|(June 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.) -- City management will seek City Council approval on June 18 to authorize spending three quarters of a million dollars over a three year period for what an agendizing memo describes as "furniture enhancements" sought by unspecified City departments in the future in addition to new furniture already included [i.e. costs being paid by LB taxpayers] in connection with LB's new Civic Center.
An agendizing memo from Public Works Director Craig Beck, approved by City Manager Pat West, acknowledges the new Civic Center comes equipped with furniture but tells the Council that the requested contracts "are for furniture enhancements requested by City departments in the future, to ensure the same look, feel, and match" and enable City Departments "to quickly and efficiently address any furniture modifications requested by departments."
The agendizing memo states:
City Council approval is requested to execute contracts with Haworth, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA (Haworth), and PeopleSpace, of Irvine, CA. Haworth will 'manufacture and provide office furniture, and PeopleSpace will provide the design and installation of the office furniture for the new Civic Center as part of the Plenary team. The new Civic Center comes equipped with furniture from Haworth and PeopleSpace. These contracts are for furniture enhancements requested by City departments in the future, to ensure the same look, feel, and match.
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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, on December 18, 2018, the City Council voted 7-0 (motion by Mungo, Richardson and Pearce absent/exited earlier in the meeting) to approve spending $1 million from the City's "Advertising and Promotion Fund" to include a "media wall" in the lobby LB's new City Hall. (The media wall was among $4.3 million in additional spending (not publicly itemized) for what the public was told was "critical technology needs infrastructure" related to the new Civic Center. It came on top of $7.05 million in Council-approved spending for the same general stated purpose in March 2018.
LBREPORT.com follow-up by using the Public Records Act to obtain an artist rendering of the "media wall" and some of its contemplated content.
Below are some types of content LB taxpayers might see on City Hall's million dollar media wall.
Detailed LBREPORT.com coverage of the media wall can be viewed here.
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