- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council has approved a sidewalk repair plan that calls for Los Angeles to cover the cost of the first repair - then hand off the responsibility for future fixes back to the property owner.

City News Service says under the plan passed unanimously Tuesday, the city will spend about $30 million a year over the next three decades to make initial repairs.

The new policy approved in committee last month would roll back a longstanding rule that had put the city on the hook for sidewalks buckled by street trees. State law puts the burden for sidewalk repairs on the adjacent property owner, but LA took on responsibility for sidewalks damaged by trees decades ago.

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