City of L.A. takes over golf-cart rentals at municipal courses

Source: Rick Orlov, Daily Breeze, January 3, 2011

Despite objections from Los Angeles’ golfing community, the city took over golf-cart rentals at municipal courses over the New Year’s weekend in a move to boost revenue and keep city employees working….Ward said the city is employing 35 workers to run the golf cart operation, which had been handled for the last 40 years by J.H. Kishi Co. …A lawsuit has been filed to challenge the city’s move by Ready Golf, a private firm recommended to take over the concessions back in 2007 when Ready outbid J.H. Kishi. …The decision to use city employees came as way to find jobs and more hours of work for those who were faced either with layoffs or furloughs. But Ward said he also believes it will bring more money into city coffers. Last March, the city took over handling of the golf cart fees and saw its revenue increase by 14 percent.

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