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A summary of significant Los Angeles City...

A summary of significant Los Angeles City Hall decisions affecting the Westside in the last week.

CITY COUNCIL

PARK RANGERS: Approved a proposal to spend $5,000 to provide weekend ranger services at Laurel Canyon Park. The rangers are needed to control traffic, parking and other problems at the site, which is especially popular on the weekend with dog owners. The facility has specially designated hours and days when dogs are allowed off their leashes.

JEWISH EXPERIENCE: Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky is requesting that $4,135 in city permit fees be waived to allow the display of street banners announcing the Great Jewish Experience. The event, intended to educate young people about Jewish heritage and traditions, will be held at the former May Co. Clearance Center, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., from Jan. 15 to 24.

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VENICE PARKING: Accepted from Caltrans a 180-space parking lot near the Venice Beach boardwalk area. The lot was built by Caltrans and operated on a temporary basis while reconstruction of Venice Boulevard was under way. After the work was completed, the parking space was to have been demolished, but the California Coastal Commission gave the city permission to operate it.

HOW THEY VOTED

How Westside representatives voted on selected issues.

MERIT PAY: Approved a proposal to continue to defer merit pay increases for city executives until the city’s financial position improves. Officials said it would not be fiscally responsible to grant raises at a time when there was a possibility of reducing or eliminating services to the public.

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PASSED: 13-0.

VOTING YES: Marvin Braude, John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Yaroslavsky.

POLICE LEAVE PROGRAM: Approved a program that allows Los Angeles police officers to donate their vacation time and days off to seriously ill colleagues who have run out of sick leave and need more time off.

PASSED: 13-0.

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VOTING YES: Braude, Ferraro, Galanter, Goldberg, Holden, Ridley-Thomas and Yaroslavsky.


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