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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

A summary of selected City Hall actions affecting Central Los Angeles in the past week. : CITY COUNCIL

April 25, 1993|LEE HARRIS

ETHNIC UNDERSTANDING: Approved a proposal by Councilman Michael Woo to promote "greater understanding and appreciation of the Asian-Pacific-American experience." As part of the proposal, the Asian-Pacific-American community will present special events during May focusing on its heritage. The council waived about $920 in fees for banners announcing the events.

CINCO DE MAYO: Approved a proposal authorizing the temporary closure of portions of Main, Los Angeles and New High streets north of the Downtown civic center from Thursday to May 3 for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The holiday commemorates an important military victory by Mexico over the French in 1862.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH: Approved the temporary closure of portions of 5th and Crocker streets and Towne Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 9 for a Mother's Day brunch where about 5,000 needy families are to be served free chicken dinners by the Fred Jordan Missions.

WATTS BEAUTIFICATION: Approved spending $1,000 from Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores' district public-service fund to assist the Greater Watts-Willowbrook Chamber of Commerce with its Neighborhood Beautification Program. The program creates jobs for unemployed youth in Watts. They do yardwork in commercial and residential areas.

ATHENS HEIGHTS: Approved a proposal to more closely regulate the building of apartments in the Athens Heights area of South Los Angeles. The area, bounded by 120th Street, Figueroa Street, El Segundo Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, was once dominated by single-family residents, but has become increasingly overcrowded because of multiple-family residential developments, according to officials.

HOW THEY VOTED

How South-Central and Eastside representatives voted on selected issues.

* DRUG EDUCATION: Approved a proposal to continue the West Region DARE Regional Training Center for a fifth year. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program center at 3353 San Fernando Road is where drug-abuse prevention seminars are held for Los Angeles police officers and members of other law enforcement agencies. They then teach elementary, junior and senior high school students about the dangers of drugs. The center is supported by federal funds. Passed: 11-0. Voting yes: Flores, Mike Hernandez, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters. Absent: Richard Alatorre and Nate Holden.

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