In the month of August, local Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Councilmember Jose Huizar came swinging pretty hard for a more livable Los Angeles, championing important proposed laws and physical infrastructure, respectively. Yosemite Drive in Eagle Rock continues to be an issue that the community is pressing for needed safety improvements. The Eagle Rock Association sent a second letter to Council District 14 reminding us all of why change is needed, and that change can be achieved relatively quickly when there is a will. With that, here is your August 2018 edition of the NELA Livable Streets Roundup.
TERA Urges Yosemite Drive Safety Improvements
In July, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC) issued its second letter to the City asking for traffic safety improvements to Yosemite Drive. In August, The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) too issued a second letter to the City urging safety improvements to Yosemite. Below is an excerpt from that letter:
This request is not unreasonable. In roughly a year, the City went from kick-off community meeting to implementing a package of safety improvements on a 1.2 mile stretch of Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno. If the City had acted with similar urgency on Yosemite Drive in the wake of last year’s high-profile crash, the community at this stage would be eagerly anticipating long overdue improvements. Instead, TERA is sending another letter asking that safety, particularly of school children, be taken seriously and prioritized over speed. Meaningful safety improvements on Yosemite Drive need a path forward and the time for action is now.
Strong words. Will the City listen? (As an added bonus, TERA this month also received confirmation that it had successfully negotiated aesthetic and safety improvements that will be incorporated into the Taco Bell currently being remodeled.)
Improvements Aplenty Across Council District 14
The Alhambra Avenue safety improvements covered in last month’s roundup finally had a ribbon cutting in August and Streetsblog LA provided a brief review. Council District 14 hosted two separate meetings regarding pedestrian improvements planned in Boyle Heights and in the Arts District. On top of that, Councilmember Huizar authored a motion seeking long-term funding strategies for transportation improvements to the Arts District. A new mural was unveiled overlooking the hugely popular York Park in Highland Park and Boyle Heights residents came out a meeting to learn about $5.2 million upgrades slated for Cesar Chavez Avenue.
Councilmembers Ryu and O’Farrell Call for Crosswalk
Prompted by a letter from the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, which straddles council districts 4 and 13, Councilmembers David Ryu and Mitch O’Farrell have teamed up to get a crosswalk installed at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Rodney Drive. According to the Beverly Press, the crosswalk will be complemented by “a pedestrian activated rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, coupled with a median island.”
News From San Gabriel Valley
Out in the San Gabriel Valley, BikeSGV alerted folks to an effort to bring a “bike park” to Altadena under the banner of “ADENA Bike Park Collective.” Meanwhile Foothill Transit announced plans to pilot double decker, electric buses. Lastly, Pomona applied for $10 million in State grants to improve conditions for walking and bicycling.
Livability in Burbank and Beyond
- Burbank upgrades existing Riverside Drive bike lanes to buffered bike lanes: The street had enough room so that bike lanes could be widened and denote a “door zone” to steer clear from when bicycling. Of course, the bike lanes are still subject to be blocked by trash bins on a weekly basis.
- Assemblymember Laura Friedman is on a Roll: Friedman, who represents our neighbors in Glendale on the State level, has been on a bit of a roll with several forward-thinking assembly bills moving ahead. Below are her bills that advanced, in her own words…
- AB 2263: Will incentivize the preservation and reuse of registered historic structures by eliminating additional parking requirements for residential use when located within half a mile of a major transit corridor, or allowing for a 25% reduction in required parking for nonresidential commercial uses.
- AB 2363: A giant leap forward on the path to reducing traffic-related fatalities by establishing a task force to examine the arcane way California sets speed limits
- AB 2548: Authorizes County of LA to adopt a commuter benefits program that would encourage employers to incentivize employees to use alternative ways to commute such as biking, mass-transit, vanpooling, was signed into law by Governor Brown!
- AB 2955: Bill would prioritize the concerns of horse safety as a factor when setting vehicular speed limits.