The City of Los Angeles wants to speed up the construction of rail lines and is seeking Obama era stimulus funds to do so. The Mayor's office wants a proposed Federal program to advance money to the MTA for various projects. Deputy Mayor Jaime de la Vega said, "There are 12 major projects that we believe will provide over 127,000 construction jobs and 2,800 permanent jobs minimum."
With a looming disaster facing the City's pension funds the City Council is looking at getting a hold on the costs going forward. A proposed ballot measure will drastically scale back the pensions offered to new City employees. According to reports public employee unions are already denouncing the move.
If Chris Essel was the Queen of SB1818 then Councilman Paul Krekorian is it's executioner. One of the new Councilman's first moves was to propose legislation to limit the scope of the controversial measure.