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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

August 07, 1994|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

CITY COUNCIL

* CITY HALL RENOVATION: Approved a $153-million plan to renovate City Hall to correct seismic deficiencies and bring it into compliance with code requirements for fire, safety, disabled access and energy efficiency. Historical features of the 27-story tower will be preserved. Work is to begin Sept. 30, when all the occupants on floors 11 through 27 are relocated into a Downtown building. The renovation will take at least two years, during which only occupants of the second, third and fourth floors, which include the mayor's office and City Council, will remain in the building.

* REWARD OFFERED: Approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the drive-by shooting death of 80-year-old May Bell Dunkentell. She was shot while standing in her kitchen at 2214 E. 107 St. in Watts about 5:30 p.m. June 30.

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS

* STREET CLOSURES: Approved the closure of Sunset Boulevard between Western and Normandie avenues on Monday and Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow filming of "Strange Days," a movie starring Angela Bassett. Also approved the closure of 4th Street from Beaudry Avenue to Hill Street, and 6th Street from Mateo Street to Boyle Avenue, on Saturday and Aug. 14 from 4 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. for the filming of a Honda commercial.

HOW THEY VOTED

How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues. * MINORITY BUSINESS AID: Accepted a $767,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to fund the Minority Business Opportunity Committee, which was established in January to enhance opportunities for minority-owned businesses, and Los Angeles Recovery, a program that helps minority businesses obtain contracts related to the recovery from the Jan. 17 earthquake. The goal of Los Angeles Recovery is to help minority business secure $400 million in contracts. Acceptance of the grant was met with some opposition because the immediate release of the funding was contingent upon hiring Rocky Delgadillo, an aide to Mayor Richard Riordan, as program manager. If Delgadillo was not hired, officials said the funding would be delayed and possibly withdrawn. Councilwoman Rita Walters charged the federal government with using intimidation tactics concerning Delgadillo's hiring, but Councilman Richard Alatorre defended Delgadillo as the best person for the job. Delgadillo is to be paid $100,000 for a year's contract. The measure passed 10-4. Voting yes: Alatorre, Mike Hernandez, Nate Holden, Rudy Svorinich Jr. Voting no: Mark Ridley-Thomas, Walters. Absent: Jackie Goldberg.

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