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August 23, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
To address long-standing concerns about gangs and violence in Hubert Humphrey Park, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and Foothill Division Police Capt. Ron Bergman will hold a community meeting at 9 a.m. today at the park. Last weekend's shooting death of 18-year-old football player Jaret Harris as he rode a motor scooter in the park has led to calls from some area residents--including the victim's family--to shut down the park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1997
A City Hall demonstration to protest cutbacks in public indoor shower facilities attracted more organizers and reporters than homeless people Tuesday. Organizers had pledged that homeless people would clean themselves inside City Hall to publicize cutbacks. "This is about a human and a civil right--the right to clean yourself before starting the day or going to work," said attorney Cynthia Anderson, a member of Women of Conscience, which sponsored the protest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Residence may soon have its privileges. After years of suffering from a dwindling tax base as people fled Los Angeles for tonier enclaves nearby, city officials are seeking a bit of revenge. According to a motion passed unanimously by the City Council on Wednesday, people who live elsewhere may soon have to pay a premium to use Los Angeles' parks and golf courses, while those with L.A. addresses would get first dibs on recreation programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 | STEPHEN BYRD
Under a blazing noonday sun, Andro Avendano climbs a ladder and rolls several coats of burnt-orange primer over inch-thick raw steel plates. But Avendano isn't painting highway bridges or radio towers, he's completing his latest work of art. The 38-year-old artist and former construction worker hopes that will bring smiles to weary train commuters traveling to and from Los Angeles. "Alegria," meaning "joy" in Spanish, consists of three 12-foot-high steel sculptures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1996
When bulldozers finished demolishing the three abandoned buildings near Yucca Street and Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood on Monday, only a 360-by-75-foot empty lot remained. But there are big plans for that small space. Where once stood boarded-up buildings used by young transients for shelter and partying, neighborhood residents envision a community center surrounded by recreation space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ
There is nothing like the appearance of Batman to divert the attention of 100 fidgeting children waiting for a meal, which is what happened when actor Michael Keaton walked through the doors of the Mar Vista Family Center earlier this week. Keaton--minus the Batman costume--and actress Rhea Perlman served children a hot turkey meal for the launch of Kids Cafe, a new project that offers poor children free dinners during the week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
Los Angeles parks officials are expected to approve final plans for a $350,000 equestrian center behind the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center Wednesday. If approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission, the 5.2-acre project will include three exercise arenas for horses, a parking lot for equestrian trailers, a bridle trail system and a small park with trees and native vegetation where horses can graze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1996
A satellite City Hall office, complete with computer lab and a community meeting center, opened Monday at Vermont Avenue and 85th Street in South Los Angeles. The Constituent Service Center, which cost $3 million, houses the district office of City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and representatives of 15 city departments, including police, building and safety, aging, and housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
Councilman Mike Feuer had a good idea to raise money for more public parking. So good that another council member--in fact, another Mike--had already thought of it. On Feb. 16, Feuer proposed that the city administrative officer, the Department of Transportation and the chief legislative analyst study the idea of issuing bonds to raise funds for garage construction. Feuer did so unaware that a similar motion had been introduced a few months ago by colleague Mike Hernandez.
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