Mayor Villaraigosa’s diverse, blue-ribbon committee wants to make LA more friendly to business by improving LAX and the Port of LA and redeveloping city-owned land in South-Central. We’ll also look at Proposition S on the city ballot: a tax on telephones. On Reporter’s Notebook, why didn’t LA County Supervisors ban plastic shopping bags?
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Los Angeles has lost 30,000 jobs in the past decade and 106,000 in manufacturing alone during the past 17 years. Those are among the findings of a 26-person committee put together last year by Mayor Villaraigosa. It’s a diverse group, including the President of USC, the Director of the Hammer Museum and the leader of the County Federation of Labor. Today, the committee released its 130-page report on revitalizing the local economy.
Russell Goldsmith, CEO of City National Bank and Chairman of the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee
Los Angeles now has a 10% tax on telephones, but it’s highly likely to be overturned by the courts—at a cost to the city of $243 million dollars. On February 5th, LA voters will be asked to impose a 9% tax on communications devices including cell phones. It’s an emergency measure, so instead of the usual two-thirds of the vote, it will require a simple majority.
After the City and County of San Francisco banned plastic shopping bags, LA County Supervisors ordered county lawyers to draw up a similar measure along with four alternatives. That was nine months ago. Yesterday, the Board took action. A ban will not be adopted unless the use of such bags decreases by itself--30% by 2010 and 65% by 2013.
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