The Daily Outrage: Broke LA can’t pay for pavement repairs 

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.

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