MPCC Broken sidewalks meeting July 28th 6-8pm

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MPCC will be attending this meeting and it is open to everyone.

For decades, cracked and buckled sidewalks have been the shame of Los Angeles. A blight, a hazard, and a special peril to our children, our seniors and the disabled community. Broken sidewalks have been a symbol of everything about city government that has been broken. Well, we’re going to start fixing them – and we need your help to make our priority list.

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and Public Works Committee are hosting joint public hearings around the city about our sidewalk repair policy. One of the hearings is scheduled on the Westside at the Mar Vista Recreation Center (11430 Woodbine St., 90066) on Tuesday evening at6pm. Please click here to RSVP.

Earlier this year, the City settled a lawsuit, agreeing to commit $31 million per year (adjusted for inflation) for the next 30 years to fix our sidewalks. The city’s top budget official released a report in May on how to spend that money, and my colleagues and I are eager for your input.

We’re looking at various proposals and ideas. Should we prioritize areas of high pedestrian traffic, areas with transit, streets near senior centers and schools? Should we stretch our city dollars by creating assessment districts or 50-50 programs where neighbors can share the cost? What priority should we place on preserving street trees with root structures that tear up sidewalks? Should we use recycled or more environmentally friendly material to fix our sidewalks?

You can hear about all the options and weigh in with your opinion at the meeting next Tuesday at6pm at the Mar Vista Rec Center.

I hope to see you there, and I look forward to your feedback on how we can fix this horribly nagging problem and improve our neighborhoods.

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