April 2019 Recap: Earth Day & Protecting Environment, City’s First Two-Way Bike Lane, Fighting Homelessness, Pedestrian Upgrades & more!

In April, we continued making progress helping our City’s most vulnerable population, people experiencing homelessness, by approving another temporary shelter with supportive services in DTLA. I was also proud to help a great organization and a longtime partner, Downtown Women’s Center, start the process of converting a City-owned parking lot adjacent to their building into housing for homeless women. I also introduced a motion to bring more health, hygiene and storage facilities to Skid Row, the epicenter of our homelessness crisis.

In other news, we honored and celebrated Earth Day by hosting community cleanups across CD14. It takes all of us to keep our neighborhoods clean, and you can do your part by reporting areas that need attention to your CD14 Field Office, calling 311, or submitting a request through  myla311.lacity.org .

In April, we also made advances on protecting our environment and climate year-round. My staff and I continue to advocate for a cleaner approach in dealing with the landfill gas at the Scholl Canyon dump that directly impacts Eagle Rock residents. In California, transportation accounts for more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. Here at City Hall, we held a stakeholders meeting in April to discuss the City’s plan to require more electric vehicle parking in new buildings to help combat pollution. In the Arts District, the City Council approved a new pilot program with the Toyota Mobility Foundation to use technology to count pedestrian and bicycle activity with the goal of improving safety.

I’m happy to report our CD14 Complete Streets work continues. With safety and improved pedestrian access in mind, in Boyle Heights, a new roundabout was installed at Saint Louis and 2nd Street, part of our $5 million  Safe Routes to School initiative. These improvements will increase the safety of kids and adults walking around Sheridan and Breed Street elementary schools and the Soto Street corridor. In DTLA, we introduced the City’s first two-way bike lane on Spring Street, part of our Main & Spring Forward partnership with LADOT.

Lastly, I am a big supporter of preservation efforts throughout CD14, including through Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), which are established with the intent of preserving and protecting historic homes and communities. The City Council approved our plan for an HPOZ in El Sereno in 2017. This month, the Planning Department’s Office of Historic Resources featured our El Sereno-Berkshire Crafstman HPOZ in their newsletter bringing a well-earned spotlight to the community. Congratulations, El Sereno!

Please read below about these updates and more, and, as always, let us know your thoughts. Thank you.

IN TODAY’S LETTER:

    • More Bridge Housing Headed To DTLA
    • Council Approves Huizar Motion to Put More Homeless Housing on City Property at Downtown Women’s Center
    • City’s First Two-Way Bike Lane Arrives in DTLA
    • Safe Routes to School Making Progress in Boyle Heights
    • El Sereno’s HPOZ Recognized in City Planning Department Newsletter
    • Councilmember Huizar and CD14 Advocate For a Cleaner Eagle Rock
    • Earth Day Cleanups Around CD14
    • CD14 Hosts Meeting on Electric Vehicle Parking Requirements
    • Council Approves New Active Transportation Program in DTLA’s Arts District
    • CD14 Pics

More Bridge Housing Headed to DTLA

In April, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously (10-0) calling for approval of the final signed lease and sublease for temporary emergency housing at  1426 Paloma Street. Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in January calling for the lease agreement and Council earlier gave City staff approval to negotiate a lease with the property owner at its February 26, 2019 meeting. April’s action includes lease terms.

With a finalized lease, on-site improvements, service preparation and focused outreach can begin for the Bridge Home partnership with Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Garcetti and our L.A. County partner, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The facility is expected to open at the end of summer 2019.

The lease agreement is one of several homeless-service solutions Councilmember Huizar is currently working on (see link below for more). Councilmember Huizar on April 12th introduced a motion, which recommends allocating $2.7 million in available funds from the statewide Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) to reflect the immediate needs of Skid Row. The motion calls for the money to fund health and hygiene facilities, such as bathrooms, showers, storage and drinking water.

Read More About Councilmember Huizar’s Actions Here

Council Approves Huizar Motion to Put More Homeless Housing on City Property at Downtown Women’s Center

The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion introduced by Councilmember Huizar instructing the City’s Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) to begin discussions with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to lease or transfer a City-owned parking lot at 501 East 5th Street for conversion into homeless housing and services.

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) operates supportive housing and services at 442 South San Pedro, adjacent to the parking lot. The former Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles (CRALA) owned the site until it dissolved and transferred it to HCID. HCID has a covenant agreement with DWC to use the location for parking. As part of any future agreement, the parking covenant must be revised to develop the site for housing.

Read More About The Motion Here

City’s First Two-Way Bike Lane Arrives in DTLA

On Monday, April 29, the City’s first two-way bike lane was installed as part of Councilmember Huizar and the City’s Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) Main & Spring Forward improvement project. LADOT upgraded the existing southbound parking-protected bicycle lane on Spring Street, from 3rd Street to 9th Street, to accommodate people bicycling in both southbound and northbound directions. Existing parking and travel lanes remain unchanged.

Work on Phase I of Main Street, which will also feature two-way bike lanes, is underway and expected to be completed by fall 2019, according to LADOT.

