Politics, government and public life for Southern California

LA councilman proposes ban on possession of high-capacity magazines



A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to ban the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

One day before President Obama is set to announce new gun control measures, the city of Los Angeles is looking to tighten its own laws by banning the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

California state law prohibits the sale and manufacturing of high-capacity magazines, but the law does not specifically ban possession. A motion from Councilman Paul Krekorian asks the City Attorney’s Office and Los Angeles Police Department to report back on how a ban could be implemented. 

“This gap in the law threatens public safety, because on the streets of Los Angeles, high-capacity magazines pose a daily threat to our citizens and police officers,” Krekorian wrote in his motion.

The Public Safety Committee will consider the motion.

The president is scheduled to speak Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. PT. It was just one month ago that a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults. 


LA City Council's Budget Committee avoids layoffs for LAPD clerks

City Councilman Paul Krekorian

Andres Aguila/KPCC

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, which voted Thursday to avoid layoffs through the end of the fiscal year.

Looks like it won't be a blue Christmas for more than 90 City of L.A. workers after all.

The Los Angeles Police Department and city Personnel Department have identified enough money to keep 96 employees in their jobs through the end of next June, members of the City Council Budget and Finance Committee were told Thursday.

By the end of this year, 93 LAPD clerks and three employees with the Personnel Department were to be laid off. The reductions were part of a budget plan approved by the City Council. Appearing before the committee, police and personnel representatives testified they had found the $3 million needed to keep the employees.

Councilman Paul Koretz voiced his opposition to the layoffs, noting that a $3 million loss would be worth it to keep people in their jobs. 

“The difference that $3 million will make, I think, is insignificant enough in terms of the morale difference of laying people off when you don’t have to," Koretz said. "I would think we’d be better off being $3 million shorter and not having to do layoffs during this period."


Future of Los Angeles' digital billboards remains in limbo

Steven Cuevas/KPCC

Los Angeles city staff was asked to meet with billboard executives and neighborhood groups in the next 30 days to develop a new set of regulations for digital signs.

The future of digital billboards in the city of Los Angeles remained uncertain Tuesday as the city council asked planning staffers to meet with billboard companies and neighborhood groups to work out a new set of regulations for the signs. 

The staff report is due back in 30 days; however, an ongoing legal dispute between two major billboard companies, CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor, and the city of Los Angeles is expected to be heard in court later this month. Councilman Paul Krekorian told his colleagues that the upcoming court date provides a sense of urgency that could push the two sides to find some common ground.

“My hope is that this will be the beginning of a discussion,” Krekorian said. 

His goals for the staff report are to:

  1. Reduce the number of static and digital billboards in the city
  2. Increase revenue to the city
  3. Resolve ongoing legal fights over billboards