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A summary of selected City Hall actions this past week affecting Central Los Angeles. : CITY COUNCIL

* WATTS FESTIVALS: Approved the closure of Graham Avenue between 108th Street and Santa Ana Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today for the Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Music and Arts Festival. City fees of $2,226 will be waived.

* ADDITIONAL LOAN: Approved adding $50,000 to a $950,000 loan to the Korean Youth Center Inc., a nonprofit organization that is constructing a 19-unit low-income housing development and youth center at 3986 Ingraham St. in Koreatown. The addition to the loan was necessary because heavy rains earlier in the year caused storm drain damage that had to be repaired.

* PLANNING PROJECT: Councilman Mike Hernandez introduced a proposal to allow city officials to participate in a pilot project with UCLA that will examine the impact of planning decisions on inner-city neighborhoods. The proposal requests that $175,000 in city funds be spent to buy computer equipment for the project.

* MAGIC MOUNTAIN: Approved appropriating $493 to the Community Youth Gang Service Corp. to assist the nonprofit gang intervention group in providing a trip to Magic Mountain for 30 youths and four adult supervisors.

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* CHRISTMAS PARADE: Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg requested that $1,050 in city permit fees be waived for the display of street banners along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards announcing this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade.

* APPOINTMENT: Approved the appointment of Larry P. Carmel to the Commission on Disability. Carmel lives in Westlake.

HOW THEY VOTED

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

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* PLAYA VISTA: Approved the first stage of the proposed $7-billion residential, office, retail and hotel project on 1,087 acres once owned by the late billionaire Howard Hughes. The approval gives developer Maguire Thomas Partners permission to start construction on the first phase of the Playa Vista development near Marina del Rey as soon as financing can be arranged and construction plans formulated. Passed: 10-1. Voting yes: Hernandez, Rudy Svorinich Jr., Mark Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters. Voting no: Nate Holden. Absent: Richard Alatorre and Goldberg.

* HELMET SAFETY: Approved a proposal by Councilwoman Ruth Galanter urging Gov. Pete Wilson to sign a bill prohibiting people 17 and younger from operating or riding on a bicycle on a public street or bikeway without wearing a bicycle safety helmet. Passed: 11-1. Voting yes: Hernandez, Holden, Ridley-Thomas and Walters. Voting no: Svorinich. Absent: Alatorre and Goldberg.


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