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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

A summary of selected City Hall actions this past week affecting central Los Angeles. : CITY COUNCIL

July 17, 1994|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

* BURGLARY ALARMS: Referred to the Public Safety Committee a proposed ordinance that would require owners of alarm systems to notify the Police Department, either verbally or by electronic confirmation, of a need for service after an alarm has been activated. The ordinance, which has police approval, is designed to cut down on the number of false alarms responded to by police. Last year, there were 153,000 false alarms in the city. Police estimate that during the last five years responses to false alarms have cost $13.5 million. Any violation of the proposed ordinance would constitute a misdemeanor. A decision by the committee is expected within a month.

* REWARD OFFER: Approved offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the murder of Kevin Murray, who was shot to death at 11:30 p.m. June 4 on 49th Street near Normandie Avenue. Murray, 17, and three friends were shot while in their car, apparently by gang members who mistook them for rivals. Murray's family is also setting up a reward fund.

* REWARD OFFER: Approved offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the wounding of Los Angeles Police Officer Gabriel Rivas, who was shot in the face July 9 while patrolling 5th and Glaes streets in Boyle Heights. Rivas, 31, underwent surgery at County-USC Medical Center and is recuperating.

* STREET CLOSURE: Approved the closure of the west side of Towne Avenue between 4th and 5th streets Aug. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. because of a back-to-school event sponsored by the Fred Jordan Missions.

HOW THEY VOTED

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

* VICTIM ASSISTANCE: Approved the transfer of $48,000 from the city's reserve fund to the Special Emphasis Victim Assistance Program. This program focuses on the needs of robbery and assault victims in Los Angeles' Korean American community. One of its objectives has been to help Korean Americans cope with the psychological and emotional problems they have experienced in the wake of the 1992 riots, which hit Koreatown especially hard. Passed 12-0. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Mike Hernandez, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Nate Holden, Jackie Goldberg, Rudy Svorinich Jr. Absent: Rita Walters.

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