Main & Spring Forward is a multimodal improvement initiative intended to make some of the most densely populated stretches in DTLA safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, by focusing overhaul efforts on Main Street between Cesar Chavez Avenue and 9th Street; and Spring Street between 1st and 9th streets. The effort also includes improved crosswalks, safer bike lanes, dedicated left-turn pockets and specialty bike signals.

Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative aims to make traffic flow better, increase multi-modal and pedestrian use and safety, public spaces, as well as better connect adjacent neighborhoods in one of the fastest growing downtowns in the United States.

For more info click here,  check out this video by ABC  and  CBS.

Safe Routes To School Making Progress in Boyle Heights

The City’s Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works have partnered with Councilmember Huizar and completed a new roundabout on Saint Louis and 2nd Street. The roundabout is one of many safety features Councilmember Huizar is bringing to Boyle Heights as part of our   Safe Routes To School improvement. The 20-foot diameter roundabout will soon host drought-tolerant landscaping, as well as corner barriers that guide pedestrians to the appropriate crosswalks.

This $5 million project will improve the safety of kids and adults walking around Sheridan and Breed Street elementary schools and the Soto Street corridor.

To ensure our kids have safer streets to get to school, the project has improvements north and south along Saint Louis Street and Breed Street, from 6th Street down to Sheridan, with some improvements extending as far east as Matthews and as far west as Cummings. Some of the upgrades include:

  • high visibility and smart crosswalks
  • pedestrian head-start crosswalks on Cesar Chavez that give people walking a head-start before cars
  • speed humps
  • curb extension bump outs
  • mini roundabouts
  • and additional street lighting

Safe Routes to School is part of over $33 million in streetscape improvement projects happening in Boyle Heights. Other projects include the Cesar Chavez streetscape, Eastside Access Phase 1 and 2, Olympic Boulevard Safety Improvements, Whittier Boulevard Sidewalk Repairs and active transportation improvements near the upcoming 6th Street Bridge and park.

El Sereno’s HPOZ Recognized in City’s Planning Department Newsletter

El Sereno’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), the El Sereno-Berkshire Craftsman HPOZ, was recognized in the City Planning Department’s Office of Historic Resources newsletter. HPOZ’s are commonly known as historic districts and provide for review of proposed exterior alterations and additions to historic properties within designated districts.

Adopted in 2017 and set in the northeast corner of L.A., the historic district contains the Short Line Villa Tract, which exhibits highly intact examples of a distinctive form of development common to Pasadena and South Pasadena. It includes excellent examples of Craftsman, Bungalow, American Colonial Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. It is a well-preserved example of early suburban tract development, retaining integrity of plan, layout, architectural design, scale, and landscaping and conveying a cohesive sense of community, time and place.

Read The Full Article Here

Councilmember Huizar and CD14 Advocate For A Cleaner Eagle Rock

Councilmember Huizar’s Northeast Office Field Deputy Jose Hernandez delivered a strong argument for a cleaner approach to dealing with the landfill gas at Scholl Canyon. The City of Glendale, which has been flaring the gas for the past year and which has proposed a power plant to burn the gas for electricity, held a meeting to kick off an environmental review of the proposal.

This study, which CD14 demanded in 2017 and 2018, is intended to analyze impacts to the environment and to nearby residents. CD14 Deputy Hernandez, as well as CD14 Policy Director Martin Schlageter, reminded Glendale that Eagle Rock residents bear the brunt of impacts from the dump and called for changes to the scope of the document to ensure that cleaner options are given a full and fair analysis.

Earth Day Cleanups Around CD14

To celebrate Earth Day, CD14 hosted community cleanup events in (photos top to bottom) Northeast LA, El Sereno and Boyle Heights. HUGE THANKS to the many volunteers who took the time to come out and beautify their neighborhoods! They remind us that it takes all of us to keep our neighborhoods clean, not just on Earth Day but every day. If you see bulky items or trash on the street, please call your CD14 Field Office , call 311 or use myla311.lacity.org.

CD14 Hosts Meeting on Electric Vehicle Parking Requirements

The largest source of global warming pollution in the United States is from the burning of fossil fuels, and in California, transportation accounts for more than 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the solutions to air pollution is to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles such as plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

In April, staff from Councilmember Huizar and Mayor Garcetti’s offices and the Building & Safety and Water & Power departments met with stakeholders to discuss the City’s plan to require electric vehicle parking in new buildings to combat vehicle pollution and prepare the City for an electric future.

Council Approves New Active Transportation Program in DTLA’s Arts District

A new bike lane in the Arts District recently installed by LADOT

The City’s Department of Transportation (LADOT), in conjunction with the Information Technology Agency, is launching a two-year pilot project in the Arts District with Toyota to use cameras and computer vision/machine learning technologies to automatically count bicyclists and pedestrians. The goal of the project is to use behavior data to improve active transportation investments in the pilot Arts District neighborhood, and to demonstrate a novel approach to training computer vision algorithms based on data collected by the City.

