A summary of selected City Hall actions this week affecting central Los Angeles.
* PET ADOPTION: Approved an ordinance authorizing the Animal Regulations Department to allow animals whose owners are in jail to become available for adoption after 30 days in a city kennel. Under the old law, the city was required to keep an animal during the length of its owner’s incarceration. In one case, a dachshund whose owner was in prison was kept in a kennel for more than three years. In discussing the need for a change, Meyer Levine of the Animal Regulations Department said, “Just because the owner is incarcerated doesn’t mean the animal should be confined also.”
* SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: Accepted a $117,000 federal grant for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. The money will be used to provide transportation and lunches to volunteers who, as part of the program, provide services at senior citizen centers, nutritional sites, social service agencies and educational facilities. It is estimated that 350,000 volunteer hours will be provided in 1994-95, with an estimated value of $1.5 million based on the federal minimum wage of $4.25 per hour.
* REWARD OFFERED: Approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Nov. 12, 1994, murder of Renee Michelle Peterson. Peterson was a passenger in a car driven by Lafaye Sparks on Vermont Avenue near 81st Street when a car with three males began shooting at them. While attempting to flee, Spark’s vehicle crashed into a residence at 8207 Mariposa Ave. The assailants left their car and fired at the woman, who was still seated in the crashed car. Peterson, a mother of four, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Sparks was not injured.
* CHINESE NEW YEAR: Approved the closure of North Broadway between Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Alpine Street from 11 p.m. Jan. 27 to 4 a.m. Jan. 30 for the Chinese New Year Street Fair and Flower Market. Also approved the closure of Main Street between 1st Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 18 for the Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade. The actual first day on the new Chinese year falls on Jan. 31, marking the year 4693 of the Chinese calendar.
HOW THEY VOTED
How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues. * CRUISE SHIP GAMBLING--Approved a policy supporting proposed state and federal legislation that would permit gambling on cruises between California ports as long as the gambling is considered an incidental part of the cruise. Supporters of the legislation argue that it would help keep local-based cruises competitive with those from elsewhere that offer gambling. Councilman Nate Holden was against the policy, saying, “Keep the gambling in Las Vegas.” Passed 10-3. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Jackie Goldberg, Mike Hernandez, Rudy Svorinich Jr., Rita Walters. Voting No: Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas.