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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.

August 20, 1992|LEE HARRIS

CITY COUNCIL

APPOINTMENT: Approved the appointment of Mary L. Lee to the Board of Transportation Commissioners to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of John Elford. Lee's term will run until June 30, 1994. She lives in the West Adams/Baldwin Hills area.

REAPPOINTMENT: Approved the reappointment of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. to the Board of Airport Commissioners. His term will expire June 30, 1997. Cochran is a resident of Hollywood.

PRIVATE SECURITY PATROLS: Approved a $1-million appropriation of redevelopment funds to provide private security guards and assist neighborhood watch groups in patrolling Hollywood Boulevard. Most of the money will pay for 14 uniformed security guards; $75,000 was earmarked to pay for cellular phones to assist watch groups in their patrols.

EXEMPTION: Approved a hardship exemption request that allows a new duplex at 562 Palms Blvd. in Venice to have only three parking spaces instead of the four required under the Venice Coastal Interim Control Ordinance.

TRAFFIC SIGNS: Approved a proposal to install traffic signs intended to relieve congestion at two intersections in the 10th Council District. The signs will be placed at the intersections of Muirfield Road and 9th Street in Crenshaw, and at Mullen and Fremont avenues in Country Club Park.

STREETSCAPE: Approved a $4-million beautification project for Hollywood Boulevard. The project will include a gateway at La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard and landscaping along the boulevard.

POLICE OVERTIME: Zev Yaroslavsky has introduced a proposal to pay police in full in cash for overtime worked during the riots rather than compensate them with time off. The officers have been paid about $16 million for overtime, with about $5 million still due them. The city hopes to be reimbursed with federal or state funds.

REPEAL ON BAN: Michael Woo has introduced a proposal asking the council to urge the federal government to repeal the ban on recruitment of homosexuals in the military service.

STREET CLOSURES: Approved the closure of several streets in Brentwood from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 for the Brentwood Art Show. Barrington Place between Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue, and Chayote Street between Barrington Place and Barrington Walk will be closed during the art show.

HOW THEY VOTED

How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

GIFT HORSE: Accepted the donation from a citizen of a 4-year-old thoroughbred horse that will be used in the Los Angeles Police Department mounted unit. The horse is valued at $10,000. Passed: 13-0. Voting yes: Marvin Braude, John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Woo and Yaroslavsky. Nate Holden was absent.

LATCHKEY: Approved a proposal that continues the Latchkey Child Care Program, which is operated by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. The state Department of Education will provide $204,411 for the program for the 1992-93 fiscal year. Passed: 13-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Ridley-Thomas, Woo and Yaroslavsky. Holden was absent.

URBAN GARDENING: Approved submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $150,000 to be used to hire disadvantaged youths to do landscaping at federally owned sites damaged in the riots. Passed: 13-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Holden, Ridley-Thomas, Woo and Yaroslavsky.

ANGELS FLIGHT: Approved spending $710,000 to restore the historic Angels Flight railway to Bunker Hill. The railway, which connected the downtown business district to the Bunker Hill neighborhood, was dismantled in 1969. Passed: 11-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ridley-Thomas, Woo and Yaroslavsky. Ferraro, Galanter and Holden were absent.

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