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Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council to Hold Special Meet Tuesday to Ask Bonin to Reverse Playa “Road Diet”

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Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council will meet specifically Tuesday (15 August), 6:30 pm at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave 90045, to discuss a letter written to Councilman Mike Bonin requesting him to reverse all roads on the “road diet.”

Work to revert Vista del Mar back to four lanes from present two will commence 21 August. Eastbound lane of Culver Blvd was changed back to four lanes in July.  A lawsuit was filed by KeepLAMoving last week to put all lanes back to where they were before the “Safe Streets” touted by Councilman Bonin started.

“Safe Streets” or Mobility 2035 is the brain child of Mayor Eric Garcetti.  This year he hired Seleta Reynolds of San Francisco to be program manager of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to implement the new street culture. Reynolds, 38,  spent the last three years leading teams in the “Livable Streets” division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  She sees LA as “just a much bigger canvas and has so many wider streets.” 

The recent “road diets” on the west side of Los Angeles have left commuters waiting in lines of traffic to get home.  Needless to say, the commuters are mad and want their roads back.  It has been so unpopular that Recallbonin.com was started by Alexis Edelstein.

The six-page letter concludes with this summary statement:

There was no sudden need to close down lanes on Pershing and Culver. Indeed, as noted above, the City of Los Angeles identified that these streets are not the priority for attention. The irony is that some of the support for the Road Diet has been from those who want a vital thriving downtown Playa del Rey yet the changes made are having the immediate and opposite effect. The reversal of Vista del Mar lane closures addresses the concerns of the South Bay while leaving your own constituents adversely impacted. However, the cut-through traffic on residential streets because of lane reductions remains a significant and dangerous problem. There is an overwhelming groundswell of opposition to the PDR pilot project as expressed to the NCWP. There is simply no question that the majority of the local community does not like it as it stands and wants the lanes restored without delay.

We are confident that you and your staff will respond to our questions and requests and facilitate other City agencies in being timely and responsive. More urgently, we hope that the flexibility you have already shown will be extended to reversing course and improving the planning, evaluation (both pre- and post-intervention), and proactive and transparent communication regarding the PDR Safe Streets initiative. The NCWP and your constituents look forward to collaborating with you in an alternate improved and comprehensive means of addressing safety, efficiency and accessibility other than the current pilot project reduced lanes.

 

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