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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

May 27, 1993|LEE HARRIS

A summary of significant Los Angeles City Hall decisions affecting the Westside in the last week.

CITY COUNCIL

* VENICE BEACH: Approved a proposal to have nine traffic control officers to direct traffic at Venice Beach, thereby freeing police officers for law enforcement work. Additional police, including gang detail officers, will work Sundays and holidays from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 26 on the boardwalk.

* HISTORIC: Approved a proposal to include Wattles Park at 1824-1850 N. Curson Ave. in Hollywood as a city historic-cultural monument. Wattles Park, a 50-acre area managed by the city, includes a mansion, Japanese gardens, a tea house, a rose garden, avocado orchards and small gardening plots.

* APPOINTMENT: Approved the appointment of Valeria Velasco to the city Planning Commission for a four-year term. Velasco, a Westside resident, replaces Fernando Torres-Gil, who resigned.

* COUNTRY AND WESTERN: Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky is requesting the closure of Clinton Street from Fairfax Avenue to the first alley west of Fairfax from 2 to 8 p.m. June 19 for a country and Western evening and silent auction by the National Council of Jewish Women. The group is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION

* L.A. ZOO: Approved the financial terms of a contract extension for a Los Angeles advertising firm hired within the last year to polish the image of the zoo and boost ticket sales. The contract is to run through 1994 at a cost of $800,000 or less.

* MORE L.A. ZOO: Approved a proposal asking the city to pay the cost of replacing waste water facilities and improving drains at the zoo. The project could cost more than $8 million. If the city does not provide funds, admission fees would have to be raised to finance it, officials said.

HOW THEY VOTED

How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

* AIDS: Approved a proposal allowing the city to spend $50,000 to provide education about AIDS and the HIV virus to city employees. The city AIDS policy requires that all city employees receive such education and training. PASSED: 13-0.

VOTING YES: Marvin Braude, John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky.

ABSENT: Michael Woo.

* GRANT REQUEST: Approved a proposal to submit an application to the National Endowment for the Arts requesting a $150,000 grant that will be used to partially fund the establishment of a folk arts program. The program is to promote and preserve the city's art and cultural traditions. PASSED: 13-0.

VOTING YES: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Holden, Ridley-Thomas and Yaroslavsky.

ABSENT: Woo.

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