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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1990
About 740,000 calls to the outmoded 911 emergency telephone system in Los Angeles--that's about 1.6% of all calls--went unanswered last year because of staff and computer overloads, police officials revealed Tuesday. The officials disclosed the problems during a hearing before the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, which unanimously endorsed their request to place a $235-million general-obligation bond measure on the November ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County and city officials began planning Wednesday for sweeping cuts and a funding crunch in mental health programs, jail facilities, the 911 emergency telephone system and other services after voters rejected a host of state and local tax measures on Election Day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1990
A $235-million bond issue to pay for a new 911 emergency call system was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday for placement on the November ballot. The Police Department is backing the measure as a way to finance replacement of an emergency response system that officials say is outmoded and overburdened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County voters will cast ballots Tuesday at polling places in automobile showrooms, beauty salons and even funeral parlors to select a county assessor and decide on a wide range of local issues and tax increases. In the lively assessor's race, incumbent John Lynch faces a strong challenge from Kenneth P. Hahn, a political newcomer who happens to have the same name as a popular Los Angeles politician. Hahn is no relation to veteran Supervisor Kenneth F. Hahn, who has endorsed Lynch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden on Thursday became the first council member to reject the full $24,935-a-year pay raise approved by voters in Tuesday's election as part of Proposition H, the ethics reform measure. Holden, a supporter of the measure, said he could not take the pay hike as long as the city has fiscal problems. Despite Holden's move, Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, Proposition H's most outspoken foe, told reporters he was accepting the pay increase.
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June 6, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles voters on Tuesday approved a sweeping ethics-in-government measure that institutes public financing for political campaigns and bans outside jobs for elected officials, but also grants them pay raises. Proposition H was winning 56% to 44% with 70% of the city's precincts reporting and 253,436 ballots counted. Supporters said the vote represented a strong message to City Hall that the public is tired of official corruption.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky has dipped into his personal campaign fund to finance a last-minute radio advertising blitz against Proposition H, the government ethics Charter amendment that goes before Los Angeles voters on Tuesday. Yaroslavsky's appeal, scheduled to begin airing on local stations today, will be challenged by an eleventh-hour salvo from the campaign supporting the ethics measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture of support for Nelson Mandela, the Los Angeles City Council came to work early Friday and decided to place before voters a proposal that would toughen the city's anti-apartheid measures by banning nearly all city contracts with firms that do business with South Africa. The council voted unanimously for the proposed change at a special 8:30 a.m. meeting, ordering the city attorney's office to draft a ballot measure that is expected to go before the voters in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking a lesson from the damage caused by the Oct. 17 San Francisco Bay Area earthquake, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a $360-million bond issue on the June ballot to pay the costs of shoring up roads, bridges and city-owned buildings, including City Hall. If approved by the voters, the bonds would add about $30 a year for the next 20 years to the tax bill of the average homeowner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the citizen's commission that proposed a broad range of ethics reforms for city officials said Wednesday that he will urge Los Angeles City Council members to reduce the pay raise they are seeking as part of the ethics package.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1990 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles may have an image as the city of the future, but much of its cultural infrastructure is falling apart. At the Hollywood Bowl, for example, the electrical system is antiquated, the plumbing needs a complete overhaul and the aging band shell is acoustically out of date and in constant need of patching, says Ernest Fleischmann, managing director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barring some natural disaster to shake up the voters before Election Day, backers of a Los Angeles ballot proposition to raise taxes for a new 911 system are predicting a difficult road to passage. "I'm not quite sure what could happen between now and then that could turn the tide," said James McDermott, the political consultant who is running the campaign for the 911 measure, called Proposition J. "Maybe if we have an earthquake and nobody can get through."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates came to the City Council with what he considered urgent business: Thousands of 911 emergency calls went unanswered each week, the chief said, and the only solution was to purchase for $235 million a new state-of-the-art system. Gates proposed taking the matter directly to voters with a bond measure. "I'm hoping to get it on in November," he said, "before they realize what's happening."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1990
A broad-based group of politicians, bankers and anti-poverty advocates Thursday urged voter approval of ballot measure Proposition K, a $100-million housing bond issue that would renovate 5,000 earthquake-unsafe apartment units, create homeless shelters for more than 1,000 people and provide loans to struggling first-time home buyers. Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson said the measure is critical to efforts to save badly needed affordable housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1990 | JEFFREY L. RABIN
In a prelude to a showdown next spring, Mary Lee Gray, senior deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, announced Friday in Playa del Rey that she is running against Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. At a news conference on the Ballona Creek bicycle trail, Gray accused Galanter of "a lack of leadership" in failing to solve the council district's critical problems, including crime, traffic, overdevelopment, gang violence, air pollution and airport noise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1990
A measure that would broaden Los Angeles's anti-apartheid policy by giving lawmakers the power to deny contracts of $25,000 or more to companies with ties to South Africa has been placed on the November ballot. The City Council voted 12-0 Wednesday to place the proposal, an amendment to the City Charter, before the voters. The city's current anti-apartheid policy, enacted in 1986, only applies to contracts worth between $500 and $25,000 and excludes contracts that are competitively bid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of Los Angeles City Council members have indicated that they will vote to reduce the $32,822 pay raise they are requesting as part of a city ethics reform package, Councilman Michael Woo said Tuesday. Woo plans to introduce a motion today asking council members to cut their pay-raise request by $8,188, a move intended to make the entire ethics package more palatable to the voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council's Rules and Elections Committee approved placing a $235-million bond issue for upgrading police communications and the 911 emergency system on the November ballot. The measure will be voted on by the full council Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1990
A $235-million bond issue to pay for a new 911 emergency call system was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday for placement on the November ballot. The Police Department is backing the measure as a way to finance replacement of an emergency response system that officials say is outmoded and overburdened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to place a measure on the November ballot to toughen the city's anti-apartheid sanctions by banning nearly all city contracts with firms that do business with South Africa.
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