Councilmember Bonin, chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, and Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion to approve the pilot program. City Council approved the motion on April 30.

Councilmember Huizar is bringing several other improvements to the Arts District including bike lanes, a new DASH bus route and $15 million in active transportation improvements to better connect the incoming Sixth Street Bridge with the Little Tokyo/Arts District Regional Connector Station, as well as enhance pedestrian and bike access throughout the greater DTLA area and the L.A. River bike path.

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) combines technological and environmental expertise and resources, with the vision and experience of organizations around the world to address urban transportation challenges and expand personal mobility for all people.

CD 14 Photos

We had a great turnout at our 9th Annual Kite Festival in Ascot Hills! Thanks to all who came to enjoy nature and free kites with your family and friends. Special thanks to the LA-32 Neighborhood Council, and all our partners, for making it a memorable experience for kids in our neighborhoods!

On Friday, April 12, the City Council celebrated Arts Day LA, recognizing all of our City’s great artists. Thank you Arts4LA for raising awareness about the importance of the arts in our communities and for advocating for policies and programs to support the arts. Councilmember Huizar is a longtime supporter of the arts, leading the effort to turn utility boxes across the City into works of art, lifting the ban on private property murals and revamping the City’s Art Development Fee to provide more opportunities for artists to work on public projects. Thanks to Arts4LA, Councilmembers Ryu and O’Farrell, and the Department of Cultural Affairs for making Arts Day LA a great success!

Thanks to those who came out to Resurrection Church for a screening of “Plume: The LA Exide Contamination,” a documentary by Boyle Heights resident Terry Cano on the largest contamination in California history. Councilmember Huizar applauds Terry, Resurrection Church and all our environmental activists who join him and others in continuing to fight this environmental injustice and demand that our community gets cleaned up. Look out for info on the next screening in June!

Councilmember Huizar celebrated the Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance’s 36th Anniversary and helped swear in the new board members. UGLA was forged from tragedy in 1983 after the murder of a young man, Bobby Brown, in Highland Park. Since that time, UGLA has ensured that NELA’s LGBTQ community has a strong support system, friends and advocates in UGLA. They have done so much for our community and City. Congratulations to the new officers of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance!

Councilmember Huizar’s El Sereno Field Office helped celebrate Little Caesars Pizza’s grand opening! It’s a pleasure to have another business join our community, and we look forward to working with Little Caesars in the future! Congratulations! Check them out at 4960 Huntington Drive.

Demolition of the 1950s Parker Center structure, originally known as the Police Administrative Building, will clear the way for L.A.’s new Civic Center. The City Family came together recently to witness the Parker Center demolition, part one of Phase One for Councilmember Huizar’s Civic Center Master Plan. Departments represented included the City’s Information Technology Agency, Bureau of Engineering, LAPD and CD14. To learn more about Councilmember Huizar’s Civic Center Master, check out this video!

Franklin High School’s Junior ROTC held a grand ceremony celebrating their centennial. The JROTC hosted a series of demonstrations with the school band and dance teams. Congratulations Franklin High School Junior ROTC on 100 years of service!

On Saturday, April 20, Hollenbeck Community Police Station celebrated 150 years serving the communities of Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights. Guests enjoyed community booths, station tours, food and live entertainment. Hollenbeck Detective Chris Reza’s mariachi band, Los Servidores, brought cheers from the crowd! Thank you Hollenbeck officers for your continued service to our community.

Thanks to all who came out to CD14’s April Food Truck Tuesday in DTLA at Grand Park, and all the food vendors who participated. Hope to see you at the next CD14 Food Truck Tuesday on May 14!

Mother General Yvonne Reungoat, the Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, made her first visit to Boyle Heights to participate in the Salesians of Don Bosco’s World Gratitude Day. Mother Reungoat spoke at the evening prayer at St. Mary’s Church. Councilmember Huizar’s Boyle Heights Office presented her with a certificate thanking Mother Reungoat for her dedication and commitment with the sisters, young people in formation, collaboration with the Salesian Family and love for our neediest.

In El Pueblo’s early days, a priest would bless livestock for health and productivity, benefiting the entire community. The practice continued when Olvera Street opened in 1930, and family pets joined the farm animals. On Saturday, April 20, animals from across Southern California (and people!) came to El Pueblo’s Annual Blessing of the Animals with Archbishop Jose Gomez providing the blessings!

Congratulations to Hair Zone on their new location at 619 N. Avenue 64 in Highland Park. Come and get a fade or get lined up at this local barbershop that’s been in our community since 1995. Councilmember Huizar and CD14 wish them continued success at their new location!

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council’s Skid Row Job and Resource Fair at San Julian Park! More than 40 job vendors and resource reps were on-site offering housing assistance, employment, resume help, training and more.

Rock Dog and Cat recently opened up an addition to their shop, a vet and groomer! The extension is located next door to their original shop at 1916 Colorado Boulevard. Stop by and get your pups freshly groomed before the grand opening of the Eagle Rock Dog Park on May 11! We wish Rock Dog and Cat many more years of success!

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