* HAITIAN BOYCOTT--Approved a resolution prohibiting the city from doing business with any company that operates in Haiti, or provides services or goods other than food and medical supplies to the country. The city shall also begin divesting its holdings in those companies and will not resume investments until either the exiled government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide is restored or new elections, recognized by international observers, are held in Haiti.
* DRUG WAR MAP--Authorized a motion that increases by $20,000 a contract with Strategic Mapping Inc. for installation of an electronic mapping system operated by the Police Department. The system is to consist of a computerized map that locates and identifies suspected narcotics activities and drug agency investigations by law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties. The aim of the map is to increase coordination and communication among the various agencies. The additional money brings the total contract to $78,000.
HOW THEY VOTED
* TRAFFIC FLOW--Approved exempting the Department of Transportation from the city's hiring freeze so it can fill 28 positions to help implement the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control program. The program is designed to manage traffic flow and reduce vehicle congestion through computer control of traffic signals. One of the areas targeted for new signals is known as the Smart Corridor, which is bounded by the Santa Monica city limits on the west, Olympic Boulevard on the north, Jefferson Boulevard on the south and the freeway interchange in East Los Angeles on the east. Passed 13-0. Voting yes: John Ferraro, Marvin Braude, Zev Yaroslavsky, Ruth Galanter, Nate Holden and Jackie Goldberg. Absent: Mark Ridley-Thomas and Rita Walters.