* JAPAN’S SCHINDLER: Approved a resolution honoring Yukiko Sugihara and her late husband, Chiune Sugihara, the onetime Japanese consul general to Lithuania who is often referred to as “Japan’s Oskar Schindler” for his efforts to save Jews fleeing the armies of Adolf Hitler. The Sugiharas, against the orders of the Japanese government, wrote 1,600 visas to Lithuanian and Polish Jews during 1940. Since an entire family could travel on a single visa, the Sugiharas are credited with saving between 3,000 and 6,000 Jews from concentration camps. After the war, Chiune Sugihara was fired by the Japanese Foreign Ministry for insubordination. He died in 1986. In a rare move, a recess was called during the council meeting at which the resolution was approved so members could have their pictures taken with Yukiko Sugihara.
* REWARD OFFERED: Approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the slaying of Rosemary Hom, 43, who was stabbed to death in her van on Spring Street near Leroy Street. Hom, a Pasadena resident, was on her way to work in Chinatown when the attack occurred about 9 a.m. on Nov. 5. Anyone with information regarding the killing should contact Detectives Ross Arai or Jim Tiempo at (213) 893-8100.
* LOUISIANA FESTIVAL: Approved the following street closures on Saturday for the Louisiana to Los Angeles Festival Parade: Crenshaw Boulevard between 42nd Place and 58th Place, 42nd Place between Crenshaw and Leimert boulevards, Degan Avenue between 42nd Place and 42nd Street, and 59th Place and 59th Street between Crenshaw and West boulevards. The festival, featuring food, music, storytelling and arts and crafts, will be held Saturday and Feb. 19 in Leimert Park.
HOW THEY VOTED
How South-Central and Eastside City Council representatives voted on selected issues. * AID FOR AIDS: Authorized the city controller to award a $2.8-million contract to Aid for AIDS, a nonprofit organization that will serve as the central coordinating agency for housing programs for people with AIDS. The contract expires at the end of the year. Passed 14-0. Voting yes: Richard Alatorre, Mike Hernandez, Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rudy Svorinich Jr., Rita Walters.
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS
* ALLEY CLOSURE: Gave preliminary approval to closing to traffic the alley between the 2100-2300 blocks of Highland and Longwood avenues. Property owners have complained that the alley is regularly used to strip cars, sell drugs and dump rubbish. If approved by the City Council, gates will be erected at each end of the alley. Residents will be given keys to the gates.