus, specifically the Bureau of Street Lighting and the Bureau of Engineering andwhether such mechanism would generate general fund savings and cover upfront City staffingcosts at the start of the upcoming fiscal year. Continue reading

Reserve Fund / COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund / Reimbursement

MOTION-- Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has spent extraordinary sums of moneythat were not considered during the budget process for the 2019-20 fiscal year and forsome expenses that may or may not be fully reimbursable by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) or other sources. Most expenses that qualify for FEMAreimbursement are reimbursable up to 75% of the expense. Though most of the funding forthe immediate COVID-19 response was provided in the form of a loan from the LADBSPermit Enterprise Fund, there were also significant sums of money drawn from the City'sReserve Fund, particularly in the waning weeks of FY 2019-20. Continue reading

General Fund / COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund / Reimbursement

MOTION-- Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has spent extraordinary sums of moneythat were not considered during the budget process for the 2019-20 fiscal year and forsome expenses that may or may not be fully reimbursable by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) or other sources. Most expenses that qualify for FEMAreimbursement are reimbursable up to 75% of the expense. Continue reading

Building and Safety Permit Enterprise Fund / COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund / Reimbursement

MOTION-- Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has spent extraordinary sums of moneythat were not considered during the budget process for the 2019-20 fiscal year and forsome expenses that may or may not be fully reimbursable by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) or other sources. Most expenses that qualify for FEMAreimbursement are reimbursable up to 75% of the expense. Continue reading

Los Angeles Administrative Code / Boards and Commissions / Contract Approval Authority / Delegation to General Managers / National, State, Local Emergencies / Goods and Services / City Services / Ordinance

MOTION-- The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, pursuant to his powers under AdministrativeCode Section 8.27, declared the existence of a local emergency due to the introduction ofthe novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into the United States and Los Angeles County on March2, 2020. The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution ratifying the existence of alocal emergency and the need for continuing the state of a local emergency on March 4,2020. Continue reading

Code Violation Inspection Fee (CVIF) Waiver / Non-Compliance Fee (NCF) Payment Deadline Extension / Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Sections 98.0421 and 98.0411 / Emergency Ordinance

MOTION-- I MOVE that the Council REQUEST that the City Attorney draft an emergencyordinance amending LAMC Section 98.0421 and Section 98.0411 totemporarily waive the Code Violation Inspection Fee (CVIF) and extend theNon-Compliance Fee (NCF) payment deadline from 30 days to 90 days fromthe invoice print date, with a sunset date of September 24th, 2020.

Los Angeles Administrative Code / Division 10 / Contracting Restrictions Suspension / General Managers / Emergency Contract Extension Authority / National, State, Local Emergency / Ordinance

MOTION-- The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, pursuant to his powers under AdministrativeCode Section 8.27, declared the existence of a local emergency due to the introduction ofthe novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into the United States and Los Angeles County on March2, 2020. The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution ratifying the existence of alocal emergency and the need for continuing the state of a local emergency on March 4,2020. Continue reading

Conflict of Interest / Request for Waiver / Gordon Rees Skully and Mansukhani, LLP / Nossaman LLP / Foley Lardner / Nixon Peabody / Outside Counsel Law Firms

MOTION-- The Office of the City Attorney has received the following requests for waiver ofconflicts of interest by four outside counsel law firms currently engaged in work for theCity. Rule 1.7 of the California State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct states that alawyer shall not, without informed written consent from a client, represent that client ifthe representation is directly adverse to another client in the same or a separate matter.In each of the cases below, outside counsel has provided notice of such an adversity,and the City Attorney has reviewed the nature of the conflicts and the facts surroundingthem, and determined that waiver is appropriate and not likely to adversely affect theCity’s best interest. Continue reading

City Financial Health / Rate of Expenses / FY 2019-20 / FY 2020-21 / Revenue Generating Activities / Furlough Implementation

MOTION-- BUDGET & FINANCELos Angeles City Charter Section 312 requires that the Mayor release a proposed budget onor before April 20 each year for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 until June 30 of thefollowing year. Subsequent to the release of the proposed budget, the Budget and FinanceCommittee holds hearings to consider the Mayor’s proposed budget, hear about itspotential impacts on our City departments, and review the various choices for expenditurescontained therein. The scope of this process involves far more than the committeemembers, their staff and the committee clerk. Continue reading