A summary of selected City Hall actions this past week affecting central Los Angeles. : CITY COUNCIL
* CHINATOWN REVITALIZATION: Approved a motion that instructs the Community Redevelopment Agency to develop a strategy for the economic revitalization of Chinatown. In developing the plan, several public meetings will be held, at which Chinatown residents and merchants may express their opinions on ways to improve the area.
* OFFICER TRAINING FACILITY: Opposed a plan that would have consolidated the training facilities for the Los Angeles Police Department and county Sheriff’s Department. Among the reasons for the opposition were differences in training policies between the two departments, as well as an estimated $100-million cost to construct a 40- to 50-acre joint training facility.
* WORLD CUP BANNERS: Approved a motion that allows World Cup USA Inc. to install free of charge 5,000 to 7,000 banners announcing the 1994 World Cup June 17 through July 17 at the Rose Bowl. The city’s fees for the banner installation could have totaled as much as $322,000. USC economists have estimated that visitors and business activities related to the World Cup will add as much as $630 million to the local economy.
* STREET CLOSURE: Approved the temporary closure of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue at the so-called 5-Point Intersection in Boyle Heights on May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon for the Time Capsule All-Wars Memorial Monument dedication ceremony.
* NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP FUNDING: Approved the use of $2,000 from the city’s General Purpose Fund to help pay for various cleanup and neighborhood beautification projects by the following community organizations: Glassell Park Improvement Assn., the Northeast YMCA, the Atwater Village Residents Assn. and the Women at Work of Elysian Village. Projects will include graffiti removal and tree planting.
HOW THEY VOTED
How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues.
* DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS: Instructed the city attorney to draft a plan that will give domestic partners of non-union city employees the rights to health, dental and disability benefits. Domestic partners are defined as a couple over 18 years old who have lived together for more than one year, are not related by blood, are not married, are each other’s sole domestic partner and have signed an affidavit stating so. Passed 12-1. Voting yes: Mike Hernandez, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rita Walters, Nate Holden, Jackie Goldberg, Rudy Svorinich Jr. Absent: Richard Alatorre.