Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Councilmembers Look to Future Election for Proposed L.A. Street Repair Bond to Expand Public Outreach and Get More Input

Jan. 15, 2013

Councilmembers Look to Future Election for Proposed L.A. Street Repair Bond to Expand Public Outreach and Get More Input

Los Angeles –  Councilmembers Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino proposed to hold the $3 billion L.A. Street Safety and Traffic Improvement Bond for a future ballot in order to give the proposal more time for consideration by all Los Angeles stakeholders and to engage in a massive public outreach effort.

The City Council voted unanimously to request that the City Attorney advise on draft language for a future ballot measure, not the May 2013 ballot, and they referred the Street Repair Bond to the Public Works Committee, which Buscaino chairs.

As part of a planned massive public outreach effort to offer all L.A. stakeholders the opportunity to weigh in, the Public Works Committee will be holding a series of public meetings across the regions of Los Angeles.

“Providing for safe, well-maintained streets is one of the most basic core functions of city government, and is crucial to our economy and our daily lives,” said Councilmember Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

“We are excited to have started this important public discussion about investing in improving our City infrastructure to benefit Los Angeles now and in future generations. We want all stakeholders - community members, Neighborhood Councils, chambers of commerce, community-based organizations and businesses - to have the opportunity to weigh in, and that has always been one of the central goals of the street repair proposal.”

The Street Repair Bond would be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the United States, and would benefit every person in the City. In light of the depth and scope of the bond and the work itself, it is critical to give people enough opportunity to give their input.

“Early investment in our public infrastructure allowed the City of Los Angeles to grow from a small rural settlement into the vast metropolis that exists today," said Councilman Joe Buscaino, Chairman of the Public Works Committee and co-sponsor of the street repair measure.

“If we want to remain a world-class city and attract new businesses and jobs, it is vital that we demonstrate Los Angeles is a city of the future and not a crumbling relic of the past. Our streets are one of the most visible and important components of our infrastructure, and there is no question that they are in poor condition and must be repaired. However, a proposal of this size and scope must allow for thorough review and input from the residents and taxpayers that will ultimately pay for it.”

Councilmembers Englander and Buscaino had proposed placing on the May ballot the $3 billion General Obligation bond to repair and rebuild all the failed and poor condition streets in Los Angeles in 10 years.

Los Angeles streets are in the worst condition of any major U.S. city, costing vehicle owners about $750 in additional maintenance every year. Chronic under funding of street maintenance from the 1950's to the 1990's led to the deterioration of 8,700 miles of city streets which now must be completely reconstructed. Budget constraints only allow for a very small number of streets to be reconstructed every year. At the current rate of repair, it would take 60 years to reconstruct all 8,700 miles of failed streets.

Once the backlog is gone and the failed streets are rebuilt, they can be slurry- sealed and maintained at a much lower cost, so the City will be able to maintain them in good condition on an ongoing basis. When they are reconstructed, the streets would be re-configured to improve traffic safety and traffic flow, which would improve 911 response times. Improved crosswalks and implementation of bicycle master plan features would make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists as well.

The improvement to our streets would boost property values and generate jobs and economic benefit. The funds from the bond could not go toward any other purpose than the designated street repair, and would be placed in a trust fund with a Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure transparency and accountability.

An informational website has already posted with detailed information about the Street Repair Bond, including an FAQ page, a PowerPoint presentation, and links to several studies and reports about the condition of L.A. streets and the benefits of investing in infrastructure. To see the website, visit https://sites.google.com/site/lastreetbond/home.



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LAPD urges residents to HIDE IT, LOCK IT, and KEEP IT.

Burglary and theft from motor vehicles is one of the most common property crimes, and it can be avoided.

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