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:
- Reduce the number of static and digital billboards in the city
- Increase revenue to the city
- Resolve ongoing legal fights over billboards
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A polling place inside a luxury car dealer in Beverly Hills during the 2010 midterm elections. This year, California voters can skip the paperwork on their way to the ballot box and register completely online.
Monday is the deadline to sign up to vote in the November 6 election. This year, for the first time, California voters can register completely online.
544-thousand Californians registered online in the first month, and the number’s expected to grow.
Political Data Inc. – a non-partisan company that analyzes election stats — profiled the first 50,000 Californians to sign up and found that about a third were younger than 26. That group of voters is twice as likely to register as Democrats than as Republicans.
Los Angeles County’s reported online registration is contributing to a record-setting pace in voter registrations. About 150,000 people registered last month. That represents a jump of 30,000 from the September before the last presidential election.
Voters may register at the California Secretary of State’s website until midnight Oct. 22.
A plan to provide library cards that are also ID and pre-paid debit cards was unanimously approved by a Los Angeles City Council committee.
Undocumented residents living in the city of Los Angeles could soon have a library card that also acts as identification and a pre-paid debit card.
A Los Angeles City Council committee unanimously approved the proposal from Councilman Richard Alarcon. The ID card would include a resident’s photograph, full name, address, date of birth and details on height, weight, and hair and eye color. The card would not be a driver’s license and could not be used as an ID to board a plane. The card could also be a pre-paid debit card that allows residents to build credit.
“[It] gives them to access to banks in a way they can trust,” Alarcon said.
Whether law enforcement agencies would accept the ID remains unknown.
The card is intended to help the 200,000 Los Angeles households that do not have access to banking services. Those families are vulnerable to theft and financial emergencies, according to the Mayor’s Office. A financial institution would back the proposed ID card, and the funds would be FDIC insured.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney are set for their second debate on Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. This time, the candidates will respond to questions that focus on both foreign and domestic issues in a town hall meeting format that will include questions from the audience.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a rally of UCLA students on campus, Oct. 16, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a planned tour of state campuses Tuesday to boost student support for his measure to tax sales and incomes and pump billions of dollars into state government. He started wth a rally at UCLA.
He told a few hundred students gathered at the central plaza that after years of recession-caused cuts, it was time for California to re-invest in the state and in education.
"Proposition 30 is an opportunity for the people themselves not only to fix California, but to send a message to the rest of the country that we as a people can invest together in our schools, in our community colleges and in the great University of California," Brown said.
There is a lot at stake for University of California and California State University students in Proposition 30.
Prop. 30 would provide UC students each a $250 refund on part of the tuition increases they've paid this year, and keep tuition the same next term. If it doesn't pass, UC will raise tuition about 20 percent, to nearly $16,000 a year.