PROJECT ADDITION--After a three-hour hearing, the Los Angeles Planning Commission voted to approve a 335-unit addition to Barrington Plaza despite concerns by opponents--including city planners--that the $60-million project is too large for the Wilshire Boulevard site. The commission's 3-1 vote Thursday means the proposed 24-story project will return in one month with specific conditions for final commission approval. From there, it will go to the City Council, where Councilman Marvin Braude will reiterate his opposition to the project.
DAY-CARE CENTER--Approved a resolution that will allow an existing day-care center at 7301 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester to expand, enabling the center to care for up to 47 children. Run by the Southern California Assn. of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the center currently cares for 20 children. Some neighborhood residents complained that the expansion would increase traffic.
BIKE DAY--Approved a resolution declaring May 19 to be Bike Day L.A. Its purpose is to encourage businesses in the city to develop programs that will promote riding bicycles to work.
STREET CLOSURE--Approved temporary closures of the following streets May 15 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Spring Farm Festival sponsored by the Hollywood Farmers Market: Morningside Court between Selma Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, Cosmo Street between Selma Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, and Selma Avenue between Cahuenga Boulevard and Ivar Avenue. The festival will feature horse-drawn hayrides, music and a Western-style barbecue.
HOW THEY VOTED
SECURITY GUARD UNIFORMS--Approved a motion that would allow off-duty Los Angeles police officers the option of wearing their LAPD uniform when employed as security guards at entertainment venues. It was thought that an officer in an LAPD uniform presents a more authoritative figure than one in a security guard uniform. Passed 14-0.
Voting yes: John Ferraro, Marvin Braude, Zev Yaroslavsky, Ruth Galanter, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Jackie Goldberg.
Absent: Nate Holden.