The Daily News is right on in an editorial opining against a proposed property tax levy against homeowners to support city libraries. While everyone loves libraries it doesn't seem right to ask for even more money from homeowners especially when they have made it clear in the defeat of the LAUSD's effort to place a parcel tax last month. Libraries need to review where they stand in a technological era and determine if they're truly providing core services and how best to do that with limited funds.
The City of LA may get behind a state plan to consider same day voter registration which allows voters to register on election day. We want to increase participation (as long as it's informed and not just folks voting for someone who sent them a potholder) but this is a really bad idea. It opens the door to lots of potential nonsense and burdens voting officials to get it all right. Currently California allows voters the opportunity to register 15 days before the election. This is sufficient and gives election officials enough time to verify registration and get it right.
The City of LA is considering shifting the responsibility of upkeep of sidewalks to the property owner. Though many will cackle this makes sense. Sidewalks are not considered a core city service everywhere else in the US and have only been handled by the City since the 70s.
The City of LA may have missed an opportunity to earn some money to close it's budget shortfall - Long Beach is considering taxing medical marijuana. The Queen Mary city is facing an $18.5 million deficit and figures since it taxes alcohol and cigarettes, why not pot?