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Los Angeles, CA: (Apr-02-07) Miguel Flores sued the city of Los Angeles in January 2006, accusing it of having violated the California Environmental Quality Act. The suit alleged the city was supposed to have conducted a review of the impact the Hollenbeck station would have on the neighborhood before it began the project, but the review wasn't started until midway through it. Flores suit also sought to restore The Vladeck Center, where Los Angeles' Jewish community once gathered to form labor unions and teach Yiddish, which was slated for demolition to make way for the new Hollenbeck Police Station. The center is a touchstone of Jewish culture and history and would have been destroyed due to the city's negligence. In a settlement reached, the City Council agreed to pay $1 million toward acquiring and restoring the center and $50,000 toward several community groups of Flores' choosing in Boyle Heights. [LOS ANGELES TIMES: JEWISH CENTER]

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Published on Apr-5-07


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