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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

July 18, 1991|LEE HARRIS

A summary of significant Los Angeles City Hall decisions affecting the Westside in the last week.

CITY COUNCIL

NO LONGER HISTORIC: Approved removal of the former site of the Garden Court Apartments in Hollywood from the Historic-Cultural Monuments lists. The buildings were demolished in 1984, and a 100,000-square-foot retail-entertainment center is being developed there.

STREET CLOSURE: Councilwoman Ruth Galanter introduced a motion for the temporary closure of Verdun Avenue between 62nd and 63rd streets from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 for a neighborhood watch group's block party. The council will take action in a couple of weeks.

SCHOOL EXPANSION: Approved a request by the Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn Academy to expand its facility at North La Brea Avenue and Clinton Street in Hollywood. The private elementary school, which is on the east side of the avenue, has about 850 students. The new site will be on the west side of the avenue. The student capacity of the new three-story, 47,000-square-foot building will be 570.

BOARD OF RECREATION AND PARKS

HOLLYWOOD SIGN: Accepted a $1,000 donation from Warner Bros. Inc. to assist in the maintenance of the Hollywood sign.

FREE RIDES: Granted permission to the concession operators of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round to provide one free ride a day to senior citizens 65 and older. The rides will be from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays during July and August. Regular fares are 75 cents. "The merry-go-round is celebrating its 65th birthday. Since a lot of the seniors must have come here as children, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate," said Rosemary West, a concession operator.

OFFICE OF ZONING ADMINISTRATION

LIQUOR PERMIT: Approved a permit allowing the sale of beer and wine at a clothing and restaurant establishment under construction at the Westside Pavilion. Three homeowner associations opposed the permit approval, arguing the beer-and-wine sales would cause increases in traffic, noise and crime in the area.

HOW THEY VOTED

WESTCHESTER BLUFFS: Denied an appeal by a Coalition of Concerned Communities and approved a project permit for the construction of 49 single-family dwellings at 7329 Dunbarton Ave. between Westlawn and Cowan avenues in the Westchester bluffs.

Voting yes: Marvin Braude, Ruth Galanter, John Ferraro, Nate Holden, Joel Wachs and Zev Yaroslavsky.

CENSUS: Urged the Bush Administration to correct the 1990 Census because of estimates that millions of people were overlooked in the count. The Administration earlier this week decided against accepting the correction. Officials say Los Angeles was undercounted by an estimated 198,000. Cities receive a percentage of their budgets from federal funds based on population.

Voting yes: Galanter, Ferraro, Holden, Wachs, Michael Woo and Yaroslavsky.

TREES: Approved a motion supporting a bill pending in the state Assembly that would require cities and counties to adopt an ordinance by 1994 to protect trees that are designated as historically, environmentally and culturally significant.

Voting yes: Braude, Galanter, Ferraro, Holden, Wachs, Woo and Yaroslavsky.

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