Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday officially opened the city's new $107-million, high-tech Emergency Operations Center, the nerve center where officials will coordinate the city's response to major earthquakes, wildfires, acts of terrorism and other potential disasters and public safety threats.

The new downtown building replaces the cramped, outdated operations center that was in the basement of a City Hall building. The new center on East Temple Street, east of the federal courthouse, was paid for with funds from Proposition Q, a $600-million public safety bond measure approved by L.A. voters in 2002.

-- Phil Willon

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