HOLDEN REAFFIRMS OBJECTION TO ARENA; COUNCILMAN WANTS PUBLIC VOTE ON PLAN.Byline: Rick Orlov Daily News Staff Writer
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Councilman Nate Holden Nathaniel "Nate" R. Holden (1929-) served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1987 to 2002. He previously served a term on the California State Senate and was Assistant Chief Deputy to then Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. declared Friday he will continue to oppose the proposed downtown sports arena and call for a public vote despite efforts to exempt the facility from any referendum.
``I will continue to lead the fight against the use of taxpayer monies in any arena deal that occurs without the vote of the people,'' Holden Holden, town (1990 pop. 14,628), Worcester co., central Mass., a residential suburb of Worcester; settled 1723, set off and inc. 1741. Manufactures include electrical and metal products, plastics, and machinery. said.
The councilman said he was upset with a colleague, Councilman Joel Wachs Joel Wachs served for several terms as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd district. He was first elected by defeating incumbent James B. Potter.
While in office, Wachs chaired the Public Works Committee and vice-chair of the Environmental Quality & Waste Management , who announced Thursday he would drop his call for an election on the facility when developers fulfill their promise for a written guarantee that the city will be reimbursed for all costs.
``If Wachs backs down now he will be gutless and show a lack of leadership,'' Holden said.
Wachs issued a brief statement in response: ``He's full of it.''
At the same time, Wachs drew praise from City Council President John Ferraro John Ferraro (May 14 1924—April 17 2001) served as a Los Angeles City Councilman from 1966 until his death. Early life
Ferraro was born in the working class suburb of Cudahy, California, just south of Los Angeles. for his willingness to compromise.
``It's now time for the City Council to speak with a unified voice and for this project to move forward as soon as possible,'' Ferraro said.