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LOS ANGELES CITY HALL JOURNAL

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

June 11, 1995|MICHAEL KRIKORIAN

BROADWAY BUS: Approved the transfer of $100,000 within the Department of Transportation to replace the deteriorating sidewalks on Broadway from 2nd to 9th streets. The transfer was necessary in order to qualify for a $400,000 grant from the state. A Department of Transportation official said work will begin this summer.

* BLUE LINE STATION IMPROVEMENTS: Approved the use of $1.7 million in Proposition C transit funds for improvements at the city's six Metro Blue Line station entrances from the Pico Boulevard/Flower Street station to the 103rd Street/Graham Avenue station in Watts. The project calls for landscaping, special crosswalk pavement, bus stop shelters and benches, pedestrian lighting and sign enhancements to more clearly identify the stations. The three other stops along that stretch are located in county territory.

* DISABLED PERSONS TRAINING: Approved a contract with the California Department of Rehabilitation that will teach people with disabilities how to establish or retain small businesses. The contract calls for the state to provide $60,000 in funding and the city to train 10 disabled individuals with computer skills and entrepreneurship. Cal State Los Angeles donated space, computer network installations and technical assistance, and IBM provided computer hardware and software valued at $300,000.

* EL SERENO PARADE: Approved the following street closures on July 1 from 6 a.m. to noon for the El Sereno Independence Day parade: Huntington Drive between Poplar and Eastern avenues; and Eastern Avenue between Huntington Drive and Klamath Street.

* LANDFILL LAWSUIT: Authorized the Department of Water and Power to be named as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against several companies that used a landfill in Monterey Park but did not pay fines to the Environmental Protection Agency. The city of Los Angeles and several companies that used the landfill for illegal dumping were ordered to pay fines to the EPA. Chevron Chemicals, the biggest user of the landfill, and the city paid most of the costs. Now the company and city are suing the companies that did not pay their share of the fines. The landfill was closed in 1985.

HOW THEY VOTED

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

* GRAFFITI WIPEOUT: Approved funds from Proposition A, a 1992 bond measure for parks, street beautification and recreation, to pay for three projects, including a tree-planting campaign and an anti-graffiti plan. One $299,000 project, called "These Walls Belong to the Future," contracted with the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Hollywood Beautification Team to paint out graffiti near schools. Passed 13-0. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Jackie Goldberg, Mike Hernandez, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rudy Svorinich Jr., Rita Walters.

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