Buckled sidewalk outside Highland Park Senior Center first to be repaired as part of large-scale community cleanup and maintenance effort in Council District 14
LOS ANGELES (April 15, 2014) Two weeks after the City Council approved $250,000 in funding for Councilmember Huizar’s plan to repair some of the worst broken and buckled sidewalks in Council District 14, that work begins in earnest with a concrete pour set for Tuesday morning outside the Highland Park Senior Center. The sidewalk repair program is part of Councilmember Huizar’s Clean Communities Initiative, a comprehensive plan to repair the district’s worst sidewalks, plant and maintain new trees, fund illegal dumping surveillance cameras, trim trees, increase graffiti removal and community cleanup crew services throughout CD14, as well as add a “roving truck” to remove bulky items.
Councilmember Huizar will allocate $500,000 in discretionary funds to combine with existing City funded services to support the $1.5 million initiative.
“CD14 communities are safer than they have been in decades and we have successfully implemented ‘complete streets’ projects throughout the district, piloting the city’s first parklets and bike corrals, building new parks, adding bike lanes and flashing-light crosswalks and revitalizing Broadway and Downtown Los Angeles,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “That work continues, but I also want to re-focus time and energy on improving quality-of-life services cut back due to City budget cuts— the Clean Communities Initiative will allow us to do that.”
While the City of Los Angeles considers potential bond measures and a half-cent sales tax to fix sidewalks, the $250,000 sidewalk repair plan will allow Council District 14 to address some of the worst sidewalks in the district immediately and increase quality of life services for constituents. The site for Tuesday’s pour has long been an area of concern for Highland Park residents, including the many seniors who use the Senior Center. Bureau of Street Services prepped the sidewalks for the pour over the weekend by trimming back the trees and removing the damaged concrete.
Councilmember Huizar was joined Tuesday morning by the City’s Bureau of Street Services and Bureau of Sanitation, as well as seniors from the Highland Park Senior Center, the Northeast Trees Organization and graffiti removal and street cleaning service providers Northeast Graffiti Busters, Fuego Tech Rangers, Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) Boyle Heights and L.A. Conservation Corps.
The goal of the Clean Communities Initiative is to make our neighborhoods safe and inviting. Improvements include:
- Increased Graffiti Removal Service
- Commercial Corridor Maintenance
- Monthly Bulky-Item Drop-Off Dumpsters & Roving Trucks
- More than 100 Additional Trash Cans on Sidewalks
- Monthly Community Clean-Ups
- Planting & Maintenance of 200 Trees in Northeast L.A.
- Surveillance Cameras to Catch Illegal Dumping
- Tree Trimming
- More than $250,000 of Targeted Sidewalk Repair
Councilmember Huizar has a strong record when it comes to clean and safe communities, including:
- Championed Increasing Fines for Illegal Dumping
- Continues an Ongoing Bulky-Item Pick-Up Program for Multi-Family Residences
- Introduced legislation to Create the Graffiti Tracker Program, Which uses Photos and GPS data to Track Graffiti
- Continues to Support Business Improvement Districts to Provide Clean & Safe Services above what the City can provide
The Highland Park Senior Center will also be seeing improvements to the parking lot and outdoor area around the center, with Huizar securing $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funding. The Councilmember also announced that he helped El Sereno Recreation Center secure $350,000 in CDBG funding for improvements there.
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