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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

A summary of selected City Hall actions last week that affect the Westside.

July 03, 1994|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

CITY COUNCIL

* COMMUNITY FUNDING--Approved appropriating $3,600 in city money to partially fund 16 community organizations. Groups receiving funds include Venice Arts Mecca, West Los Angeles Booster Club, New Bethel Baptist Church in Venice, West Los Angeles Symphony and Westchester High School Academic Booster Club.

* 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.

* BLOCK PARTY--Approved the street closure of Vicksburg Avenue, between 79th Street and 82nd Street, from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday for the Vicksburg Avenue Neighborhood Block Party.

HOW THEY VOTED

* 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 was to have 18 shelters, one in each police division. Alana Bowman of the city attorney's office said the bed shortage at the existing shelters is so severe that two-thirds of the women who currently seek refuge are turned away for lack of room. She also said that only 3% of battered women end up reaching out to a shelter. Hotline number for assistance or advice on domestic violence issues is (310) 392-9896. Passed 14-0.

Voting yes: John Ferraro, Marvin Braude, Zev Yaroslavsky, Ruth Galanter, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Nate Holden, Jackie Goldberg.

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