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City Council's Vote on Santa Barbara Plaza

October 25, 1992

I wish to provide some clarification for your readers concerning the Los Angeles City Council's Oct. 9 vote to include the Santa Barbara Plaza Shopping Center in the 8th Council District, which I represent.

Through their vote, a majority of City Council members recognized the wisdom and logic of placing the Santa Barbara Plaza in the 8th District. The residents and business people of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw area will be better served.

The council vote now places the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, Santa Barbara Plaza and the encompassing proposed redevelopment area in one council district. This arrangement lays the groundwork for more efficient government to maximize this opportunity to bring jobs and business ownership to the community.

(Councilman Nate) Holden's attempt to put Santa Barbara Plaza in (his) 10th District made no sense. First, it split the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza in half. Second, the Holden plan took Santa Barbara Plaza out of its logical relationship with the Baldwin Hills center and redevelopment area.

Given the city's pressing problems, I did not relish spending time and energy on what some have described as a "turf battle." However, I didn't consider this a battle over turf but rather making a statement for effective representation for the citizens of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw area.

MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS

Councilman, 8th District

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