WHAT: Los Angeles doesn’t have the $1.2 billion needed to fix the 4,600 miles of its sidewalks that need repairs. So, the City Council will soon vote on whether to make property owners pay.
WHY: Until the 1970s, L.A. property owners were responsible for maintaining sidewalks. That changed with a federal grant, but after the money ran out in 1978, the city kept paying.
HOW: L.A. is likely to borrow sidewalk-repair money via a “revenue anticipation bond,” backed by collections added to annual property tax payments. Residents are expected to try to block the proposed policy.