Attention Los Angeles City Councilmembers:
Per Los Angeles Administrative Code Section 5.121.7, the Street Furniture Revenue Fund was created for the deposit and expenditure of one-half of the revenues generated from from advertisements placed in or upon street furniture and from any other uses of street furniture (the rest of the funds go into the City’s General Fund). The term “street furniture” includes automated public toilets, transit shelters, newsstands, news racks, kiosks, and other fixtures located on streets, highways, public rights-of-way, and sidewalks.
The Street Furniture Revenue Fund is divided equally among each Council District and is to be used exclusively for:
Funding transit related services (including charter buses, dial-a-ride or other public transit service, and for the payment of any and all expenses relating or incidental thereto, including operating expenses).
Funding the purchase, lease or rental of transit related equipment, including buses, trucks, transit shelters and street furniture, and all expenses relating or incidental thereto.
Funding consultant studies, City staff costs, land acquisition, design or construction of the following: (A) sidewalks, curb improvements, and beautification projects needed to improve conditions for public transit patrons; (B) public safety improvements in the public right-of-way including, but not limited to, speed humps, street resurfacing, traffic lane or pedestrian marking and signage, and acquisition of property to widen the public right-of-way to create safer traffic flow or to create safer pedestrian routes; and (C) public amenities to improve the quality of life for public transit patrons, residents and businesses, including but not limited to, public safety, community and cultural awareness programs; and (D) all expenses related or incidental to those uses
The repayment of any money borrowed or advanced from any other fund with the intent that reimbursement be made from the Fund.
So, to translate, Street Furniture Revenue Funds cannot be used for any of the following:
- to pay for your office's Planning Director (Council File: 09-0011-S41)
- to pay for environmental assessment costs for a public park (Council File: 09-0011-S51)
- to pay for unidentified and unexplained general outreach efforts (Council File: 09-0011-S52)
Councilmembers, please stop using the Street Furniture Revenue Fund as a personal slush fund. Please use it to improve our public streets, public transit systems, and beautify our public right-of-ways.