Tag Archives: Los Angeles County

Stormwater Parcel Tax on Hold

16 Jan
Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing  [PDF, Item #40] earlier this week for the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Fee, a proposed parcel tax on to mitigate stormwater runoff pollution in the county.  The revenue would be used to capture, filter and reuse stormwater before it ever makes it to a sewer. Continue reading

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Los Angeles: Measure J – Accelerate Traffic Relief and Job Creation

17 Oct

We’ve covered this measure before, so this will be brief.

THE PROPOSAL: If approved, this bill would extend the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008. By extending the sales tax, the local transportation authority will be able to qualify for new financing options and can accelerate the timeline for completing a series of transit projects. Continue reading

New Directions in Stormwater Management

15 Jul

In Los Angeles County, the finger pointing about who is responsible for cleaning up polluted stormwater has bubbled up to the United States Supreme Court.

In 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court found that the County and its Flood Control District were in violation of the Clean Water Act by allowing the release of untreated water into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. The Flood Control District claims that it cannot be held responsible for the polluted waterways, since it is not the source of the pollution. The County is hoping that the Supreme Court agrees, and finds that the County’s Flood Control District is not responsible for mitigating pollution from urban runoff that ends up in local waterways.

The battle in Los Angeles County represents a national trend of cash-poor localities scrambling to comply with the regulations of the Clean Water Act.  Cities are predictably looking to other entities to foot the bill. Continue reading

Getting Transit Built Faster

15 Jul

Image from Metro Transportation Library and Archive: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30993133@N04/2925547715/

There’s been some movement on the transportation front as of late, and much of it is good news for the Los Angeles area. First, Metro’s Orange Line extension opened on time and under budget. The line, a successful workhorse of Metro’s transit system earned praise recently, spurring a discussion about the region’s burgeoning rail-on-wheels network. The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed piece that billed LA as the nation’s most forward-thinking city in terms of transit (uh, move over Portland?). And the feds finally passed a transportation bill that extends a federal loan program that the city is relying on to put some transportation projects on the fast track.

By all accounts, the region’s admittedly ambitious plan to expand transit is well on its way to becoming a reality. But for all the cheerleading, there’s been less chatter about what it will take to make these dreams a reality. Continue reading

LA County General Plan Update

17 May

Los Angeles County’s draft general plan update has been released. Continue reading