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Sec. 5.121.7. Creation and Administration of the Fund.
   (a)   There is hereby created and established within the Treasury of the City of Los Angeles a special fund to be known as the Council Discretionary Street Furniture Fund (Fund). The term “street furniture” also referred to as “transit amenities” includes, but is not limited to, automated public toilets, transit shelters, newsstands, modular news racks, kiosks, and such other fixtures located on streets, highways, public rights-of-way, and sidewalks. Revenues from advertisements (Revenues) placed in or upon street furniture and from any other uses of street furniture shall be deposited into the Fund in the allocation specified in Subsection (b).
   (b)   The first $3,000,000 in Revenues, with annual adjustments for inflation determined by the City Administrative Officer, shall be deposited into the Fund to be divided equally among the Council Districts. All Revenues in excess of this amount shall be deposited in the Reinvestment in Accessibility, Infrastructure, and Streetscape Enhancements for Los Angeles (RAISE LA) Fund established in Section 5.121.15 of this Code.
   (c)   Revenues in the Fund shall be used exclusively for the following purposes:
   (1)   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;
   (2)   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;
   (3)   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; and
   (4)   The repayment of any money borrowed or advanced from any other fund with the intent that reimbursement be made from the Fund.
   (d)   The Fund shall be administered by the Director of the Bureau of Street Services, Department of Public Works. The Controller shall create a separate account In the Fund for each Council District. Expenditures from the Fund shall be made from each Council District account, as authorized by the Councilmember representing that Council District and by the City Council. All Interest and other earnings accruing on money in the Fund shall be credited to each account in the Fund equally and shall be devoted to the purposes of the Fund. Pursuant to Charter Section 344, money in the Fund shall not revert to the Reserve Fund of the City.
   (e)   Contracts or agreements for the awarding of money in the Fund to nonprofit agencies in amounts up to and including $5,000 are not required to be in writing.
Article and Section Added by Ord. No. 172,767, Eff. 9-20-99.
Amended by: Ord. No. 173,305, Eff. 6-30-00, Oper. 7-1-00; Article recaptioned, Subsec. (a) amended, Ord. No. 174,378, Eff. 2-2-02; Subsec. (c) amended, Subsec. (d) added, Ord. No. 175,863, Eff. 5-3-04; Subsec. (b)(3) amended, Ord. No. 177,413, Eff. 5-1-06; Article Title and Section, Ord. No. 188,009, Eff. 11-22-23.