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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

February 27, 1992|LEE HARRIS

CITY COUNCIL

* SECURITY FENCES: Councilwoman Ruth Galanter has proposed that several streets in the Mar Vista Gardens housing project be withdrawn from public use and that security fencing and gates be placed around them to help reduce crime. Federal funds are available. The issue will be discussed at a future council meeting.

HOW THEY VOTED: How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

* SETTLEMENT 1: Approved spending $479,989 to settle a lawsuit by a man who said he developed numbness in his wrist and is unable to work as a plasterer after police handcuffed him during a search of his home for cocaine on April 9, 1988. Roger Guydon sued the city and the officers for violation of his civil rights, assault and battery, false arrest, and false imprisonment. Passed: 14-0. Voting yes: Marvin Braude, John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Joel Wachs, Michael Woo and Zev Yaroslavsky. Nate Holden was absent.

* SETTLEMENT 2: Approved spending $188,841 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who was injured Dec. 29, 1984, when she tripped and fell over a steel post protruding through the pavement in the middle of a crosswalk on Sepulveda Boulevard between Manchester Avenue and La Tijera Boulevard. Emanuela Villari received foot, back and neck injuries and has walked with a cane since the incident. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Wachs and Yaroslavsky. Galanter, Holden and Woo were absent.

* SETTLEMENT 3: Approved spending $166,176 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who was injured when her vehicle, which was stopped at a signal at Imperial Highway and Hoover Street, was struck by a city truck driven by a city employee. The truck driver was convicted of driving under the influence. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Wachs and Yaroslavsky. Galanter, Holden and Woo were absent.

* SETTLEMENT 4: Approved spending $77,567 to settle a lawsuit against the city brought by a woman who alleged that two police officers used excessive force and injured her during an arrest after a traffic violation. Janice Nowarah refused to give the officers any information after they cited her for walking against a flashing "Don't Walk" signal at Sunset Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue on April 28, 1987. She received a cut eye and other injuries during the arrest. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Wachs and Yaroslavsky. Galanter, Holden and Woo were absent.

* FIRE DRILL: Approved a proposal to have the city engineer give a status report on the progress of the installation of sprinklers and smoke detectors in City Hall and provide recommendations for expediting the completion. Passed: 12-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Holden and Yaroslavsky. Wachs and Woo were absent. Council President Ferraro also gave Galanter permission to organize a fire drill for city officials and employees.

* GRAND JURY: Approved a request to have the county Grand Jury investigate the management and operations of the city Department of Animal Regulation following allegations of inadequate care for animals at the city shelters. Passed: 12-1. Voting yes: Braude, Galanter, Ferraro, Holden and Yaroslavsky. Wachs voted no. Woo was absent.

* POLICE RIGHTS: Opposed pending legislation in the state Senate that would give broader protective rights to police officers and other public safety officers who are under investigation or disciplinary actions. Officers being investigated could refuse to answer questions and could not be punished. Similar legislation recently passed the Assembly. Passed: 15-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Holden, Wachs, Woo and Yaroslavsky.

ON THE AGENDA

* KING BEATING: On Friday, discussion and recommendations on how public trust and confidence can be restored in the Police Department after the Rodney King beating.

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