Each month, we track the city council motions introduced by our two local city council representatives, Nithya Raman (CD 4) and Paul Koretz (CD 5). Motions are the first step – but only the first step – in the lengthy process of creating a new city ordinance. Once a motion is filed, it is sent to the appropriate City Council committee(s) for more thorough review, discussion, and votes on whether or not to advance the motion to other committees and/or the full City Council for further action – a process which can take weeks, months or, in some cases with very complex issues, years.
But lots of information is available about each motion being considered by the city, at every step of its journey through the Council process, and tracking individual motions is a good way to keep abreast of our Councilmembers’ concerns and activity. We hope these monthly columns will help our readers learn more about the specific motions our local Council Members propose each month, and will help you follow – right from the beginning – specific issues you might find interesting or particularly important. For more information about a motion, to read its full text, or to track its progress through the Council process, just click on the Council File number next to each description below. You can even subscribe to e-mail updates on motions you’re interested in by clicking the envelope-shaped icon near the top of the screen on the individual Council File pages the links take you to.
These were the 20 motions introduced or co-sponsored by Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Paul Koretz during the month of August.
Celebrations and Commemorations
21-0866 – (Koretz – Blumenfield) Motion to transfer funds from the General City Purposes Fund for services in connection with the Council District Five special recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2021, at City Hall, including the illumination of City Hall. Motion forwarded to: full City Council.
21-0868 – (Koretz – Blumenfield) Motion to transfer funds from the General City Purposes Fund for services in connection with the Council District Five special recognition of Stand Up To Cancer on August 21,2021, at City Hall, including the illumination of City Hall. Motion forwarded to: full City Council.
21-0878 – (Martinez – O’Farrell – Harris-Dawson – Raman) Motion to request the City Attorney to prepare and present an ordinance that would require eligible individuals to have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination, to enter indoor spaces. Forwarded to the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment.
21-0908 – (Rodriguez – Blumenfield – Koretz) Motion to direct the City Administrative Officer to report on the methodology for proactive financial planning with regards to the types of expenses expected to be incurred as a result of stronger strains of COVID-19. Forwarded to the Budget and Finance Committee.
Environment & Sustainability
21-0928 – (Rodriguez – Raman) Motion to request that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and instruct the Bureau of Sanitation to report on the feasibility of developing a program on water use and conservation, and sustainability practices designed for small businesses. Forwarded to the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and River Committee.
21-0950 – (Koretz – Krekorian)Motion to instruct the Department of Public Works, City Administrative Officer, and City Planning to report on the availability of State funding to augment and support ongoing and future City projects and work, involving climate change mitigation, resilience, and habitat connectivity, as further described in this Motion. Forwarded to the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee.
21-0011-S12 – (Raman – Blumenfield) Motion to transfer/appropriate funds from the Street Furniture Revenue Fund for supplemental tree related services in Council District Four. Forwarded to full City Council.
Housing & Homelessness
21-0002-S154 – (Bonin – Ridley-Thomas – Raman) Motion to include in the City’s 2021-22 Federal Legislative Program its position on H.R. 568 (Bush), the Unhoused Bill of Rights. Forwarded to the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
21-0901 – (Buscaino – Koretz) Resolution to prohibit sitting, lying, sleeping, or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property, in or upon any street, sidewalk, or other public rights-of-way, within a 1,000 feet radius from the designated facilities listed in this Resolution, and as further directed herein. Forwarded to the Public Works Committee.
21-0929 – (Buscaino – Koretz) Resolution to prohibit sitting, lying, sleeping, or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property, in or upon any street, sidewalk, or other public rights-of-way within a radius of 500 feet from the schools listed in Attachment A of this Resolution. Forwarded to the Public Works Committee.
19-0126-S2 -(Raman – Ridley-Thomas) Motion to amend the Council Action of May 5, 2020, regarding the lease agreement for 3210 and 3248 Riverside Drive for Temporary Bridge Housing, to approve a lease term of three years. Forwarded to full City Council.
14-1635-S10 – (Raman – et al. – de Leon) Motion to instruct the Department of City Planning, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, Los Angeles Housing Department, Los Angeles Police Department, City Attorney, Office of Finance, and any other departments as needed, to report with an analysis and recommendations for the expeditious citation and de-listing of non-compliant properties used as short-term rentals. Forwarded to the Housing Committee, and the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
21-0972 – (Raman – Harris-Dawson – Martinez) Motion to instruct the Department of City Planning, with assistance from the Los Angeles Housing Department, to report with options for an Affordable Housing Overlay Zone in the City of Los Angeles or an update to the City’s development incentive programs, to prioritize 100 percent affordable housing projects in high opportunity areas. Forwarded to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
14-1174-S19 – (Buscaino – Koretz) Motion to rescind the Council Action of August 16, 2017, approving the use of CRA/LA Excess Bond Proceeds available to Council District 15, from the Pacific Corridor Redevelopment Project Area to the Warner Grand Theater Project, and that the funds be reverted to their original source. Motion forwarded to: Economic Development and Jobs Committee.
18-0600-S43 – (Koretz – Blumenfield) Motion to reactivate the matter of the Human Resource and Payroll (HRP) Project, and that it be restored to its most recent legislative status as of the date of the File’s expiration, with HRP Steering Committee departments providing updates on the current status of the project. Forwarded to the Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee.
13-0476 – (Koretz – Krekorian) Motion to amend the Council Action of October 23, 2015, regarding the lease of 5001 Balboa Boulevard to the Armenian Cultural Foundation, to re-authorize the General Services Department to execute the previously approved and negotiated lease, amended to incorporate Q Conditions and Conditions of Approval to effect the zone change. Forwarded to full City Council.
21-0909 – (de Leon – Raman) Motion to direct the General Services Department to negotiate a no-cost, non-profit license agreement with the California Children’s Academy for the City-owned property located at 233 North Breed Street, for the continued operation of a child care center for low income residents. Forwarded to the Information, Technology, and General Services Committee.
21-0011-S11 – (de Leon – Raman) relative to transferring/appropriating Street Furniture Revenue funds for repair services associated with exercise equipment on 1st Street (Evergreen Cemetery), in Council District 14. Forwarded to full City Council.
21-0899 – (Koretz – Krekorian – O’Farrell) Motion to request that the City Attorney draft an ordinance prohibiting the possession, purchase, sale, receipt and transportation of non-serialized, unfinished frames and unfinished receivers, and non-serialized firearms, within the City. Forwarded to the Public Safety Committee.
21-0949 – (Krekorian – Rodriguez – Koretz) Motion to instruct the Los Angeles Fire Department to report on its readiness to deal with a multi-year drought event and related implications for wildfire risk in Los Angeles communities. Forwarded to the Public Safety Committee.