$3 Billion L.A. Street Safety and Traffic Improvement Bond

Disclaimer – the material contained herein is for informational purposes only and does not reflect the opinion/s of the North Hills Neighborhood Council or any of its members.
 

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Please be advised that there will be a public hearing with regard to the $3billion Street Repair Tax.  If you wish your voice to be heard, it is imperative that you attend this meeting at the following location – thank you!
 
DATE – TUESDAY APRIL 16TH, 2013
TIME – 6:00PM
LOCATION – VAN NUYS CITY HALL
14410 Sylvan St.
Van Nuys, CA
 
To view the Bureau of Street Services’ Pavement Assessment for North Hills West, click on the following link:  NHWNC street conditions NC111
 

= PRESS RELEASE =
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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January 10, 2013 – LANCC Letter

Update to 3 Billion Dollar Bond Request Issue
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition

January 10, 2013

Update to 3 Billion Dollar Bond Request Issue
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition

LANCC is a coalition of councils who’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of the Neighborhood Council System and the stakeholders they represent.

I am writing to you today on behalf of LANCC to update you on the events of the last few days. On January 4, 2013 the City Council, without any warning or advance notice, introduced a motion to place a three billion dollar bond measure on the May ballot. They did this without any input from the Public or the Neighborhood Councils that represent the stakeholders that will have to shoulder the eventual burden of a possible six billion dollar tab. On Wednesday, January 9, 2012 the City Council postponed the vote until Tuesday, January 15, 2013 on Council File 13-1300-S1: Resolution on Proposed $3 Billion Street Repair Bond Measure because of the calls from NC Councilmembers and stakeholders to their Councilmembers. We thank you for your efforts. Keep it up.

The last two days have been disappointing. Jay Handal, co-chair of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, and I have tried to reach out to the two authors of the motion, Councilmembers Buscaino and Englander to open a dialog to develop a process for the NC system to weigh in on this motion and future Council motions. Neither Councilmembers returned calls. This has left the 95 Neighborhood Councils and their stakeholders with no alternatives.

We need for you to take action NOW:

1.     We ask you to call your Councilmember and tell them no new taxes and no new bonds, and to demand a 60 day “cooling off” period on Council File 13-1300-S1.

2.     You will demand that your Councilmember requests that the City Council Education and Neighborhoods Committee work with the NCBAs and LANCC to create a process for the 95 NCs to weigh in on Council motions. We want updates in 30 days.

3.     Continue to have your NC place on their next agenda the motion that was passed by LANCC to ask the City Council to postpone any action on Council File 13-1300-S1 for 60 days so that Neighborhood Councils will be able to weigh in on this matter.

Keeping the pressure on the City Council is the only way we will be part of the process.

  • Terrence Gomes
  • Chair
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC)
  • A Coalition of Councils
  • Terrence Gomes, MBA
  • Treasurer
  • Executive Board Member
  • Land Use and Economic Development Chair
  • South Robertson Neighborhoods Council(SORONC)
  • P.O. Box 35836
  • Los Angeles, CA 90035
  • 310-387-1374
  • terrencegomes@soronc.org
 

Additional Links

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