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Council Tries to Block Prison

June 18, 1992

Pressing ahead with a seven-year battle to keep a state prison out of the city's Eastside, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ask the state Supreme Court to invalidate the environmental review for the facility.

The council agreed to press its claim that the site for the prison is tainted with contaminated soil and polluted ground water. The prison is proposed for a site at Olympic Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue.

But the litigation might be a fleeting victory for Mothers of East L.A. and other Latino activist groups opposing the prison. The legal challenge appeal may not be well-received by the state Supreme Court, which has a record of rejecting challenges to development based on the California Environmental Quality Act.

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