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August 12, 1993

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


* STREETS REOPEN: Agreed to remove barriers along two streets in Westchester because a new thoroughfare has been opened. The barriers were installed three years ago on 90th and 91st streets to prevent traffic from overwhelming surrounding residential neighborhoods during the construction of an east-west highway north of Los Angeles International Airport. But the July 17 opening of the Westchester Parkway rendered the street barriers unnecessary, city officials said.

* MOVIE WORK: Authorized city crews to work on an overtime basis to install 1950s-era traffic lights and other vintage items on streets in Hollywood that will soon be used as the backdrop for a film. The action was taken with the understanding that all the costs associated with the work will be reimbursed by the film's maker, Casual Pictures Inc.

* LIBRARY MATERIALS: Authorized city staff members to submit a federal grant application for $125,000 to buy library materials. The materials would be used at the city's Central Library and 31 branch libraries in neighborhoods where students need learning facilities and programs. The federal grant is limited to library programs serving those younger than 17.


* GANG PROGRAM: Approved $2.5 million for an anti-gang program, provided that Los Angeles County officials appropriate a separate $2.9-million grant. Funds would go to the Hope in Youth program, which has the backing of various community groups, churches and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Large groups supporting the program include the United Neighborhood Organization from East Los Angeles, the South Central Organizing Committee, the East Valley Organization from San Gabriel Valley and Valley Organized in Community Efforts from the San Fernando Valley. Program organizers hope to begin training counselors by October. PASSED: 12-0

VOTING YES: John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden and Zev Yaroslavsky.

ABSENT: Marvin Braude and Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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