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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

September 16, 1993|LEE HARRIS

CITY COUNCIL

* AIDS WALK: Approved a temporary street closure along the route for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The 6.2-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at 5555 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood. More than 17,000 people are expected to walk in the event to raise money to combat AIDS. City fees amounting to $7,351 were waived.

* RENT PROGRAM: Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky introduced a proposal he says would strengthen the city's power to force slum landlords to more quickly repair their buildings. Under the proposal, rents would be placed in an escrow account if a landlord failed to repair life-threatening hazards in a timely fashion. Rents would be returned to tenants if a building were not repaired in six months, and a building would be vacated if it were not repaired in 12 months. Tenants would be relocated and the costs recovered through liens on the building.

* APPOINTMENTS: Approved the appointments of Joe C. Gelman and Susan McLane Bernfeld to the Board of Civil Service Commissioners. Gelman lives in the Bel-Air Estates area and Bernfeld lives in West Los Angeles.

* BLOCK PARTY: Approved the temporary closure of Hayes Drive in the Carthay Circle area from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 for a residents' block party.

* WALK OF FAME: Approved adding the name of comedian Chevy Chase to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

HOW THEY VOTED

How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

* SPEED BUMPS: Approved a proposal requesting that the council support state legislation that would give local governments the authority to install speed bumps in residential neighborhoods to slow down traffic. PASSED: 12-0.

VOTING YES: John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky.

ABSENT: Marvin Braude and Nate Holden.

* SETTLEMENT: Approved spending $95,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against the city after a May, 1991, traffic accident in which three U.S. Postal Service workers were injured. A city Public Works truck driven by a city employee collided with a federal government car carrying the three employees at Pico Avenue and Avenue of the Stars in West Los Angeles. PASSED: 13-0.

VOTING YES: Ferraro, Galanter, Goldberg, Holden and Yaroslavsky.

ABSENT: Braude and Ridley-Thomas.

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