TRASH COLLECTION FEE / INCREASE
Motion - With only 25 police officers for every 10,000 residents, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) remains significantly understaffed compared to other large cities across the country. The City of Los Angeles deserves a police department with the necessary resources to reduce crime and protect our residents. Yesterday, the Mayor of Los Angeles released his budget for Fiscal Year 2006-07, which aims to eliminate the structural deficit while investing in critical services and programs that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, such as police and crime prevention.
To achieve the goal of eliminating the structural deficit and increase the police force by over 1,000 officers, the 2006-07 budget proposes increasing the fee for household trash collection. The increased trash collection fee will allow the City to recover some of the costs associated with providing this service and will, in turn, generate additional General Fund savings that can be used towards increasing the police on Los Angeles' streets by over 1,000 officers and increasing crime prevention programs.
Far too often, the City squanders general fund savings on unnecessary and inefficient programs. The Mayor has stated that the increased trash collection fee should be dedicated solely to the improvement of LAPD and law enforcement efforts. Should the City Council approve the proposed trash collection fee increase, we must work with the Mayor to ensure that these general fund savings are used the way they were intended--to hire more police and invest in crime prevention programs.
THEREFORE MOVE that the City Administrative Officer work with the City Attorney and report to the Budget and Finance Committee on the mechanisms that could be used to earmark the General Fund savings generated through the increased trash collection fee so that they can be used solely and exclusively for public safety and for hiring 1,000 additional police officers.
Date Received / Introduced
Last Change Date
4-21-06 - This day's Council session
4-21-06 - Ref to Budget and Finance Committee
4-21-06 - File to Budget and Finance Committee Clerk
4-26-06 - Communication from the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, dated April 26, 2006, relative to Community Impact Statement.
7-7-06 - Council Action - Budget and Finance Committee report ADOPTED to RECEIVE and FILE the Motion (Greuel - Garcetti - Weiss - Parks, et al.) relative to mechanisms that could be used to earmark the General Fund savings generated through the increased trash collection fee solely and exclusively for public safety and for hiring additional police officers, inasmuch as the 2006-07 Adopted Budget includes a new Financial Policy on Police Hiring that affirms that the City's highest funding priority will be to provide sufficient resources in direct support of expanding the Los Angeles Police Department to the level of 10,000 officers by Fiscal Year 2010-11, and no further Council action is required.
7-13-06 - File to Budget and Finance Committee Clerk OK
7-24-06 - File in files
7-8-08 - For ref - Communication from the City Controller, dated July 8, 2008, relative to the report on the Trash Fee Revenues.
7-9-08 - Ref to Public Safety and Budget and Finance Committees
7-9-08 - File to Public Safety Committee Clerk
7-10-08 - For ref - Communication from the City Controller, dated July 10, 2008, relative to the Controller's Review of Trash Fee Revenues.
7-10-08 - Ref to Public Safety and Budget and Finance Committees - to Public Safety Committee Clerk