CITY HALL — Spurred by a recent court ruling from a judge who took issue with the city's attempt to shut down a controversial banquet hall, the City Council is moving to strengthen city laws.
Under state law, the city has the right to petition for a legal injunction — a court mandate to stop violations of municipal code. On Tuesday, the City Council introduced an urgency ordinance that would strengthen that ability by expressly mentioning it in the code.
"We've needed this for a while," said Councilman Frank Quintero.
The ordinance comes in response to comments made by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who ruled that the Montrose Collection Restaurant and Banquet Hall can continue to operate while city officials attempt to shut it down for land-use code violations.