A summary of selected City Hall actions...
A summary of selected City Hall actions this week affecting central Los Angeles.
* BUILDING VIOLATIONS: Accepted several properties into the city’s Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP), designed to encourage landlords to quickly repair and better maintain their buildings. Once a building is placed into REAP, tenants place their rents in a city account; the city keeps $50 of every payment and the remaining money is turned over to the landlords once the repairs are made. The following are properties added to the list and reasons for their inclusion:
* 10958-60 1/2 Broadway, plumbing and gas violations;
* 842 W. 83rd St., waterproofing and heating violations;
* 632 E. 82nd St., heating violations;
* 1145-1149 1/2 E. 33rd St., plumbing and gas violations;
* 4025-31 West Blvd., waterproofing and heating violations;
* 832 S. Normandie Ave., electrical violations;
* 717-729 S. Spring St., electrical violations;
* 338-340 1/2 33rd St., heating and electrical violations.
* RAMPART DIVISION OFFICE: Approved the use of $44,000 for the installation of telephone and data system wiring at the newly leased headquarters for detectives assigned to the Police Department’s Rampart Division. The building, at 303 S. Union Ave., is scheduled to open in March and will house 72 detectives. The Rampart Division’s main station at 2710 W. Temple Ave. is considered the most dilapidated in the city.
* CHILD CARE CENTER: Approved naming a child care facility in City Hall South for former City Councilwoman Joy Picus, who was a leader in the city’s efforts to address the child care issue. The 9,000-square-foot facility provides child care for 100 children of city and federal employees.
* REWARD OFFERED--Approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the Oct. 23 slayings of Richard Rodriquez and Yolanda Navarro. Rodriquez, 18, and Navarro, 19, were leaving an El Sereno party when they were chased by a man with a shotgun and killed.
HOW THEY VOTED
How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues. * CONTESTED PARKING TICKETS: Approved transforming a vacant space in Los Angeles Mall into an office where citations may be contested. Under a 1993 state law, the city took over responsibility from the Municipal Court for hearing contested citations, and originally planned on three district offices to handle the complaints. However, only one office, in West Los Angeles, has opened and there is now a backlog of 3,000 citation appeals. The new parking management office is expected to be open by March. Passed 12-0. Voting yes: Mike Hernandez, Jackie Goldberg Jr., Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rita Walters. Absent: Richard Alatorre, Rudy Svorinich Jr.