A summary of significant City Hall decisions affecting Central Los Angeles in the last week.
CITY COUNCIL * ARTHUR ASHE: Tentatively approved a proposal by Councilman Nate Holden to name the tennis courts at Rancho Cienega Park in the Crenshaw area after the late tennis star Arthur Ashe. The proposal goes to the Recreation and Parks Commission for consideration. The council will make the final decision. * OPERA: Approved closuring the northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Hope Street between 1st and Temple streets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 7, 9 and 10 for free opera performances at the Los Angeles County Music Center for 12,000 middle and high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. * APPOINTMENT: Approved the appointment of Bobbie Jean Anderson, a resident of South Central, to the city's new review panel for business permits. The panel will relieve the Police Commission of hearing appeals on permits that have been revoked or suspended.
HOW THEY VOTED
How South-Central and Eastside representatives voted on selected issues. * REWARD: Approved paying two witnesses rewards of $12,500 each for information that led to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed and shot to death two South-Central Los Angeles liquor store clerks in 1991. Both witnesses testified in court against the killer. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Joan Milke Flores, Mike Hernandez and Holden. Absent: Mark Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters. * BAN ON GANG MEMBERS: Decided to send a controversial proposal that would ban gang members from city parks, beaches and playgrounds to the Public Safety Committee while the Police Department prepares its recommendations concerning the measure. The proposal is scheduled to be returned to the council June 22, when all 15 members are expected to be present. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Hernandez, Holden, Ridley-Thomas and Walters. Absent: Alatorre and Flores. * REOPENING OF LIQUOR STORE: Approved a proposal to let the council make the final decision on whether a liquor store at 3905 S. Normandie Ave. that was destroyed during last year's riots should be allowed to reopen. The Planning Commission deadlocked 2-2 on the issue. Ridley-Thomas, who represents the area, said the store is a public nuisance and should not be granted a new operating permit. Passed: 10-0. Voting yes: Alatorre, Hernandez, Holden, Ridley-Thomas and Walters. Absent: Flores.