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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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