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CITY HALL JOURNAL

October 11, 1992|LEE HARRIS

A summary of significant City Hall decisions affecting Central Los Angeles in the past week.

CITY COUNCIL

LIQUOR APPEAL GRANTED: Overturned the Board of Zoning Appeals and granted a conditional-use permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages at Jons Supermarket, 1500 W. Pico Blvd., Westlake. Several neighbors and a minister of a nearby church opposed granting the permit, while Councilman Mike Hernandez, who represents the area, favored the council action.

HISTORIC: Approved an ordinance that established interim regulations to protect historic buildings in the Highland Park and Northeast areas from being demolished. The ordinance shall remain in effect 365 days until a permanent measure is established.

JORDAN DOWNS: Approved using $1,000 in public service funds from Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores' district to help improve community relations at the Jordan Downs Housing Project in Watts. The money will be used to organize block clubs, purchase electronic translating equipment and pay for interpreters.

REWARD: Approved a proposal by Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas to offer $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of Jeronimo Martinez, his wife, Amparo, and their two daughters. The family died in an arson fire Sept. 30 at their home at 162 1/4 West 89th St.

CARNIVAL: Approved the use of a city parking lot at 2334 Daly St. in Lincoln Heights for an Oct. 29-Nov. 1 carnival sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club.

CHURCH FIESTA: Councilman Richard Alatorre has requested that Opal Street between Concord and Lorena streets be closed next weekend for the annual Fiesta at the Church of the Resurrection in Boyle Heights. The street will be closed Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Oct. 18 from noon to midnight.

AMBULANCE SALE: Hernandez requested that the city sell a surplus ambulance to Cal Bomberos, a nonprofit service organization of city firefighters and paramedics, for $1. The ambulance will be given to the Baja California Emergency Rescue Squad to provide first-aid services to Baja residents and U.S. visitors to the area.

HOW THEY VOTED

How South Central and Eastside representatives voted on selected issues.

ALLEY CLOSURE: Approved the closing of the alley south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Main Street and Woodlawn Avenue in South-Central to deter crime. Gates will be installed, with the cost to be paid by the adjacent property owners. Passed: 12-0. Voting yes: Alatorre, Hernandez, Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters. Flores was absent.

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