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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

March 19, 1995|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

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

CITY COUNCIL

* APARTMENT SPRINKLERS--Instructed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would require the installation of a Dorothy Mae sprinkler system in all existing apartment buildings that are up to six stories high. The Dorothy Mae system, named after a 1980s apartment building fire that killed 25 people, consists of a row of sprinklers down the center of a corridor with one sprinkler head in the entrance of each apartment. Los Angeles Fire Marshal Davis Parsons said that in buildings with the Dorothy Mae sprinkler system, there have been no multiple-death fires in the city since 1983. The first draft of the ordinance calls for the building owners to be paid the entire cost of the system if they complete installation within three years of the date the law goes into effect.

* WALK OF FAME--Approved a resolution honoring actresses Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, known for their roles in the TV show "Cagney & Lacey," with the installation of their names on the Hollywood Walk of fame March 29.

HOW THEY VOTED

* FIRE VIOLATIONS--Instructed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that calls for fines of up to $1,000 and six months in jail for building owners who do not correct fire safety violations within 30 days of being cited. Currently, the law requires that the owners appear in court, but there are no sentencing guidelines. Passed 13 to 0. Voting yes: Marvin Braude, John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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