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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

July 03, 1994|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

CITY COUNCIL

* DOMESTIC VIOLENCE--Directed the Los Angeles Housing Department to set aside $5 million annually for the development of new shelters for battered women, as well as the expansion of three existing shelters. Los Angeles Police Cmdr. John White said the goal is to have 18 shelters, one in each police division. Alana Bowman of the city attorney's office said the bed shortage at existing shelters is so severe that two-thirds of the women who seek refuge at them are turned away. She also said that only 3% of battered women reach out to a shelter. The hot line number for assistance or advice on domestic violence issues is (310) 392-9896.

* PARKING RATES--Approved raising the daily parking rate at the downtown Convention Center from $5 to $6. The increase will generate an estimated $500,000 for the city.

* RESTAURATEUR HONORED--Approved a motion allowing the installation of a star on the sidewalk in front of Lucy's El Adobe restaurant at 5536 Melrose Ave. in honor of Frank Casado, who opened the eatery with his wife, Lucy, in 1964. Casado died in 1990.

* REWARD OFFERED--Approved offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the strangulations of Veronica Ultreras, 23, and her 3-year-old daughter, Cynthia, on Jan. 2, 1993. Their home at 848 N. Avenue 50 in Highland Park was set on fire after they were killed.

* STREET CLOSURE--Approved the closure of Hill Street between Washington Boulevard and 21st Street on July 23 and 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the Gift and Decorative Accessories Show sponsored by Los Angeles Mart.

HOW THEY VOTED

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

* SOCCERFEST SHUTTLE--Authorized the Department of Transportation to negotiate a contract wih ATE Management and Service Co. to provide free shuttle bus service to the SoccerFest event at the Convention Center starting Friday and running through July 17. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between the Convention Center and the major downtown hotels. Councilwoman Rita Walters objected to the proposal because the estimated $12,000 to fund it is being transferred from Proposition A transportation projects, such as the DASH shuttle. Referring to World Cup USA '94, a profit-making organization, she said, "This is not about kids and soccer, this is about business." Passed 13-1. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Jackie Goldberg, Mike Hernandez, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rudy Svorinich Jr. Voting No: Walters.

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