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Los Angeles Times | April 30, 2014 | by Christine Mai-Duc
Mayor Jim Dear and Councilman Elito Santarina both voted against lengthening it, saying they had decided that it was in the city’s best interest to negotiate with Oxy officials over specific provisions to be followed in an enforceable contract. Councilman Mike Gipson, who echoed similar sentiments, abstained. Bill McFarland, a representative of Oxy, said that the end to the moratorium demonstrates “that the city continues to recognize the value of an industry that brings safe projects and good jobs to the community.”
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