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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 27, 1992|LEE HARRIS

CITY COUNCIL

RIOT DAMAGE: Approved a special proposal by Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas that requires the demolition of any unreinforced masonry building that was more than 25% damaged in the Los Angeles riots.

TRAFFIC MAP: Approved a proposal by Councilman John Ferraro that allows Caltrans to broadcast a computer graphic traffic map of the Los Angeles freeway system over L.A. Cityview 35, the city's cable television channel. The map will give the latest information on freeway traffic conditions.

PREFERENTIAL PARKING: Approved a study to determine if preferential parking should be established in a residential area generally bounded by 62nd Avenue, Vista Del Mar, Culver Boulevard and Back Bay Place in Playa del Rey. Parking would be restricted to residents only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

BOARD OF RECREATION AND PARKS

POOL REPAIR: Awarded a $267,1000 contract to Maddox & Stabler Construction company to repair the swimming pool at Rancho Cienega Sports Center in the Crenshaw area, which has been closed since March, 1990, because of severe plumbing leaks. In addition, broken windows and doors are to be replaced and the facility repainted.

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS

WALK OF FAME: Approved adding the names of comedian Roseanne Arnold and actor Edward Asner to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A ceremony for Asner is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at 6363 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Antenna Clothing Store. A ceremony for Arnold is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at 6767 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum. The council must give its approval.

HOW THEY VOTED

How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

PRICE HIKES: Approved an ordinance that will regulate excessive price increases for food items and consumer services during emergencies such as the civil disturbances. Passed: 11-1. Voting yes: Marvin Braude, Ferraro, Nate Holden, Michael Woo and Zev Yaroslavsky. Ruth Galanter and Ridley-Thomas were absent.

GRAFFITI REWARDS: Approved a proposal that reduced the maximum reward for turning in graffiti vandals from $1,000 to $500. Also added $25,000 to the graffiti reward fund to provide future rewards. Passed: 12-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Holden, Woo and Yaroslavsky. Galanter and Ridley-Thomas were absent.

SETTLEMENT: Approved spending $300,000 to settle a lawsuit by the 12-year-old daughter of a man who died in police custody. William McCall, then 39, was shot with a Taser gun by police who were trying to control him during an incident on Jan. 13, 1988. It was determined that McCall was on PCP but that his death was caused by other factors, including neck trauma during police attempts to control him and improper use of CPR equipment by paramedics. Passed: 12-0. Voting yes: Braude, Ferraro, Holden, Woo and Yaroslavsky. Galanter and Ridley-Thomas were absent.

ON THE AGENDA

BLIND MAN DEBATE: The council is expected to discuss in closed session the case of a 72-year-old blind man who was roughed up by police. The council will debate whether Raymond Hewitt deserves more than the $36,000 his lawyer and the city attorney's office earlier agreed he should be paid in a settlement.

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