A summary of selected City Hall actions last week that affect the Westside.
* DOGS ON THE BEACH--Authorized the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would permit dogs trained to aid deaf and other disabled people to be allowed on public beaches while being used for such purposes. Currently, all dogs are prohibited from public beaches except guide dogs for the blind.
* WILSHIRE BOULEVARD CENTENNIAL--Approved a resolution saluting the 100th anniversary of Wilshire Boulevard. It was in 1895 that financier Henry Gaylord Wilshire bought 35 acres of land through which runs the road that bears his name. Among the activities this year along the boulevard will be the expansion of the Metro Rail and the Wilshire Center Streetscape project, a beautification plan spearheaded by the Wilshire Chamber of Commerce.
* WILSHIRE LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS--Authorized the use of $700,000 from the Street Lighting Maintenance Fund to refurbish the street lighting along Wilshire Boulevard between Hoover Street and Wilton Place. New poles and increased brightness are among the planned improvements. Installation of the street light wiring is expected to coincide with sidewalk repairs, part of the Wilshire Center Streetscape project.
* FARMERS MARKET--Approved moving the Hollywood Farmers Market to Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue on March 5, the day of the Los Angeles Marathon. The market's usual location, on Ivar Avenue between Sunset and Hollywood boulevards, would be too hard to get to because of the many street closures on marathon day.
HOW THEY VOTED
* LOST PETS--Authorized the Board of Animal Regulation Commissioners to negotiate a contract with MPO Videotronics for an automated service to help people recover lost dogs and cats. Under the system, people who have lost their dog or cat could call a 900 number and information about the pet would be entered into a computer. People finding animals could call an 800 number with information, and a computer match would be attempted. The cost of calling the 900 number has yet to be determined, but officials say it would be about $10. Passed 10-0. Voting yes: John Ferraro, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas. Absent: Marvin Braude.