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Los Angeles Downtown News: Downtown's Most Heavily Ticketed Areas

Posted on May 03, 2017

By Nicholas Slayton

Photos by Gary Leonard

 DTLA - Winston Street in the Toy District is a dense thicket of stores and pedestrians. Businesses with open displays line the street and crowds of customers peruse the wares. The curbside parking at metered spaces near Wall Street is almost always taken. Frequently, the green meter light flicks into a red violation, and a $63 citation is slapped across a windshield.

 

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The Mercury News: Prop. 13 reform key to affordable housing, policy expert tells Realtors

Posted on March 29, 2017

 

Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget and Policy Center in Sacramento, says local governments need to boost property taxes so they’ll have the flexibility to address housing costs in their areas. Shown here is construction on homes in the Cypress Village development near the Great Park in Irvine in November 2016. (File photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

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A state policy expert offered an unexpected solution to California’s housing affordability crisis: Amend Prop. 13.

 

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LA Sentinel: Too Many of Us Can’t Use Math to Manage Our Money

Posted on March 29, 2017

By Ron Galperin

As the City of Los Angeles’ chief accountant and auditor, I think a lot about financial literacy and what it means to live in a society in which too many people lack the skills to manage their personal and household budgets.

Simply put, we have a hidden crisis on our hands.

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LA Daily News: LADWP audit reveals high costs, low graduation rates in apprenticeship programs

Posted on March 28, 2017

 

LADWP’s Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility in Sylmar is the largest such plant in the Western United States, with a capacity to treat 600 million gallons of water per day. (File photo by Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News) 

 

By City News Service 

LOS ANGELES >> An audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power released today by City Controller Ron Galperin found that the utility spends about $40 million a year on apprenticeship programs that only graduate about 51 percent or fewer of their enrollees.

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CBS LA: Audit: $40M LADWP Apprenticeship Programs Only Graduate Half

Posted on March 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power released Tuesday by City Controller Ron Galperin found that the utility spends about $40 million a year on apprenticeship programs that only graduate about 51 percent or fewer of their enrollees.

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LA Daily News: L.A. deficit makes it a time for caution: Editorial

Posted on March 24, 2017

 

Los Angeles City Hall is framed by the facade in front of the Caltrans building in a file photo. (Photo by John McCoy/Southern California News Group) 

 

By The Editorial Board, LA Daily News

Years removed from the Great Recession, a Los Angeles city budget deficit inspires less fear than revulsion, less sympathy for the leaders who must fix it than disappointment in them for letting it develop.

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Daily Breeze: LA controller opposes city plan to borrow up to $60 million for lawsuit payouts

Posted on March 24, 2017

By Elizabeth Chou, echou@scng.com@reporterliz on Twitter 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin warned city leaders Friday against going forward with a plan now under consideration to borrow up to $60 million to cover the cost of an unusually large crop of lawsuit payouts.

The city has had to dip into its reserves this year to pay for roughly $55 million in legal payouts, and the council is now considering reimbursing the rainy day fund by borrowing money in the form of issuing so-called “judgment obligation bonds.”

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