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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

August 15, 1993|LEE HARRIS

* 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 have needs for new learning facilities and programs. The federal grant is limited to library programs serving people under 17.

* HISTORIC LISTING: Agreed to include several Highland Park structures in the city's list of Historic-Cultural Monuments. They include the former Occidental College Hall of Letters, 121 N. Avenue 50; the W.F Poor Residence, 120 N. Avenue 54; and the York Boulevard State Bank/Bank of America and storefronts at 5057-5061 York Blvd. and 1301-1313 N. Avenue 51. The onetime Occidental building, now known as the Savoy Apartments, was built in 1904 by architects Oliver P. Dennis and Lyman Farrell and exemplifies the Classical Revival style. The two-story Poor residence, built about the same time, is considered one of the most prominent examples of Craftsman-style housing in the original core of Highland Park. And the York Boulevard building is a two-story, poured-concrete structure constructed in 1929 and considered significant for Mediterranean features such as high-arched, multi-light windows and stucco-finished walls.

* HOUSING PROJECT: Community Redevelopment and Housing Committee approved a $525,000 loan with the 1010 Development Corp. to begin work on a new affordable-housing project for the elderly in the 9th District. Committee also approved sale of property on east side of Flower Street, between Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street, for the project as well as the transfer of $3.2 million from the Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA previously agreed with the actions. The matter goes to the full council for a vote in coming weeks.

HOW THEY VOTED

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

* 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 Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Large groups supporting the program include the United Neighborhoods 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. 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: Mark Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters.

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