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May 19, 1994

ARCADIA: The city has received an application from Santa Anita Park requesting an amendment to Arcadia's zoning laws to allow entertainment other than horse racing at the track. The proposal would allow single or multi-day events, festivals and concerts. Track officials say they are considering a three-day festival over the Labor Day weekend.

AZUSA: The City Council has taken the first steps toward expanding the 20,000-square-foot city library. The council voted to have staff prepare a feasibility study on expanding the facility, built in 1957, and to seek proposals for an architect.

COVINA: In an effort to help overcome the city's financial problems, the City Council has established a committee to review the fiscal 1994-95 budget and to make recommendation on ways to increase revenues and decrease costs. The council also voted to require its members to hold town hall meetings and keep regular office hours at City Hall on a trial basis.

IRWINDALE: The City Council has decided that the Duarte-based City of Hope National Medical Center must pay the city's utility tax because the meter for a new electrical substation for the cancer research center is in Irwindale. The council unanimously denied the hospital's request for an exemption from the 7.5% tax, suggesting the City of Hope put the meter outside Irwindale.

LA PUENTE: The deputy city clerk has sworn in John Brennan and Richard McInnis as planning commissioners.

MONTEREY PARK: The City Council has allotted extra money to two projects. The council, after voicing its unhappiness with the architectural firm, gave an extra $55,000 for the construction of the Barnes Park Bathhouse because of errors in design. It also gave $6,548 to complete a structural repair to the library. A contractor repairing the library discovered that some of the masonry was not reinforced with steel rods as required in the 1960 plans.

POMONA: The City Council has approved a long-awaited plan to revitalize the city's downtown area. The council approved the Pomona Downtown Specific Plan, designed to bring the downtown economy back to life with dining, shopping and entertainment. The plan covers the area between Holt Avenue and Mission Boulevard and between White and Towne avenues.

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