Air travel plans out of LAX over the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend? Anyone who is planning to travel out of LAX this weekend probably needs to be aware of a possible strike walk-out by janitors who work for contractors that serve airlines in Terminals 2, 4, 7 and 8, which includes American, United and 15 other carriers. (DB)
* L.A. City Council votes 9-1 to draft library parcel tax measure. Although the council gave direction to have the language for a $39-per year parcel tax prepared for their consideration, they put off a vote on whether to actually place this on the November ballot or whether to possibly hold off until a later date, with an important component of this decision being that placing it in the November ballot would cost the city an additional $4.1 million compared to what it would cost to place it on the municipal ballot next March. A key argument regarding timing of the tax is that supporters of the tax believe the November ballot will bring out a much larger voting bloc in favor of the measure, thus allowing them to get the two-thirds vote required. The cost for proceeding in November, however, would be an additional $4.1 million, which is a critical factor for Councilman Dennis Zine: "We don't have the $4.1 million that is needed," Zine said. "We are talking about laying off workers and I don't see how we can justify spending this money." (DN)
No "sin-tax" increase: Alcohol lobby holds sway (once again) in preventing imposition of higher alcohol taxes as a means of helping to address the state's $19+ billion budget deficit.... (Sac Bee)
Water contract signed with Cadiz, Inc.: California State Water Co. and Cadiz jointly announced this week that they have finalized an agreement whereby the water utility will buy water from an underground reservoir owned by Cadiz. Always makes an item just a bit more interesting when one reads or hears a mention of Cadiz, a company owned by Keith Brackpool, one of Antonio's "best friends"?