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Around the Halls: Wilshire Grand, Safer Cities and Animal Sales

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, at 10:15AM
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Redevelopment plans for the Wilshire Grand hotel, a report on the Safer Cities Initiative and the purchase of illegal animals are on the agendas at City Hall this week after Council returns from the Presidents' Day holiday.

MONDAY: City offices are closed today for the Presidents' Day holiday.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

At Council, CF 10-1958 is a assessment motion for the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District. Public hearing will be held on March 22.

The Downtown Center BID's annual planning report is at Jobs and Business Development as CF 10-0273.

The Wilshire Grand redevelopment project's final EIR goes to Planning and Land Use Management as CF 11-0106. The developer and planning continue to negotiate how much signage the project will have.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, again with three committees.

In 1982, Dr. George Kelling co-wrote an article on the "broken windows" theory of policing that would go on to inform NYPD Chief William Bratton's work in cleaning up New York City. When Bratton came to Los Angeles, the theory would become "Safer Cities," an initiative launched on the streets of Skid Row in 2006. CF 11-0196, which goes to Council, is a motion to accept a grant from the Police Foundation to have Kelling do a followup study on the Safer Cities neighborhoods, focusing on declines in crime and an improvement in quality of life.

At Council is CF 10-1953, a motion to deny an appeal by the owner of a small market on Skid Row. The owner of Ken's Market at 1123 E. 7th had asked to change rules that would prevent the sale of single alcohol containers and containers under 750ml.

The $930 million contract between the City and CRA is again on the Council agenda, but there's little reason to believe there will be a vote on CF 11-0086 this time around.

A motion that would make it illegal to purchase illegally-sold animals in the area around Santee Alley goes to Transportation committee as 09-0632. The item was at Public Safety committee back in November.

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