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Sidewalk Shuffle Extortion

The Public Works and Budget and Finance committees of the City of Los Angeles meet in joint session today to discuss the proposal to transfer responsibility of "sidewalks, curbs, and driveways damaged by tree roots" to individual property owners.

As Trutanich's office wrote the ordinance, should the City issue a citation for a property owner, the property owner would have 90 days to comply at a cost to them "estimated to be between $3,500 to $7,000 per property owner. Don't comply and you'll be fined 40% of the repair cost.

The meeting is at City Hall today at 3 p.m.