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City to consider cutting sidewalk repairs

May 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles may stop repairing sidewalks and driveways in order to help reduce the city's budget deficit.This month the city council is expected to consider repealing a 1974 ordinance that made the city responsible for sidewalk repairs. It was funded with a federal grant that ran out a long time ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

About 4,600 miles of sidewalks are currently in need of repair at an expected cost of $1.2 billion.

In 2005, the city began a shared-cost program in which homeowners could pay part of the cost to get their sidewalks fixed quicker. However, the funding for that program ran out last year.