With analog television broadcasts ending in a year, anyone with an older set will need a converter box get a signal. All digital broadcasting will begin at midnight on February 17, 2009, to provide a clearer picture and free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.To help consumers, a converter box program is underway that offers $40 coupons to help buy the set-top converter boxes, which are expected to cost $50 to $60 each.
An Arts District resident a few blocks south of me has been applying for the coupon and is still being informed they do not qualify for the government issued discount. Why? Because they are applying from a strictly industrial and commercial area, not a residential zone.
Understandably, the L.A. Marathon is bringing road closures and limiting parking all over Downtown to accommodate competitor. Yet, I'm not sure why Sante Fe between the First and Fourth Street bridge is a tow-away zone this Sunday. A runner would have to be very, very, lost to stray off the Sixth Street bridge, or miss the turn at Central and East 3rd. Nonetheless, the signs are posted and this Sunday there is no parking on this part of Santa Fe from 1am to 4pm.
Long Title: 2007-2008 Mid-Year Adjustment and Financial Status Report and Belt Tightening Measures by the Budget and Finance committee is under consideration at City Council at this moment. Cash Flow Woes: As the Times reported this morning "With tax revenue stagnant at best, the city could see another $300 million shortfall by July 1, the start of a new fiscal year."
Add: A $155-million gap could cut services such as graffiti removal, new left-turn signals, library supplies, and reduce vehicles for council staff––while still finding ways to hire more LAPD officers. Big Topic: Are cars perks?
Zingers: Via LA35, the Public Works Division was just referred to as a "sacred cow" by council member Dennis Zine. Question for the Chair: So far, no one has asked if any revenue is lost by the extensive tax breaks for those who use City Hall as a film location, much less Downtown.
Ah, My Man Tom Lebonge!: Speaking about mural restoration funding lost, he refers to the Judy Baca mural ("Hitting the Wall" at the 110 Freeway) still covered by graffiti. "I am so ashamed of myself." he says.
And so discussions will continue.
The first LA Heritage Day will also launch the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance on March 2, from 12pm to 4pm. “This alliance will work to unify the efforts of heritage organizations on matters of preservation, promotion, and communication,” says Brian Sheridan, one of the LA Heritage Day and LA Heritage Alliance organizers. The Alliance plans to increase communication & collaboration between Los Angeles historical groups, and inform the public at large of the resources available.
A long list of historical societies are meeting for the first time, including the Los Angeles City Historical Society, Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Venice Historical Society, Los Angelitas del Pueblo, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Historical Society of Southern California, and the Boyle Heights Historical Society.
It's being held at Heritage Square Museum, where you can also tour several Victorian-era buildings saved from demolition.
LA Heritage Day
Los Angeles Heritage Alliance
Sunday, March 2
12pm to 4pm
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street,
off the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway
Night Light: Homeboy Industries new building appears futuristic when the Gold Line passed by on a rain soaked Saturday night.
Next Stage: Give your POV: view Metro holding meetings on Regional Connector.
Oops: Hired contractor made this elevated Chinatown Station platform safe. Others may have made the rest of the Gold Line "shoddy." view Metro names Parsons in $25 million Lawsuit. via Bottleneck Blog.
Councilmember José Huizar and his wife Richelle Rios welcomed Simón Luis, to their family early this morning. Simón was born at Arcadia Methodist Hospital at 3:10 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, 20-inches in length. “We named him Simón after my father.
"My father passed-away 1990, and was a hard-working, humble and honest man," said the father after a long week of false alarms. "It’ll be great to continue his memories through our newborn son."
The Huizar family council chamber addition joins daughters, Emilia, who
currently represents 6 year olds, and Isabella, who champions the
causes for 3 year olds.
José with "lobbyist" earlier this week at City Hall
"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, we are pleased to recognize muralist and photographer Ed Fuentes for exemplifying the creative spirit of Downtown with his authorship of "Main St Recovery," a mural documenting the transition of a street in the 225th year of the City of Los Angeles." .
Back at full speed with more stories . . .after the weekend.
City Hall's Friday morning of presentations and proclamations is
including at this moment included Council members Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar honoring the student walk outs of 1968, the grassroots protest that started at Lincoln High School and spread to Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.
Another former presentation will be held at Abraham Lincoln High School March 8 from 10am to 1pm.
"It's living history . ." says council prez Eric Garcetti. The Mayor was in chambers to make another presentation, jumped in to say a few words.