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



* CAR-TRACKING CONTRACT: Approved continuing a contract with the LoJack Corp. that implemented a Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network Program in 1989. The program, which enables law enforcement to electronically track vehicles, has proved to be the most successful way to quickly recover a stolen car, city officials say. The contract continuation will be on a month-to-month basis until a lengthier contract is awarded, possibly to another company with similar technology. The cost of installing a LoJack tracking device in a private car is $600.

* QUAKE AID: Approved a motion to use $560,000 in Community Block Grant funds to support 30 agencies that are providing services in areas damaged by the earthquake. Among the agencies that will receive between $11,000 and $22,000 each are the Chicana Service Action Center, Parents of Watts, Lutheran Social Services, Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Armenian Relief Society.

* DEADLINE FOR BUSINESS TAX: Approved extending the deadline for businesses to pay their business tax from Feb. 28 to May 31, providing the business can show significant disruption resulting from the Northridge earthquake.

* STREET CLOSURES: Because of the Academy Awards presentation at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 21, the following streets will be closed to traffic on that day from 2:20 to 8 p.m.: the eastbound lanes of Temple Street, from Beaudry Avenue to Hill Street; the eastbound lanes of 1st Street, from Beaudry to Olive Street; the northbound lanes of Flower Street, from 1st to 3rd Street; the northbound lanes of Hope Street, from General Kosciuszko Way to 1st Street; and the westerly three lanes of Hill Street from Temple to 1st.


How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues. * DEMOLITION PROGRAM: Approved the implementation of the Board of Public Works' Earthquake Demolition and Debris Removal Program that would favor hiring local businesses to demolish buildings damaged by the Northridge earthquake and clean up debris. About 500 firms, more than half of which are based in Los Angeles County, are expected to bid on contracts to demolish up to 1,000 buildings. In opposing the program, Councilman Mike Hernandez argued that it should be designed to award all contracts to local firms. Passed 12-3. Voting yes: Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rita Walters, Rudy Svorinich Jr. Voting no: Richard Alatorre, Hernandez.

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