SMALL BUSINESSES INITIATIVE IN LOS ANGELES

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA AND GOLDMAN SACHS JOIN TOGETHER TO LAUNCH 10,000 LOS ANGELES - Mayor Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles would join The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. The initiative will drive economic growth and create jobs by providing $20 million in small business loans and by subsidizing business…

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L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona

Members, arguing that the new immigration law could lead to racial profiling, also vote to bar future city contracts with companies in that state. The Los Angeles City Council, protesting Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigration, voted Wednesday to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies…

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CONTROLLER GREUEL RELEASES FOLLOW-UP AUDIT OF RECREATION AND PARKS CONCESSION CONTRACTS

City Controller Wendy Greuel released a follow-up audit today of how the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP)manages its concession contracts.  The follow-up audit found that RAP had fully implemented 20 % of the recommendations, while 70% were partially implemented or in progress and 10% had not been acted…

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CITY CAN’T FIND 45% OF ITEMS PURCHASED WITH TAXPAYER FUNDS

CONTROLLER GREUEL RELEASES AUDIT SHOWING CITY CAN’T FIND 45% OF ITEMS PURCHASED WITH TAXPAYER FUNDSHundreds of Other Items Purchased More Than a Year Ago, Sitting Unused(Los Angeles) - City Controller Wendy Greuel released an audit today showing that various City departments could not locate hundreds of items purchased with taxpayer…

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Investigation of Inappropriate Behavior by DWP Employees

DATE: April 29, 2010 As you may be aware, KCBS Channel 2 is promoting an upcoming investigative report on alleged inappropriate behavior of City Employees involving drinking, driving and other inappropriate behavior.  The story involves LADWP crews and will air tonight during their 11:00 PM newscast.  KCBS conducted this investigation…

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Wendy Greuel: The four steps to fix L.A.'s budget problems

A common refrain at City Hall is that city government must act more like a business, spending taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively. I couldn't agree more. In fact, the 4 million Angelenos are essentially shareholders in city government and are entitled to know its financial condition and how it…

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MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ISSUES STATEMENT ON CITY'S FINANCIAL HEALTH

April 6 2010 LOS ANGELES - Mayor Villaraigosa issued the following statement on the City's fiscal health. "Today we are facing the consequences of the City’s failure to enact the necessary rate increases with Fitch Ratings, a major credit rating agency, withdrawing the DWP's AA- bond rating, thereby costing theratepayers…

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War Declared: People vs. DWP -- No Rate Hikes Without Total Transparency, Clear Plans, IBEW Givebacks

From http://ronkayela.com/2010/03/war-declared-people-vs-dwp-no.htmlIf ever there was something to go to war about in the shocking mismanagement of city affairs, it's the Department of Water & Power. It's time to put the public in charge of this renegade agency, the nation's largest municipally-owned utility.For a century, the DWP has…

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CITY CONTROLLER GREUEL RELEASES CITY’S ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR 2010-2011

City is projected to generate $141.3 million less in 2010-11 than it did in 09-10 March 2, 2010(Los Angeles) – With the City of Los Angeles facing a $212 million budget deficit, the City’s chief accountant, City Controller WendyGreuel, today, released the economic forecast for the City of Los Angeles…

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LA City Council Members: Livin' Large?

Big Bucks The Los Angeles City Council is wrestling with a budget deficit that's more than $200 million now and expected to more than triple in the next two years. As they look at laying off workers, cutting back hours at libraries, and even selling off parks and other city…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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